Article Title

Girl Mans Up


Emma Patton


Dependable, Young Adult, respect; immigrants; first-generation; gender; gay; lesbian; high school; siblings; romance; Canada; Portuguese; video games

Document Type

Book Review


Everyone seems confused about who Pen Oliveira is trying to be. She dresses like a boy, acts like a boy, and likes girls, so maybe she’s trying to be a boy. But Pen Oliveira isn’t trying to be anything. She’s trying to figure out how to be her most authentic self. She’s trying to figure out how to get her friends to quit taking advantage of her and start treating her like a person. She’s trying to figure out how to navigate romantic relationships. She’s trying to figure out to honor her immigrant parents when they seem set on disrespecting her choices. Amidst this all, Pen struggles with the concept of gender and where she fits in it. Pen realizes that her own lack of confidence prevents her from living her fullest life. She realizes that she needs to live with the knowledge that she is worthy of respect, even if she doesn’t yet know who she is.