Author: Laura Goode
Format: eBook Kindle
Published: July 12, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds
A gay suburban hip-hopper freaks out her Christian high school - and falls in love - in this righteously funny and totally tender YA debut, for real.
Listen up: You’re about to get rocked by the fiercest, baddest all-girl hip-hop crew in the Twin Cities - or at least in the wealthy, white, Bible-thumping suburb of Holyhill, Minnesota. Our heroine, Esme Rockett (aka MC Ferocious) is a Jewish lesbian lyricist. In her crew, Esme’s got her BFFs Marcy (aka DJ SheStorm, the butchest straight girl in town) and Tess (aka The ConTessa, the pretty, popular powerhouse of a vocalist). But Esme’s feelings for her co-MC, Rowie (MC Rohini), a beautiful, brilliant, beguiling desi chick, are bound to get complicated. And before they know it, the queer hip-hop revolution Esme and her girls have exploded in Holyhill is on the line. Exciting new talent Laura Goode lays down a snappy, provocative, and heartfelt novel about discovering the rhythm of your own truth.”
My take: Listen up, I am only going to say this part once: I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I will wholeheartedly admit that I rarely ever will shout from the rooftops just how much I like a book, but this one took the top of my heap of books I’ve now read simply by the messages it stood for.
This book leads you into the depths of a few high school girl’s souls, namely Esme’s. To say that I was astonished by the content of it would be an understatement. True to me though, it’s the reason I picked this book to read and review. Sister Mischief actually led me on a wonderful journey of my own and made me think about my own life.
We get the story mostly from Esme’s point of view, but since she’s best friends with these three other awesome girls, we get to see what they think as well. It’s almost like getting to recall certain aspects from younger years, and seeing how others felt about it if that makes any sense. I guess what I’m saying in that: It’s like knowing that others do get you, even when you think they don’t-you get to see that in this book.
I’ll flat out lay it down – I have never in my life really understood anything about Hip-Hop, so that part of the book was something new to me. Getting the different ways that hip-hop was an outlet for Esme throughout this story though was eye-opening. She had to deal with different things in growing up, and that creative outlet was the way to put it out there. Dealing with the hate too of being the gay girl in a mostly Christian (but public) school was certainly a hard thing – thus where my questioning of self came in.
The story spans from the Hip-Hop side, to the “what happens between friends” side…and you get a little bit of everything in between. If I learned nothing more about myself while reading this book, I did at least learn this: Question everything, and don’t take a simple “I don’t know” as an answer.