The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaidby Kate Hattemer, #36 review

Publication date: 18 Feburary 2020

A novel about friendship, feminism, and the knotty complications of tradition and privilege, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Stephanie Perkins.

Jemima Kincaid is a feminist, and she thinks you should be one too. Her private school is laden with problematic traditions, but the worst of all is prom. The guys have all the agency; the girls have to wait around for promposals (she’s speaking heteronormatively because only the hetero kids even go). In Jemima’s (very opionated) opinion, it’s positively medieval.

Then Jemima is named to Senior Triumvirate, alongside superstar athlete Andy and popular, manicured Gennifer, and the three must organize prom. Inspired by her feminist ideals and her desire to make a mark on the school, Jemima proposes a new structure. They’ll do a Last Chance Dance: every student privately submits a list of crushes to a website that pairs them with any mutual matches.

Meanwhile, Jemima finds herself embroiled in a secret romance that she craves and hates all at once. Her best friend, Jiyoon, has found romance of her own, but Jemima starts to suspect something else has caused the sudden rift between them. And is the new prom system really enough to extinguish the school’s raging dumpster fire of toxic masculinity?

Filled with Kate Hattemer’s signature banter, this is a fast-paced and thoughtful tale about the nostalgia of senior year, the muddle of modern relationships, and how to fight the patriarchy when you just might be part of the patriarchy yourself

Thank you to @times.reads for sending me this ARC. It will be for sale in bookstores starting 18th February 2020.

The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid tells the story of Jemima Kincaid’s senior year and her agenda of how to fight for women’s rights in her super problematic private high school by being a feminist. As she is the Senior Triumvirate, she has the power to invoke change and a voice that people will hear regardless if they want to or not because she has the stage and mike, literally.

In the Triumvirate, we have star athlete and golden boy Andy and popularity princess Gennifer. It is the end of the school year, and the responsibility of the most anticipated event in High School falls to the trio – PROM. Sick of the double standards and rules that were written by those who are dead, she is inspired to reinvent prom into something less medieval, it is named Last Chance Dance.

Every year, girls wait around for a “promposal” while guys get their pick of the fish they want.

But Jemima, girls can also ask guys to prom, it is 2020, helloooo.

Sure. There are some who do that. But some who do, they get slut-shammed for being direct with a boy they like whereas, if a boy asks a girl, it is romantic. This year, it will be fair to all. Last Chance Dance requires students to sign in to a website to key in a list of people they are interested and the system keep it private and match them together. Of course, students can go old school too and stay off the tech because WhO pUtS PrIvAtE iNfOrMaTiOn LiKe ThAt OnLiNe?!! Chawton High School does.

Meantime, Jemima is intertwined in a hush-hush romance with the school’s golden boy which she hates and yearns for all at once. And her best friend since childhood, Jiyoon develops a romance of her own, a bridge stars to build between them slowly. Senior year, drama, and a school filled with toxic masculinity. I wonder who will last for graduation.

This book focuses a lot about high school government politics and toxicity that we sometimes don’t notice. From being a feminist to a misogynistic and the process of losing a friend and making up again. Kate Hattemer’s got you covered. Speaking of cover, this book cover is so cool! Thank you once more to @times.reads for the ARC!


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The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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