ARC Review: Fight Like A Girl (Sheena Kamal)


Genre: Young Adult 
 Hot Key Books
Publication Date: March 10th 2020
Format: Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 224

Blurb from Goodreads:

The Beauty of the Moment meets Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Award-winning thriller writer Sheena Kamal delivers a kick-ass debut YA novel that will have fans crying out for more.

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.




I have to say that I am pretty much intrigued to read this book. The theme revolves around love and violence, something that is different and taboo in young adult fiction.

Unfortunately, I don’t enjoy this as much as I hope to. For the first 50 pages, I am engrossed to Trisha’s life especially with her Muay Thai journey and her father’s death. After that, the plot of the story declines and that makes me unable to understand this story as a whole and what the author is trying to convey. For the most part of my reading process, I am confused with plot line and there are also subplots to the story that makes it harder to follow as well. I have to say the aftermath of her father’s death is the complex subject in this book.

I really want to enjoy this book, however maybe it is not a good time for me to read this.

I would love to try and read other books from Sheena Kamal in the future.

Thank you Pansing Books for sending me an ARC of Fight Like A Girl!



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