Tuesday, February 22, 2022

TTT: In Which the Brett Kavanaughs of the World Get What They Have Coming

 TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl .  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check it out!

I gotta be honest though, I don't even know what this week's topic is yet. I just had a list I wanted to share. (The day after I told my husband I was done blogging...)

There's a truly lovely bit of wish-fulfillment in Jeff Zentner's latest book, In the Wild Light. The fish-out-of-water Tennessee backwater boy manages to prevent and then prove that his rich east coast asshole roommate had roofied and was trying to rape a girl. I think of all the girls that didn't happen for, and feel such sorrow and rage for them. I wouldn't murder their rapists or abusers, because I truly don't believe that killing in response to violence is healthy or productive, but I certainly have enjoyed some books over the past few years in which teenaged girls fight back to a lethal extent. 

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, about a teenaged girl who has murdered her sister's rapist/murderer and gotten away with it.  Now she has to figure out how to live with herself.

Jane Steele by Lynday Faye, which actually starts with "Reader, I murdered him," so you know you're in for a twisty re-telling of Jane Eyre.

Sadie by Courtney Summers, in which a podcaster follows the story of a girl on the hunt for her sister's killer. 

Squad, a graphic novel by Maggie Tokuda-Hall. Don't you hate it when you're the new girl and a group of cool girls befriends you, but only because they want you to join their man-eating werewolf clan? 

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin is another retelling, this time of a teen Lady MacBeth who doesn't need MacBeth to run her country...

All Eyes on Her by L. E. Flynn is told from multiple points of view. Two went on a hike, one came back. Who is responsible and why? 

Grown is by Tiffany D. Jackson, so you know it's going to be mind-bendingly twisty. The R. Kelly stand-in lies dead in a pool of blood, while the young girl he manipulated and used can't remember what happened. 

You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook. When you wish your abusive, controlling boyfriend would just die, and then he does, you might feel relieved. Until you get a message saying "You owe me a murder."

The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharp features a girl who gets her revenge on an abusive step-father not through murder, but through ruining his life. And that's before the book even opens with her getting swept up in a bank robbery, along with her ex-boyfriend and new girlfriend.