Tuesday, 16 August 2016

What's A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

What's a Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club, #3)


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...

The finale in Bourne's Spinster Club trilogy, it is Lottie's turn in the spotlight, talking about her ambitions for her future and the pressure that came with it. And of course her new feminist revolution, right when she should be preparing for her Cambridge interview. 

Tired of being the brunt of unwanted and just plain rude assumptions and catcalling, Lottie decides to do something about it. By calling out on every instance of sexism she sees, Lottie becomes unpopular and in trouble very quickly, not to mention bullied and trolled online as her revolution gains momentum. 

I really wish I was as brave as Lottie is about calling out the unfair attitudes towards genders but seeing the backlash she endures just makes what she is doing, and what Bourne is writing about, all the more important. It really called attention to how accustomed we are to societal sexism; for instance, Amber having a screaming match with a sale assistant about the pink packaging on pain killers was one of my favourite moments ever. 

I adored every moment of this. Laughing and crying at every page, I thought it was just spectacular how Bourne brought up so many feminist issues, about sexism, equality between genders, more attention on the issues that usually get brushed under the rug and ignored, while not sidelining the person whose fighting for it and her reasons for doing so. Not to mention how much Lottie struggles at some points, how utterly huge the problem seems and useless at fighting it. 

I could go on and on about this book. I haven't even mentioned about supportive and amazing Evie and Amber were to Lottie's mission, nor what an annoying but ultimately fantastic cameraman and partner in crime Will was. All in all, it was a brilliant story with an equally brilliant and important message about feminism and standing up for what you believe in. 

Published 1st August 2016 by Usborne Publishing.

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