‘Pretending’ by Holly Bourne

/5 stars

Published by Hodder & Stoughton!

April just wants her happy ending. She wants to meet a man, somehow miraculously get past date number five and forget everything that came before. When yet another date turns sour, though, and her previous trauma looks to well and truly get its claws into her, April hatches a plan to become the woman every man dreams of — easy-going, effortlessly beautiful, certainly not clingy, and, of course, no emotional baggage in sight. April becomes Gretel and Gretel meets Joshua. However, when Joshua begins to challenge everything April thought she knew, and feelings start to fester, it might just be about time to face up to all the things April has been trying to keep under control

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‘No Big Deal’ by Bethany Rutter

/5 stars

Published by Macmillan!

Emily is fat. She doesn’t have a problem with it, so why should anyone else? What’s more, there are a billion and one other things that make up who she is besides her body type. For instance, Emily is always wearing something cute, her make-up is killer, with an eclectic music taste to boot. She’s also incredibly smart, well-read, and has a great bunch of friends; Camila, Abi, Ella and Sophia. Unfortunately, everyone else seems to think being fat is a big deal, or, worst still, a problem. And as friendships are put to the test, boys are introduced, and the future is looming, Emily’s fierce and unrelenting body confidence might just be at risk of slipping.

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Recent Reads feat. Dolly Alderton & Sara Barnard

What a shocker, I’m here to yell about and review some books for you. I’m a little bit rusty on the whole reviewing thing, so I’ve taken a running jump at my laptop and smashed my hands on the keys in the hopes these mini reviews will compel you to pick up a book and have a read. The first is the gorgeous memoir by Dolly Alderton, ‘Everything I Know About Love’, and the second is Sara Barnard’s recent YA title ‘Fierce Fragile Hearts’. Both were wonderful and have been awarded my elusive 5 star rating, no big deal. If that doesn’t entice you, hopefully what I have to say will!

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5 Feminist Non-Fiction Reads Every Girl Needs

Since my degree and dedicating a small part of my soul to the not-so-easy-feat of writing a dissertation (something I’m sure I’ve rambled on about quite enough on these parts), I’ve had a far keener interest in exposing myself to more non-fiction, particularly around the topic of women — everything from sexuality to race, gender and so on. It’s something I’m really passionate about and, now that I’m no longer in any form of education (and haven’t been for over two years. FML.), I want to keep my mind ticking over and try and grasp onto some semblance of learning and continuing to broaden my mind.

Realistically then, I should probably be branching out beyond all things feminism. But… I quite like feeling like a woman boss reading about my people and understanding how I can do better as a woman in my position. It’s interesting stuff and I wanted to share some of the excellent books I’ve read over the last couple of years that are a great starting point for anyone either wanting to get into non-fiction or even feminism. These are the books I wish someone had shoved enthusiastically into my hands at sixteen. But I found my way and I hope you will too with these empowering, sometimes incredibly moving reads.

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