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Abbey Brooks, Gila High freshman-to-be, never thought a hellish day of shopping at the mall with her best friend, Kate, could change her life. But when she orders French fries from the flirtatious Hot Dog on a Stick Chick, she gets more than deep-fried potatoes. Abbey tries to ignore the weird, happy feeling in her gut, but that proves to be as impossible as avoiding the vAbbey Brooks, Gila High freshman-to-be, never thought a hellish day of shopping at the mall with her best friend, Kate, could change her life. But when she orders French fries from the flirtatious Hot Dog on a Stick Chick, she gets more than deep-fried potatoes. Abbey tries to ignore the weird, happy feeling in her gut, but that proves to be as impossible as avoiding the very insistent (and—rumor has it—very lesbian) players on Gila High’s girls’ basketball team. They want freakishly long-legged Abbey to try out, and Abbey doesn’t hate the idea. But Kate made Abbey pinky swear to avoid basketball and to keep away from the you-know-who girls on the team.Sometimes promises can’t be kept. And sometimes girls in uniform are impossible to resist....

Title : The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year
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ISBN : 18903663
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The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year Reviews

  • Annameekee Hesik
    2019-01-28 07:24

    Girl meets girl like you have never read before! This is the perfect book for any girl who has ever wondered, "Am I a you-know-who girl, too?" It's got romance, diversity, laughs, heartache, and basketball. Who could ask for more? :) Of course, if you want more, a sequel is in the works! Annameekee Hesik

  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    2019-02-09 03:07

     “I mean, I don’t know what I am, so why is it anyone else’s business and why is everyone talking about me?”Freshman Year is a hidden gem. I didn't know it existed until Dahlia linked me.I've been actively seeking light coming of age books and this one perfectly fits the category. It has a lot of relevant things to impart to readers.It follows the story of Abbey Brooks an incoming freshman, who is coming to terms with her new found discovery about herself.  Its about firsts, falling without reservation, facing consequences, getting your heart broken throw in sports and friendship. TA-DA! We have a real winner here.Good points for thean active parent figurethe difficulty of coming outand most importantly the struggle of understanding your own selfI have some few problems like describing the poc's skin as food, and some things I couldn't go in specific because of spoilers.Regardless of that Freshman Year  is the book we should should be reading.Review to come.

  • D. Leigh
    2019-01-28 01:07

    This was one of the best YA books I've read. Hesik captures teen angst and pours it onto the pages in a way that transports you back to crowded halls, high school cliques and smelly locker rooms. Her characters are so true to life, her story so well written and so compelling, it is a must read for any middle school or high school student. I hope to see copies of this book in a lot of libraries. Oh yeah, it's a great read for adults, too.

  • Tawnya Peltonen
    2019-02-07 02:16

    Amazing, emotional read! I could not put this book down! I loved it so much I was torn between wanting to read it all in one sitting and needing to make it last as long as possible. The characters are so...NORMAL, they're easy to relate to whether you're gay, straight or questioning your sexuality. They're also very memorable. I know I certainly won't be forgetting about them anytime soon.I read ALOT and this story is familiar yet really unique and fresh. It made me laugh. It made me cry. And it made me angry. I cannot tell you the last time one book made me feel all of those emotions. I was left feeling emotionally drained but satisfied. I highly recommend picking up a copy of The You Know Who Girls: Freshman year when you get the chance. I'm very much looking forward to Annameekee's next book in what I'm hoping will be a series.

  • Aeicha
    2019-01-23 03:26

    I'm always on the lookout for a great YA book with LGBT focused characters, so I was super excited to find Annameekee Hesik's The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year and even more excited to discover just how great this book is.Abbey Brooks is about to start her freshman year at Gila High with her BFF Kate and they've made a pact to not try-out for basketball and stay away from the rumored lesbian b-ball players, aka the you know who girls. But Abbey has a secret. She just might be one of those you know who girls and she's seriously crushing on the cute, older Hot Dog on a Stick Chick, Keeta. When Abbey joins the JV basketball team and starts to hang out with those you know who girls, rumors fly about Abbey. And when Keeta returns Abbey's flirtations, even though Keeta has a girlfriend, things get even more complicated for confused Abbey. The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year offers readers a thought-provoking, entertaining and realistic story about heartache, first love, friendship and sexuality. This is a true bildungsroman and Hesik writes with an authentic, fresh voice that anybody who survived their teen years can relate to. This is a quick read and Abbey's often witty, heartbreaking and touching coming of age story had me easily engrossed from beginning to end. Hesik has crafted a smart, hip story without having to rely on trite characters or storylines. I really loved getting caught up in Abbey's complicated, drama filled and fun freshman year and thoroughly enjoyed her perspective. Abbey is such a complex, layered and well-developed character. There's a wonderful tangibility to Abbey; her emotions are so palpable and believable. From her first flustered encounter with the sexy Hot Dog on a Stick Chick, I knew I was going to like Abbey and her genuine, funny and oh so relatable awkward personality and I really, really did like her. Abbey's story, from her grief over her father's death to her issues with her BFF to her coming to terms with her confusing sexuality, is so incredibly well-developed and written. And although the focus on Abbey's sexuality is important, it doesn't define the whole book. At its essence, this isn't merely a story about a young girl defining her sexuality, it's simply a story about the intensity and fragility of first love and finding oneself during the complicated teen years. The are a myriad of other characters; some likable, some not so much. I do wish that some of the important supporting characters (Kate and Abbey's mom especially) were fleshed out and developed more. Abbey's first relationship is realistically messy, fun, steamy and heartaching, but I do wish a little less time was spent on this relationship and more time was spent on Abbey's fractured relationships with her mom and Kate. At times Abbey's mother comes across as slightly clueless or unaware and I wish the author would have included a scene where Abbey comes out to her mother.Hesik wraps up Abbey's freshman year nicely but leaves plenty of room for more...and I would definitely love to read more!MY FINAL THOUGHTS: The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year is a fun, thought-provoking story, with a captivating and engrossing MC and romance, from an author with a fresh and authentic voice.

  • AJ Reyes
    2019-01-25 08:19

    This book is, basically, the awesomest. Annameekee Hesik wrote about me. You know, if I was a you know who girl and a fictional character.Not only has Annameekee given us a great storyline, but the characters that she has brought to us are real and relatable. These characters are people that I crossed paths with in high school. It was refreshing to read about real people and not stereotypes, especially in a book about gay characters. Following Abbey through her romantic encounters, her new friendships, and her realization of who she is and what she might want brought on a strong feeling of nostalgia. Annameekee captures what it’s like to be a teenager experiencing first love and all the fun and confusing emotions that come with it. Read this. Do it.

  • Kimberly Russell
    2019-01-30 01:28

    I was surprised when I realized this might be my first LGBT friendly book. I'm not really sure why I haven't read more of them. (Note - the subject matter does not bother me in the slightest). I thought the book was fun, thought provoking without being preachy and I would even recommend it to younger readers.I received this from Net Galley but my opinions are my own.

  • Natsu
    2019-02-08 03:12

    This made me smile, annoyed me, made me want to hit someone, made me want to scream at someone, knock some sense into them, made me swoon, grit my teeth, wince, laugh out loud, even get a bit teary eyed (or maybe I'm just PMSing) ... solid 5.

  • Laura
    2019-01-31 07:22

    I won this book via GoodReads. I was thrilled when I found out. :-)This the first entirely LGBT book that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact I read it over a few hours as I couldn't put it down. It was wonderfully written. I think this in itself is a good sign I loved it!Over the last year or so I've developed a love of contemporary ya, particularly those with sports related storylines mixed with a bit of romance. Examples include Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally. So I was really looking forward to this one.I really liked the main character Abbey(Road). She was an independent, witty, sarcastic, clever, young woman who also kicked ass at basketball. I especially liked that she wasn't perfect and made mistakes, which she admitted to. Too many characters in ya are a bit too perfect for my liking! I imagine I would have gone on with her pretty well at school. Another stand out character for me was Garrett. She was funny, strong and oozed confidence! I wish I could be more like her. I don't want to give away the plot (so I won't!). There were crushes, mixed feelings, betrayals, laughter and love. I really enjoyed this one. I'll be looking out for more books by Annameekee and I hope to see The You Know Who Girls again.

  • Kristy Sartain- Whispering Pretty Stories Reviews
    2019-02-10 03:09

    http://whisperingprettystories.weebly...Abbey has been warned not to try out for the girls basketball team because there are lesbians on the team and she wouldn't want to be associated with *them* during her first year in high school. Except she is one. This story is beautifully crafted, not too over the top. You can tell Hesik is around high school aged kids. The language is perfect, the actions are perfect, and the relationships among the kids and faculty are all perfect for high school. I love how Abbey and Kate's stories mingle, then separate, but still mimic each other. I don't want to ruin anything, so I won't say anything more than that. The only complaint I have is what happened to the boy who asked out Abbey? He disappeared, never to be heard from again. I will buy this for my high school library when it is released. I know this book will help some students who might be dealing with similar issues. I tried to post this review on, but missed the deadline. :(

  • Kageashi
    2019-02-15 09:10

    Poignant, touching story about a freshman struggling with her identity - as a student, as a friend, a daughter, and as a lesbian. The cliche "page turner" aptly applies here - the protagonist compels the reader to keep reading and see how her story turns out.Ending feels like a "To Be Continued..." - hopefully so, as I personally would like to see how the characters continue to evolve.

  • Sally
    2019-01-26 06:15

    This book, omfgasdfjhksflbbbbtSQUEE.So I started it yesterday and could not put it down from the first page! Until it was super late and I was only halfway through, and my alarm was set for 7:25am (allowing for two, maybe three, hits of snooze, although on my new phone I have to be careful because what was snooze on my OLD phone is cancel alarm on the new. At least that kind of makes me wake up faster because I have to be aware of exactly what button I'm sleepily pressing)... anyway, there was no way I could stay up until 1 or so to finish this last night. But then when I got home today: oh boy, straight on with a pot of peppermint tea and straight back into the book! (Two pots of peppermint tea totally count as dinner, right? I kind of got sidetracked.)THIS BOOK, OH MY. It's just amazing. Firstly, the writing is so brilliant and engaging that it could have been a list of cottage cheese recipes and I would have been giggling along and squealing and loving it. Story aside, I just loved Abbey and loved her voice, she was so real and vibrant and, yep, so familiar. Reminded me a lot of me, and it's nice to read about someone where you have that kind of a connection. And then, the story! YAY! Would you believe I didn't know this was a gay book before I started reading?! I know, right? It somehow slipped under my radar and then I just nonchalantly requested the e-galley without a clue in the world... clearly, it was meant to be. This book and I? It's FATE. Because not only was it surprise!gay, it was surprise!GOOD gay. Now, I read anything gay I can get my hands on pretty much, and there's a lot out there that isn't really all that great, that I'm pretty much only struggling through because the girls are kissing the girls. This book? NOT one of those. This book? Fucking hell five stars and then some if you please! It's just brilliant and I want to take it behind the bike shed and make out with it. I loved Abbey's coming out process so much and one of the parts I really loved was her reaction to being asked out by a boy, and how that actually made her blush and everything too, and how she liked his attention, and then how awfully confused she was because wait, he's a boy and Hot Dog on a Stick Chick is a girl and OMG HELP. (Also, best nickname ever! Although there is a character on an opposing basketball team nicknamed The Fridge, which made me laugh so hard I got tea up my nose, because a certain housemate of mine and I used to work with someone we nicknamed The Fridge, because that's how sweet and kind we are. So the basketball Fridge made me visualise the ex-work Fridge, and much hilarity ensued.)I just realised that the boy kind of disappeared after Abbey was forbidden from going out with him. Which explains why I can't remember his name.Keeta, aka Hot Dog on a Stick Chick, was a fabulous character as well, although in the end not particularly likeable. She is SUCH a player, and it was just really interesting to read about her and Abbey because it was kind of like a typical m/f high school romance... only with two girls. Keeta was a total player with double standards out the wazoo and Abbey just kept following after her like a lost little puppy, no matter how badly she was treated, giving second chance after second chance... it wasn't all sunshine and roses, yet neither was it all doom and gloom, which is where a lot of glbt high school romances seem to sit. It was refreshingly different for the genre, but so similar to a lot of straight books, and I LOVED THAT SO MUCH. Why are there not more books like this??? I love that the title has Freshman Year on the end, because it makes me think there'll be one for each of Abbey's years of high school. PLEASE. I loved Mia by the way! And was a little sad that they didn't hook up at the end, but then I was also pleased, because it was again nice to have something realistic instead of all neatly wrapped up with a bow, happily ever after style, you know? The end of a school year isn't an END, it's just... there. A point in life. Things don't have to be all sorted out by the last page. Same again with Abbey not coming out to her mom. I kept wanting her to and groaning when again she didn't, but in the end I'm happy with her holding off until another time. Not everything has to be said in the one book. It leaves stuff for a sequel AND just generally, not everything has to be said even if it's the only book. You can tell how things will go anyway, more or less. You know her mom will be cool with it.I'm so glad she and Kate made up as well, and that Abbey's fears were mostly ungrounded. I also really liked Jenn, and enjoyed Stef and G a whole lot :D Such a great cast of characters, seriously! I can't think of a single thing in this book that I didn't like, really. Except for the fact that it had to end at all? :P

  • Linh Nguyen
    2019-02-06 01:09

    Very realistic, reminds me of my own innocent, bewilder, chaotic freshmeat time. I think it has a The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants feel to it, which I loved to read as a teen.

  • Erin
    2019-02-03 06:30

    If only stories like this were available when I was going through high school I would have felt so much more comfortable. Annameekee Hesik did a wonderful job of bringing in all the feelings that high school students experience in this well written story following Abbey Brooks' first year. So well written in fact that I went through the whole slew of feelings indicative of high school: confusion, frustration, love, hate, being an outcast and finally finding that acceptance. Following Abbey through her first crush, first kiss, lies, betrayals, growing up and moving through a broken heart brought back my own memories of freshman year and high school in general. Though this story is focused toward young adults, I believe that readers of any age and any orientation will love this character and cheer her on to making good decisions and learning what it means to be a young woman surviving the pressures of high school, love, family and friends. I am definitely looking forward to more of Ms. Hesik's future work.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-15 02:14

    Every now and again you read a book which is different and refreshing - for me The You Know Who Girls was just that. Annameekee has a way of writing which brings the characters to life with emotions and vitality. I do feel that this book won't appeal to everyone, just because (For some) of the subject matter. Sadly in this day and age there is still people who can't accept its ok to have feelings for someone of the same sex. What I loved about this book was how Annameekee addressed Abby's feelings, questions and gave us an outcome that didn't leave me with questions.I really loved Abby as a character too, I feel many girls will be able to relate to her on so many levels. Many people ask the question, 'Am I, aren't I?' and this book in my opinion reiterates the answer, its ok to ask!!A great coming of age story, of emotions, romance and finding who you are. I recommend this book to so many people and found it really hard to put down!I gave The You Know Who Girls 4 stars out of 5!

  • Dahlia
    2019-02-11 08:16

    So many mixed feelings. On the one hand, I feel like if you're a young queer girl, this could be a really great "I'm not alone, this stuff is all healthy and normal, and so's not finding the love of your life at 14-15, and so's not fully coming out" book. On the other hand, while cheating isn't a deal breaker for me, it's really hard to enjoy this book or anyone in it when everyone cheats on each other. It's just sort of unpleasantly gross. It's not like it's a "queer girls can't be trusted" gross trope - the only major straight character's boyfriend cheats on her too - but by the end I was sort of just like, "Look, if you guys don't give a shit about each other's feelings at all, I just can't anymore either." (Also, several wince-y moments of stuff like referring to the black girl in the book as "chocolate" in a way that actually made her borderline sound like an inanimate object. I know the intentions aren't bad, especially since there's strong effort at racial diversity - everyone in it speaks a lot of Spanish, somehow, to the point where I couldn't even remember who was actually Latina and who wasn't - but, ya know, *wince.*) I think overall I come out on the side of positive for this one, especially since it was a fast read, and I'll probably pick up the sequel. Particularly recommend for fans of Sara Farizan's Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel.

  • Fernanda
    2019-02-09 07:23

    I have really liked that book, the story is well written and captivating.I have been able not only to enjoy the POV of Abbey(and be in her mind is really funny) but I have been also glad to can be reminded about my life at 14/15years this story is really realistic.This book talk about family, friendship, first-love, sport, school and how to come to terms with sexuality when as a girl you fall in love for the first time with another girl (and for once it's not a fall for the BFF, and that make much more enjoyable the read for me).I have been really impressed and I don't have nothing bad to tell about it, but I have the hope that some issue that at the end are left open could be addressed is a second book or a sequel.In fact at the end of that book I have the impression that the more mysterious character from the start, Keeta, remains the person that I know less...I would have liked to know her more and to know more about her family history...but if the intention of the author was to take my attention for a possible sequel, then she have make a really good job, because I really want to know so much more about Amara & Keeta!!!Also I have see that this book title is--- "The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year"so I hope that this is already an indication that another book will be soon available about the Sophomore, Junior or Senior year

  • Heatherblakely
    2019-02-09 03:04

    3.3/3.5, but rounding up. This book had a lot of diversity! Which is something I care deeply about! And if this were a TV show, it would probably be on ABC Family because of all the diversity! This was kind of a typical coming out story, but still enjoyable. I liked the basketball element, and that the main character started messing up her grades because she was so distracted by everything (which is very realistic for someone who has just started high school). There was a friendship I questioned, but the friend redeemed herself at the end. The one thing that bugged me is the thing that annoys me about a lot of YA queer stories: someone comes out and then suddenly there are a plethora of queer people who are interested in them. Really? I came out in college and there were not seven billion women suddenly wanting to date me. I get that you want your character to move on from someone, but it's not always necessary to have them move from one person to another person. They can get their heartbroken and then have to put themselves back together and be single for a second. Regardless, I enjoyed this.

  • Marian
    2019-02-05 06:33

    I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those stories where I didn't want to put it down until I was done reading.The characters were great. Abbey was a cool protagonist and her friends from the basketball team were a riot. The story is unique and thought provoking. And the dialogue really grabbed my attention. I loved some of the conversations between Abbey and her mom or Abby and Kate's sister.I definitely would recommend this book to a friend, and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!

  • Cassandra Lemard
    2019-01-28 08:24

    Firstly I'm a huge wnba fan, and the fact this book was obviously about women and basketball I just had to read it! And it was worth every penny. It almost makes me wish I was apart of this story and was one of the "you know who girls". As soon as I finished the book (which only took me a day) I checked to see if there was a sequel which there is and I believe is due out for release December of this year. Which I am trying to wait patiently for! I'd recommend this book 100%

  • Terri
    2019-02-17 05:14

    It's been awhile since I've read any YA books, but I enjoyed this. It's well written and flows very well. Sometimes I want to strangle a character or two but they are teenagers so that probably normal. This is a good YA self discovery story about a 14/15 year old girl that joins the school basketball team. It contains some of the struggles that a questioning teen would face and how she deals with them as best as her teenage self can. Maybe wrong, maybe right but she accepts her wrongs and does her best to fix them both on and off the court.

  • Ruby Ridge
    2019-02-06 02:10

    What a great book, Annameekee Hesik really makes the character of Abbey come to life. She has for a great witty way of writing that will make you laugh out loud in places and really feel for Abbey in others. I can relate to the daydreaming sequences, they are so true to life. Can't wait to read the next in the series.Recommended for gay, straight, male. female, alien or clever animals. You will not regret reading this book - I promise.

  • Ceh131973
    2019-02-11 07:05

    This is an incredible book about finding out who you are and the trials that come with it. Hesik creates believeable characters that you just want everything to work out for, The pace is steady and made me feel like I was back in high school again with all the drama and confusion. This is definately a book I can recommend to students because it is not explicit. In fact it is almost painful in it's curiosity and innocence, in a good way.

  • Lori Renee
    2019-02-07 03:34

    A very light, endearing coming out story. I found it quite enjoyable to read.

  • Terri
    2019-01-25 02:32

    I liked this story as it features a teen finding out who she is and then finding a way to deal with those around her accepting her and not.

  • CassTrusty
    2019-01-24 04:15

    DepressingI was suffocating throughout this entire book and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Then again, these stories exist and are liked by some, so I assume some people love these kinds of open ended dramas where you just wish you didn’t exist to even have read this. If no stars was an option, I would have chosen that.

  • J. Peters
    2019-01-24 02:11

    The You Know Who Girls was kind of a refreshing change of pace from most of the other LGBT YA novels that I've read over the past little while, in that it approached the whole thing so casually. Like, sure, there was still dealing with the dread of coming out and dealing with homophobia from friends and strangers alike, but for the most part, the story never lost it's casual tone. Abbey was a fun, though sometimes frustrating, main character. She had a lot of issues to deal with on her plate, ranging from the anxiety of starting high school, trying to understand the sudden crush she has on a girl and the potential fallout that will have on her friendships and family, and dealing with the long term trauma of having lost her father when she was younger. Why frustrating? Well...I'll spoiler tag the next bit. (view spoiler)[There were so many times when the character was so actively working against her own self interest, and constantly going back to Keeta despite how many reasons she had to not fall into the same trap. But then I thought back to high school, and how often I saw people doing this exact same thing, and how dramatic everything felt, and I can understand it. It's just a little harder to relate to. So, I can't really dock the story for something that's more of a disconnect on my end than an issue with the story itself. I can't deny it was frustrating though. I still don't 100% understand what Keeta's deal was, but I understand enough to sympathize for her, even if she did take advantage of Abbey. (Not that Abbey is totally innocent, given her willing backstabbing of Stef)(hide spoiler)]It was encouraging to see a large multitude of girl crushes going on, and being dealt with so casually. Abbey develops a crush, and then suddenly, there's a whole crew of "you know who" girls in the mix and there's crushes and relationships going on in all directions without too much melodrama from the outside world. I liked the story more towards the beginning than I did the end. The ending was nice, but the last half of the book felt like it kind of pulled away from the world it had created. There weren't as many characters involved, and conversations with the side characters didn't seem as frequent or as meaningful as they did in the first half of the story. It felt like it pulled back a little bit. I did give it some thought, though, and I didn't dock any points from the review because, (view spoiler)[I can understand it on a narrative level. Abbey was obsessed with Keeta and since the story is from her perspective, the narrative reflects it by focusing more on Abbey and her internal monologue than anything going on around her.)(hide spoiler)]I would have liked to have seen more from Garret, Stef, Kate, and Jenn though. What was there was great, and I would've liked a little more.I didn't like one aspect of the book, though. (view spoiler)[As far as I can tell, there isn't really a single relationship that actually works out properly. Sure, Garett is still with Tai, but Garrett cheated on Tai and Tai doesn't know. Keeta cheated on Stef with Abbey. Basically, everyone wanted to or had messed around with one of the others in the group. I know high school relationships are tumultuous, but I don't remember it being quite so convoluted. Forgiveness was pretty easy to win in some cases, and in other cases, I questioned why Abbey was slow to forgive when she had been guilty of doing something just as bad herself. I get it - she's a freshman, they're all young and immature - but still. There's a limit on how much interplay there can be between them all before it verges on soap opera territory.(hide spoiler)]I'm looking forward to checking out the sequel, and hopefully, the third one gets published sometime next year. The world could certainly use a message of positive representation these days.

  • Tom
    2019-02-08 05:32

    The last place Abbey Brooks wanted to be that day was at the mall with her fashionista BFF, Kate, but she couldn't have imagined what would happen next. She orders fries and a small lemonade from Hot Dog on A Stick, and finds herself entranced by the beautiful girl behind the counter. A few days later, when she and her mom take Abbey's father's guitar in for a tune-up, imagine her shock when that same girl works there, too. The girl's name is Keeta, and soon she's all that Abbey can think about. Abbey and Kate are starting their freshman year at Gila High, and Kate makes Abbey pinky-swear to avoid going out for basketball, and to stay away from "the you know who girls," who are apparently legion on the basketball team.This is one pinky-swear Abbey ends up breaking. She ends up being the JV center, and soon finds herself becoming one of "the you know who girls" herself.And falling ass-over-tea kettle in love as she does so.This is the first in "The You Know Who Girls" series, and I loved this book. It moved as quick and sure as a well-executed fast-break play, and Abbey is a charming and funny, yet vulnerable, narrator. Yes, the person who so ensorcels Abbey is another girl, but author Annameekee Hesik also shows straight relationships as they ebb and flow, glow and explode. The same is true for you know who girls, except most have the extra pressure of trying to hide that they're lesbians.When I was in high school, I fell ass-over-tea kettle myself for a girl who happened to be three years younger than I was. I loved her to pieces, but I couldn't let my friends know, because she was so much younger. If they'd found out, I would have been in for some razzing, but nothing serious. After all, she was a girl, and I was a boy.The stakes are higher for the you know who girls. There are people who are filled with hate, sometimes to the point of cruelty or violence, just because of sexual preference. Add that risk into the pressure cooker-like atmosphere of high school, and things could get ugly fast.Ms. Hesik does an excellent job easing Abbey into this world, and showing the joys and pitfalls she can expect, and not just from her relationship with Keeta, her lovely Hot Dog on A Stick girl. Keeta's a senior, and Abbey's a freshman, so there's that. They're gay, which of course complicates things more. But what I like is that they still have to deal with the basics: they're teenagers in love, and they still have to go to classes every day. Abbey and Keeta may be lesbian, but they also have basic teenager lives to lead. It's sweet that they can lean on each other for support, despite the bitterness of having to hide their affections. At day's end, Abbey still needs her mom, her BFF, and--most of all--seriously good grades to get by. It's almost like lesbians have lives just like straight kids. It turns out that--good heavens--they do. If everybody could accept this, the world would be that much better a place.This book's a winner.Very Highly Recommended(nb: I received a review copy of the second installment in the series--"Driving Lessons"--and rated it 4/5. Though it's not 100% necessary--Ms. Hesik does a good job presenting backstory in that one--I highly recommend reading "The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year" first. I purchased this book on my own after reading "Driving Lessons.")

  • Hadleigh
    2019-02-18 05:13

    An enjoyable read, that I’d probably put down as a more typical coming-of-age/coming-out story. Abbey is a geeky, slightly awkward teen, that I’m sure a lot of people will relate to (myself included) – and this is her story through freshman year. It’s lighthearted overall, and funny in places, and there’s a great band of personalities that make it so entertaining. A good, but a bit unexpected ending (they’re always the best right?) I’m looking forward to reading the sequel

  • Suze Lavender
    2019-02-15 08:30

    Abbey isn't like her friend Kate, she isn't into boys and trying to look sexy to impress them. She feels awkward in the presence of her friends when they talk about boyfriends and love. When they are about to start their freshman year at Gila High Kate makes Abbey promise she will stay away from the lesbians at the basketball team. There are rumors and Kate doesn't like the idea of girls liking girls at all. Abbey has no choice but to pretend she's going to do what her friend wants, but this is a promise Abbey simply can't keep and doesn't want to keep at all either. She knows she likes girls and when she's falling head over heels for a girl who works at the hot dog stand in the mall there's no going back. Kate isn't a very good friend, but fortunately Abbey meets some great girls who are part of the basketball team. She loves the sports and soon she also discovers that the hot dog girl is going to her school. Will she be brave enough to do her own things or will pressure from all kinds of people make Abbey do stuff she doesn't really want to do? Abbey is a great girl. She's friendly and she's looking out for people. She's falling in love with someone who's a bit older, who's very sure about what she wants and who isn't monogamous. That's something to get used to for Abbey. It isn't the relationship she envisioned, but she can't seem to stay away from the girl she likes so much. This means that next to a couple of great moments there's also a lot of heartache. Besides that Abbey is discovering who she is and what she values in life. I think The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year is a great book with a lot of high school drama. It's perfect for young girls who like girls or who think they might like them. Annameekee Hesik has explained Abbey's feelings so well and I think the story is very realistic. That's such a good thing about this story. This book isn't only suitable for young girls who like girls, it's definitely an enjoyable read and I think the author has done such a great job writing it.