Book Review – Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Mammmoth by Jill Baguchinsky


Author: Jill Baguchinsky
Publication date: November 8, 2018 by Turner Publishing
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary

Curious to know what this book is about and what I think of it?

Mammoth Jill Baguchinsky

I received an e-ARC of this book from Edelweiss and Turner Publishing.


The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and perfect lipstick aren’t compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. But nothing is going to dampen Natalie’s spirit — she’s exactly where she wants to be, and she gets to work with her hero, a rock-star paleontologist who hosts the most popular paleo podcast in the world. And then there’s Chase the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.

It’s a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths.
Until it isn’t.

When Natalie’s hero turns out to be anything but, and steals the credit for one of her accomplishments, Nat has to unearth the confidence she needs to stand out in a field dominated by dudes. To do this, she’ll have to let her true self shine, even if that means defying all the rules for the sake of a major discovery.



Jill Baguchinsky

Monster wrangler, muse therapist, reluctant Floridian, and just a little bit spooky. Winner of the Young Adult Fiction category in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest for her YA paranormal novel, Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator.

You can find Jill on Twitter.

Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Adorable & Awesome

Mammoth is a story about a girl named Natalie. Natalie is a plus-size fashion blogger and paleontology geek. She gets an internship at a mammoth dig site near Austin. Although she is a bit nervous, she is so excited to start digging!

There is just so much I adored about this story..

  • I loved that Mammoth introduces the reader to a intelligent girl who is fangirling over paleontology and this isn’t frowned upon. Natalie is a nerdy and adorable main character, who is getting more real (& more awesome) each chapter.

“Women can’t afford to be humble in this field.”

  • In the beginning of the book, Natalie is struggling with her appearance. But as the story moves forward, we read about how Natalie becomes more comfortable in her own skin. She not only puts on a confident and awesome look, she also starts feeling a lot more confident.
  • Quinn, a girl Natalie meets at the internship, is much more than what she appears to be. When she was introduced, I thought Quinn would be a one-dimensional character, but there is more to this girl than I could have imagined.
  • There are a couple of interesting relationships. Two cute boys, a roommate who could be a friend but could also be a rival.. The relationships were described in a realistic way and without too much drama. Also the romantic parts of the story were adorable.
  • There are some very fun and quirky parts in the story! Like when Natalie wears heels on her first day at the dig site..
  • A certain character reminded me of Professor Gilderoy Lockhart and this made me laugh (I will not spoil this, but if you’ve read Mammoth let me know if you know who I’m talking about).

Mammoth is a book about friendship, standing up for yourself, being yourself and a confident paleo-geek/fashion-blogger. I adored this novel and I’m so glad I received an e-ARC.

4 out of 5 stars.

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  1. Lovely review! I wound up having to DNF the book around 50 pages in because it was triggering for me, but this is a lovely book and so important.