Just a Girl
Family Relationships; Divorce; divorced parents; co-parenting
Senior Rianne Hettrick-Wynne has had her share of hookups and parties in small-town Wereford, Minnesota. Now volleyball season is over and her once-solid friendships are unraveling, while an all-of-a-sudden relationship with Luke Pinsky is weirdly becoming serious. Add to that the possibility of getting kicked out of her house, and Rianne is desperate to make a plan that doesn't include going to college or working at Planet Tan for the rest of her life. At the same time, her divorced parents have started cohabiting again without any explanation, making Rianne wonder why they're so intent on pointing out every bad choice she makes when they can't even act like adults. That's not the only question she can't answer: How is it that Sergei, a broken-English-speaking Russian who makes his own vodka, is the only one who seems to understand her? And why, when she has Luke, the most unattainable boy in Wereford, all to herself, does she want anything but? Perhaps most confounding is the "easy girl" reputation that Rianne has gotten stuck with by doing the same things that guys do without judgment or consequence. If they're just being guys, then why can't Rianne just be a girl?
high school students; families; public opinion; sex role; social status; self-perception in women; family life
Mesrobian, Carrie, "Just a Girl" (2017). DIVerse Families. 979.