What’s a girl gotta do?

Book Review

Book: What’s a girl gotta do?
Author: Holly Bourne
Year: 2016
Page Count: 432

1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender

2. Don’t call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)

3. Always try to keep it funny

4. Don’t let anything slide. Even when you start to break…

Lottie’s determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas…

I didn’t mean to start the Spinster Club trilogy by reading the last one first, but I will be going back and reading the first two because I really enjoyed this one!

The premise was really interesting, and I think really resonated with everyone as something they wish they could have done at school. I felt understood in the way Lottie perceived feminism, and her focus on how the small acts of inequality can lead to bigger acts happening. The book managed to convey some serious topics of sexism while maintaining a funny and relatable tone, which just made it so easy to read.

The friendships were also an important part of the book, and it explores a difficult part of a young person’s life and what it’s like to hold friends during that time. Personally, it really reminded me of me and my two best friends while we were going through our A-Levels. It brought back a lot of feelings from when we were getting ready for university, and Bourne made it feel so real once again, as she really managed to convey the true feelings. While there was a touch of romance, which was handled so well, the focus was on friendship and sexism – with the love interest being a side-note.

My favourite part of the entire story, is Lottie’s opinion towards sex and her personal freedom – she knows that it is her own personal choice, and is confident about her sex life. It is so refreshing to read a young girl that doesn’t feel ashamed and is open about who she wants to be with. I also had a soft spot for moments like when she explained why she still wears makeup, despite the feminist movement, and argued heavily for letting people make their own choices.

The only downside I had to the book, was that at times Lottie’s character could be too unbearable to read. Her narrative voice could be very loud and irritating at times, but I figured that was the point – she wasn’t supposed to be perfect. Apart from that, the writing felt effortless and witty all the way throughout – Holly Bourne is a talented writer and I can’t wait to read her other pieces.

Overall, the story was inspiring and a reminder of my last year at school with my closest friends – with a stark message of what little things people can do to recognise and prevent small acts of sexism.

-Personally, Emma

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