Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Holly Bourne: What's A Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club 3) | Book Review

It has been a while since I have sat down and wrote a book review, but upon finishing this book, I knew that I couldn't wait. Before I start, I would recommend reading the first two novels in this sequel; Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? This sequel explores the importance of feminism, having a voice and growing up into today's society with issues such as mental health, broken families and the pressure that comes with being intelligent. 

In this novel, we hear Lottie's story, Lottie is a very bold character, she is extremely intelligent and her dream is to get into Cambridge University however, if she see's something that she doesn't agree with, she isn't afraid to call it out. I wasn't sure if I would like this novel, as I felt like the previous novels had already touched heavily on feminism, but this novel was something else, it not only opened my eyes to how much of a big issue sexism is, it made me feel powerful, strong and inspired as well as being funny. I love a book that can take me through a number of emotions and this was definitely one that did.

After an incident of being called out by two men for what she was wearing and how she looked, Lottie decided that enough was enough. She was fed up of being commented on, for what she wears and how if she wears less clothes than others might, then she clearly wants the attention and she clearly wants men to be drawn to her. Alongside her two best friends and members of the Spinster Club, Lottie decides that she is going to start a month long project where she calls out every piece of sexism that she notices. Lottie wants to make a difference, she wants to become prime minister and she wants to be successful but we soon learn that no matter how important some events in her life may seem, she isn't prepared to remain silent when she spots something that she doesn't agree with. 

Despite Lottie's parents negative views on the project and their concerns of how close her Cambridge interview is, Lottie feels like this is something that she needs to do, she wants to do it and there isn't anything that can stop her. As we get further into the novel, we experience the highs and lows of the project; her college trying to stop her, her attendance slipping, skipping class, being on national television, falling for the wrong person, wanting to give up, being bullied and harassed online by trolls and even taking a different approach to her Cambridge interview.

This book is so important, despite the ups and downs, it talks about how difficult it really is to be a feminist, the misconceptions about feminism, it talks about how society shouldn't shape and control you such as having to shave, having to be ashamed about cellulite and even how the word slut has been invented to shame your sexual decisions. In the acknowledgments, Bourne did admit how even with three books, she wasn't able to touch properly on feminism and how it relates to race, disability, sexuality, gender identity, or class which some readers didn't like, but I don't believe it takes away the importance of this novel because it is still sending the message out and is inspiring people to become feminists, to research it and to learn about all of the parts that weren't covered.

Despite being sad that the sequel is over, I am looking forward to reading the final and newer novel '...And a Happy New Year?' I absolutely loved the ideas of these novels, how each book was dedicated to a different character yet time still shifted so you were still able to find out how the other girls were getting on. I rated this novel five stars on Goodreads and I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed this novel (even if it took me two months to read). If you're interested in feminism and how it affects us, then this book is definitely one for you!

This novel is 432 pages long and was published on the 1st August, 2016.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

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