Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan; narrated by Nora Hunter & Bailey Carr
Penguin Random House
Published: May 18, 2021
After track star Morgan is kicked out of her religious school for being queer, she wants a fresh, proud, start. However she finds that being openly queer and an elite athlete can be a complicated mix. All Ruby wants is to fix cars, but her overbearing mother has pageant dreams for her. When the two find their feelings growing they must contend with the dynamics of a relationship where only one person is out.
Dual narrators gracefully capture Morgan and Ruby’s different struggles. Though in different places in their queer journeys, they both face internal and external challenges with their queer identites. Never fear, these challenges don’t get in the way of making their romance fun and swoony.
Fans of other f/f romances such as Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler or You Should See me in a Crown by Leah Johnson will enjoy Some Girls Do.
Other Nominated Titles
- Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June; narrated by Mark Sanderlin (June 1, 2021)
- That Weekend by Kara Thomas; narrated by Phoebe Strole and Kristen Sieh (June 29, 2021)
- The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass; narrated by Kevin R. Free and Michael Crouch (July 13, 2021)
The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination.
Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten. The previous years’ lists are available on The Hub.