Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Adrienne Kisner’s Six Angry Girls is a story of mock trial, feminism, and the inherent power found in a pair of knitting needles.
Raina Petree is crushing her senior year, until her boyfriend dumps her, the drama club (basically) dumps her, the college of her dreams slips away, and her arch-nemesis triumphs.
Things aren’t much better for Millie Goodwin. Her father treats her like a servant, and the all-boy Mock Trial team votes her out, even after she spent the last three years helping to build its success.
But then, an advice columnist unexpectedly helps Raina find new purpose in a pair of knitting needles and a politically active local yarn store. This leads to an unlikely meeting in the girls’ bathroom, where Raina inspires Millie to start a rival team. The two join together and recruit four other angry girls to not only take on Mock Trial, but to smash the patriarchy in the process.
About: Six Angry Girls is a young adult contemporary written by Adrienne Kisner. It will be published on 6/2/2020 by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 272 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, LGBT, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 13 to 18. Last year I was lucky to have won a giveaway and read the author’s debut called Dear Rachel Maddow and loved it. According to the publisher’s website, “Feiwel and Friends is a publisher of innovative children’s fiction and nonfiction literature, including hardcover, paperback series, and individual titles. The imprint is dedicated to “book by book” publishing, bringing the work of distinctive and outstanding authors, illustrators, and ideas to the marketplace. Feiwel and Friends is defined and guided by our principle: Our books are friends for life.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Six Angry Girls on 3/30/2020 and finished it on 4/3/2020. This book is a fantastic read! I like how Millie stays positive by saying her daily affirmative lines. Knitting group! Love it. I used to go to one and made some great friends but stopped going because I had to move. I really missed it now that I’m reading about knitting group again. Knitting activism is pretty cool in this story! Mock Trial is cool as well and it’s my first time learning about it reading this book. My high school never had anything like this. I like Raina’s realization about how her boyfriend kept her back from experiencing more. Definitely great advice for teens.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Raina, high school senior as she talks about performing in a play and feeling angry when Brandon, her boyfriend of 5 years who dumped her out of nowhere. The alternating view is Emilia aka Millie, 18. She’s upset because the boys got together to come up with a new topic for Mock Trial without including her. Now she’s unprepared and basically got kicked out. With the suggestion of Raina, Millie decided to form her own Mock Trial team. Between love, mock trial and drama, the girls discovered something in themselves when they have the freedom to lead. This book is organized by date, beginning January and ends in September in a lawsuit style.
Six Angry Girls is well written and a fast paced read! I enjoyed the humor and how the story is easy to read. I love the awkward moments of crushing on someone and the beginning of dating. They are so cute. This book is very diverse where the characters and their family are same sex dating/married. How quaint that the author bring up Rachel Maddow in this book where that news reporter was her focus for her debut. (See link above for my review). One supporting character irritates me is Millie’s dad. The librarian is too awesome! Love how the girls defend themselves from the guys. I recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, knitting, law, LGBT
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Adrienne Kisner has master’s and doctorate degrees in theology from Boston University and was inspired by her work with high school and college students to write Dear Rachel Maddow. She is also a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in writing for children and young adults. Dear Rachel Maddow is her debut. http://www.adriennekisner.com (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Macmillan Publishers’ website)