Book Review: 'Some Girls Do' By Jennifer Dugan




The minute I read the blurb of 'Some Girls Do' and saw the cover, I knew I needed to add it to my TBR. I loved that Ruby loves classic cars and that Morgan was determined to make a difference and fight against her old Catholic School's code of conduct for kids who are part of the LGBTQIA plus community to be free and able to express themselves. 


Blurb


Morgan, an elite track athlete, is forced to transfer high schools late in her senior year after it turns out being queer is against her private Catholic school's code of conduct. There, she meets Ruby, who has two hobbies: tinkering with her baby blue 1970 Ford Torino and competing in local beauty pageants, the latter to live out the dreams of her overbearing mother. The two are drawn to each other and can't deny their growing feelings. But while Morgan--out and proud, and determined to have a fresh start--doesn't want to have to keep their budding relationship a secret, Ruby isn't ready to come out yet. With each girl on a different path toward living her truth, can they go the distance together?

My Review


I loved Morgan and Ruby right away. Both girls were so different but I felt that spark and sizzle from the moment they first met and it was a giddy smile inducing kind of spark! They were both very head strong and set in their ways so meeting each other was certainly eye opening and like a shock for both of them. I liked that Morgan got a sense there was more to Ruby than what the rest of the school perceived her as and that Morgan really wanted to know more about her and learn about Ruby for herself. I couldn't help but smile at Ruby's 'I don't care about what people think' attitude and how her walls began to break down the more time she spent around Morgan. 


Ruby was such a cool character. I loved that she could get under the hood of a car and know what she was doing and how passionate she was about cars. It was the cutest when she got to show Morgan around her area at the mechanics. Her story was incredibly endearing and will tug at your heartstrings. She does so much for her Mum and at times you will be sat on the edge of your seat wanting to scream for her and tell her to quit the pageants and go and live her dream, but you can appreciate it's more complicated than that and so you are rooting for her the whole way to find her footing and figure it all out. 


I loved Morgan's fierceness and how she wanted to help everyone and fix things for people, how she wanted everyone to be out and proud and make them feel safe and valued. She had such a good heart with all the best intentions even if it sometimes didn't always work out. She had so many emotions bubbling up inside her which I could definitely relate to. I was very much on her side with wanting everyone to love who they love and be happy without a care in the world. However, that is the beauty of this book. It really makes you pause and consider what other people are going through. Like I mentioned above, Morgan and Ruby are both pretty headstrong and it was incredibly wonderful to experience their ups and downs with them as they argued, talked, laughed and listened to each other. I loved that so much of this book was about considering the other persons feelings and points of view and then compromising. Not compromising yourself, but taking a step back to appreciate the life someone else leads and how you can love them, accept them in every way and be there for them.


Morgan's brother gave me many laugh out loud moments, I thought their relationship was really sweet as was her relationship with her parents. It was a sharp contrast to what Ruby had to deal with at home and I think that was so important in showing that we don't all come from the same backgrounds or have the same upbringings. Morgan and Ruby's journey is full of rocky roads as well as beautiful moments. 


'Some Girls Do' is a gorgeous story of fighting for what and who you believe in, facing obstacles together and communicating in order to make things work. I highly recommend you pick up a copy today! 


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