Girls Can’t Hit by TS Easton – Published by Hot Key Books, 2017
This book has been on my radar for a while, but I put off reading it for two slightly conflicting reasons:
1. I wanted something good to read in the long January evenings; and
2. I loved Tom Easton’s previous book ‘Boys don’t knit’ so much, I feared disappointment.
As you’ll have guessed, I like books. Reading offers so much, so it’s important that young adults aren’t put off by being exposed only to works they “should” read.
What makes a good book? An interesting plot, characters that you warm to or characters you really don’t (preferably both), fluent writing, a great ending and, depending on the genre, humour and/or a book that teaches you something.
Unless you’re Nicola Adams this book fulfils all those criteria.
Aimed at teenagers, it’s pitched exactly right. Clever, funny and a bit different. Correct use of apostrophes too (I told you it was educational).
It’s also thought provoking. Custard creams: the gateway drug to patriarchy? Girls can’t hit? Well…there are two schools of thought, but I can clear up one mystery: it’s jam first.
Make yourself a protein shake, cut a slice of Bakewell tart, settle down, open at page 1, read… enjoy (even if you aren’t a young adult).