Melissa Walker

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 Melissa Walker

Thanks for all your insightful comments about the cover of Leigh Brescia’s One Wish! The randomly chosen winner of the book is… Ann. Ann said, “I really appreciate the use of symbolism.” (And this cover was chock full of symbolism–totally interesting!) Send me your address, A.
sophswitch.jpgThis week, I’m giving a way a book that I hearted for I Heart Daily, so you can read my thoughts about it here. Abby McDonald has an awesome debut.
I asked her which character–partying Tasha or studious Emily–is more like her, and she said, “I USED to be more like Emily. Back when I was a teenager, I was a straight-A student, super-focused, but then I came to realize how much pressure I was putting on myself – for no reason! It’s one thing to want to get good grades and get into college, but there’s so much fun stuff about being a teenager that can fly by if you’re caught up in planning for the future, like Emily does. At Oxford, I was surrounded by high-achievers like her, and I actually found it hard to write her to begin with, because I just wanted to shake her and say, ‘Calm down!’. But if it came to picking one of the characters to hang out with? I think Tasha would make an awesome friend!”
You guys will love these girls. Abby’s site has a ton of fun extras: social networking profiles for the characters, playlists, and a download of the first couple of chapters.
To enter to win, tell me below: Do you consider yourself a feminist? Guy or girl, just weigh in on what feminism means to you.
My own answer is: Yes! I think of feminism as being really pro-woman, and not anti anything (well, besides discrimination against women). So yay for the F word!
Oh, and here’s a trailer for Sophomore Switch that YA Book Nerd made!

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  1. JenP says:

    Most definitely- I think feminism is all about equality, so who could be against that?

  2. summer says:

    I’m definitely a feminist. I believe in the equal rights for everyone.

  3. Genevieve says:

    Yay! I really want to read this book. Part of it takes place in Santa Barbara, my hometown! The character is going to UCSB and I’ll be at UCSB in the fall. : )
    Yes, I do consider myself a feminist. I think that men and woman should be considered equal. Did you know that during George W. Bush’s term in office the gender gap in pay increased by 4%??? Before his term women were making something like 79% of what men made (eek, I can’t remember the exact number… I just remember the 4% part!) and by the time he left women were making on average 75% of what men made (again, can’t remember the exact percentage… which is kind of embarrassing because I knew all the stats back when I was registering people to vote)! Anyways, I do consider myself a feminist. I’m not an extremist where I think that women should overall be higher than men and that men should die (I know a few feminists that are veeeery extreme in their views) but I do honestly believe that men and women should be equal and have the same opportunities.

  4. yabooknerd says:

    Thanks for the shout out!
    I’m completely a feminist – equal rights for everyone!

  5. Jacqueline says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this one. Love the cover.
    Yeppers! And I’m with you on the pro and not anti anything. Equal rights for all.

  6. MJ says:

    Equal rights for everyone!!

  7. Miss Erin says:

    This is a question I’ve thought about a lot…am I or am I not? I think it comes down to your definition of feminist…I’m not of the thinking that “anything guys can do girls can do better!” thinking. I believe that guys and girls are equal, but not the same. The best quote I’ve read describing feminism is this one by Michele Le Deouff: “A feminist is a woman who does not allow anyone to think in her place.” Yes. Yes. Yes.

  8. S. Krishna says:

    I’m definitely a feminist but not radical!

  9. Bridget says:

    Just wanted to say that I’ve posted this on Win A Book and yes, I think I’m a feminist!

  10. Beth says:

    This looks so awesome! Please enter me!
    I’d have to say I’m a feminist-lite. I think you can take it way too far, as with all things. I’m all for girl power, but not guy bashing.

  11. Aerin says:

    Wow, Melissa. Are you sure you’re ready for the feminist question-inevitable-debate? Hmm!
    Well, I’m a feminist theologian, I love, and I’m just getting ready to review Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti.
    So, yep. I’m a feminist.

  12. pepsivanilla says:

    I would say yes I am. I’m definitely not anti-male though ;) We still have a lot of steps to take until everyone’s equal and I think a lot of that has to do with how women are portrayed in the media.

  13. Tara says:

    Yes, I am a feminist. I believe equal rights for everyone, no matter who they are.

  14. Em says:

    Ohh, I’ve been wanting this book for awhile now. I love the cover!
    I never considered myself a feminist until one time when a professor gave me back a paper and told me that it was the most feminist minded paper he’d seen in his teaching career. I didn’t intend to the write the paper that way but I guess that’s how it ended up. So now, yeah, I’m a feminist. :)

  15. In some ways, but what I wouldn’t give for a little chivalry! There are some amazing things that were lost with the rise of feminism and that’s one of them.

  16. I would say that I am a feminist as far as equality, but I would not consider myself too radical about it though. I am sure that someone who is very educated about feminist issues would say that I am not…

  17. Max Brown says:

    Do I consider myself a feminist? That’s a hard one. I guess I consider myself a feminist in that I don’t think feminism matters. What I care about is whether someone is a good person at heart or not, not whether or not they have a y-chromosome. I know some super-feminists supported Hillary Clinton because she’s a woman. I’m TOTALLY against that. In my mind, that’s just as bad as sexism. Because that’s making decisions based on gender about things that have absolutely nothing to do with gender. So I guess when I say I’m a feminist, I mean that I don’t think gender should matter, not in any situations or decisions.
    Thanks for the contest!

  18. Mary says:

    I liked days where men were men and women were proud of them.
    I want to be a lady…do lady things.. when we brought feminism into the picture the men got lazy.
    Men complained but loved it all..let the woman do the yard work..let her earn the money.
    Screw that…
    Give me a man that wants to be a man.
    Equality in all things.

  19. Jordan says:

    I would definitely say that I am. I love that men and women are treated equally. I thought that it was wrong when women were viewed to only have certain roles, like cooking, and taking care of the children. I think it should be done by both, so yes I would say I am.

  20. erika says:

    if being a feminist means being pro women that I definitely am but I tend to be so quietly

  21. Tiff says:

    I’m a lurker, but I just saw this book in the bookstore, and it looks awesome! Thanks for the contest!
    I’m definitely a feminist. I believe in female empowerment, not OVER men, but as equals. But female empowerment means that women can and should be able to do what they want to do–I was a cheerleader in high school, and I was proud of it. I never thought it was sexist, especially when boys joined the team. I believe women (and men) should embrace what they want to do, and do it without the hindrances of gender.

  22. Lesley says:

    Yes, I’m a feminist. Power to women!

  23. MonieG says:

    I don’t really think about it much but if it comes down to it I would say that yes. I am a feminist.

  24. Mya Rooney says:

    I went to a women’s college, so the concept of feminism was one none of us were unfamiliar with. However, being around just females, there was a lot of misconception about what feminism really was. Unfortunately, for so many people, it equates to “man-hating” or supporting women on the basis of their gender. It’s a sad situation, because feminism is a much more beautiful thing than that.
    I’m a proud feminist. Why? Because I am a woman who believes in equality for everyone. I don’t believe in discrimination on the basis of race, age or even gender. Women deserve the same rights as men AND vice versa.
    But most importantly, I think the biggest aspect of feminism comes in loving the female in all its forms and shapes, and respecting it/treating it well. More specifically, loving the female body, whether its your own or anyone else’s. We’re all beautiful, and it’s time we all realized it.

  25. Amee says:

    I’m definitely a feminist. But like you, I’m more just pro-woman. I’m not the refuse-to-wear-a-bra-and-shave-my-legs type! lol

  26. Mona says:

    yes! i do consider myself a feminist. I just think that women should have the same rights that men and everyone else have. Women should not be look down upon but should be on the same level as men are on.

  27. Diana Dang says:

    Without the existence of feminism, women rights wouldn’t exists! So yes!

  28. Ashley says:

    I agree! I’m a feminist. I believe in the equal rights for everyone! :)
    Please enter me, thanks!

  29. Shel says:

    Yes to feminism because I believe in equality, but I’m not the sort to shout it from the rooftops.

  30. Amber says:

    I do believe I am a feminist. I’ve always believed that gender had no reason behind anything someone can or cannot do. I’m all about equal rights for everyone!

  31. babygirlG says:

    I’m pro feminist! To me it just mean independence and freedom and that you can’t use your gender as an excuse not to do anything!

  32. babygirlG says:

    I’m pro-feminist. Gender should NEVER weight into the equation at all.

  33. Kat Werner says:

    I am a feminist. I believe that neither men nor women should be pushed into a role by society based on their gender. Every single person should decide who and what they want to be on his or her own, not based on a role that society has decided for him or her.

  34. katayoun says:

    feminist as i think that women should be given the same chances as men. and that includes i think the option of choosing to do cooking or staying home if they want to!!!

  35. Chrissie says:

    Yes! I believe that while men and women do have differences, we are all equal and deserve the same chances and respect. Neither gender is better than the other. Although I do love being a girl. :)

  36. I’m not a hardcore feminist, but I do believe that men and women deserve to be treated equal, across all boards. In contrast, I believe that women should let men open doors for them, pull out their chairs when they sit and scoot you in, and all the good gentlemanly things. Because if females are into proving they’re their own woman and won’t let men do that, that amazing habit men have will die off. I’m the kind of woman who would like to be in the stereotypical household role, but in reality, if I’m not able to do it for financial reasons, then that’s fine. And i agree with women should do what they want, not what society stereotypes them to do.
    Thanks for all the great contests Melissa!

  37. Ellie says:

    I think feminism is about equality and rights for women. I’m pro-feminism, and I think most people are, even if they don’t like defining themselves as such.

  38. Kelly says:

    I wouldn’t call myself a feminist. I mean, I’m all for women rights, equal opportunity, etc. But there are some feminist views that I’m just not that concerned about. =p

  39. I consider my self a femist to a degree. I’m all for womans rights and equality. I will stand up for my self but I don’t see me outside a building protesting anytime soon.

  40. Reyna says:

    I’d say that I’m a feminist! I think that its important to be equal, both men and women alike.
    BTW: This looks like a great book!

  41. Ink says:

    I’m a guy, but I guess I’d be considered feminist. I don’t objectify women, and a lot of my close friends are female. Everyone is equal, no matter their sex, race, sexual orientation, or religion.

  42. Joyce Lansky says:

    Being a woman, I’ve always been pro-female. Maybe we’d accomplish world peace if we let ladies rule all of the countries.

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