I was kindly given a copy of Snowsisters through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
High school students—Soph, who attends private school in Manhattan, and Tess, a public school student who lives on a dairy farm in New Hampshire—are thrown together as roommates at a week-long writing conference. As they get to know each other and the other young women, both Soph and Tess discover unexpected truths and about friendship, their craft, and how to hold fast to their convictions while opening their hearts to love.
Let’s start with the positive, shall we? I really liked how the book began with trigger warnings – I think that all books should start off like this, because it can be skipped by those who aren’t affected, and can be a huge benefit to those who are. So yay publishers!
The story follows two girls from two vastly different backgrounds. One a writer of fan fiction, and one a poet, and they have both been chosen to be on a writing conference for young women. Each chapter begins with a section from the fan fiction, and ends with a few lines of poetry. This was a really nice touch as you got a sense of their writing, even if the poetry wasn’t really for me.
Now, the LGBT+ representation – one of the girls was a lesbian, who at the beginning is a bit annoying because she can’t understand why people wouldn’t want to come out to everybody they know. Annoying, but she changes. So that’s good. And then there’s the trans character. (I am not trans, so please take all my critique with a grain of salt.) She is constantly misgendered by many of the other writers at the conference, which could be really triggering for trans readers. Not only that, but the misgendering and transphobia is not called out for quite some time – Tess in particular is given the opportunity to call out the antagonist, but chooses to be silent. And even once the antagonist has been called out, she is still given the benefit of the doubt, and given the chance to become friends with the other writers. This personally didn’t sit well with me. I understand what the authors were trying to do here, but I think it was executed poorly, as this character’s transphobic comments and actions have literally no consequences. The transgender girl’s pain seems to just be there to aid cis people’s learning, and I just didn’t like it.
Overall, I would not recommend this book.