Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Review: Being a Girl by Hayley Long

Publication Date: June 4th 2015
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Review Copy

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A funny, frank and fearless guide to being a girl

Being a girl is not all sugar and spice. How can you possibly survive school and even think about talking to your crush when you have spots in places you didn't even know you had, your boobs are too big (or too small) and the friend drama is off the charts? Luckily, bestselling YA author and sixth-form teacher Hayley Long provides a straight-talking guide to puberty - from cattiness to kisses, and everything in between. With witty black-and-white illustrations by Gemma Correll throughout, BEING A GIRL tells you everything you need to know about surviving puberty, in an honest and humorous way.

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 Massive thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The moment I heard about this book I knew I was going to really enjoy it. I had read a novel by Hayley Long a few years ago, Lottie Biggs Is Not Mad, and remembered enjoying it.

Although the tone of this book is quite humorous, the novel is packed full of useful information that is given in a straight forward and clear way. The one recurring thought I had while reading this novel was how much I would have liked to read this and have these things explained to me in this clear cut way at the age of 12 . 

The novel contains helpful information and advice which are conveyed through beautiful illustrations and  diagrams, by the amazing Gemma Correll.. The reader is never lost as Hayleys use of language makes the novel both easy to understand and endearing. 

The novel contains many chapters containing useful and valuable information but of the lot, my favourite was without doubt the chapter on "Herstory". This chapter highlighted some of the things you will come across being a girl and information behind them, including the gender power imbalance, suffragettes, famous women through history, everyday sexism and lots more. The feminism and message to the reader to love being a girl is so heartwarming and empowering. 

Overall an inspirational, funny and informative read that will leave you feeling empowered as a woman / more educated in growing up a girl. I would highly recommend giving this to a daughter or sister who is going through puberty. 

1 comment:

  1. I really need to read this book =)) plus I'm really curious as to whether or not it can get me to laugh out loud =))