O hai! Remember us? Jenn and I have been a little M.I.A. over the summer, and while Jenn has been diligent with keeping up with our Brunch Book Club reads since May, I unfortunately have not. So to get us back in the swing of things, we picked our September book as one that Jenn was already reading, and I had read earlier in the year: The Awesome by Eva Darrows.
We really enjoyed this book, and loved the relationship Maggie has with her mother. Jenn loved that the mother was also so unapologetic about some things, but that it felt real in how her & Maggie’s interactions were. I, and I quote, love how “balls out” Maggie is with her personality. I found it refreshing to see a female protagonist be so naturally crass, hilarious and, for lack of a better word, tough. So many YA books I’ve read, you can see the author is trying really hard to make their female leads a badass, but it doesn’t come across as natural and genuine.
The discussion also broached the topic of sex-positive books for girls, versus the ones for boys. There are many books that Chandra & Jenn had named, where it dealt with boys on a mission to lose their virginity, whereas the ones for girls are few and far between, and are often treated as something more sacred. The Awesome had Maggie treat her virginity as just one other thing she needed to get done.
As I had mentioned in my review, I find the name of the book a bit off-putting in the sense that people may not know what it is. If I wasn’t a fan of the author, and just saw this book on the shelf knowing nothing about it, I honestly am not sure if I would have picked it up. That being said, we all really liked it. It was an incredibly fun read!
Are you joining us for our October read of V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic?