waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Nowhere Girls

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I’m highlighting an upcoming feminist title that has me so incredibly excited. I previously featured Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu in a Waiting on Wednesday video, and I’m excited to continue this trend of fiercely feminist YA.

nowhere girls

“Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.”


The Nowhere Girls comes out on October 10, 2017 from Simon & Schuster, and I cannot express just how freaking excited I am for this book. One of my favorite books of 2016 was The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, and I’m so happy to see more overtly and openly feminist YA novels being published in 2017. This book sounds amazing, and I love the idea of three very different girls coming together to smash the mother fucking patriarchy. Much like Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, it’s so empowering to imagine high school girls fighting back against sexism in the hallways – from oppressive dress codes to star athletes who can get away with anything, especially rape. Teenage girls are a unique source of power and magic unto themselves, and I’m beyond ready for Grace, Rosina, and Erin to fight misogyny and affect change in their school.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that there will be ARCs of this at ALA, because the need is REAL. I haven’t read any of Amy Reed’s previous novels, but she was a major backlist that I’ll dive into if I love The Nowhere Girls. Plus, can we just collectively take a moment to look at that cover? HOW BEAUTIFUL.

Are you intrigued by the premise of The Nowhere Girls? Let me know what upcoming releases you’re waiting on!

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