Grit by Gillian French (Review)

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Title: Grit

Author: Gillian French

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Darcy Prentiss has long been considered to be the “town slut”. Known for having a good time, Darcy knows that she does nothing that the guys haven’t done. But what no else knows is that Darcy does what she does in order to forget the disappearance of her best friend and a shared secret between Darcy and her cousin Nell. And then someone, anonymously, decides to nominate Darcy for Bay Festival Princess, which Darcy considers cruel and laughable, and the secrets she’s kept hidden in the back of her mind begin to surface. As you can probably tell by how long it’s taken me to actually write this review, I though Grit was just an average book. And those are the hardest to review.

Firstly, things I liked: the relationship between Darcy, her sister Mags, and her cousin Nell. They were a close-knit family, and I enjoyed their dynamic. The writing is pleasant, which makes this an effortless book to read.
Then there are the things I found lacking: whilst I think Darcy had a good voice, it felt lost in aimlessness of the plot. When thinking back, it’s difficult to think about what was actually the aim of the book. It felt like a lot of sub-plots all drawn conveniently together, sort of as an afterthought. There was a lot of casual racism too, regarding the migrants and the disappearance, and I felt it wasn’t really called out in the narrative, except by one character.

Ultimately, whilst the writing is pleasant, the book itself is disappointing, unfocused, and lacking in character development.



Lauren is a british blogger and book reviewer. She is an avid bookworm, writer and procrastinator extraordinaire. A recent history grad, Lauren is currently grappling with adulthood, finding solace in the written word. As an avid reader of YA literature, she’s a lover of sci-fi, contemporary romance, sister stories, and cute f/f books. Some of her favourite books include Code Name Verity by the incredibly talented Elizabeth Wein, and the soul-crushingly cute The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.



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