Yes, of course as a writer I read YA and middle grade books. Some are decent, some are good. In my opinion Drummer Girl is well written and covers the complex issues around peer pressure and high school bullying/abuse/assault. (Yes, whether we like it or not, there is complexity and even perhaps nuance.)

Sid is a girl drummer who wants to get into the coolest school band. Does she have to change who she is to be one of the in-group? More deeply, do girls have to play into the sexualized expectations of boys?

A good read. Well done Karen Bass.

 

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