Some Girls Bind by Rory James
“You’re everything you need to be right now and it’s enough.”
Some Girls Bind is a story about secrets. Everyone has something that they are afraid to share with the world, especially when they’re in high school. Maybe it is a personal issue that one person is hesitant to tell another, or maybe it is a family secret that someone is trying to conceal from the world. But this tale looks into how each of us gets by with something to hide and the every day consequences of keeping a secret.
Jamie is a high school teenager. Jamie’s group of friends get together and share their secrets or what is plaguing their minds. But Jamie does not feel comfortable coming forth just yet.
One of Jamie’s close friends, Levi, came out to his group of friends. Levi felt that he could share with his friends and as a result, each of the friends picked up his secret and carried it with them. In turn, the rest of the friend group took turns sharing their secrets. Everyone except for Jamie.
Jamie is gender fluid or genderqueer and they are still trying to figure out what that means and how it is going to effect Jamie’s every day life. Jamie knows that their preferred pronouns are they/them because the terms are gender-less. They also know that binding themselves is what feel normal and it is something that they have done since the age of 14. Jamie struggles with what it means to be gender fluid because Jamie was taught to be a girl, but they know what something doesn’t feel right with that label. Jamie also thinks that binding your chest is that “girly,” as this sentiment is repeated throughout Jamie’s internal dialogue moments. But when Jamie looks in the mirror, it is not a boy and it is not a girl that is reflected back. Jamie sees Jamie.
While we are introduced to the rest of Jamie’s friends, the story focuses primarily on Jamie. But there is also an undertone of Levi’s struggles. Jamie shields herself with Levi, because Levi has come out to more people, Jamie can gauge everyone else’s opinions on what it is like to deviate from the norm. Personally, I have an issue with this friendship. I understand that Jamie is struggling, but is feels like Levi is being used in a way he shouldn’t. I feel like this hinders the LGBTQ+ undertone that the author sets of accepting people for who they are and being supportive of one another.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. It is a quick read but it is a “feel good” story. Jamie finds themselves, first sharing with a close friend, then going on to seek out other genderqueer peoples in the community until Jamie becomes comfortable enough to share with the people in her life what her secret is. I like that no one makes a big deal of Jamie’s secret and instead accepts Jamie. I believe this is a must read and a great addition to every reader’s TBR list.
Some Girls Bind by Rory James is set to publish on February 1, 2019
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.