Books Young Adult

Just Girls by Rachel Gold; when LGBT (Q?) Goes to College.


I want to tell you about my new fave book, Just Girls, by Rachel Gold.  The book is about a young girl who goes off to college.  While going to college is difficult enough, it is made even more difficult by Ella’s body. She was born in a boy’s body and now lives as a girl.  She’s transgendered.


Jess Tucker sticks her neck out for a stranger—the buzz is someone in the dorm is a trans girl. So Tucker says it’s her, even though it’s not, to stop the finger pointing. She was an out lesbian in high school, and she figures she can stare down whatever gets thrown her way in college. It can’t be that bad.
Ella Ramsey is making new friends at Freytag University, playing with on-campus gamers and enjoying her first year, but she’s rocked by the sight of a slur painted on someone else’s door. A slur clearly meant for her, if they’d only known.

New rules, old prejudices, personal courage, private fear. In this stunning follow-up to the groundbreaking Being Emily, Rachel Gold explores the brave, changing landscape where young women try to be Just Girls.

Check it out below.


I chatted with number 1 son because I wanted to make sure I was understanding the proper word usage regarding the LGBT community. His insight left me thinking  and I thought you might find interesting also.


What are your thoughts on gender identity?


Why are College Textbooks So Expensive? Give #CampusBookRentals a Try!

Friends, you may not know this, but I’m a mama.  I’m a mama of a college student.  And while we love to buy books around here, the kinds of books we don’t really love to buy are overpriced college textbooks. And since I finished my master’s degree a few years ago, I remember the sting of $200 textbooks per class.  #1 son is smarter than his mama, however, and has learned to save his money and RENT his textbooks rather than BUY them!

He’s so smart and I’m so proud of him.

One way you can rent textbooks is through a program called Campus Book Rentals.  Renting textbooks has many benefits:

  • save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • free shipping both ways
  • can highlight in the textbooks
  • flexible renting periods
  • donation to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

How great is that?  Did you notice the donation to Operation Smile? That’s one of the charities I personally support, which I think is important so I love that my son can save money renting textbooks and a child can get safe, quality surgical care. It’s win win!

Another great option at Campus Book Rentals is their Rent Back program; students rent textbooks they already own, allowing them to earn more money than they would if they sold the book back to the bookstore (or kept it). Yep, you heard me right: earn money!

Here’s another great video:

Genius, I tell ya!

I wished this kind of thing was available years ago, I know you’ll want to take advantage of this money saving program, especially since prices will only be going up!

Renting textbooks makes me want to go back to school (again!) to get my PhD and then you could call me Dr. Pammy!