Insta Review: Seeing Red, by Kathryn Erskine

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Seeing Red looks like a typical “boy book”. Young man on the cover, standing on a bright red pickup truck, a summary that includes the male hero coming of age and learning to understand his role in the family after losing his father. So imagine my surprise when the female characters of the book drop the mic with a badass feminism subplot. Although Red serves as the main character and narrator, the female characters surrounding him stole the show for me; including his mother and her journey to find and support herself in a time when women “belong in the kitchen”, his friend Rosie attempting to find the courage to stand up to her abusive father, and his neighbor Miss Georgia quietly fighting for civil rights. The story gets a bit convoluted near the climax, but there’s a lot of good happening here.

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