Amelia Westlake Was Never Here – Erin Gough


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Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: May 21st, 2019
Publisher: Poppy
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Feminism, High School, LGBTQIA+, Romance


REVIEW:

If you’re looking for a smart YA contemporary featuring calculated plans to denounce sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and overall discriminatory behaviours at an elite private school as well as a slow-burn romance between the two female leads, this is the book for you. It will grip you from the very first sentence and the strong presence of the two female narrators will stimulate your interest.

After reading MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu, I was on the lookout for more powerful stories that can inspire readers to speak against anti-feminist actions. That book made me absolutely mad, so I of course needed more. This story did not make me as mad, maybe because some things don’t shake me as much as they used to before—apparently this happens when you grow older—but it made me hella proud.

What these two young women (Harriet & Will) are doing is brave and necessary. They find different ways to expose all that is wrong with their private school. Everything is a risk to these two girls who can’t get caught or they’ll lose much of what they’ve worked for so far. But some issues are worth the risk. Harriet & Will initially dislike one another, but they inevitably grow very close to each other… and that was quite lovely to witness. Great book.

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