I was graciously given a copy of The Law of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor for free in exchange for a review.
This book may be about “the law of tall girls,” but you definitely don’t have to be a tall girl to appreciate this amazing story. At 5’4 1/2″ (yes, that 1/2 an inch does matter!), I’m nowhere near the height of Peyton, who is almost 6’1″, but I still felt like I could relate to her. I could relate to her insecurity of herself. High school is brutal enough without adding in the peer pressure and all the taunting and bullying that happens when you’re a little different than others. For Peyton, it’s her height that sets her apart in her school. For me, it was my hair. My curly hair, that when cut past a certain length makes it look like I have an Afro hairstyle and caused me so much misery throughout middle school and high school.
The Law of Tall Girls is an amazing story of learning to love yourself, even all the quirks. I especially loved that even though this is a young adult contemporary novel and that while is does include a typical lovesick female character who ends up getting the boy she likes, it also includes an amazing female friendship and a dysfunctional family. Joanne Macgregor definitely did an amazing job at tackling tough life issues and creating a wonderful story that didn’t skim over these tough subjects. The story was very well paced and by the time I got to the end of the story it left me wanting a sequel so I can know what happens next.
The cast of characters in this story were amazing. Each of them has something that sets them apart from others, but also brings them together. The females in this story were especially amazing.
Peyton definitely amazed me. She may be tough and smart, but she has insecurities and a tough home life that she has to deal with. Throughout the story, it’s clear something is up with her mom and their home. Even though I assumed the reasoning, I can say it definitely still shocked me when it was all revealed.
Then there’s Chloe, the amazing best friend to Peyton. This girl needs an award for greatest best friend ever. She’s got Peyton’s back no matter what and always has a tea to solve any problem.
Last of the female characters who amazed me is Jack (real name Jacqueline, but she goes by Jack). This girl is amazing. She challenges the standards of women and doesn’t care one bit. She loves sports and works on an oil rig and drives her parents crazy in the process.
The collection of misfit characters in this story just spoke to me! Everyone has something that’s different about them. Maybe it’s their height or weight, maybe they dye their hair a new color every week, or maybe their sexual preferences are different than yours. In high school, those differences might be the thing to make someone feel insecure, but those differences are what makes someone who they are. Embrace those differences, it’s what makes you special.
I also loved all the amazing pop culture references. My absolute favorite was when Peyton went on a date with the first tall boy that she thought of and she asked him what kind of movies he liked. His response literally made me shriek. As a car enthusiast, it’s not often I find books that either revolve around the car scene or even mention something that relates to the car scene. Seeing a book mention the Fast and Furious franchise and Paul Walker made me so happy. “One way ticket to the great street race in the sky,” literally made me shriek and had my husband thinking something was wrong.
In the end, I definitely recommend this book. Peyton has definitely been added to my list of strong female main characters and this story is one that I will definitely read again. It’s a great coming of age story about growing up, tackling problems, and making mistakes in the process and learning from them.