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A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls

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A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls

A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS is an anthology of short stories about badass girls. The stories consist of historical fiction with strong females at the center of every story. Many popular YA authors have contributed to the anthology and I was delighted to find some of my favorite YA authors such as Marissa Meyer and Marie Lu included in the book. The settings of the stories range from the Americas in the 1700s to the USA in the 1960s. As a student currently studying American history, I found it very interesting to read about protagonists in historical events that I had just learned about.

"Fans of the BECAUSE I WAS A GIRL anthology will be sure to love this book along with any girls and boys who love historical fiction and strong female leads."

Some of the short stories were more interesting than others, but I appreciated the diversity and the fact that the girls came from so many different backgrounds and heritages. Many of the stories were too short for me and I just wanted to read a whole novel about their characters! I am also very excited to read the next installment: THE RADICAL ELEMENT, which consists of 12 stories with new authors who write about girls from the 1800s to 1980s America. Fans of the BECAUSE I WAS A GIRL anthology will be sure to love this book along with any girls and boys who love historical fiction and strong female leads.

I found myself getting personally attached to some of the girls from this anthology and I respected the strength that so many of the girls possessed. Some of my favorite stories included the story that took place during the Vietnam War in America where the college protests were at their peak. I also loved the LGBTQ inclusion as well as the diversity within social classes. Another one of my favorites was the story that took place during the Black Panther movement in America as that was such an integral part of the Civil Rights Movement. There were two stories that took place during the Great Depression and the different angles from which each story approached the subject were incredible to read.

The setting of each short story was also different. There were stories from the West Coast of the U.S. as well the East Coast, all the way to the South and a story about British North America in general. I loved meeting new girls with every story and sharing their adventures to fight for their free will to maintain their own identity. A lot of the girls faced problems of other people wanting to control them and the way that the stories addressed this was done beautifully.

It was so interesting to read about known historical events that we learned about in school from history textbooks from the perspective of young girls. Many of these events have stories told about them from the male perspective so having a different perspective was interesting to read. I would recommend this book to any lovers of historical fiction who love short stories or just awesome female leads. If you love YA and want to see some of your favorite YA authors try their hand at historical fiction, then give this one a read!

Reviewed by Ilona K., Teen Board Member on March 14, 2018

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls
Edited by Jessica Spotswood