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A Girl Called Fearless: A Novel (The Girl Called Fearless Series) Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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I had the ARC for this book, sitting on my Nook, for AGES. I had heard really great things about it but honestly just hadn’t had the time to sit down and read it. I was in the middle of reading another book and I just wasn’t feeling it, so I decided to read this one. I had just seen Catherine at the Pasadena Teen Book Fest and she was SO incredibly sweet and I knew that I had to read her book before I saw her again at the Ontario Teen Book Fest (which is next week!).
I was immediately hooked from page one. I’m not even kidding. I don’t know how I could have put off this book for so long. I ripped through this book so fast and I started to have a panic attack when the battery on my Nook started to run down toward the end. I stayed up until about 2 am to finish it and just…wow. It was amazing.
What really catches me about this book is that it brings forward a sort of futuristic, dystopian feel but in the world we know. So much about Avie’s world is so incredibly familiar. She has iPods and cell phones and text messaging and normal things like that. It’s almost what makes the book, and what’s happening in the book, that much scarier. This sort of thing can go on in the world that we know, and its extremely frightening.
I think that part of the book really got to me. Avie’s every move is controlled, because she is female. Her schooling is controlled and instead of getting a real education, she is learning about how to be a wife and mother (backtracking, much?). She probably will not have the chance to attend college. Her future husband could be chosen for her, and is chosen for her, and he has the right to complete control over her (Hawkins makes me shudder.Read more ›
Why would the world be okay with stripping women of their choices and making them objects instead of equals to men? I think if something like this were to really happen, an event this huge killing millions and millions of women, people would want to take drastic action in order to try and correct the problem. And this is pretty drastic. It doesn’t make complete sense, but in the world that Avie lives in, it’s her way of life.
Avie didn’t strike me as the strong heroine type during the beginning of the story. I wasn’t even sure if she had the guts to do anything. But once her father sells her two someone in his 30’s when she isn’t even 18 yet, Avie really starts to contemplate her life and wonder if there is something she can do to escape. This is where the book began to take off for me. When Avie started to stand up for herself and take matters into her own hands. There was more to this story than it appeared to be. There are secret politics brewing, lies, hidden truths, action, and even a little romance. I enjoyed it much more once the story picked up.
A Girl Called Fearless is one of those stories that pretty much never lets up.Read more ›
I really enjoyed this book and I didn't expect to. The dystopian premise is believeable and well crafted (and for once we've got a heroine who remembers what it was like when things were normal). The reader could believe that under similar circumstances powerful men would do everything they could to control women and keep them in the home under the guise of protection. The romance worked well (with no insta love and no triangle) and I really felt the love between Avie and Yates. There were also several fantastic side characters (mostly women) who I cared about and all had believable intentions in the way they reacted to the world. I sped through the book, finishing it quickly and remained interested throughout.
Appropriateness: Sex and purity is a big theme in the book, there is no sex but the characters virginity is talked about a lot along with the character being checked to confirm that she's still a virgin. I would reccomend this book to readers 14+ and it would be a great one to talk about with girls (and boys) with why equality for all is so important.
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To be fair, I haven't even read this book but here is why. Just recently I was at Teen Author Boot Camp where I took a class by Catherine. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I couldn't put it down. It's dystopian, but it almost feels like it could be real. They really do put chemicals in our food and food animals without testing them, so the idea... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shannon Stoker
My niece said it was her favorite so we both read and then had a discussion. The book had a number of sexual references that I feel were inappropriate for middle school girl. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Diana D.
What can I say about this one? Well for starters ignore that cover. Trust me don't look at it. It does not help this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jessica Porter
10 years ago a synthetic beef hormone killed fifty million American women. Only young women, old women, vegetarians, men and boys survived. Read morePublished 10 months 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 13 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 13 months ago by Tamara Murray