Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz Book Review



Goodreads Summary: Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

Rating:5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Plot: This book. This book was so good. It was exactly the type of thing that I was craving, the perfect combination of a nice fluffy read while also being very serious and sad. I had tears in my eyes for some parts of it, so you know it’s a good book since I never cry because of books.

Not Otherwise Specified is about Etta, an African-American,bisexual,anorexic girl who lives in Nebraska. She feels as though she doesn’t really fit anywhere,and is trying to find somewhere to belong. Her biggest dream is to leave Nebraska and go  to New York, so she decides to audition for Brentwood, a  theatre academy.In preparing for her audition, she meets Bianca, a girl from her therapy group and become friends. This book is so diverse and amazing, and just wonderful. It’s a great book about finding your place in the world, and just dealing with people’s shit, and you guys really need to read it.The word bisexual is mentioned like at least 20 times, and it’s just so great and wonderful. If you are triggered by eating disorders, or bi-phobia, I wouldn’t recommend it but if you’re able to stomach it, it’s a really great read. My only complaint is that it’s only 260 pages!! That’s just so short, and I just want more. I really want to read more of Hannah Moskowitz’s work.


The star of this book are definitely the characters. I loved Etta’s voice,it was really engaging and really likeable, and I just really felt for her. It was really hard seeing her being told that she was a disgrace to the queer community because she was bi, and just it really made me root for her happiness. I love how she reclaims the word slut, and uses it apologetically to refer to herself. She was a really great character, who was really refreshing and likeable. I loved the relationship with her sister, and would’ve liked to see a little more of it,because what I saw was really nice and heartwarming.

The other characters you have are Bianca,James,and Mason. James is Bianca’s brother and Mason is James’ friend. I really liked how they all became friends, and it was just really awesome. I do find that there could’ve been a little more development into each of their personalities, and this is definitely where there could’ve been more. I really liked what I saw of them though! Their friendship was reeally great.

Have You read this book?What did you think of it? Let me know!

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