The brilliant author Alexandra Duncan, who also happens to be a good friend, recently debuted her first book. SALVAGE is an intelligent YA sci-fi that reminded me of Margaret Atwood's writing style. I loved the book, the detailed world-building, and the feminist message the book had. So when Alexandra told me a reader had labeled the book's main character as a "slut" and had shelved the book on a digital "slutshelf," I was naturally upset because it contradicted the book's empowering message.
Alexandra has decided to make "slutty lemonade" out of this sour review, and is giving away a package of YA books that have all been challenged or criticized for their main character's sexuality. I offered to include a copy of The Madman's Daughter. While I'm not aware of any specific comments criticizing Juliet's behavior (they may be out there…I try not to read reviews!), she is a young woman growing up in a very restrictive society, and a signifiant part of the book is about her taking control of her own life and making her own decisions (and sometimes her own mistakes), and that includes her romantic relationships.
I encourage you all to read Alexandra's blog post about the topic, and enter her "Slutshelf Giveaway" to raise awareness about women's empowerment. For every person who enters, she's going to donate one dollar to the Freedom to Read Foundation (up to $1,000). So let's take this issue and make slutty lemonade!
*Sorry, Mom. I know you probably had a heart attack when you read the blog post title.