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Like Other Girls
Like Other Girls | Britta Lundin
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What if I played football? I ask. As soon as its out of my mouth, I feel stupid. Even suggesting it feels like Ive overstepped some kind of invisible line weve all agreed not to discuss. We dont talk about how Mara is different from other girls. We dont talk about how Mara is gay but no one says so. But when I do stuff like this, I worry it gets harder for us all to ignore whats right in front of us. I direct my gaze to Quinn. What do you think? I think its frickin genius, he says. After getting kicked off the basketball team for a fight that was absolutely totally not her fault (okay maybe a little her fault), Mara is dying to find a new sport to play to prove to her coach that she can be a team player. A lifelong football fan, Mara decides to hit the gridiron with her brother, Noah, and best friend, Quinn?and she turns out to be a natural. But joining the team sets off a chain of events in her small Oregon town?and within her family?that she never could have predicted. Inspired by what they see as Maras political statement, four other girls join the team. Now Maras lumped in as one of the girls?one of the girls who cant throw, cant kick, and doesnt know a fullback from a linebacker. Complicating matters is the fact that Valentina, Maras crush, is one of the new players, as is Carly, Maras nemesis?the girl Mara fought with when she was kicked off the basketball team. What results is a coming-of-age story that is at once tear-jerking and funny, thought-provoking and real, as Maras preconceived notions about gender, sports, sexuality, and friendship are turned upside down. Britta Lundin's sophomore novel will give readers all the feels, and make them stand up and cheer.
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ehrmans
Like Other Girls | Britta Lundin
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Mara is dying to find a new sport to love after she was kicked off of the basketball team. She is a lifelong football fan and so she decides to try it out. By joining the team she sets off a chain of events in her town and family. Mara is lumped in as one of the girls who can't throw or kick and knows nothing about football. The story follows Mara as she battles the hardships that she faces surrounding gender, sports, sexuality, and friendship.

ehrmans Author: Britta Lundin. Genre: YA fiction and sports fiction. Publication date: 2021. Awards: Whippoorwill Book Award.
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Like Other Girls | Britta Lundin
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It was a joy to write this full length review of Bitta Lundin's excellent YA novel from last year! It's about football, teen butch lesbian identity, internalized misogyny, feminist solidarity, and more. If you read my Litsy review last week you know already that I loved it!

Check out my review: https://www.autostraddle.com/this-sporty-queer-ya-novel-is-the-best-book-ive-rea...

🏈🏳️‍🌈💘💋🤾‍♀️

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! There is a lot going on in Like Other Girls – effortlessly and deftly balanced, by the way – but at its core it's a story about a closeted butch lesbian teen struggling with and overcoming internalized misogyny. Also: lots of football, female friendship and solidarity, swoony romance, intergenerational queer mentorship, masculine of centre gender expression, anger management, and a whole lot of personal growth.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Fuck her mom and her blackmailing her kid into wearing a dress she doesn't want to so that she can play a sport she wants to play. I was just listening to a podcast about gender affirming parenting and this is the exact opposite!!

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Zoe-h
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This book just made me mad. It was extremely hypocritical the entire time. The entire purpose of this writing was 1) dismantling gender norms, and yet all of the characters are continually using phrases like “girly” and “tomboy” which just induces gender stereotypes and 2) proving that feminine girls aren‘t inherently weaker than boys. Yet the MC thinks that the volleyball team doesn‘t take the sport seriously because they wear make up to ⬇️

Zoe-h practice. Also, the whole time they are ⬆️ragging on the football couch for being sexist (and I mean he was but it wasn‘t obvious at this point) just because he didn‘t teach high school junior girls how to throw a football when they showed up to tryouts. Annoying. 2⭐️ 7mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Mara's excitement and wonder when she sees an adult who's a butch lesbian 😭

Queer kids seeing queer adults thriving is so important

#QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #LGBTQ #GayYA #QueerYA

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WanderingBookaneer
Like Other Girls | Britta Lundin
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Next on my TBR.

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