Some Girls Do | A Review

Hey everyone! Today I’m super excited because I’m going to be reviewing Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan. I hope you enjoy!

(PS: This was a buddy read with the amazing Calliope @ Confessions of a Reading Addict)

Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan

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? 

The plot of Some Girls Do was right up my alley! It was very summer-y, which I liked. However, I struggled a lot with the characters.

The main characters Morgan and Ruby are quite dislikeable. They were both very negative and unoptimistic. There is nothing wrong with that per se, it’s just that I prefer it when at least one main character is positive. Even by just a little bit. Moreover, Morgan was insufferable. It’s hard to put into words why, but I’ll try. Morgan was by all means not privileged in terms of the homophobic experiences she went through, but she felt very “I’m only supporting queer kids because I’m in that community”. She didn’t understand that POC and poor kids go through a lot too. I do think that the side characters were written very well though. Especially Morgan and Ruby’s parents. 

In addition, the dialogue was just okay. In my opinion, it tried too hard to be funny. 

Furthermore, the writing wasn’t anything special either. Some words were overused a bit too much for my liking. For example, ‘mysterious’, and ‘said.’

To conclude, I didn’t enjoy Some Girls Do as much as I hoped I would. While I can appreciate the summer-y atmosphere and unique premise, I disliked the characters and writing style. However, I still recommend this book to Jennifer Dugan fans!

Age Rating: 15 and up

TW: Homophobia

Final Rating: 6/10 or 3 stars


What’s your favorite book with a summer-y vibe? I’d love to know! Have a great day!

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  1. I was really looking forward to that one, so that’s a shame!

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    1. Yeah I was quite sad too. I hope you love it though!!

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  2. Same, loved the overall vibes and atmosphere but the idea that you have to be out to actually *be* queer was so awful, especially when morgan didn’t even know about ruby’s home life
    Loved the review

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    1. definitly agree! thank you so much!! ❤


  3. I do love the cover for this one, the colour of sky is stunning 😍😍 so at least the summery vibes were good to match the cover.
    It is a shame about the rest though. I agree negative characters can be a bit much at times, the positive vibes need to included. I also don’t like it when it feels ‘forced funny’.
    Great review though. Thank you for sharing. I feel like I know exactly what to expect from the book which I like. 💛

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    1. yess! the cover was so pretty! thank you so much for sharing <33

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  4. Susana @susanalovesbooks says:

    I’m sorry this book didn’t really worked for you 😦
    I think that I won’t mind the pessimistic characters just because that’s exactly how I am, although I can’t be sure until I read the book.
    I recently finished Cool for the Summer and it’s also a YA contemporary with a sapphic relationship that gives off summer-y vibes. I think you might like it if you haven’t read it yet!

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    1. well, I guess it takes one to know one then? 😆 ooo I”ll def check out Cool for the Summer, thank you!!


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