Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach

Book Review #549

Title: Not Here To Be Liked

Author: Michelle Quach

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Source: Netgalley UK

Publication Date: September 16, 2021

Pages: 416

Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan. Eliza Quan fully expects to be voted the next editor-in-chief of her school paper. She works hard, she respects the facts, and she has the most experience. Len DiMartile is an injured star baseball player who seems to have joined the paper just to have something to do. Naturally, the staff picks Len to be their next leader. Because while they may respect Eliza, they don’t particularly like her ¬≠- but right now, Eliza is not here to be liked. She’s here to win. But someone does like Eliza. A lot. Shame it’s the boy standing in the way of her becoming editor-in-chief…

Not Here To Be Like by Michelle Quach is a story about standing up for feminism, the characters are very diverse and accidentally falling in love with someone Eliza was supposed to bring down. This book also highlights on the love of writing for Bugle, the school paper and that equality should definitely be present for both genders.

When I first picked up this book, it reminded me so much of Moxie, another book that also portray characters at a high school who demands equality and the fight for feminism. Though, this book is different but it does have a few similarities.

In the beginning, I was curious as to who actually published and completed Eliza’s article about her rival for editor-in-chief but as the story progresses, I completely forgot about it. It was only when suddenly it was all revealed that made me surprised and the person behind it isn’t someone I originally suspected at all.

Halfway through, it feels a bit draggy and while there’s only 20% left of this book, it feels like nothing could be resolved in the remaining pages. But it has managed to caught me off guard as everything seems to settle down and concluded very well.

This book is a fast and eye opening read about how our surrounding can be full of misogyny and a change is definitely long overdue. I absolutely love that this book is so diverse and reading about Eliza as well as her parents navigating life from what they had to run away from is astounding as well. So, if you like a book about feminism, identity and going for a less antagonistic approach to fight for the cause with a side of love, then I would recommend you to pick up this book.

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