Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka Review

"Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl’s life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters’ safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to "protect" young women, is taking over the choices they make.Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she’s also dreaming about college and love and what she’ll make of her life. When her dad "contracts" her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: Be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it’s possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death.From Catherine Linka comes this romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless, about fighting for the most important things in life—freedom and love."

A Girl Called Fearless. That book sounds amazing, doesn't it? It has a kicking title, and it has a wonderful cover. I really like it. Very pretty. Nice contrast. You can easily tell which type of readers they are targeting.

Catherine Linka does a great job of evoking reader's emotion. Honestly, I was so upset at the book that I nearly strangle its invisible neck. The book does bring up issues on feminism and other such topics like politics and anti-government. Well, not exactly anti-government. We can just say that this book is a perfect example of what happens when the government gets things wrong. Eh... Near perfect. It is not exactly perfect. Besides, there is a more peaceful way of ending these issues in the book. Uniting all the girls together and marching to Washington D.C.

But let's pretend those options don't exist. Let's pretend those options don't exist to the point that these people, these characters, need to turn to violence. That is what A Girl Called Fearless does.

Basically, this book turns United States into a similar place to what some countries in the Middle Eastern are like. Oh, yeah. Girls can't drive. Girls stay home. Girls don't have education. Honestly, I pretty much figured out that I'm a feminist and that I really hate staying at home and not having an education. And I figured out that I can spend ten pages just ranting on the inequality and unfairness of the government in this book (which degrades woman to the point where they are just like cattle and property). It is as if the Woman's Rights Movement took a huge step backwards.

Yeah, I'm spending way too much time ranting on anti-feminism. Where was I? Oh, yes. The book.

Honestly, when it comes to Avie Reveare, I just want to bang her head and shout, "Kill them all!" But I like her, actually. She isn't a strong character at first, but she grows very well. I don't approve very much on her love interests, but... That is a much different situation, which is not as severe as the anti-feminism movement.

Overall, A Girl Called Fearless is a great book. You might hate a lot of the characters (because they are all against girl power), but it is entertaining. For certain.

And there is probably going to be a lot of debate. Especially among the girls.

Rating: Four out of Five

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