Happy Saturday and welcome to my review of The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton! (yes, it’s very hard for me to write Kit instead of Kait) I LOVED this book so much, and I’m ridiculously happy to share my review with all of you today! Read on to find my review, plus more information about the book and author! And now without any further ado, let’s get to the review!
*Quick Disclaimer: I am a member of Jamie Pacton’s Street Team, the Round Table. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
Published on May 5, 2020 by Page Street Kids
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Queer
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Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale as Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurant.
Working as a wench—i.e. waitress—at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom 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 of trouble 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.
Sometimes I don’t have a whole lot to say about books, so I’ve created Rapid Fire Reviews as a quick and fun way to get my opinion out without repeating myself and boring you! Here we go!
did i like it?
SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK!!!
Kit, probably. Or Will. Actually, make that definitely Will.
will i re-read it?
YES! probably soon, actually…
three words to describe the book
feminism, determination, friendship
fun fact about me: I minored in Medieval Studies in college! so I was SO FREAKING EXCITED when I heard about this book, and I really loved all the historical tidbits interspersed in the story! I also really, really loved Jamie’s portrayal of poverty, and what it’s like to be poor and have rich friends who mean well, but don’t always… get it.
I just love this cover so much! From the peach pattern to the illustrated characters to the tagline and the blurbs and the parentheses around medieval, I love it all! I nominated it for best cover of 2020 on both the *book shimmy* awards and the Bookish Jazz awards, but sadly it didn’t make it through.
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Jamie Pacton is a Young Adult and Middle Grade author who grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee. She has a BA and MA in English Literature, and currently teaches English at the college level. While pursuing her dream of being an author, she worked as a waitress, pen salesperson, lab assistant, art museum guard, bookseller, pool attendant, nanny, and lots of other weird jobs in between. Her writing has appeared in national and local magazines, and she spent many years blogging for Parents.com. Currently, Jamie lives in Wisconsin with her family and a dog named Lego. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is her YA debut novel and her sophomore novel, Lucky Girl, is forthcoming in Spring 2021. She has also published a MG novel, Farfetched, under the pen name Finn Colazo. Find Jamie online at www.jamiepacton.com and on Instagram and Twitter @JamiePacton.
Have you read this wonderful book yet? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!