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Florence broke records with her first book, Women Don't Owe You Pretty , a feminist manifesto which challenged outdated patriarchal narratives and inspired women across the globe. The only problem is that in the attempt, Given made those themes more prevalent than necessary and didn’t leave a good taste in my mouth. It has to be said though that this is also a breezy, fast read, and the unlikeable protagonist carries the over-construed story pretty well.

Like many others, I was a huge fan of Women Don't Owe You Pretty and really wanted to enjoy this book. In Given's debut novel, we follow Eartha on a wild, weird and seductive modern-day exploration as she commences life as an openly. but then my mum came into my room and said some homophobic shit that made me cry (thank you for the reality check!

combined with the “dark comedy” aka downright cringey sexual innuendoes, i just couldn’t take it seriously. the fact that both of these plot lines co-exist in this book is so fucking laughable i can tell that nobody took the time of the day to read the first draft of this twice. Kleine Anmerkung gleich zu Beginn: Vielleicht wäre es hier angebracht gewesen, Triggerwarnungen im Buch zu platzieren.

It's not all doom and gloom, I did devour the book in a few days, I laughed out loud at a couple of bits and I enjoyed Eartha as a character. Women are thanking her for her bluntness and freeing them from conformity, other thank her for being so honest. The heart of it is social media and it’s effects, with her bisexual awakening tacked on as a side story. The online and offline Eartha are diverging, she is overwhelmed with adoration and abuse, and it isn’t clear who she can trust. I’m sure Florence would say that sentiments like these are exactly what she’s talking about in the overarching message of the book but like, I’m sorry, you had the makings of a book handed to you on a silver platter and you still managed to make it an unbearably frustrating (for all the wrong reasons) read.

oh my god this might be the worst book i’ve ever read and fortunately i have been taking notes throughout so i can relay all of my favourite parts in this review!

Being the ideal way to make the moment memorable, we handed out samples of the story as we went along with vibrant street poster sites providing the perfectly paired backdrop – before Florence became a Sunday Times bestseller for the second time running. In 2018, she launched a petition to cancel Netflix's controversial fat-shaming series 'Insatiable', it gained over 300,000 signatures in a matter of days.

Influencer gibt es ja auch in unserer Welt und durch dieses Buch begegne ich Influencer:innen, die mir online angezeigt werden, inzwischen fast schon mit Mitleid. Was jetzt für mich nicht unbedingt etwas Negatives ist, ist halt einfach nicht mehr für alle Menschen einfach so zugänglich. The plot was also questionable imo, the "twist" at the end felt like it was inserted as an afterthought and didn't seem to fit with the first 3/4 of the book. there are zero descriptions of what wonderland is and what the difference is between social media in 2023 and this new, immersive universe.

I thought this would be a fun summer read but it’s definitely aimed more at younger people who love and idolise influencers on Instagram or maybe someone who hasn’t picked up a book to read since being forced to read Of Mice and Men in GCSE English. This author has tried to do something pretty wonderful; use their voice to promote feminism, queerness, bisexuality and show us that social media is detrimental to our health and well-being… and that the world is still controlled by men. The extent to which the book’s characters – who are almost all young people, in their 20s – are constantly plugged into Wonderland and form their views of people and the world on there, is a little extreme but honestly doesn’t feel that far into the realm of science fiction. Florence was handed the keys to the kingdom here and yet, this book was undoubtedly one of the worst things I’ve ever read.It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. I actually don't have words for how much I hate this line and how detrimental it is for non-binary people who aren't androgynous looking people who take up space like men so I'm just going to leave it there for you to reflect on.

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