I'm all for feminist fiction. Feminism is a topic I constantly educate myself in by reading the feminist genre as often as I can. To be given what is branded as a feminist novel about a teenage boxer, I was more than happy to review it.
First of all, I absolutely adored Fleur Waters. I thought she was the stubborn and determined teenage girl in a novel that everyone needs to read. Considering I have no interest in sports or the sporting world in any way whatsoever, reading the journey of a female boxer, I found it very enjoyable and interesting, truly don't disregard a book by first thoughts. Although the writing style was sometimes unlike anything I've read.
The writing style within the novel is also interesting in itself, it is quite clunky, but the thing that I originally didn't like, I thought actually added to the premise of the novel, being about a teenage girl trying to find her way in the world. I also think the character development is intriguing, the characters consistently remain likeable and you want to read about them, which I liked.
Moreover, I could also relate a lot to Pip, him attempting the boxing class, was very funny and he is an extremely likeable and relatable character.
Whilst there was a romantic element within the novel, it was almost a secondary story as oppose to being forced upon on the reader and definitely didn't interfere with other themes, which I enjoyed very much.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend it!
*I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review - this didn't affect my opinion as I remain transparent with my thoughts.