Rating – 5/5 stars
Date Finished – August 11, 2017
67/120 in 2017
Publication Date – September 5, 2017
I loved this book. I mean, really. I don’t read a ton of YA, and when I do, I hold it to a really high standard. This holds up.
Billed as a “feminist retelling of Snow White,” the novel is about two women – Mina and Lynet. Mina is the “evil stepmother” to Lynet’s heroine. The setup of the story is familiar – two women pitted against each other and only one can be queen. Without giving too much away, this novel looks at relationships between women, vulnerability, abuse and its repercussions, and the power of love. The ways in which this book departs from the stories we know are fascinating, and they force us to reject the dangerous, disempowering notion that “there can only be one on top.”
I’d hand this to any adult, and definitely any young adult. It’s powerful stuff, and I love seeing progressive themes in books that are still fascinating and well-written.
Thanks to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for my advance copy of Girls Made of Glass and Snow.