Title: The Life & (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly
Author: Jamie Pacton
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
Did you love Well Met?! Do you want more but something a little different? Check out The Life & (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly it’s got your medieval angle but with a YA contemporary feel. This was such a feel good book. I enjoyed it and found myself really rooting for the characters.
There was some top notch representation in this story. Queer characters, characters of colour, feminism, gender equality and low income families. Everything was so natural in this book and that’s why it worked so well. I also enjoyed all the references in this book, they were so fun and they made me smile.
Follow Kit as she battles her everyday life – making sure her mom pays the mortgage and having enough money to eat while battling sexism at her workplace. Kit’s journey to prove to her employer that women can be knights at her medieval job as a wench is filled with trials of its own on top of everything else.
There were so many layers in this story I had a lot of fun while also appreciating the serious tone to it. Pick up this book and root for Kit with me. Let’s raise our swords with Kit!
Thank you Manda Group for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.