Book Review - Yankee Girl
20th December 2017
Yankee Girl is a novel that will really make you think. A novel that will resonate with you long after you finish it. A novel that you'll tell everyone you know to read.
When Alice moves from Chicago to Mississippi, she has no idea how different her life will become. Constantly moving for her father's work, she is used to making new friends, and settling herself into each new environment. But Mississippi is nothing like Chicago, and Alice soon learns that making friends will come at a cost.
Nicknamed Yankee Girl by her classmates, and isolated at school, Alice is desperate for friends. So when fellow new girl Valerie starts, Alice is sure that she will want to be friends with her, after all 'There was somebody who really needed a friend.' But Valerie has no interest in being friends with a white girl, and Alice finds herself even more isolated than before.
Desperately wanting to belong, Alice sets her sights on becoming a Cheerleader - the most popular group of girls in school. But becoming friends with the Cheerleaders comes at a cost, and soon Alice realises that in order to fit in, she must change the way she thinks, and keep quiet when she knows their actions are wrong.
When a horrific tragedy strikes, Alice realises that she can't continue to keep quiet when so much wrong is going on around her. She finally learns that doing the right thing is more important than following the crowd.
Yankee Girl is a classic tale of growing up, and of learning to do the right thing, even when everyone else around you seems set against it. It teaches you to stand up for what you believe in, and to be true to yourself, even when all the odds seem set against you.
This is not just a novel that everyone should read, it's a novel that everyone will fall head-over-heels in love with.