Go With the Flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann. First Second, 2020. 9781250143174
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? Four friends bond over their periods, and try to get their high school to supply the bathrooms with feminine hygiene products. There is a little bit of romance (with hints that one of the girls has a crush on another in the pack), but mostly drama over activism around menstruation. I love the trusting relationships between the four girls, which include two white kids, an African American and an Asian American. The message of empowering people who menstruate to take conversations and issues mainstream and lose their secretiveness is refreshing. The color palette is shades of red and brown, which of course perfectly channels the subject. I would have loved to read this when I was 16! It’s a light but important read one that should be enjoyed by all kids.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Character development and plot depth are a bit thin.
To whom would you recommend this book? For fans of Kim Harrington’s Revenge of the Red Club, and middle grade readers who like feminist novels.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: February 9, 2020