As a Science teacher and self-proclaimed #STEMgirl, I loved this book, but as a woman I loved it even more.
MAMMOTH follows Natalie Page as she embarks on a summer internship in Texas at an archaeological dig. As a Science teacher and self-proclaimed #STEMgirl, I loved this book, but as a woman I loved it even more. Natalie is so many beautiful things. She is a woman in science. She is an artist who is constantly modifying her own clothing on the fly. She is a confident writer/blogger, and she soaks up all her aunt’s advice about being “awesome” just by being her. Natalie is fat, beautiful, and proud.
But being awesome isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Natalie struggles with fitting in among rich intern students when she’s attending the dig on a scholarship and must find her inner boldness when someone takes credit for one of her discoveries. In addition, she has to contend with a jealous co-intern and a confusing romantic relationship. But the thing I may love most about Natalie is she navigates these trials sometimes messily. She is real and relatable and simultaneously “awesome.”
This book truly has something for everyone. I read this book in July, and I cannot get it out of my mind. It’s empowering, and full of fun, action and SCIENCE! And, the best part of all is it’s out now!