In the book Just Girls by Rachel Gold I thought the relationships between different characters were interesting. I’ll start with Lindy and Tucker. You would never expect that a relationship between two women would be violent at all, because women are seen as sweet, nice and innocent. You would never expect another girl to hit, or sexually assault their significant other, but it happens. Lindy is a prime example on what can happen in everyday life, that you can never expect a girl to hurt her significant other. She also has a past with this, with a girlfriend she had before Tucker. Gold shows that not all girls are as sweet and innocent as society thinks they can be, and that women can be just as violent as men. Another relationship that caught my eye was the one between Shen and Ella. I love how he is not afraid of her because she is transgender. Not all people are like Shen, a lot of people would stop talking to the person they are talking to because they are transgender because they are afraid of society, they would show disgust to the person for being transgender, or they would ignore their feelings and try to stay “just friends”. Shen is a good example on how people should treat transgender people, just like their gender they identify as.
Rachel Gold’s book Just Girls is different from any other book I have read before, for many different parts and reasons in the book. I did not expect a few things to happen in the book. For one, I did not expect Tucker in the beginning to say that she was the transgender student, even though it was Ella that was the transgender student. It surprised me because I never though of someone doing this for another person before. The after effects were not a surprise though; a “feminist” teacher (Vivien) that down graded her work because she hated transgender women, her getting assaulted and harassed by other students, and everything else that happened to her. I did not expect Tucker to end up liking Nico, it was unexpected on my part and I never saw it coming. Tucker’s experiences in her Women’s Studies class was a terrible one. Vivien was a terrible teacher, because she let her feelings get before her job. If Tucker did a good job on her work, she should have been graded properly for it, not down graded because Vivien thought Tucker was a transgender women and she, for some odd reason, hates transgender women and still considers them to be “men” even though they’re not. If Vivien was true feminist, she would of showed support for all women, not just cisgender women. All over I thought the book was pretty well written, and it did relate to the world now of days.