Somebody put a bra on the library dome! It's not a 90s comedy middle grade book; it's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Join us for chat about art as protest, why girls should treat girls with respect, and what YA character we think will head the CIA.
This is a book that deals with internalized misogyny, textually, and gender essentialism. There's a lot of both. There are teen boys dressing femme as a joke, and a lot of humor circling around what genders have what configurations. It can be a heavy read. We would love to see a 10th anniversary edition with an intro from the author on how things have changed...and how they haven't.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick (the Harriet the Spy essay is in this one!)
We did an episode on The Boyfriend List
Frankie Landau-Banks on neglected positives and imaginary neglected positives
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
You can get your own light up basset hound!