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Gr 9 Up—Los Angeles, just a bit in the future, is a distressing place for females. Most adult women have died from side effects of hormone-laden beef, and the Paternalists may soon win political majority, passing even harsher "protective" measures to encourage child bearing and domesticity. Avie Reveare and her friends at Masterson Academy have become experts at eye blinks, bribes, stitch code, and other creative means to avoid security detection as they practice independence under the direction of their teacher, Ms. A. Meanwhile, they see college recruitment posters replaced by recipe cards, and discuss who might be sold into a marriage contract, and at what price. The best girls are auctioned through Sotheby's and Christie's—verified virgins who will honor and obey. Avie, aided by her childhood friend (now romantic interest) Yates, decides to head for Canada when her financially desperate father contracts her to a man twice her age. All the popular dystopian elements are in place: overbearing government, tech-savvy friend, thwarted love, a "makeover" where plain girls are made attractive to men, physically challenging situations, and small amounts of gun play. The short chapters keep the action moving in this solid selection, best for readers who enjoy plot-driven stories.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
After a synthetic hormone in beef has killed 50 million women in the U.S., girls are overly protected by a political group known as the Paternalists, who sell girls to the highest bidder in marriage contracts. Avie dreams of attending college, but when her father sells her to an aspiring politician, Avie is given a choice: be trapped in a controlling marriage or try to run for the Canadian border. Her lifelong crush, Yates, encourages her to run, but her every move is watched. As Avie uncovers deeper secrets about the Paternalist movement, her quest becomes not only about her own freedom but the freedom of all girls. The concept is fascinating and could lead to good discussions of women’s rights, but the plot itself has quite a few holes and the world building is lacking. Avie spends the first half of the book repetitively plotting her escape, but once she is on the run, the story truly engages. Teens should be willing to overlook the flaws and root for this strong female to win her independence. Grades 9-12. --Sarah Bean ThompsonSee all Editorial Reviews
10 years ago a synthetic beef hormone killed fifty million American women. Only young women, old women, vegetarians, men and boys survived. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dorine White
With its title – A Girl Called Fearless – you’d expect the author to have created a superhero type of female for the lead. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Beth Jones
Great premise and a fun page-turning read. What I loved is that none of the stuff in this dystopian future is that unbelievable -- in fact it happens to a degree in some parts of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tamara Murray
I need the next book now! Not only is the book well written but it shows the bold power that women possessPublished 5 months ago by signkick
A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka is a dystopian story that has equal rights for women going back to the time of the writing of the constitution (and even further). Read morePublished 5 months ago by LynnDell P. Watson
This book made me cry twice! So powerful, so emotional, so impressive. Great writing and complex characters. I loved every word of this book.Published 6 months ago by M.E. Summer
I really thought I would enjoy this one, but, ultimately, it wasn't for me.
The story is set in a time where most of the women on Earth have died because of an chemical... Read more
Very interesting premise. The book sucked me in from the beginning and really made me love the characters. Would definitely recommend.Published 8 months ago by Sara