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Read + Review: The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid by Kate Hattemer

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This book follows Jemima Kincaid as she navigates her senior year of high school. Suddenly, she is named to Senior Triumvirate, which consists of two other members, Gennifer, the school’s popular girl, and Andy, the charming athlete. When prom is just around the corner, it is up to the Senior Triumvirate to organize a dance that the school won’t forget. When her inner feminist speaks up, she proposes to have the Last Chance Dance, where the students submit the names of any and every person they’ve ever considered romantically into a website. The site pairs the students up based on the data, and voilĂ ! You have happy couples all around, and no male agenda dictating them. But when things don’t go to plan, Jemima has to keep up as things start to spiral out of control. A new romance blooms up for her, and with it comes distance between her and her best friend. As Jemima tries to keep everything under control, she starts to lose herself in the process.

I really liked the book as a whole. The writing kept the reader interested and following along with the story. The writing style was humorous and easy to relate to, giving it the feeling that it was actually written by an 18-year-old in high school. The characters are written very well, and they are well thought out. The main character is written as if you can either immediately hate her overdramatic disposition, or love and relate to her role. Overall, the book was a fun read, and enjoyable.

One memorable part of the story was the friendship between Jemima and Jiyoon, Jemima’s best friend. During the middle of the story, they start to grow apart without realizing it. Even though they claim to still be best friends, they still are not as close as they were before. The book does a very good job showing the ups and downs of friendship.

Reviewed by Chinmayi, Twin Hickory Library

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