Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry
Our Rating: 4
Goodreads Rating: 4.4
This Book in a Song: I’m Good by The Mowgli’s
Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail.
She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.
In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated.
When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, an unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, yet these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional
Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry is amazing book. If you are a fan of the classic Disney movie, Mulan you will love this book! The main character Olivia refuses to go with the status-quo and is determined to become a solider. Her father, the Master of Arms, has mentored her thoroughly in the art of war. Olivia’s mother is ashamed of how Olivia did not turn out like her sister. Olivia lives in a world where girls are expected to be polite, not speak out of turn, and they most definitely cannot be soldiers. When the King is invited by a neighboring kingdom to discuss land, Olivia’s father organizes a party of squires and knights to accompany him. Olivia gets her hopes up and assumes her dad is bringing her but her father says no. Olivia is determined to go on this mission and will do anything to have the chance. Along the way she bonds with the prince 2nd in line for the crown, Prince Liam. An unusual relationship blooms between them even though it is destined to be doomed.
My favorite part of this book is how relateable Olivia is. I mean, how many time have you totally disagreed with your parents and did something anyways. Olivia is a strong character who will stop at nothing to be independent and respected. Prince Liam is a bit of as uprising character. He defies all previous conceptions of princes. Liam is caring and thoughtful. He changed the way Olivia thinks abou her life. Overall this was an incredible book with an incredible message.