Published by Electric Monkey
“My heart filled with pride and joy. The experience and support most women will give to each other is beautiful”
If you read my last post you will know how impressed I was reading The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven. Like a lot of YA over the past few years it respects its readers, it handles subjects that are experienced by young people in one way or another. Women are taking over Ya and they have something important to say. Togeather we can achieve phenomenal things. So it is no surprise that when I finished the sequel A Girl Called Shameless I was inspired.
Young people are speaking up for their beliefs, they are changing laws, they are organising protests and becoming super heroes. Izzy is nothing short of heroic.
We pick up a few months after THAT website. Things have died down, the whispers still happen but at least her birthday suit isn’t viral anymore. After accidentally outing her best friend to the world, Ajita and Izzys relationship is mended and better than ever. Added to the mix is new friend Meg who reached out to Izzy when the world had turned against her. Speaking of relationships Carson and Izzy are the pinnacle of young love, there are complications in the relationship and it is handle unlike anything I have read before, but I don’t want to spoil that for you.
Suddenly whispers start again, the pointing and laughing but this time not at Izzy.
When Hazels sex tape is released on twitter it all starts again. This time Izzy witnessed this horror from the outside and decided she isn’t going to stand for another girls life being destroyed by revenge porn. That’s when Bitches Bitches Back bite hard. Unlike the UK, in some states in the US revenge porn is not illegal. After much research and rallying the threesome manage to secure a meeting with councilman Vaughan. Izzy, Ajita and Meg are met by an assistant of Vaughan, after providing all the facts, figures and supporting evidence and petitioning for revenge porn to become an offence. After showing little to no attention to all the information laid out in front of him, the assistant quickly makes excuses and tells the girls he will attempt to pass the information to the Vaughn.
That was the spark that ignited the fire that Izzy and company are about to unleash on the world.
Izzy, Ajita, Meg, Hazel and a growing number of supporters take on the world to protect anyone experiencing the same situation.
A Girl Called Shameless is the perfect sequel, it was needed for closure not just for the reader but the characters also. The book handles so many different and difficult subject matter such as race, class, religion, disability, sexual assault and sexuality. I felt so proud of feminists everywhere, contributing no matter how big or how small to making a difference in the world and shouting loud for what they believe in.
A Girl Called Shameless is a solid 5/5