Book Review: Some Girls Bind by Rory James

Note: This book was sent to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affects my opinion on this book or my review.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genre(s): Young Adult; LGBT+

Format: eBook from NetGalley

Release Date: February 1, 2019


Jamie knows that she isn’t like other girls. She has a secret. She binds her chest every day to feel more like herself. Jamie questions why she is drawn to this practice and why she is afraid of telling her friends, who have their own secrets. Could she really be genderqueer?


  • Very quick read!
  • I liked the prose formatting.
  • I felt that this was an honest representation of one of the many issues LGBT+ youth face.
  • I really liked the dynamic of Jamie’s group of friends.
  • Jamie’s brother is cool.


  • This was a terribly put together ARC, and about 1/4 of the book was just the same chapter over and over.
  • It could have been longer.

My Thoughts: The plot and potential were there, but this book fell short for me. About half the book was missing — this was a seriously messed up Galley. So I don’t know if I even got the whole plot. I liked that we got into Jamie’s head, and I liked that they had an LGBT+ bestie to relate to, but a lot of this book just felt too easy to me. I did appreciate that not all of Jamie’s family accepted their identity, because as crappy as that is, it’s realistic, and I think that relatable books should also be realistic. I also really liked the format. All in all, this book was just okay to me. I would like to read more by this author though.

Rory James

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