Title: Trouble Girls
Author: Julia Lynn Rubin
Style: Contemporary, Queer
**Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review. Trouble Girls is out June 1.
“Maybe there are no signs or symbols in this world at all, just things we desperately want to see."
Trouble Girls is a new age queer Themla and Louise storyline with characters Lux and Trixie who plan to spend the weekend together end up running from the law after a violent encounter when a man tries to assault one of them. Suddenly they are wanted fugitives. As the media spins the story they soon they realize they realize they only have each other.
Theres something about two young woman who stop a terrible man from doing a terrible thing then running from the police that makes me scream "Gimmie!" You can't help root for the Trixie and Lux.
While the story had a lot of great qualities the overall plot was just okay for me. Most of the book is Trixie and Lux on a road trip and the mistakes they make. I was hoping for more of a cat and mouse chase between the girls on the run and the police. These character are teens and so the poor decision making is accurate and authentic. It's great that more queer representation is happening in books instead of the typical heterosexual relationship too. I wish we could have seen more of Trixie and Lux's romantic relationship.
The portrayal of victims of sexual abuse and the response of outsiders as well as how their abusers are treated is depressing but accurate. The storyline strives to intertwine the #metoo movement but the author could have went a bit deeper with that.
Overall this book was just okay for me. I don't regret reading it but it wasn't my favorite book.