Date finished: Sunday 12th March 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
First time reading?: Yes
From Goodreads: “Lottie is starting a supersonic feminist experiment. For one month she’s going to call out every instance of sexism she sees. But when her project hits the headlines, the trolls come out to play – and they are VICIOUS. Lottie’s not a quitter, but best friends Evie and Amber are worried. What if Lottie’s heading for burnout…or worse?”
This is my third read from Holly Bourne, and not coincidentally the third book of the “Spinster Club” series she has written. I know there is a fourth book, which eventually I shall purchase and read, but for now I’ve just read the first three books.
Compared to the previous two books in the series, “What’s a Girl Gotta Do?” is definitely a lot more feminism heavy. A lot of the experiences Lottie has in this book are quite regularly experienced by women out in the world, and provide a very important message for everyone reading it to address. Why do we accept these things as normal? Within the context of the novel Lottie takes matters into her own hands and as a result experiences even more negative side effects as a result.
Honestly I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the first two of the series. I think a lot of it comes from the fact that I felt I connected more with Evie and Amber than I did with Lottie, and so reading a novel told in her narrative just didn’t resonate quite so well. That said, however, I still enjoyed this book, and found it compelling to keep on reading, and I really did feel for Lottie as a character towards the end.
Despite my lack of connection with the novel, the messages it tells are incredibly important today. There is also a wonderful part at the end where Lottie begins to experience ‘activist burnout’ and reminds us that no matter how passionate and determined we are about something, it is not worth sacrificing our own mental health for.
The wonderful thing about this book is that it also represents the fact that no one can be the perfect feminist. The characters do things and make choices that aren’t what is normally considered feminist, but that adds to the reality of the situation. In life we have so much of this stuff pressed upon us that certain things are just naturally ingrained on us.
It’s just wonderful that someone has gone to the lengths to address so many stigmas in a short series, and really make people think about how they approach these issues occurring today.
My rating: 7.5/10