Hi friends! I’m back at ya with another review, but first I’d like to send my great thanks the the awesome folks at Turner Publishing for sending me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!
The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and perfect lipstick aren’t compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. But nothing is going to dampen Natalie’s spirit — she’s exactly where she wants to be, and she gets to work with her hero, a rock-star paleontologist who hosts the most popular paleo podcast in the world. And then there’s Chase the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.
It’s a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths.
Until it isn’t.
When Natalie’s hero turns out to be anything but, and steals the credit for one of her accomplishments, Nat has to unearth the confidence she needs to stand out in a field dominated by dudes. To do this, she’ll have to let her true self shine, even if that means defying all the rules for the sake of a major discovery.
November 6, 2018
This book is actual gold. Feminism, in the world of science, and on top of that plus-size rep? GIMME!
One thing YA needs more of are plus-size women and women in STEM featured in books of all genres, and Mammoth is one of the best examples I’ve ever seen of that!
I absolutely adored Natalie as a main character. After a horrible middle-school experience, she reinvents herself as Awesome Natalie, complete with a fashion blog peppered with paleontology fangirling. Of course, her “armor” doesn’t change how insecure she really feels inside.
Women can’t afford to be humble in this field.
One of the many things I loved about this book was that Natalie’s fangirling over science was never frowned upon or made to seem nerdy in a bad way, unlike other books I’ve read.
Also, the plot moved at a great pace and never slowed. I found myself always interested in what was happening. Another thing that really stood out to me was how wonderfully done Natalie’s character development was. It was gradual, and some of the changes were subtle but they were there.
I also loved the characters and all the different dynamics we get to see, especially how they play into the story. Quinn and Cody were my second favorite characters! I’ll have you guys know that I’m not much of a contemporary person, but this book makes me want to pick up more!
AND THE ROMANCE. Never, ever did it overshadow the plot but it was integrated perfectly to play a key role in the character’s arcs. And don’t worry guys: there isn’t much of a love triangle.
My only complaints are just my personal problems, and it’s really the drinking and the language. There’s some strong language in here, as well as examples of underage drinking and getting drunk so if that affects you please be careful!
All in all, Mammoth is one of the best contemporaries of the year. It’s unique, entertaining, awesome, but most importantly: it’s a representative light to the world of YA fiction. Catch ya later, au revoir!
Quotes are taken from the ARC and may not appear in the finished copy.