“Rule number one of being a woman from Trinidad: Be hell a fierce.”
Love and violence. In some families they’re bound up together, dysfunctional and poisonous, passed from generation to generation like eye color or a quirk of smile. Trisha’s trying to break the chain, channeling her violent impulses into Muay Thai kickboxing, an unlikely sport for a slightly built girl of Trinidadian descent. Her father comes and goes as he pleases, his presence adding a layer of tension to Toronto’s east-end townhouse Trisha and her mom call home, every punch he lands on her mother carving itself indelibly into Trisha’s mind. Until the night he wanders out drunk in front of the car Trisha is driving, practicing on her learner’s permit, her mother in the passenger seat. Her father is killed, and her mother seems strangely at peace. Lighter, somehow. Trisha doesn’t know exactly what happened that night, but she’s afraid it’s going to happen again. Her mom has a new man in her life and the patterns, they are repeating.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me an ARC of Fight Like A Girl, I really appreciate the opportunity.
It is safe to say that when I went into this book I didn’t expect to get out of it what I actually did. Don’t get me wrong, I thought I would enjoy the book or I wouldn’t have asked for a copy however I didn’t realise I would enjoy it to the extent that I did.
A lot of physical and pent up anger is explored in this book. Trisha is definitely one angry teenager who has been through so much in such a short life. She seems to take this aggression out on focusing her attention on Mauy Thai and the skills that she holds in this arena. I really liked Trisha as a character I did feel really sorry for her at times but I loved learning with her and rowing with her character throughout the book.
What I found the most interesting about Fight Like A Girl is learning so much about the Trinidad culture. This is a subject matter that I knew absolutely nothing about about before starting this book. I honestly found it really in fascinating and it is a subject that I will do more research into now I have finished. There were some references that I didn’t quite understand, they went over my head but it did not put me off it still intrigued me throughout.
Fight Like A Girl is a short book, coming in at 224 pages. It is a very easy read that I devoured in two sittings. Once you get started you will find it difficult to stop as the writing style will enable you to read at a speed that you did not realise you could. I got to 100 pages very quickly and didn’t realise I had got that far.
This book is definitely one that should be read, it opened my eyes to a different culture and really a different way of life. I recommend that you pick it up.