Girl Reviews

Our Girl Reviews showscases blogs that discuss how girls are portrayed in and impacted by books, movies, television shows, live performances, museums and exhibits, games, and products.

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Teen Dramas: Riverdale: Chapter Three – Body Double

The TV show Riverdale debuted in 2017, and is based on characters from Archie Comics. The show has a mystery element to it with the murder of Jason Blossom in the first episode. While the characters try to figure out who is responsible they also have their own issues...

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Book Review: 1001 Cranes

Associate Editor Sage Daugherty reviews 1001 Cranes by Naomi Hirahara, about a Japanese-American girl named Angela and her eventful, cultural summer spent with her grandparents in Los Angeles.

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TV Review: Friends

Junior Girl Hannah Kelly revisits one of her favorite TV series, Friends, and talks about the societal and gender role shift pertaining to girls, from the 1990s to today.

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Book Review: The Secret Garden

Junior Girl Sophia Lee talks about one of the beloved books from her childhood, The Secret Garden, and its strong female protagonist, Mary Lennox.

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TV Review: Santa Clarita Diet

*SPOILERS THROUGHOUT* I finished watching (read: binge watching) Santa Clarita Diet this weekend, and had to write about the unsung hero, Abby Hammond. The new Netflix-original series tells the story of Sheila and Joel Hammond, married realtors raising their teenage...

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Film Review: The Shallows

Junior Boy Jake Goforth reviews The Shallows, a horror movie about one girl’s struggle for survival in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

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Book Review: Milly-Molly-Mandy

About ten years ago I was browsing in a bookshop and I came across a book I had long since forgotten about. I couldn’t resist opening it up to see if this modern publication was the same as the book that I remembered from my childhood. The book was Milly-Molly-Mandy...

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Review: Nancy Drew

Back in my school days when we couldn’t order books off the Internet, one way for young students to have access to reading materials outside of the general bookstore or school library in New Zealand was the monthly catalogue Scholastic. Here is where I picked up my...

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Exhibition Review: Beyond Suffrage

In November 2017, I had the opportunity to go to a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York about women in politics — obviously my favorite topic! The exhibition, Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics, traced women's political activism...

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Exhibition Review: Women Doing Men’s Jobs

During World War One, there were countless stories of badass women who defied norms and contributed to the war effort in incredible ways. Mary Boden set up and funded a mobile hospital unit on the Western Front that nursed soldiers wounded in Ypres and Somme, serving...

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TV Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – "Ted" "Ted" is the 11th episode of season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and while it aired in 1997, one of the main themes of the episode is still prevalent today. Buffy’s mother begins dating Ted, a man whom her mother and all...

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Film Review: Scream

Horror Heroines: Sidney Prescott (Scream, 1996) Scream was released 22 years ago with the teenage Sidney Prescott as the main character. One year after her murder of her mother, Sidney is trying to move on with her life. Her world is turned upside down when two of her...

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TV Review: Gilmore Girls

 Review: Gilmore Girls — "They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?" Confession time: I'm a woman in my mid-twenties who loves teen dramas. Not just shows from when I was a teenager but current shows, as well as those from the '90's. When I was a teenager we only had a...

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Review: The Worst Witch is Heartwarming and Hilarious

I had heard about The Worst Witch from a friend of mine who had watched the first few episodes and loved them. I was looking for something new to watch on Netflix and it was one of the suggested shows in my profile, so I settled down and started the show. Two minutes...

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Book Review: Mandy

I recently moved away from home and had to leave the majority of my library behind, except for a few of my favorite books. One day, I was browsing Amazon and I came across a book in my cart that I absolutely loved as a child. I received Mandy by the incomparable Julie...

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Book Review: Divergent

Divergent is another addition to the YA dystopian genre. This series of books follows the life of the teenage Tris who lives in a dystopian version of Chicago. The city is divided into different factions that all have different virtues. One day a year, all sixteen...

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Review: Miracle on 34th Street

One of my all time favorite Christmas movies is Miracle on 34th Street, and I watch it every year (both versions) without fail. So naturally, when I got home for Christmas, I made my sister watch both of them with me — the black and white 1947 version with Natalie...

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Review: Titanic 20 Years On

This year was the 20th anniversary of the release of the film Titanic. At the time of the movie’s release, it became the highest grossest film of all time and made worldwide stars of the main actors, Kate Winslet and Leonardo de Caprio. This summer, I re-watched the...

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Super Girls! Gwen Stacy

Name: Gwendolyne Maxine Stacy Powers: None (just a super-smart human) First Appears In: The Amazing Spider-Man #31 (1965) Quote: It's easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day like today, but there will be dark days ahead of us too. There will be days where you feel all...

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Film Review: Matilda

I remember the first time I watched Matilda, directed by Danny DeVito; I was 9 years old. I went to a theatre in Veracruz with my parents and as soon as the movie was over and we were back home, I started to stare at things to see if I could move them. Also, I tried...

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