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Old 14 October 2018, 02:00 AM
Jusenkyo no Pikachu Jusenkyo no Pikachu is offline
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Location: Queensland, Australia
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I just finished Girltopia by Hilary Rogers. It’s not awful, but I do have some issues:

First off, it’s the first book in what I believe is going to be a trilogy. Trouble is, there’s no indication about that and as a result you’re left expecting a resolution that never comes.

Second, the main character is being set up to be a take-charge girl, and I’m just not seeing it. She has the typical Judy Blume issues about getting her period and divorced parents (and how cool her family friend is), and there’s a sequence where she notes that her best friend has started to develop before she has.

Third, for a book where all the males in Melbourne are suddenly struck down, absolutely nothing is made of expectant mothers or trans women. I probably shouldn’t expect that in YA fiction, but the horrifying implications aren’t even covered on a news broadcast.
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