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What's the Opposite of a Best Friend?

by A. Bates

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Stacy and Jenelle remain best friends in spite of being exact opposites in personality.

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You know, there really is a whole genre of Junior/YA fiction dedicated to stories about girls who are tomboys and/or uninterested in boys, but who see the error of their ways by the end of the book and embrace pretty dresses and boycrushes. To be honest, it's not a genre that appeals to me very much, because there's always an element of judgement associated with it. Being a tomboy is something to be grown out of. Not liking boys is a sign of immaturity. Growing up means that you will embrace gender roles and be a good heterosexual! Books of this genre ignore the experiences of lesbians and asexuals, and degrade the worth of women who don't conform entirely to gender stereotypes. I enjoy teen romances, but not when they have this kind of insidious judgement seeping from every page.
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
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