Reviews tagging 'Racism'

Squad, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

33 reviews

bookishsapphicshay's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.75


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allebasi80's review

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adventurous dark funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.5

art was gorgeous and expressive, so full points for that. story-wise, starts with strong premise but plot is odd and message is unclear. goes for a feminist vibe but clearly devolves into hypocrisy. moments of body-shaming and racism are startlingly frequent and almost entirely unquestioned. the story was interesting but the ending seemed sudden and drastic without much reasoning or satisfaction. the mc was somewhat relatable, but most of the characters were just nasty for no reason.

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marie_j's review against another edition

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adventurous dark funny tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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rtaire's review

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adventurous dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0


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kingrosereads's review

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adventurous tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

A sapphic paranormal upper YA about high school mean girls with werewolves! 

Becca is a new girl in her junior year of high school and she catches the eye of the three popular girls: Amanda, Ariana, and Marley. In a quick “Mean Girls”-esque montage, they dress her up and give her rules to follow by. Then one night, the girls show Becca their secret: they’re werewolves and every month they have to feed on human flesh. They choose to eat “bad guys” only. Becca agrees to join their pack and things are going well until a boy from their school dies and ruins everything. 

As a short YA graphic novel, it was an interesting fast pace story. It’s definitely predictable but still entertaining. I kind of wished it was a short series rather than a short stand alone so it could expand on the story and characters. 

The basic storyline is entertaining and interesting to me and the artwork is just beautiful. The art style reminds me of the Archie comics. 

The girl power feminism is very surface level with the anger for toxic masculinity and using murder to avenge the actions of predators. I’m kind of over the story line of women killing abusive and predatory men and the leader of the women ends up just painting all men with the same brush and they end up killing innocent men. Just let women kill rapists and abusers in these books! (For legal reasons, this is a joke). Also, the story is filled with micro-aggressions against the main East Asian character and the Black side character. These micro-aggressions are just ignored or brushed off. Also, Amanda (the only black character) is the one character that’s brushed aside despite playing a very important role. Not addressing the micro-aggressions just felt weird and pointless. 

Also, in stereotypical mean girl fashion, dieting and obsession with one’s weight was also prominent and never challenge. Literally they were criticizing one of the girls for being a size 4 and not a size 0 or 2. It made it even more obvious there was no mid to plus size representation. 

The bones are there but the execution was problematic and lackluster. 

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linnybear's review against another edition

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adventurous dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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asexualandriod's review

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dark reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75


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annasbuecherbeet's review

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adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated

3.0


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kamp99's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

Rating: 4.5 ⭐️’s
This book was super “woke”, feminist, women loving women and women protecting women and we loved it!

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cfell's review

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adventurous dark fast-paced

4.0


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