Saturday, October 16, 2010

Book Review: The Geography of Girlhood

The Geography of Girlhood is definitely one of the most refreshing novels written in verse in a long time.

Dances are a dream come true

or a nightmare,

depending on who you are

or how you talk

or what you choose to wear that day.

I made the mistake of polka dots.

The Geography of Girlhood is a raw and powerful novel about a girl navigating the unknown - the difficult limbo between youth and adulthood. Written in verse, the novel follows a girl form ages fourteen to eighteen, exploring first crushes, first dances, first kisses, and the many other dangers of growing up. Kirsten Smith's writing bursts with painfully accurate and sharply witty observations, evoking supercharged emotions with just a simple phrase or two.


To me, this novel is necessary for anyone who's ever felt somewhat oppressed by growing up. It caught me right away. I had to pull myself away to finish my homework. There wasn't anything that left me on the edge of my seat, the writing was just that good. And so relatable! Everyone has felt this way at one point or another in their life. It was so great to read a YA novel that wasn't filled with so much fluff and shallow-ness.

It was one of those books that I realized would become a favorite as I was reading. I also found out that the author, Kirsten Smith, is a screenwriter. She wrote some of my favorite movies, like She's the Man and 10 Things I Hate About You! No wonder I enjoyed it so much!