Review: What’s A Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne

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It’s taken me a while to read this book because I put it on my birthday list which meant I couldn’t buy it just in case anyone bought it for me… It was a painful month but finally my birthday arrived and my Mom had bought it for me, YAY! I started reading and found it difficult to put it back down.

So ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do’ is the third book in Bourne’s Spinster Club Series and this time it’s told from the point of view of Lottie. After being harassed on her way to college one morning Lottie decides enough is enough and decides to start her own feminism project where she points out everything sexist for an entire month, filming her journey along the way. As the project goes viral, Lottie finds herself attacked by online trolls who either miss the point entirely or just don’t care. Is this project worth risking her sanity for?

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I loved the first two books in the Spinster series and ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do’ was even better! I’m a massive feminist so a lot of the topics really hit home because I imagine we’ve all seen the kind of thing Lottie has to go through over and over again whether it’s in real life or the internet. I loved that Lottie tried to make the whole thing funny; there were so many bits that made laugh out loud. My favourite was when Lottie threw the cream pie and her, Evie and Amber ran off down the hallways while Evie sang ‘we could’ve been anything we wanted to be’.

This book is also infuriating though because of the way most people react to Lottie’s feminism project and it’s sadly accurate to how most people would be. The most infuriating character to read about had to be Teddy. Teddy is your typical, everyday fuckboy and I couldn’t stand him. Bourne really did a great job of making him unlikable.

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As with most YA novels, there was an element of romance. However, as I mentioned in my ‘How Hard Can Love Be’ review, Bourne doesn’t just focus on romance and only romance and it makes it far more pleasant to read about. Romance can be cute but not when the main character literally has an obsession with her romantic interest. That’s what I love about Holly Bourne’s books, we can focus on other things and still have time for a bit of a cheeky romance on the side that isn’t forced or creepy to read about!

Overall, I recommend this book to all of you, it’s a must read for everyone. Even if you’re a diehard feminist or don’t know much about it, this book is perfect for you. It’s hilariously funny but also despairingly sad at the same time, it’s a win-win. Go and buy a copy!

Review: Consumed by Abbie Rushton

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So I posted a review of Abbie Rushton’s ‘Unspeakable’ well over a year ago now and I rated it positively. Earlier this year Abbie released ‘Consumed’ and I kept intending to buy it and read it but for some reason I didn’t. I finally got around to reading it a couple of weeks ago.

‘Consumed’ is told from two points of view. One chapter is told by Myla, a girl who used to love spending hot days on the beach with her sister Asha until the day Asha was taken from her forever. The next is told by Jamie whose come to Myla’s town for the holidays and finds it difficult to eat. As Myla hasn’t left the house since her sister’s death, Jamie is sent over to talk to her and soon they find themselves growing closer. Are they willing to reveal their secrets and risk discovering the truth? Or will they let their pasts consume them for good…

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This book relies on mystery just as much as ‘Unspeakable’ did and I loved every second of it. Myla has trouble recalling what happened the day her sister disappeared but she’s certain that the man who’s been convicted of her murder is innocent. Jamie is reluctant to talk about why he’s refusing to eat. But then there are other little sub-mysteries, like why Myla’s internet friend Eve dislikes Jamie and doesn’t want Myla leaving the house. It’s gripping and makes you want to keep reading.

I have decided something. My regular readers will know that I dislike romance in YA novels because nine times out of ten its written so unrealistically and disgustingly and quite frankly makes me a little sick to my stomach. Also it’s all just heterosexual, white couples and I’m just bored of the whole thing. However, there are a few exceptions to this and I think Abbie Rushton is one of them. I’ve decided that I like the way Abbie writes romance. To be fair, there isn’t tons of romance in this book but the way she wrote it was brilliant and realistic. Thank you!

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To be honest I can’t think of anything negative to say because I really enjoyed it. I was gripped right from the start and it didn’t take me long to finish it. I wasn’t sure whether or not I liked Jamie or the point of view shifts to start with but by the end I loved him even though I still found Myla’s chapters more interesting to read.  I loved Myla’s Mom but often found her Dad to be super annoying. I loved Ness too, Jamie’s Aunt.

Overall, I’d recommend this book to all of you because it was honestly brilliant. Especially if you love a mystery element, this will definitely be the book for you.