Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan

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Title: Some Girls Do
Author: Jennifer Dugan
Publisher: Putnam
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Morgan, an elite track athlete, is forced to transfer high schools late in her senior year after it turns out being queer is against her private Catholic school’s code of conduct. There, she meets Ruby, who has two hobbies: tinkering with her baby blue 1970 Ford Torino and competing in local beauty pageants, the latter to live out the dreams of her overbearing mother. The two are drawn to each other and can’t deny their growing feelings. But while Morgan–out and proud, and determined to have a fresh start–doesn’t want to have to keep their budding relationship a secret, Ruby isn’t ready to come out yet. With each girl on a different path toward living her truth, can they go the distance together?

Some Girls Do is the first Jennifer Dugan that I have read, but I will definitely be diving into her backlist. I have been on a bit of a contemporary push now, and this book has certainly come at the right time for me. It had just the right balance between character development and romance that made me want more.

When it comes to the characters, they were both people who weren’t perfect and made stupid decisions, but that was something I loved because nobody is truly perfect. They both have their issues, and it is something that they work on throughout the book. Both of them had me pulling my hair out at certain points for different reasons, but that just endeared them to me even more because it showed they were human. I liked the dynamic between Morgan and Ruby and how they brought out both the best and the worst in each other, and while they have their issues to work out, they can do it together.

When it comes to the romance, it had just the right amount of slow-burn for me not to feel like it was Insta-love but moved quick enough for me not to get frustrated at the lack of movement. When Morgan and Ruby were together, they were adorable, and you just wanted to route for them to get together. And even though it took a while, the journey was worth it.

I do have to mention that I loved seeing Ruby so passionate about cars and wanting to go to college to study on an automotive program. As a girl studying an automotive program at University, it was great to see that in YA contemporary as it is typically not seen as something that girls do, and to quote the title, Some Girls Do.

The only thing that I would have loved was for it to have been a little longer; I would have loved to have seen more of the aftermath of Morgan and Ruby’s decisions and to have just seen some more cute moments of them together.

I highly recommend picking up Some Girls Do if you love YA contemporaries with flawed characters that do mess up. I am definitely going to go back and read Jennifer Dugan’s other works, fingers crossed I love them as much as Some Girls Do.

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