Reckless, Glorious, Girl

Bloomsbury. Feb. 2021. 224p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781547604609.
Gr 6 Up–This novel in verse explores the anxiety that adolescent girls often feel on the brink of becoming young women. Beatrice Miller, a white Southern girl, is enjoying the last few weeks of summer before the start of middle school. She is focused on trying to figure out who she is or will be as a person, and frequently worries about school. She wants to be noticed, be cool, and hang out with the popular kids, but she has many insecurities about her body, her family, and how to express what she actually thinks and feels. The writing feels slow at times, bogged down by repetitive details, and some word choices don’t feel realistic for a 12-year-old—but most of the narrative flows well and Beatrice is a very relatable character. There are many positive messages in this title about identity, friendship, and family. Beatrice’s friend Mariella is Latina, and StaceyAnn’s father is Black while her mom is white.
VERDICT This title will resonate with readers who aren’t ready to leave childhood behind but who don’t feel like kids anymore. Recommended for libraries in need of verse novels and relatable coming-of-age tales.

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