Blog Tour Highlights

“Brilliant … this kind of book should be required reading in school. … JUST GIRLS is written in such a way that you are enthralled, sympathetic, empathetic, and wondering why the hell this topic is not covered sooner in your life, especially in this day and age.”

“I want to marry this book … gorgeous … Gold does a FANTASTIC job weaving the debate between the radical feminists and the transgender community into the narrative. Most importantly, perhaps, the book is fun. Yes, bad things happen, but good things too. It’s life, with all its bumps and twists. And as in real life, friendship and love trump fear.”

“ … new fave book … ” (Video blog, watch for the full review.)

“The issues tackled, whether thinly veiled sexism, transphobia outside and within the LGBTQIA community, where transgenders factor in same-sex restrooms, and more, never feel like too much. … funny, thoughtful and honest.”

“Just Girls by Gold was stunning. An intricate storyline that is rich and compelling,; interesting and diverse. … I loved the characters in this book. They were so interesting … and so real. The book wasn’t just about issues – it was also about life, relationships, friendship and taking a stand when you need to. I cannot praise this book enough. It gets the highest recommendation from me and as such I recognize it as our Book of the Year.”

“Whether or not you belong to this community, you will be able to relate to them at some personal level.”

“If you read Gold’s first book, ‘Being Emily,’ then this loose continuation will definitely pique your interest and draw you in. … The author takes an honest approach that is not condescending or dancing back and just leaves it as it is, and this was very refreshing.”

“… recommend this book for older teens, people who want to understand LGBT people and anyone who enjoys a social justice oriented tale.”

“I would unequivocally recommend this to anyone who’s interested in learning more about what it’s like to be at risk of being targeted by hate crimes, anyone who’s interested in watching complex characters evolve through the first phases of their new adult status, and anyone who’s interested in understanding the broader perspective of feminism.” “many teaching moments.”

“Just Girls is a young adult LGBTQ novel that stands out to me as innovative and aware while simultaneously touching on the topics that affect many teenagers as they enter the college scene for the first time. … Author Rachel Gold does a great job of raising awareness of myriad LGBTQ issues in this book while still retaining the story itself as the primary focus. Reading it, I was concerned about the characters and their inner lives and their relationships. I wasn’t focused on anything as a “trans issue” and yet noticed that there was a lot of information and advocacy happening in those pages. I love that Gold was able to balance her writing in this way.”