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Dress Coded ❰Epub❯ ❦ Dress Coded Author Carrie Firestone – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In this debut middle grade girl power friendship story an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellionMolly Frost is FED UPBe In this debut middle grade girl power friendship story an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellionMolly Frost is FED UPBecause Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top when she had to keep her sweatshirt wrapped around her waistBecause Liza got Dress Coded and Molly didn't even though they were wearing the exact same outfitBecause when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math uiz her teacher gave her an FBecause it's impossible to find shorts that are longer than her fingertipsBecause girls' bodies are not a distractionBecause middle school is hard enoughAnd so Molly starts a podcast where girls can tell their stories and soon her small rebellion swells into a revolution Because now the girls are standing up for what's right and they're not backing down.


10 thoughts on “Dress Coded

  1. Alicia Alicia says:

    Focused on issues related to women's bodies objectification sexualization puberty and this middle grade novel hits all of the right elements of a conversation to have with EVERYONE about policies who they're meant to hurt and who they're meant to help and always being able to have a conversation about them The main character of the story decides to take to the airwaves well podcast airwaves to openly discuss the dress code at their middle school that punished the entire grade who was promised a fancy field trip if everyone followed the dress code for one girl's dress but that's not the whole story It's speaking up for oneself and others but also about how it takes a community to uplift It's when others get involved and have constructive conversations that things actually get accomplished While the elements of the story are saddisheartening the book is focused on building everyone up rather than cutting them down A fab #WomensHistoryMonth read


  2. Nev Nev says:

    I thought that the main story about how girls in middle school are unfairly targeted for dress code infractions was really impactful It shows how young girls feel violated by the ways their bodies and clothes are being scrutinized much of the time by adults Seeing the characters all come together to try and bring about change was great HOWEVER the subplot about the main character’s older brother being addicted to vaping was just so fucking ridiculous It was like a melodramatic after school special that lacked any nuance It was just so over the top that I feel like it cheapened the message the author was trying to get across Like I don’t think that underage kids should be vaping but the way it was being written about in the book just made me laugh The levels that it got to in the book seemed appropriate for a story about hard drugs not nicotine I’m just annoyed that this plotline was so heavily featured because in my eyes it really took away from the main dress code story There was so much subtlety and powerful writing when it came to the girls and how they were impacted by the dress code But the subplot just felt like a cheesy skit in a DARE class where they try to convince you that you’re constantly going to be running into random people in trench coats who try to give you drugs in an alley


  3. Kristin Kristin says:

    I received this eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThe gist of this story is that 8th grader Molly Frost begins a podcast called Dress Coded in response to how the dress code at her middle school is handled There is a lot of discrimination and harassment taking place by students and faculty How the students are treated especially the females is an important topic However there is a secondary story that develops and is just as eually important in my opinion illegal use and sales of vaping products In fact Molly's high school aged brother becomes addicted to vaping and gets into a lot of trouble for selling to middle school studentsHonestly with two major conflictsstorylines taking place the message of the story became confusing to me Molly's family is greatly affected by the actions of her brother that her mother uits her job to be home The stress of her brother's actions on the family is very divisive and causes financial strain as well Molly feels invisible in her family is verbally abused by her brother and is struggling with the sexism and sexual harassment taking place at school as well as her own confidence and body insecurity This family is in crisis and it was bothersome to me that no one was interveningTo top it off there is a classmate with CP another with TBI and a third exploring her sexuality There's a tornado warning that none of the school faculty seems to know how to handle a nearby school shooting and community members who want to kill the bears living in the nearby woods It felt at times that the author was trying too hard to make sure every student who picks up this book can see themself or relate to conflict in some way shape or form For a while I forgot I was reading a book about a discriminating dress code there were so many other things going on And I'm really tired of reading middle grade books full of horrible school officials Why can't the adults trusted to support and educate these children ever be kind caring compassionate human beings? The behavior of the principal and dean of students in this story is disgusting and went on for years Is it believable that not one single parent or teacher tried to go to the superintendent andor board of education to get it stopped? The reader is to believe that the children were tormented at this school for years and no one listened to their cries for help As an educator this is problematic for me Do every adult and student click in real life? Of course not But I'd sure like to believe that most if not all would not accept how the administration treated these students I want kids to know that they can reach out to an adult when they have a problem or concernThis book started strong for me but uickly fell flat


  4. Nicole Kronzer Nicole Kronzer says:

    I got an ARC of DRESS CODED and I can't wait to give it to my daughter today when she gets home in a few minutes It's so good and so powerful I love the short chapters they're almost like poetry I love the timely issues I love how complicated the characters are and that there are good adults one of the characters tells kids to look to the light It's such an important message for kids to hear that if one adult doesn't address the wrong to keep looking for one who will And that kids have so much power than we let them think they do Both DRESS CODED and THE UNLIKELIES demonstrate what strength in numbers looks like HIGHLY RECOMMEND


  5. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:

    This is one of those books I picked up for the large cast of narrators I really liked the parts about the dress code itself and the way the students particularly the female students banded together to create real change It's a microcosm of the political awareness today's kids have to have given what's happening within our country There's a focus on the sexism of the policy as well as a mention of the way it can be racist as well What I was not prepared for and didn't like as much was the plot about Molly's older brother Danny who is a vape dealer to the middle schoolers Is this a thing? I feel like such an old person but omg is vaping a national crisis in middle school? It definitely felt like an anti vaping PSA which I don't disagree with but it's not necessarily the most fun thing to read because Danny seemed to be around as a character solely for thatI think this would be a good read for middle and high schoolers who might be coming up against dress code policies for the first time It's probably not the most nuanced thing out there about drug use for this age group but I'll admit I'm not an expert on mg fiction so idk


  6. Jessica Edelheit Jessica Edelheit says:

    I loved the uniue style of this book and I believe its short chapters propelled my reading I couldn't put it down These 13 year olds are the kind of people I wish I had been friends with As a middle school English teacher I will be ordering multiple copies for my classroom library Cheers to Carrie Firestone


  7. Amanda Amanda says:

    I completely loved this book and enjoyed cheering along Molly and crew as they took a stand for themselves Sadly dress codes like the one in this story are all too common in schools and I love the way this book addressed the negative impact they can have on girls There were a lot of great layers to this story Molly’s relationship with her brother and family overall the various friendships amongst students encounters with school staff both positive and negative This book has humor and heart and such an empowering message for students that they can uestion things and be the catalyst for change


  8. Beth Beth says:

    Brilliant This book is a must read for all middle schoolers—and their families


  9. Christina Christina says:

    45 stars I picked up an advance reader copy of this book at the Public Library Association conference last week I’m not a librarian but do work in book publishing and I'm always on the lookout for books for my niece She’ll be ten this fall and this book is listed as for 10 It’s an excellent book but I think she’s still a bit young for it The main characters are all 12 13 which seems a good age for readers of this novel though obviously it depends on the reader The plot deals with girls going through puberty including developing breasts and menstruation as well as some crushes and sexual identity The protagonist also has a brother who sells vaping pods to younger kids So a ten year old might find it confusing or unrelatable if she or her friends aren’t at that stage yet But girls at that stage will particularly appreciate characters and experiences they identify withThe novel focuses on 8th grader Molly Frost who overhears her classmate Olivia being reprimanded by two male teachers for breaking the dress code This has serious repercussions because the class was promised a camping trip if they managed not to break the dress code When the novel begins the whole class is angry with Olivia because the trip has been cancelled But Olivia had a very understandable reason and Molly sets out to help her The novel demonstrates a refreshing contrast to the mean girl stereotype as girls pull together in support rather than tear down classmates But then Molly goes further determined to change the unfair code that is extreme no bare shoulders not a hint of midriff shorts longer than your fingertips no tight clothes—all the rules only apply to girls The code is also enforced unevenly depending on the student as well as overzealously in a damaging way both psychologically as girls constantly worry about being reprimanded as well as academically as they’re pulled out of class for reprimands all ostensibly so they don’t distract the boys Molly doesn’t want future girls to sufferI don’t recall having a dress code when I was in school I even dug out one of my high school student handbooks from the 1990s to check I keep everything and am disturbingly organized The only thing it says about dress code is “Students areexpected to dress in a manner that does not interfere with the work of the school or create a safety hazard to themselves or others” So that aspect was hard to relate to personally The instances in this novel seem a bit unrealistically extreme but that makes for good fiction And I do know it’s a timely topicAs an adult initially I couldn’t help seeing both points of view in this novel It seems some reasonable guidelines about attire make sense but I also know fashion trends can make following them difficult I kept thinking of that low rise jeans trend where girls and women would show off their underwear every time they bent forward whether intentionally or not Super short shorts tend to cycle regularly into fashion I could relate to the girls’ difficulty in finding shorts longer than their fingertips As an adult I’ve faced that issue and have a lot options There’s also the fact that they’re right in between child and becoming an adult They want to wear what makes them feel good and aren’t thinking about being sexy But the rules are centered on clothes viewed through a lens of sexuality They’re rules from an adult point of view and it’s particularly disturbing that they’re often enforced by men which some of the girls point out in their own wayOne of the main things I enjoyed was seeing what it’s like being a kid today Granted I recognize this is fiction and exaggerated to entertain But so much has changed since I was 13 it’s like reading about another culture actually I think it is reading about another culture The author uses a nice mix of ways to convey the story including transcripts of Molly’s podcasts letters lists and group chat texts Community wide conversation is such a new thing but for Gen Z it’s a norm It’s also especially relevant to this story and Molly is a kind person who is conscious of being inclusive and seems to have a lot of friends When I was a kid we relied on pay phones and knew where they all were every restaurant had one The Internet launched nationally when I was a teen My version of “social media” were AOL’s first chat rooms where you could essentially text on a desktop computer with complete strangers None of my friends were on it and each room only allowed 23 people Initially there was only one teen chat and it was often empty or only had a few people Being able to conference call became a thing when I was in high school and I remember one evening when we got over 30 kids on the same call because we could But all our phones were tethered many still by coiled cords My friends and I even had our own primitive form of texting In high school one year I had a centrally located locker with a strange uirk—if you pulled the handle and kicked the right spot it opened I let my friends leave their stuff there as needed because several had lockers in the far corners of the school that were hard to get to between classes I also had a magnetic notepad on the door where we’d write each other notes and make plans Just like texting right? Our communication was intentional one on one and far less invasive It makes me wonder if that contributed to a culture of social clicks If you have to call people individually to make plans you might limit a group just because of logistics In this novel they use group texts that include the whole class in various discussions They also have some sort of GPS app that shows you where specific people are So any of your classmates can see if you’re at a particular friend’s house or at the mall if your phone is on I don’t know if this is a real app but suspect it is as the others are they also use Instagram I can’t imagine living constantly with that level of scrutinyI’m curious about how accurate all of this is from a young reader’s point of view But it is good fiction I read almost the entire book in one sitting and had trouble putting down The page count is on the high end for this age group but many of the chapters are only 1 or 2 pages so there’s a lot of blank spaceI think the characters are both relatable and people you’d want to spend time with It also taps into Gen Z’s passion for activism I’d recommend this book for school libraries and pre teens or young teens I really enjoyed itMy goal is to pass the ARCs I got at PLA to someone who will help support the book So my plan for this is to take it to the children’s librarian at my local library


  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    I contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at  Reading friendsI love this book so much that I am buying a copy next time I head to my bookstore First this book truly seems like it is coming from the voice of an eighth grader Molly is just amazing Readers hear see her finding using her voice throughout DRESS CODED Young girls are being treated unfairly at this middle school Called out for not following the dress code they are shamed ridiculed treated as less than Molly is fed up She starts a podcast helps her fellow classmates past present use their voice to change the dynamic at this school DRESS CODED is a story about young people finding their voice putting their power behind it never letting go I'm tearing up writing this review much as I was tearing up while reading this book Firestone writes a powerful meaningful story that touches on family issues friendship self esteem self worth growing up A must read


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