Title:The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: May 5th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis: Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themedrestaurant.Working as a wench―i.e. waitress―at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicagosuburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like herbrother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help hermom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot oftrouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval―if they don’t get fired first.
Kit Sweetly is working as a serving wench at The Castle, a medieval style family restaurant that offers a medieval experience alongside food and entertainment. But what Kit really wants is to move up and be a knight. Except her boss, and uncle, won’t allow it because of company policy. When she takes her brothers place as knight one evening, she reveals it was her at the end of her performance and everything changes.
I really enjoyed the premise of this book! I felt the execution of it could have been a bit better though.
What I liked:
*Kit was a great main character that you could root for
*this touches on family issues and handled it very well. I was feeling the feels.
* while tackling tough issues it also mixes in a lot of humor.
*theres a lot of neat historical facts all throughout!
What I did not like so much:
* the pace was a bit slow throughout it with a few parts where it sped up.
* the romance felt forced between Kitt and her interest. I wanted to love it but it just didn’t feel like the two should have romance and was kind of awkward.
That being said I did enjoy the story and its message! I felt it was empowering and moving. I am going to give it a 3 out of 5 stars
“But really, who was Joan? Mystic? Mad? Fiercely brave? Or just the right girl for the job at perhaps the wrong time?”
“I think again of all the women in the Middle Ages who were grounded, especially the Wife of Bath. Bold, brave, saucy and spirited. Traveling to pilgrimage sites was kind of her thing. Exactly the kind of woman I want to be. Minus the six husbands and all that.”
“And dont worry. The world wont break me. I’m the Girl Knight after all.”
Jamie Pacton writes all sorts of books: dark, feminist YA fantasy; contemporary YA storieswith a funny + geeky bent; funny MG adventure-fantasy; and, even the occasional adult rom-com. She was a Pitch Wars menteein 2015 and she mentored YA in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
She grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of EastTennessee; she’s the oldest of ten kids; and, she currently lives in rural Wisconsin with herhusband, their two kids, and a dog named Lego. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly(forthcoming May 5, 2020) is her Young Adult debut.
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