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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (20 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471406105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471406102
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

A funny, feminist teen story about knowing when to train . . . and when to fight

About the Author

Tom Easton is an experienced author of fiction for all ages who has published books under a number of different pseudonyms as well as his own name. His teen novel BOYS DON'T KNIT (Hot Key Books) was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for both the Leeds Book Award and Peter's Book of the Year, and won the Coventry Inspiration Book Award 2015. The sequel AN ENGLISH BOY IN NEW YORK followed this and Tom has since been working on a younger, funny, family-oriented set of stories for Piccadilly Press that begin with OUR HOUSE. Tom lives in Surrey with his wife and three children and in his spare time works as a Production Manager for Hachette Children's Books. Find out more about Tom at www.tomeaston.co.ukor on Twitter: @TomEaston

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I'm not a boxing fan, but I adored this from first page to last. It helped pass a few hours of a hospital confinement (with newborn night feeds), and thoroughly entertained.

This is the story of a rather typical British teen, not particularly sporty, does well enough in school, no particular aspirations. Fleur follows her best friend on feminist crusades, supporting her as she battles to get women allowed to boxing classes. Taking part in one herself, though unfit and exhausted, Fleur finds enough motivation from it to return. Again and again.

She changes her diet, starts exercising, finds a real interest and passion for boxing. Despite her mum's fears about the dangers, and her boyfriend's dislike of her new physique, she finds a talent and joy in her new hobby.

This was just wonderful. It's not exactly a female Rocky, but of course, this and other famous boxing films get mentioned quite a lot. Fleur is an everygirl, tho she and her two best friends (who, living near Hastings, like to take part in Battle reenactments at weekends) are a hilarious threesome and very close-knit and a pleasure to read about. Fleur's mum has her own reasons for her overprotective nature, and she and Dad's arguments had me spluttering drinks.

Easton writes humour well into the book. It feels natural as well, Fleur is enjoyably amusing. When attending the boxing club to protest its anti-feminist policies, they are offered a snack...
'"You take their biscuits and then they've got you.'
'It's not some gateway drug to the patriarchy,' I said. 'It's a custard cream.
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"I'd trained hard too. Bonita may have thought I was some useless piece of dental floss, who'd never worked hard for anything, but she was wrong. I'd run, I'd cycled, I'd lifted weights over and over until I hated the sight of the damn things."

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Girls Can't Hit is a lovely, emotional, and heart warming story about boxing, friendship, family relationships, and knowing when to fight. Fleur Waters takes up boxing to prove a point and ends up loving it, despite everyone trying to stand in her way. It's about Fleur changing as a person, growing into someone she never thought that she could be and finding she loves it. Only problem is her mother hates her hobby, her boyfriend thinks she's getting too masculine, and her friends think she's becoming too distant. Awkward.

I must admit that I wasn't overly fond of the title - I get that's it is supposed to be satirical and ironic, but I rather fear that girls will be put off reading it. I was also caught off-guard by the opening scenes; the language and writing style seemed like it was aimed at a younger audience than I was expecting (possibly my fault for not examining the back cover closely enough), but that was no big deal. Despite the younger target audience, I found Girls Can't Hit an absolute page-turner, finishing it in under a day! The real draw here is Fleur and her narrative arc.

"I'm starving," I said. "I've been exercising a lot lately."
"Maybe you need to cut down a little on the exercise," George said. I blinked at him. Has anyone ever said that to anyone in the world before?

Fleur as a narrator is wonderful. She's funny, her struggles are genuine, and she's likeable.
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