Book Reviews: March 2019

Everything I know about love – Dolly Alderton

After seeing this book all over social media, I finally caved in and bought it. I must admit, initially I didn’t really get the hype. But as I turned the pages, I fell in love with the writing style and more interested in the life of Dolly. Dolly takes us through her teens and into her twenties, showing us the heartbreaks and friendships along the way. Right from the days of chatting on MSN, to navigating university and well into the world of work. This book addresses some seriously dark and low points, and some hilarious highs.  This book is a witty, warm, easy read for every twenty something that wants to feel a little less alone in this big crazy world. 4/5

The family next door – Sally Hepworth

This novel tells us the story of Pleasant Court, it takes us through its front doors and into the mind’s of it’s inhabitants. Pleasant Court is a place where every family, to the outsider, looks a carbon copy of the previous. However, this novel shows this is not always the case, and explores the dynamics of marriage, family relationships and friendships. It delves into some serious subjects including mental health, love and loss. This book felt almost like a soap-drama, and left a few loose ends that didn’t really make sense. However, there was an interesting twist towards the end, which I really did not see coming. This book was an easy, quick read but for me it lacked the ‘wow’ factor. 3.5/5

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) – Scarlett Curtis

Feminists don’t wear pink is a collection of feminist essays written by a selection of actors, journalists, writers and activists. This feels like a book I should have read 10 years ago; something that should be on the school curriculum. Each essay is diverse and ranges from personal stories to historical events. I particularly enjoyed ‘the weaker sex’ by Keira Knightly. I loved the facts there was a wide range of voices and opinions in the book, and that there is a ‘further reading’ section at the end. This book will be used as a platform for anyone who wants to educate themselves on feminism or become involved in activism. 5/5

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