Girls Can't Hit

Girls Can't Hit

T S Easton,

Girls Can't Hit

Hot Key Books, 2017

ISBN 9781471406102

11-14 Shortlist 2018

 

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Who Wrote It?

Tom Easton writes lots of books for all ages and under different pseudonyms. His children’s books include Boys Don’t Knit, Pirate Pals and Our House. His adult books include Resonance, Hav3n and Seven Second Delay. Subject matter covered in these and his other books includes teenage agony aunts, vampires and pandemics (but not all in the same book).

In 2015, Boys Don’t Knit received a Carnegie Medal nomination as well as being shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards.  

What's It About?

There are a few things Fleur Waters never dreamed she’d find herself doing….

  1. Scoring a goal in hockey
  2. Dressing as a Saxon peasant
  3. Climbing into a boxing ring

Life is full of surprises and so, it turns out, is Fleur. This is a warm and witty story about friendship, feminism and throwing the perfect punch!

Fact File

As well as being an author, Tom’s other job is to be a production manager for United Kingdom publisher Hachette Children’s Books. He is married and lives with his wife, their three children and two cats in Surrey in the South of England.

Tom’s online presence includes:

Website: www.tomeaston.co.uk

Twitter (for adults, too): @TomEaston

Your Reviews

Madeleine Beth from Abbey Grange C of E Academy :

I really liked this book. It was a bit boring at times as it is a bit anti climatic but the overarching themes of feminism and boxing are good. I would definitely recommend this book.

Madeleine Beth gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

William from King James's School:

I enjoyed Girls can't hit because of its message that is "change is good" and I think it was relatable as you can apply it to anything and that if you want something you've got to work for it. I think the main thing that conveyed this to me was how she fell and felt exhausted but picked herself up and persevered and kept going. She changed her diet exercised more and kept going even though her mother and boyfriend George don't approve. This book was really brilliant, I think it had a great message and some funny comedy.

William gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Jacob from corpus christi college, Leeds:

this book was a real joy to me. I loved the ending but I feel as though Bonita's character could have been explained with a backstory

Jacob gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Kaitlyn from Leeds West Academy:

I loved this book!!!It is an amazing feel-good book and really shows that anyone can do anything and I really liked how well that message is put across in the book. This book will undoubtedly make anyone who reads it laugh-out-loud on many occasions which is hard for an author to achieve. This book was very inspirational while also just being a really good book! I'd definitely recommend it.

Kaitlyn gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Jasmin from Allerton high school:

I really liked this book because it was all about women's rights. I liked it because it showed me that even girls can do boxing and football and not to be judged by doing so. I think that this is my favourite book so far because it was really open to how Fleur felt. My favourite character was Pip because he was really funny, also he was weak. This told me that even boys and young men aren't all good at sports. I also liked how they incorporated history into the book. (Battle)

Jasmin gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Jake from Corpus Christi catholic college:

This book definitely had its strengths. The attempts at comedy were very successful and the story was very inspiring. How ever some plot point were truly underdeveloped. The boxing aspect was really good but the feminism was underdeveloped as were many of the characters. Pip was a typical coward and Bonita's friends were so forgettable. Blossom, Fleur and the boxing kids were funny and enjoyable. It could make a truly great film, almost like a female rocky. Very enjoyable but slightly disappointing

Jake gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Ink by Alice Broadway.

Qianye from Guiseley school:

The plot was very good. It is a very stong book about pursuing your dreams and feminism. I loved it

Qianye gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

cian from leeds west academy:

i enjoyed this because it was funny and it had a great story also i loved the sarcasm at the beginning.

cian gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Ink by Alice Broadway.

AMBER from GUISELEY SCHOOL:

I thought that the character of Fleur was quite empowering, although this clearly was not enough to compensate for the lack of anything interesting. WOW what a boring book!I got half way through and was able to guess the ending.

AMBER gave Girls Can't Hit 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Ben from King James's School:

Girls can't hit is a surprising book with many events happening that you don't expect. Sometimes I feel parts of the book do not need to be in the book and take away from the story as a whole. The characters feel like a member of your family that you can always understand and know what they are going through. I also like the extra addition of parents arguing over the smallest things.

Ben gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

Harriet from Benton Park:

I think this book shows that girls and boys both have the rights and to do the same as each other. It also shows that gender stereotypes shouldn't get in the way of you doing anything. This book shows Fleur's journey in her sport and how she succeeds.

Harriet gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Ink by Alice Broadway.

Emily from King James's School:

I thought that this book was really cool.I really enjoyed the parts where they were doing boxing and fitness but the parts about feminism were still very interesting.

Emily gave Girls Can't Hit 3 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Ellie from King James's School:

What I liked about this book is that I wanted to read more. However, I thought that the characters could have been explained in greater depth. Also, there were quite a lot of boxing terms which I sometimes didn't understand. Those parts did get boring but maybe that's just because I'm not into boxing. Even so, I wouldn't normally read a book like this and from reading other reviews on this book, I wasn't expecting much from it. Despite this, I did enjoy it.

Ellie gave Girls Can't Hit 3 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

BOB from Corpus Christi Catholic Collage:

This book has a realistic outlook on young adult life and includes lots of interesting opinions and explains lots about friendship and boxing. A ok read but it could be improved.

BOB gave Girls Can't Hit 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Charlie from King James's School:

Girls Can't Hit really effected me as a person because of the all the obstacles that the main character had to overcome. I feel as though the author really tried to address a problem with how sexist people can actually be. To me Girls Can't Hit was a really great read that set an example of how to over come obstacles by putting in your all. I hope that the author continues to set an example with his story's in the future!

Charlie gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Ink by Alice Broadway.

Natasha from Royds:

Girls can't hit. People say this all the time... but their wrong. Fleur started out as an unfit teenager who was not competitive person and definitely not a fighter, but her life turned when she started to box. Blossom and her are part of a feminist group against the "meninists", blossom didn't seem to like the idea about fighting but fleur is keen. She soon fits in with all the boys and the accept her. She moves on with her life despite everything around her.

Truly inspiring to the reader and motivating. It made me want to take up boxing once again. It shows how boxing doesn't have to be a dangerous sport and you can make it safe. It also shows how you can push yourself. AND REMEMBER, KEEP YOUR GUARD UP.

Natasha gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

Helen from Royds:

Girls Can`t Hit, that has to be true right? Wrong. Girls CAN hit and Fleur Walters is here to prove it. She`s sick and tired of all the sexist comments from the menisits. Fleur quickly fits in with all the boys and she even encourages other women to join, even if that means Bonita Clark. Will Fleur prove that girls can hit.

This book was incredibly empowering and should be read by all girls who need some empowerment. It is well written and inspiring. It shows boxing in another light and how the coaches do care about the safety of their boxers.

Helen gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell.

Sam from King James's School:

Girls can't hit is a funny story and shows the results you can get if you work hard. I agree that Fleur is a role model as she didn't give up on doing something just because it was difficult. I think it was very good that Fleur decided to not bother with what her family thought or what they told her.

Sam gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Alfie from Corpus Christi:

Girls can't hit is a funny book based on feminism and boxing. The main character is Fleur Waters, she is a stereotypical young adult with a very normal life. One day one of her friends takes her to a boxing club to protest. Fleur joins the club and loads of amazing things happen to her because of that witch turns her world upside-down. My problem with this book is that it trys to cram lots of different styles of writing into one book and it is quite a lot to take in but overtime I got used to it.

Alfie gave Girls Can't Hit 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

carys from royds :

I really liked this book because it was funny and interesting. I would recommend this to reads. its about fleur waters and her 2 best friends and there journey to success and is very relevant to life. this would not usually be something I would pick put I really enjoyed it!

carys gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Ian from Cardinal Heenan High School:

I enjoyed the drama in this book and also the interesting vocabulary used to capture the reader's attention . This book is good to teach young students about sexism and how you can deal with it.

Ian gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Emily G from Allerton High:

This is a good book. It takes a while to get the story going but once you are far enough into the book it is really good. The book has many dilemmas and can make you very tense. It is very feministic and it is great for anyone who is interested in boxing and feminism. It also has a bit of boyfriend drama and family drama mixed in the plot. Overall it is a really great book.

Emily G gave Girls Can't Hit 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

isabel from allerton high:

this book was a very good read and very exciting. i loved how it was about women's rights and how girls should be allowed to box. it has inspired me to push to my limits to get to my goal in life and that you should never give up, no matter what is going at home or at school. i loved it and definitely recommend it as one of the best books.

isabel gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Annika from Allerton High School:

I really liked this book because it was really funny, interesting and I would definitely recommend it. It is about a girl called Fleur who loves boxing and you can see her journey to how she succeeds her dream. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes books about adventure, friendship and boxing.

Annika gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Ink by Alice Broadway.

Tanisha from crawshaw academy:

this is an amazing book. very interesting and sporty. This book Is about dedication and doing something you never really thought you would do. So far this book is the best book I have read!

Tanisha gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Anna from corpus christi catholic collage:

First of all this book was all about feminism and women rights. The book is constantly reminding the reader that all human beings are important.I enjoyed this book as it was sporty and i am a sporty person.I think is took a while to get into but I'm sure you will enjoy it. secondly this book was all about motivation and conquering what others say you cannot do,and victory of course

Anna gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell.

Hifza from Allerton grange :

This book was amazing ❤️The moral of the story was that you shouldn't give up no matter what other people are saying .it was a book about motivation and victory

Hifza gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell.

Sam from Corpus Christi Catholic College:

I would like to start this review with definition of feminism. Feminism is trying to get equal rights for men and women. This book constantly tries to say it is a feminist empowerment but it does nothing but irritate me with its agenda that seems to want a matriarchal society. Also the book is lazily written and follows a very predicable plot. From around 5 chapters in you can tell how the book ends. I also think that the humour is forced and relies too heavily on sarcasm and character tropes to make people think the book is funny. It's not.

Sam gave Girls Can't Hit 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Ink by Alice Broadway.

Poppy from King James's School:

Girls Cant hit is warm and witty and, tough not a challenging read, wonderful to fill an otherwise boring 15 minutes and brighten up your day. I did find the character development was a little lacking though, making characters (such as Bonita) difficult to understand and others (such as Blossom) just downright irritating. However, for a book I wasn't expecting much from and wouldn't have picked up in any other circumstance it took me by surprise and left me satisfied and all chuckled out!

Poppy gave Girls Can't Hit 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

poppy from roundhay high school:

This book is amazing! before i started reading it i didnt think that i would enjoy it as much as i did. i highly recommend this book as i found it very enjoyable.The book is very inspirational, warm and witty; i found it relatable in some ways and no so much in others.i think this is why i enjoyed it so much. its about girls being able to do what they enjoy and standing for whats right and what the believe.

poppy gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Maddie from King James's School:

Girls Can't Hit is a very warm book. It has a steady build up but progresses into a hilarious book filled with determination. Though I would not normally choose this type of book, it was not what I expected. I would highly recommend this to both boys & girls. An easy read. I found myself nodding my head to the parts when Fleur was told she can't do something and she pushes herself to.

Maddie gave Girls Can't Hit 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

oliver from king James's School:

I think this book was, mostly, great. The storyline really made you want to read it all in one go as the key events were well timed.

In my opinion there were two reasons that made this book sub-optimal, one of which is the ending as there wasn’t really one. All that happened (that was necessary for the plot) was Fleur achieved the main goal of the story. The second reason is that I think there was superfluous boxing detail but you could ignore most of that.

Aside those too pessimistic points I think it was a very creative and commendable book.

oliver gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

Harneeka from Allerton High School :

I really enjoyed this book as you can see from how high I rated it. I really liked it because it had a really good storyline and created quite a bit of tension and that's what I like in a book, a cliff hanger. It also has a good moral in it, not to be sexist because girls and boys are equal. My favourite character was Fleur Waters because she is strong and respects her friendship and relationships with others around her. I don't really like boxing but this book really engaged me.

Harneeka gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell.

Olivia from King James's School :

Unfortunately, this book was in able to capture my interests. It has quite a lot of boxing terminology that I was unable to relate to and, as I am not interested in sports, I didn't find it enjoyable. It has a strong backstory that involves heartbreak and powerful views on women's rights, although, I feel there could have been more written on that side of the story. Despite this however, the book was well written and could, at some points be quite powerful. If you enjoy reading about sport, then you will really enjoy this book.

Olivia gave Girls Can't Hit 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

Taylor from Leeds West Academy :

I really enjoyed this book as it defies all gender stereo types when she finds out she is actually really good at sports. However I would recommend this to everyone above the age of 11.

Taylor gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Hannah from King James's School:

I felt the book had a great storyline and an interesting view on society, though it lacked a variety of character personalities as I found most of the men in the book had similar views on the sexism in society (they were either extremely sexist themselves or had little opinion/interest on the matter) and I feel it would have felt more realistic for the reader if personalities and opinions would have varied a lot more. Despite this I rate the book highly.

Hannah gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Miss Burns from Cardinal Heenan:

I really enjoyed this book - I think the message that girls (and boys) can do exactly what they want to do, without being restrained by gender stereotypes, is really important. This was an important story about peer pressure and learning not to judge a book by its cover. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm sure my students will too.

Miss Burns gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

James from King James's School:

I think this book was an inspirational read, with the characters going through relatable problems and being able to overcome them. The book is centred around a teenage girl called Fleur who, despite all obstacles, was able to become a successful young boxer. However she had help to get there, with characters ranging from Blossom - a supportive friend and feminist to Pip - a shy individual. In conclusion I would recommend this book to everyone.

James gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

Tara from Guiseley:

I really enjoyed this book because it was great to see the characters grow and the plot progress. The author's style of writing was really enjoyable for me. I liked how it was relatable and light-hearted. It is a funny, empowering book for boys and girls.

Tara gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Ink by Alice Broadway.

Melissa from Alperton high school:

I think you should read this book because it has a few funny part and I give it a 5 star rating. I recommend it to teens that like good books.

Melissa gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell.

Arina from Allerton high school:

This was funny, weird and interesting how a girl like Fleur wanted to do boxing and this weirdly. I would say this book was amazing and outstanding!

Arina gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson.

Zoya from Roundhay High School:

This book was the first I read from the Leeds book awards shortlist and it was the best book to start from. This book not only shows that girls can do anything that boys can it also helps others to understand that girls are equal to boys. I really enjoyed this book and it also taught me how much effort and commitment it takes to train at boxing.

I loved this book and recommend it to anyone.

Zoya gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas.

Isma from Roundhay High School:

It was a really supercalifragilisticexpialidocious book. I would recommend it to all of you. I choose it because I thought it would be interesting. It's all about a girl who can't do any sports and one day she finds one that she can do.

Isma gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Maria from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High school :

It was a good book...It had a powerful,clear message.

Maria gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell.

Bethany from Crashaw Academy:

Really liked this book. I thought it was hard to get into at first but once I got into it I found that I really liked it!! Definatly recommend

Bethany gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Atena from Cardinal Heenan High School:

It is a very engaging book, I absolutely loved every bit of it! The thing that makes it interesting is the way that the text is written and the tone of it. Additionally, I absolutely adored Fleur's passion and resilience towards Boxing. This is a very inspirational novel, which encourages individuals to not give up and keep trying in order to achieve their goals.

Atena gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Jem from King James's School:

I think that this was a very relaxed book, with battles being against stereotypes rather than actual people. It is about empowerment and feminism and has a great plot with sarcastic humour sprinkled through. I think that it has a perfect ending and I rate it very highly.

Jem gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell.

Anna from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

It was a very good book and it had a very clear message.I like the fact that it tells you that if you never give up yo can succeed.

Anna gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell.

Deia from roundhay school:

This book was awsome! it shows feminism and is about a girl trying to prove to people she can box. i love how some parts are funny and though she struggles it works out for her but not how she expects it! i loved the ending and the friendship going on throughout the book! and it really proves that girls CAN hit!👧💪

Deia gave Girls Can't Hit 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Ink by Alice Broadway.

Evan from King James's School:

I enjoyed this book because it's all about self-motivation and I want to encourage people to motivate themselves and achieve their best. My favourite character is Blossom because she is a feminist and I personally believe in what she believes. Blossom is a strong, determined character and will always do what she feels is right. I could connect to all characters. All in all a really great read, I would recommend it to everyone.

Evan gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Ella from Benton Park:

This is quite a decent book about feminism, and determination. It's very heartwarming and inspirational. The further I got into the book, the more I enjoyed it, so I'd encourage you to keep going with it. It is definitely a book for people of age 11-14 (the category it's in), as it isn't particularly hard to read, however it has some strong language in it. The only reason I'd say I didn't rate it 5 stars was because I found it a little too easy to read. I'm used to books that tend to challenge me, intellectually and with my endurance skills, but I found this book flowed into each part and then fit together nicely at the end. I'm not really into that, but many other people are, which I understand. In general, I think the book is good, but not great.

Ella gave Girls Can't Hit 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Ink by Alice Broadway.