I received this book for free from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I first heard about this, I was so incredibly excited to get my hands on it as not only is it written by three incredible #LoveOzYA authors, but it tackles feminism, identity, bullying and friendship!
Take Three Girls follows three girls (funnily enough) named Ady, Clem and Kate as they go through Year 10 at an all girls school in Melbourne. Ady is a day student who is part of the popular crowd, but we see her questioning popularity and her relationships. She also has a shitty home life that she keeps utmost secret. Clem is one of the boarders and a member of the school swim team, until she ends up taking time off for an injury and realises that swimming is not all of who she is as a person while getting involved with the wrong boy. Another one of the boarders, Kate, is not only incredibly intelligent, but incredibly in love with music. She plays the cello and starts to discover that your dreams can change. Ady, Clem and Kate all end up bonding after each becoming victim to vicious rumours spread by a student run gossip site and we get to see their friendship with eachother develop while learning more about each of them as people.
(Can I just say that the above descriptors of each of the girls are SUPER BASIC and there is so much more to each of them, but I really want to push you to read this book so I’m leaving it at that, soz)
Basically, each of the characters were incredibly different and had unique voices and I found it so hard to choose a favourite! (So I’m not going to, you can’t make me!)
Despite romance not actually being a huge deal in the book (friendship took precedence which I LOVED SO MUCH), each of the girls face new romantic relationships and all of them are unique and done brilliantly. There is also bisexual representation in Ady which I LOVED to see and while I don’t have a say in how the rep was handled, I feel like it was done beautifully and it felt authentic! Clem’s love broke my heart, but I found myself relating the most to her. The guy she’s unfortunately fallen for is a B A D E G G, but as Clem is head over heels, she doesn’t realise that she can do SO MUCH BETTER than him. Kate on the other hand, ohhhh I won’t go into much detail, but for those who have read this book, I am SO glad where things ended up going and the growth she experiences in her relationships is so beautiful.
While the plot doesn’t actually have much going on as this is such a character driven novel, the actions that did take place were so intriguing and felt true to the characters and their development. Seeing their friendship grow and seeing each of them learn more about feminism were HUGE highlights for me, and I absolutely adore how the topics were explored!
In conclusion, Take Three Girls was a wonderful read with feminism and friendship as the heart of the novel, I highly recommend this to anybody looking for a contemporary read. I read this in only a few sittings and it has easily become one of my favourite #LoveOzYA novels of the year!
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