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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    this could have been a cute story i adored whole-heartedly if it wasnt the poster child for my biggest pet-peeve of all time - which is the onslaught of pop culture references in fiction. i swear my eye was twitching by the twentieth mention of game of thrones. every reference (and there are sooo many of them) took me out of the story and ensured an eye-roll. i know pop culture references arent a problem for most readers but, for me, its a deal breaker. which is a shame because i did enjoy the m this could have been a cute story i adored whole-heartedly if it wasnt the poster child for my biggest pet-peeve of all time - which is the onslaught of pop culture references in fiction. i swear my eye was twitching by the twentieth mention of game of thrones. every reference (and there are sooo many of them) took me out of the story and ensured an eye-roll. i know pop culture references arent a problem for most readers but, for me, its a deal breaker. which is a shame because i did enjoy the message of the story. its one i fully support and i know many young readers will be influenced positively because of it. so its too bad that the focus on such an important topic leaves everything else in the story underdeveloped (the father, the friends, the love interest, the college planning, etc). i just dont think the author knew how to balance everything out, so she gave the predominate theme (gender equality) the main focus. i realise this is a debut novel, so i hope this is something she can improve upon in her future novels. i guess the tl;dr of this review would be there are too many issues with the writing and style of this story that kept me from loving it, but i fully acknowledge the importance of its message. ↠ 2.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    emma

    This is the most unpopular opinion in the history of the world. This opinion is so unpopular that even I’m like “wow, this must be wrong,” and it’s MY opinion. In fact, I strongly advise you to stop reading now, because it’s clear that I am incorrect, and me myself and I will stay over here in the dunce corner and write a review just for ourselves. Sound good? ... Okay, now that everyone’s gone. I often have the same issue with feminist young adult books, where I feel like everything in the book that This is the most unpopular opinion in the history of the world. This opinion is so unpopular that even I’m like “wow, this must be wrong,” and it’s MY opinion. In fact, I strongly advise you to stop reading now, because it’s clear that I am incorrect, and me myself and I will stay over here in the dunce corner and write a review just for ourselves. Sound good? ... Okay, now that everyone’s gone. I often have the same issue with feminist young adult books, where I feel like everything in the book that isn’t the feminist plot falls by the wayside. Characters are undeveloped, relationships jump from place to place inexplicably, etc. And I definitely had that issue with this one. This follows Kit Sweetly, a “serving wench” (yes, for real) at a Medieval Times-type restaurant. She wants to be a knight, but girls (and all genders besides male) are not allowed. So this is four hundred-ish pages of her and some other employees fighting for their right to, well, fight. (YOU GOTTA FIGHT. FOR YOUR RIGHT. TO...fight?) This plotline would be more exciting if I were given a real reason to care about Kit’s role at the restaurant, but even the insight we’re given into the joint seems more bad than good. I mean, the patrons are mean, many of the co-workers are mean, the management is mean, the money is not great, Kit doesn’t even want to work there for much longer than a few years… But hey, do you. The best part of this book was the inclusion and representation. We get characters across gender and sexuality spectrums, an interracial relationship at the center, a budding F/F relationship on the sidelines...it’s nice. The worst part of this book was that every little detail of our protagonist’s day was described. No time is skipped at all: every time she eats, pees, showers, watches TV, ANYTHING, we get full coverage. It drags. The romance also felt strange and rushed to me. Kit has a sudden-onset crush on her friend Jett, and throughout the entire story there is not a modicum of interest shown from him, but boom, at the end they kiss and one page later she calls him her boyfriend. Again, do you, Kit. There’s also a subplot in which Kit is an extremely bad friend, and it is never resolved!!! Her friends do EVERYTHING for her and she did nothing for them and also lied to them...but they all live happily ever after. All this is a bummer, because I really liked what this set out to do. I don’t think this is a bad book, and I think great things will come from this author. It’s heartfelt and coming from a good place. This just feels...unfinished. Bottom line: THIS OPINION IS WRONG AND NO ONE SHOULD BE READING IT. But...this was not for me. ----------------- trying not to think too much about the fact that my very first read of the year was just a liiiittle bit disappointing. review to come / 2.5 stars ----------------- this book has everything: cheesy medieval restaurant ✓ feminism ✓ lists ✓ banter ✓ friendship ✓ nerding out over history ✓ the cutest cover i've ever seen in my life ✓ i am ready to read. thanks to the publisher for the ARC

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    4.5 stars!! It was sweet, funny, eye-opening and I loved it. The end!! 😉 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 4.5 stars!! It was sweet, funny, eye-opening and I loved it. The end!! 😉 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This book was cute and fun, but not quite what I was hoping it would be. It had a lot of good discussion about archaic gender roles and great representation of what it is like to grow up in a house where you're living paycheck to paycheck, but the rest of the book honestly felt a little.. boring? The writing was pretty average and the plot didn't do anything especially fun or risky so everything just kind of fell a little flat. I feel like this book had an amazing premise but the book as whole d This book was cute and fun, but not quite what I was hoping it would be. It had a lot of good discussion about archaic gender roles and great representation of what it is like to grow up in a house where you're living paycheck to paycheck, but the rest of the book honestly felt a little.. boring? The writing was pretty average and the plot didn't do anything especially fun or risky so everything just kind of fell a little flat. I feel like this book had an amazing premise but the book as whole didn't really live up to it and I am SAD.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars You gotta fight for your right...to be a knight. Or so it goes in The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly . Kit is a “serving wench” at The Castle, a medieval restaurant, but what she really wants is to be a knight. Her older brother, Chris, is a knight, and she knows all of his routines really well. But company policy for the entire Castle franchise states that only guys can be knights, Game of Thrones be damned. One night when Chris gets hurt and can’t perform, Kit puts on his 3.5 stars You gotta fight for your right...to be a knight. Or so it goes in The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly . Kit is a “serving wench” at The Castle, a medieval restaurant, but what she really wants is to be a knight. Her older brother, Chris, is a knight, and she knows all of his routines really well. But company policy for the entire Castle franchise states that only guys can be knights, Game of Thrones be damned. One night when Chris gets hurt and can’t perform, Kit puts on his costume and pretends to be him. She goes off script and beats the knight she is fighting, and the moment that she reveals she—not Chris—was behind the armor quickly goes viral. Although she is threatened with the loss of her job, or even the shutting down of the entire franchise, Kit can’t get the thrill of being a knight out of her head. And judging from the responses the video is getting, more and more people want to see female knights. So she and some Castle colleagues start training, with the plan of showing corporate management just how smart and valuable of an investment female knights can be. Sounds like a foolproof plan, no? Meanwhile, Kit also has to deal with her family’s financial woes, which might impact her going to her dream college, Marquette. And not only that, but she tries to fight her growing attraction to her best friend, Jett, despite the fact they’ve agreed to only be friends. This is a fun book that takes its feminist message seriously but isn’t heavy-handed. I’m also impressed at the diversity in this book—there’s an interracial relationship at its core, there are bisexual, nonbinary, and trans characters, and no one makes a fuss. (It's ironic that a restaurant would have a problem with a woman being a knight but doesn't have a problem with a trans character being a serving wench.) I read this really quickly and like in the movie A Knight’s Tale , I played lots of Queen music while reading. Although I felt the ending was a little rushed, this was still a fun read, and Jamie Pacton created really likable characters. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free as part of The Fantastic Flying Book Club’s Instagram tour for this book. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative. This was such a fun feminist YA debut! I liked how inclusive and diverse this book was. Kit’s best friend Layla is bisexual. One of the characters, Penny, is a transgender Serving Wench at the restaurant. There is also Alex who also works at the restaurant and goes by the pronoun, “they.” Kit’s love interest, Jett, is hal I received an ARC of this book for free as part of The Fantastic Flying Book Club’s Instagram tour for this book. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative. This was such a fun feminist YA debut! I liked how inclusive and diverse this book was. Kit’s best friend Layla is bisexual. One of the characters, Penny, is a transgender Serving Wench at the restaurant. There is also Alex who also works at the restaurant and goes by the pronoun, “they.” Kit’s love interest, Jett, is half Indian. I also liked that Kit checks her own privilege. At one point she states: “[W]e need this to be bigger than me. I’m just a white girl from the suburbs. Maybe my privilege makes it easier for me to say this isn’t fair, but we need to show people that this is more than just me doing a man’s job. It’s about getting rid of gender restrictions altogether” (pg 114). I liked that Kit wasn’t a traditional “good girl”. She is a smart girl who gets into college, but she also smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol. I loved how medieval history was incorporated into the story. You actually learn some cool facts. This book was also incredibly fast paced. I flew right through it. One thing I didn’t like was that the romance aspect didn’t thrill me. It didn’t add much to the plot and the book would have been just fine without it. Overall, this is an entertaining YA novel with lots of female empowerment and some medieval merrymaking!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    “Bold, brave, saucy, and spirited.” I think Kit herself said it best here, as this book was all of those things and more. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is a feminist take on A Knight’s Tale that challenges gender roles and the idea that women can’t be warriors too. Kit’s dream is to upgrade from serving wench to become a knight at the Castle, a restaurant that puts on medieval tournaments. Kit is spunky, driven and determined and I love her for it. This story has strong family dyn “Bold, brave, saucy, and spirited.” I think Kit herself said it best here, as this book was all of those things and more. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is a feminist take on A Knight’s Tale that challenges gender roles and the idea that women can’t be warriors too. Kit’s dream is to upgrade from serving wench to become a knight at the Castle, a restaurant that puts on medieval tournaments. Kit is spunky, driven and determined and I love her for it. This story has strong family dynamics and a diverse and lovable friend group, plus an adorable friends-to-more romance! This book was super modern and entertaining through its pop culture references, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones anyone? I also really like all of the media components and the nod to how kind of crazy the internet is and what trends or random things can go viral. Remember Alex from Target, everyone? If not, this book will remind you of our favorite retail store employee 🥰 I also love all the little tidbits of history sprinkled throughout the book! The facts really helped to further the narrative and I liked feeling like I was learning something new. Pacton’s debut is sure to make an impact with readers through its strong cast of characters, points of humor and levity, and call to action to fight the patriarchy. ⚔️

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I got to read an early version of this and LOVED it. Sassy, hilarious, with both a swoony romance and fist-pumping empowerment. SO, so good!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 Stars Full review HERE I enjoyed reading about the main storyline of this book, which is Kit trying to fight against the company policy of her workplace. The Medieval-themed restaurant where she works won't let girls fight as knights and she's had enough of this absurdity and she's ready to put up a fight. My issue was that apart from this storyline the others were very few and sounded a bit w The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 Stars Full review HERE I enjoyed reading about the main storyline of this book, which is Kit trying to fight against the company policy of her workplace. The Medieval-themed restaurant where she works won't let girls fight as knights and she's had enough of this absurdity and she's ready to put up a fight. My issue was that apart from this storyline the others were very few and sounded a bit weak in my opinion. I didn't even find myself rooting for the main couple, which is something very unusual for me. I believe it was because we barely got to see the two of them together and so there really wasn't a lot to root for. If you're looking for a nice read about equality in the workplace and you also want to see girls take on the fight to defeat gender roles, then you might want to give this book a chance!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rec-It Rachel

    hi i love this SO much

  11. 4 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Trigger Warning: drug abuse, emotional abuse Kit Sweetly is a Wench who wants to be a Knight—if only the patriarchal hegemony ruling The Castle Corporation would give her a chance to succeed. When a chance opportunity to take over for her brother leads to her revealing herself as The Girl Knight and a video of her "I am no man!" speech goes viral, Kit seizes the opportunity to allow herself—and a group of non cis male knight wannabes—her chance in the tournament grounds once and for all. This was Trigger Warning: drug abuse, emotional abuse Kit Sweetly is a Wench who wants to be a Knight—if only the patriarchal hegemony ruling The Castle Corporation would give her a chance to succeed. When a chance opportunity to take over for her brother leads to her revealing herself as The Girl Knight and a video of her "I am no man!" speech goes viral, Kit seizes the opportunity to allow herself—and a group of non cis male knight wannabes—her chance in the tournament grounds once and for all. This was a solid debut novel that tries to smash the patriarchy with lances and swords. Did it succeed? Sure? Was it entertaining? Hell yes. Kit has a lot going on in her life, with college hopes and A Plan that will lead her family out of poverty once and for all. Her mother and brother have both been working two jobs to make ends meet after their feckless father ran off with their college savings and emergency funds, leaving them all broke and stuck paying the mortgage for their house. Kit tries to help with her job as a wench at The Castle, a medieval dinner-faire where attendees eat anachronistic medieval food and watch men in armor bash each other with swords, but her heart is on the ground wielding a sword herself. Not hiding how poor she is to her best friends Jett and Layla. Not worrying about getting into college or paying for college. Not trying to figure out how to keep the lights on. Not agonizing over what their mother has done to cause them to be three months behind in their mortgage payments. I particularly liked the representation in this book. It's filled with queer characters and characters of color and queer characters of color—and they also make up Kit's Knights—without seeming like check-in-the-box representation. And I liked their friendship and how they banded together to take a chance to become Knights and prove that it wasn't just men—that gender equality could extend to corporate organizations like The Castle too. The plot moves quickly—I was able to finish this in an afternoon—but I was left feeling a little unsatisfied with the ending. I'm not sure why, though. I really didn't like Len, Kit's uncle who was a skeez and asshole, despite being marginally better than his feckless brother. I did like how Kit gains the courage to tell off her father, who is a complete narcissistic asshole, and how family was an important theme in the book. Family being—the family who sticks by you and the ones you would lay down your life for, not necessarily the family you were born into. Overall, this is definitely good and enjoyable. And there are a lot of references to A Knight's Tale, if you want to get weepy and sentimental. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  12. 4 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi ♠

    hi hello did someone mention A Knight's Tale??? hi hello did someone mention A Knight's Tale???

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    My brain is like "yeah, it was cute and all but no more than 3 or 4 stars" but my heart is like "knights that aren't cis guys! medieval restaurant! cute romance! feminist af!" and I can't really argue with that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Lasagna

    Wow. I loved it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joan He

    can 2020 come any sooner?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Okay so I felt myself getting frustrated A LOT but sexism, a wanker of an uncle, double standards, deadbeat dads, people using religion as a scapegoat, and atrociously expensive post-secondary does that to a bitch (me. I am bitch). I loved the characters. The ending was sweet. The setting was fun until you had to...interact with the staff. I have so much respect for people who grow up in that level of poverty and still manage to survive.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Page Street Kids was kind enough to send me an ARC of this book, and I'm so glad they did! It is funny and fun and delightful and heartfelt and intersectional. It is somehow a cheery teen romcom romp and also a book about struggles with poverty and also about the romanticization of the Middle Ages and how that affects society. It is GREAT. Kit is a champion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Mar

    I was lucky enough to read an early version of this and I couldn't put it down! Kit is full of so much heart and humor, this is such a great read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    4.5 stars This book was so fun!! It was geeky and feminist and funny and honestly what more could I even ask for in a book?? Also, even though it should be the standard, I really appreciated that while this book was very much a story of a cis girl challenging the cis guys, it actually like . . . recognized that and admitted that there was more nuance to it than that, and like damn all books should do that but most just . . . don't.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    May 19, 2020: Wow, I have taken almost a month to read this. This was definitely a predictable read but I mean, come on, surprises doesn't equal greatness. Definitely appreciated the feminism and unstable financial conditions that were highlighted in this one. Though, I wanted to know more about the side characters, especially Jett as a love interest and because he's half-Indian, hehe so definitely expected more but nonetheless, I'm happy about reading it. Full review to come! April 26, 2020: Bud May 19, 2020: Wow, I have taken almost a month to read this. This was definitely a predictable read but I mean, come on, surprises doesn't equal greatness. Definitely appreciated the feminism and unstable financial conditions that were highlighted in this one. Though, I wanted to know more about the side characters, especially Jett as a love interest and because he's half-Indian, hehe so definitely expected more but nonetheless, I'm happy about reading it. Full review to come! April 26, 2020: Buddy reading with the lovely, Gayatri! March 7, 2020: That cute cover needs to be appreciated. A feminist who fights the sexism at her workplace while also flaunting herself as a history nerd? Enough said, I'm excited to pick this up! Thank you, Page Street Publishing for the digital review copy via Netgalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book was such a fun and sweet (pun intended) read! A contemporary story about a girl obsessed with all things medieval, this book delivers on the snark, the laughs, and the historical facts. Pacton brings to life a diverse cast of teens in a genuine and emotional story, and invites the reader to cheer them on as they fight the patriarchy. Long live the Girl Knight!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    THIS SOUND SO CUTE AND EMPOWERING

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sue (BeautyBookCorner)

    This was a super cute YA contemporary. Kit Sweetly works at Medieval Times-like restaurant/attraction called the Castle where she’s been a wench (server) for a few years, but really wants to be a knight like her older brother. Knights get to do fight, joust, and they make more money – something Kit is desperately in need of. Content Warning: sexism and misogyny (always in a negative light), underage drinking and underage smoking (with little to no commentary), poverty, alcoholism, substance abuse This was a super cute YA contemporary. Kit Sweetly works at Medieval Times-like restaurant/attraction called the Castle where she’s been a wench (server) for a few years, but really wants to be a knight like her older brother. Knights get to do fight, joust, and they make more money – something Kit is desperately in need of. Content Warning: sexism and misogyny (always in a negative light), underage drinking and underage smoking (with little to no commentary), poverty, alcoholism, substance abuse Inclusive Feminism At the core, this is a feminist story as Kit Sweetly is challenging her workplace’s outdated and (historically incorrect) rules that only men are allowed to be knights. Ahem, that cis men only. One thing I absolutely loved about this book is how inclusive the feminism is in this book. It’s not just about white cis women. Kit’s coworkers and friends who join her in her crusade to remove gender restrictions are incredibly diverse. The book includes trans and non-binary characters, and the language used regarding gender identity throughout the book is wonderful. “It’s company policy that only cis men can be Knights, and that’s absurd. People across the gender spectrum are now astronauts, soldiers, presidents, and more. To say only me can ride a horse at a dinner theater? C’mon.” Kit also acknowledges that it is her white privilege to be able to confront the administration about the sexist gender restrictions. This is all done without being preachy. I can’t stand when books are overly preachy no matter the subject matter. “And we need this to be bigger than me. I’m just a white girl from the suburbs. Maybe my privilege makes it easier for me to say this isn’t fair, but we need to show people that this about more than just me doing a man’s job. It’s about getting rid of gender restrictions altogether.” Kit Sweetly is also a huge history nerd. She admires the women in medieval history who broke gender norms to forge a new life for themselves. There are little historical facts about the medieval history the author includes through Kit in the story and I loved those. It really set the tone and atmosphere of the Castle. Poverty Kit has a lot of weight on her shoulders as her family struggles with poverty. One thing I really appreciated about this book is the fact that poverty is depicted in a very raw way. I am fortunate to have grown up comfortably. My parents weren’t wealthy and there were times we struggled, but for the most part, they shielded me from any major financial hardships. Kit’s family was torn apart because of her dad’s alcoholism and later substance abuse. He cleared out savings accounts before leaving and he refuses to divorce her mom. Kit, her mom, and her brother are struggling to make ends meet. Because her mom is technically married she can’t claim a lower income which would provide her children with more scholarship opportunities for college. Kit is hyperaware of her poverty. She takes home restaurant leftovers almost daily. Their electricity and hot water are often cut off. She takes toilet paper rolls from other places to bring home. This level of poverty is not often included in books. “When you’ve had nothing for a long time, it’s hard to get rid of anything. That’s why you see run-down houses with tires, old swing sets, broken down appliances, and cars piled out front. Not because people are too lazy to get rid of them, but because they know what it is to be desperately poor and needing to cling to every last scrap of things they have. Rusted and nasty though they may be.” Her struggles with money and her relationship with her dad are heartbreaking, but Kit herself is one of the most resilient and positive characters. The tone of the book is overall lighthearted, but I think the author did a great job of balancing the light and heavy. Most of the time when Kit is training in secret or making plans to be a knight the tone is fun and happy, but there are moments when Kit feels defeated and wonders if it’s better to just keep her head down to make life easier for herself. I think these moments made Kit feel real as a person. It doesn’t hide the fact that when you stand up for something, it often doesn’t go your way or that there will be people who seek to tear you down. One of the moments I loved best was when her friends crash the laundromat where she’s waiting for her clothes. They hold an impromptu training session and the whole scene was so endearing and sweet. There’s a lot of laughter and it’s a moment that brings Kit a lot of happiness. I loved how Kit really loves her friends. She makes some bad decisions when it comes to being honest with her friends, which leads to repercussions she has to deal with later, but the interactions between the friends were always fun to read. Side Characters & Romance While I appreciated the diversity in the characters, all the side characters were pretty flat. They only came on the page when it had to do with Kit’s agenda or her interaction with them. I didn’t really get a sense of their personalities or struggles so they served to move Kit’s story along. Not necessarily a bad thing since the story does revolve around Kit’s role in their campaign, but when it came to the romance I needed more. The romance is probably the weakest aspect of the book. I loved that the love interest was very caring and thoughtful towards Kit, but he had little character development other than his relationship with Kit. The ending was a bit cheesy and rushed. The conflict between Kit and her friends and her does-he-or-doesn’t-he romance with her friend was resolved a bit too quickly. That said, I felt the author did a good job resolving the other issues in Kit’s life such as her college plans, her relationship with her dad, and her campaign to change the Castle’s policies. Overall, this was a fun YA contemporary romance with a perfect amount of light and heavy themes. The inclusive feminism and diversity along with an awesome protagonist made this book a delight to read. ** Thank you to Razorbill for providing me with an arc to review. Any quotations used are taken from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change. Full disclosure that I was part of the author’s street team for Kit Sweetly. This review like all my reviews contains my honest opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Martin

    Three cheers for the Girl Knight! You’ll be cheering too, for Kit and all her friends, as they fight for their right to joust! The characters are not only endearing, but broadly diverse and reflective of real life. In addition, Kit feels incredibly authentic in her struggles and dreams, high moments and lows. But more than a fun read, I walked away feeling unexpectedly challenged, made more aware of my own privilege, and feeling more understanding of the struggle to get by on double shifts and a Three cheers for the Girl Knight! You’ll be cheering too, for Kit and all her friends, as they fight for their right to joust! The characters are not only endearing, but broadly diverse and reflective of real life. In addition, Kit feels incredibly authentic in her struggles and dreams, high moments and lows. But more than a fun read, I walked away feeling unexpectedly challenged, made more aware of my own privilege, and feeling more understanding of the struggle to get by on double shifts and a handful of tips. If you’re into rollicking good fun, standing up to ridiculous rules, and sweet, friends-to-more romance, ride out and add this to your 2020 TBR list! (I was provided an ARC by the publisher.)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marta :}

    Many thanks to The Nerd Daily and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this! You can find the review on The Nerd Daily as well here. “This is about my friends and me getting a chance to be ourselves. It’s about fighting against inequality and showing the world that gender shouldn’t be a bar for any job these days. And it’s about taking a battering ram to the notion that the heroes of the Middle Ages were all men.” Kit Sweetly has always been the girl with a plan and in th Many thanks to The Nerd Daily and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this! You can find the review on The Nerd Daily as well here. “This is about my friends and me getting a chance to be ourselves. It’s about fighting against inequality and showing the world that gender shouldn’t be a bar for any job these days. And it’s about taking a battering ram to the notion that the heroes of the Middle Ages were all men.” Kit Sweetly has always been the girl with a plan and in this book, she’s focusing all of her efforts on creating equal chances for everyone at her workplace. She’s tired of working as a wench at the Castle, a medieval-themed restaurant – instead, she would like to be a knight like her brother, but the company policy has a strict rule that prohibits women from being knights. Her dream becomes more palpable though as she takes her brother’s place one night and impresses everyone with her skills and competence, becoming even Internet famous after a video of her riding and duelling is posted on YouTube. This new-found fame encourages her to come up with the idea of organising a tournament with the purpose of overthrowing the sexist policies and to create equal opportunities for everyone at the Castle. I think some of the best aspects of this book were diversity and the friendships between everyone at the Castle. It was easy to see that friendships were the core of the whole book and even when Kit was trying to do things on her own, not involving her friends because she wanted to protect them or she didn’t want them to bail on her plan, they were still the force that kept her going. Without them, she wouldn’t have been able to do much. And I feel like without those amazing and rewarding friendships, the Castle wouldn’t have resisted for as long as it did. As I was reading the book, I definitely felt like I would have loved to work there because of how close-knit the group was. I enjoyed the family dynamics as well, they were all so devoted and the way they were taking care of one another was amazing especially with how many struggles they had…having to balance jobs, school and so many other responsibilities, yet always finding time to be there for one another. Moreover, most characters were very nerdy and there were lots of pop culture references that all the other nerds are probably going to catch and appreciate. Kit would always mention great female warriors from Middle Ages and emphasise how wrong the conception that in the past all heroes had been male was, which I really liked because it was both informative and inspirational. This main plotline of Kit trying to change things for the better at the Castle took over the whole book and even though there were other small plotlines (like her graduating and not knowing yet what college to choose, her family struggling financially, her strained relationship with her father who is a drug addict) – they didn’t seem consistent enough to hold the reader’s attention for long until the tournament become once again central. Besides that, I think the development of the secondary characters also suffered from the close focus on the tournament, which was a shame because they were all very interesting and I would have loved to know more about them. Even the romance, while sweet, felt a bit rushed and underdeveloped. I also had some issues with how Kit was handling her whole plan. I wish she would have involved her friends more and not keep them in the dark as much as she did because this whole thing was about all of them, not only her. I think she underestimated how supportive they were and how much they wanted to help her succeed. But in the end, this witty, feminist story was one of empowerment and it surely will inspire its readers to fight for equality. The friendships will warm your heart and make you feel like you could do anything as long as you have loyal and supportive people on your side.

  26. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I fell in love with Kit from the beginning. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is heart warming, feminist, and full of laughs. From page one I loved Kit, how can you not? She cares about historical accuracy, hates the sexism at her restaurant, and oozes personality! Above all, The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is high quality and fast paced fun! It's one of thos (Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I fell in love with Kit from the beginning. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is heart warming, feminist, and full of laughs. From page one I loved Kit, how can you not? She cares about historical accuracy, hates the sexism at her restaurant, and oozes personality! Above all, The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is high quality and fast paced fun! It's one of those books where time flew by and I got entirely swept up by the story! I became immediately moved by Kit's passion and personality. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is full of heart and depth too! The fight against gender restrictions, corporate culture, and internet trolls. Our desires to be seen, struggles with poverty, and life without quality healthcare. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is historical and infused with facts about the medieval times. For Kit the Castle isn't merely her place of employment, it's a part of her family. Her job isn't merely a job either, it's a way to feel connected to her passion and a lifeline for her struggling family. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly also has a bisexual best friend and a non-binary side character. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Krysti

    In THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY by Jamie Pacton, Kit works as a serving wench (waitress) at her uncle’s medieval themed restaurant. But Kit has big plans to force the patriarchal restaurant chain to change its policies and allow her to become the first ever female knight. This book is feminist, fun, heartfelt, inspiring, and such a strong debut for Pacton. The evocative glimpse into modern day poverty is raw and moving, and I can’t wait to see more from this author! 4 very solid In THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY by Jamie Pacton, Kit works as a serving wench (waitress) at her uncle’s medieval themed restaurant. But Kit has big plans to force the patriarchal restaurant chain to change its policies and allow her to become the first ever female knight. This book is feminist, fun, heartfelt, inspiring, and such a strong debut for Pacton. The evocative glimpse into modern day poverty is raw and moving, and I can’t wait to see more from this author! 4 very solid ⭐️s!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Hear ye! Hear ye! Thou must listen to this royal proclamation. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is exactly as fun and cute as anyone can expect! Blog tour and full review will be up Write Read Repeat at May 6! Kit Sweetly works at The Castle, a themed restaurant. You know the ones, with the turkey legs and jousting shows. Kit is a wench (medieval term for waitress), but really, all she wants is to be a knight. When her brother, who is a knight, gets into a fistfight, Kit gets her wish! Hear ye! Hear ye! Thou must listen to this royal proclamation. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is exactly as fun and cute as anyone can expect! Blog tour and full review will be up Write Read Repeat at May 6! Kit Sweetly works at The Castle, a themed restaurant. You know the ones, with the turkey legs and jousting shows. Kit is a wench (medieval term for waitress), but really, all she wants is to be a knight. When her brother, who is a knight, gets into a fistfight, Kit gets her wish! But the consequences that come after her going against the rules of cis men only riding out is what this book is about It's a mouthful of a book title, but it's apt for this funny little romcom that explores a surprising number of themes. Importantly, and most prevalent, is the exploration of feminism and gender roles. Namely, Kit plans to take down the Castle's archaic and unfair gender restrictions on all work positions. Given where this arises from, it's a discussion that takes place in a very surprising and refreshing setting with an interesting historical backdrop. There's also a large discussion about poverty. How exactly does one afford college without scholarships when you're literally stealing napkins from restaurants to use as toilet paper. Kit's family is not well off after her dad bailed on them with all their savings, and it was interesting to see the stigma and shame she hides behind with it. She doesn't let her friends in to see that side, even though they know and probably won't care. Something that really made Kit stand out as a character was her undeniable passion for medieval times. In particular, the women who passed through history with little recognition. Joan of Arc is well know, of course, but what about Matilda of Tuscany and Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians? Women were knights too. They fought and lead armies. Honestly, this felt quite educational at times. Have you ever heard of anchoresses before? These are women who devote their entire life to prayer to an extreme degree. They are locked up in cells for their entire lives to pray by themselves and with people through tiny windows. It's fascinating, and Kit makes it so. She wants to go to school to study it, but then also plans to be a lawyer. So thatthrew me a bit. Of course, it wouldn't be a contemporary romcom without the romance. Although I liked this romance between Kit and (view spoiler)[Jett (yay for bi-racial couples), I don't think it started off right. Kit and Jett are best friends, and cannot ever be more thanks to their Unbreakable Rules. It starts with us knowing that Kit may think of Jett as more and then devolves into her obsessing over him. Over the course of two weeks, for this longtime friendship to turn to one-sided pining was a bit much. (hide spoiler)] Admittedly the writing could have been a bit cleaned up. Pacton at times goes way to in depth about everything Kit does throughtout her day. Like walk into the bathroom, take off clothes, turn on faucet, wait for shower to get hot, step in shower, close curtain, grab shampoo kind of in depth. However, the writer also goes fairly in depth with the people surrounding Kit. The reader learns the perfect amount of background on what is quite a large cast. And the representation is fantastic! Non-binary, trans, and lesbian characters feature without other characters or author offering snark, judgement or lecture, which I greatly appreciate and admire. I don't know why, but I really despise contemporary novels that overuse pop culture references. Popular in this are Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, with a heavy explanation of A Knight's Tale in the middle. And, I mean, I get it. I love them too. Arya Stark and Eowyn are total badasses, and a Knight's Tale is a cheesy classic that in someways is a comp to this, However, I always find slipping those references in as very presumptuous and lazy/cheating. Instead of taking the time to describe a character, he is referred to only as the Mountain's son. Cool. Not only does not everyone watch the same things the author does, but there's the strong possibility they won't hold up in 10 years like they do now. The ending was pretty predictable, but that's why we pick these books up, isn't it? We know there will be a happy ending, and sometimes that's all we need in this stupid Corona time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "It might be symbolic. But what better way to smash the patriarchy than with a lance and sword? Indeed. One small step for women, one giant step for Wenches!" When it comes to fictional books with a medieval theme, we’ll I haven’t had the best of luck. But this one stuck out and breathed some fresh air into this genre. Forever grateful that I gave this one a try because it’s exactly what I needed in my life right now. Kit (Courtney Love Sweetly) works at a medieval-themed restaurant as a wench with "It might be symbolic. But what better way to smash the patriarchy than with a lance and sword? Indeed. One small step for women, one giant step for Wenches!" When it comes to fictional books with a medieval theme, we’ll I haven’t had the best of luck. But this one stuck out and breathed some fresh air into this genre. Forever grateful that I gave this one a try because it’s exactly what I needed in my life right now. Kit (Courtney Love Sweetly) works at a medieval-themed restaurant as a wench with her best friends and her brother. But what she really wants is to be a Knight. Every time she begs and pleads to be a Knight, she gets shot down fast. Her brother has been secretly training her when they find free time but that's hard to come by since they all work lots of hours to support their family. Their Dad ran off with their college fund money when they were younger and they decided that they would stick together with their Mother. They've been that way ever since and despise their Dad. But things haven't been easy and they find themselves living paycheck to paycheck. They do all of this while Kit is trying to save a little money for college. Being a Knight is something that Kit has always dreamed of but it also comes with a nice monetary bonus that isn't half bad either. Kit secretly fights as a Knight one night in place of her brother and then reveals herself. She instantly becomes an internet sensation. Now it's her time to train other wenches on how to fight and claim what is fair. With company policy stating that only men are allowed to fight, will Kit live her dream or be fired in the process? This was a good read with lots of heartwarming moments. The bond between Kit and her brother was absolutely beautiful. They would go to the ends of the world for one another and it put a smile on my face. It was something that I wished for in my life. Well, maybe someday. The friendships were the strongest ones that I've ever read. I loved the amazing positivity flowing through this book. What got to me was Kit secretly in love with her best friend. I don't know why that needed to be a thing? Males and females can just be friends without love complicating everything. Plus with this trying to be a strong feminist read, there didn't need to be a love interest storyline. I think it took away from the story. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly was a good and strong feminist read. This will make you feel proud to be yourself and love the people in your life even more. With the way the world works, sometimes it feels like a burden to be who you are but this perks you right back up and makes you appreciate it. Sometimes I feel as if I can't do or say things because of the repercussions and that's not how we should feel. If you want that positive support, then this is the book for you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    Who says a girl can't be a knight? The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly was such a fun book to listen to! I absolutely adored everything about this and all the characters within it. Well, maybe not her uncle, her dad, or those two douche knights but everyone else was amazing in my eyes. To the characters I loved - Kit, Penny, Layla, Jett, Alex, Chris, and the rest of girl knights - thank you for being so diverse and completely wonderful throughout the book. Yes, this book did have some dra Who says a girl can't be a knight? The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly was such a fun book to listen to! I absolutely adored everything about this and all the characters within it. Well, maybe not her uncle, her dad, or those two douche knights but everyone else was amazing in my eyes. To the characters I loved - Kit, Penny, Layla, Jett, Alex, Chris, and the rest of girl knights - thank you for being so diverse and completely wonderful throughout the book. Yes, this book did have some drama in it but in the end they all worked together for a common cause. I'm not going to lie, I loved everything about this medieval setting. I've never been to anything like this but I know these places exist. Heck, now I'm thinking that I need to go at least once just to say that I've been there/lived through what Kit loved. Somewhat ya know? I loved everything about girls wanting to fight the gender roles of where they work. It annoyed me to no end how uptight Kit's uncle was and even possibly upper management. Plus the whole "let's fake it that we allow girl knights but then go back to using only males" rubbed me the wrong way. It definitely pissed me off and I'm so glad that the girls and the guys teamed up to make a new show at this place. Girl knights rule and I am all for it. Plus the Game of Throne quotes and statements made me smile so much. Ugh, I loved this book so freaking much that I'm already excited to dive back into this next year.

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