Made Me Uncomfortable Throughout, Still Loved It
4.25 out of 5 stars
I don’t always read other reviews, but I had to see if I’m The Girl left others the way it left me. I found one on Audible that does a WAY better job than I’m going to do here (and went a bit deeper about the scenes I don’t want to spoil). I don’t know how to describe a book that made me so uncomfortable at times but was so well written that I didn’t care. I just wanted to move on and see where the heck this insane story was going. Like, there are scenes in here (and I do not want to steal from the other review I saw), but scenes where I KNOW these things shouldn’t happen, and yet I couldn’t stop them from happening. I felt like a bystander screaming into traffic that a car was coming, but they were too far away to hear.
Summers does an excellent job keeping the reader interested in a seemingly “just another girl trying to make it” type of a girl (on the surface). Below that surface, there was so much going on that I didn’t see coming. This story kept going back and forth between different plotlines/arcs because if it was an entire book about any of them, it would have either been too much or insufficient. I think Summers absolutely towed that line throughout the whole book and had me leaning on her every word to figure out what would happen. This book felt like an “all bets are off” style book, so I wasn’t even trying to guess the ending.
I found this book because the great Lori Prince narrated it. I knew it was going to be queer-leaning (and it turns out that was another one of the storylines that weave throughout), and I knew Prince would absolutely crush it. There were scenes that I remember thinking, “I am SO glad they got Lori Prince to do this; she just nailed that interaction.” Normally, getting pulled out of a book is bad, but I enjoyed her performance so much that it didn’t bother me to get pulled out in awe.
The next searing and groundbreaking queer young adult novel from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Courtney Summers, already hailed as…
“A stirring, thought-provoking thriller.”—Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push
“A stunner.”—Kate Elizabeth Russell, New York Times bestselling author of My Dark Vanessa
“Powerful.”—Angeline Boulley, #1 New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author of Firekeeper’s Daughter
When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, she teams up with Ashley’s older sister, Nora, to find and bring the killer to justice before he strikes again. But their investigation throws Georgia into a world of unimaginable privilege and wealth, without conscience or consequence, and as Ashley’s killer closes in, Georgia will discover when money, power and beauty rule, it might not be a matter of who is guilty—but who is guiltiest.
A spiritual successor to the breakout hit Sadie, I’m the Girl is a bold and masterful account of how one young woman feels in her body as she struggles to navigate a deadly and predatory power structure while asking listeners one question: if this is the way the world is, do you accept it?
A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books.I'm The Girl by Courtney Summers
Narrator: Lori Prince
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
Published by Macmillan Audio on September 13th 2022
Genres: Mystery, LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
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