Monday, 6 January 2020

Diary of a Confused Feminist by Kate Weston


Hello Readers,
Thank you, NetGalley and Hodder Children's Books for the chance to read Diary of a Confused Feminist by Kate Weston on eBook for free in exchange for an honest review
Publication Date: 06 February

Here we go, guys, the first book review of the year; I hope you have all had a wonderful start to 2020. As the publication day is a month away, I am going to try to keep this spoiler-free for everyone. There is a tiny little one right at the bottom.


Synopsis
Kat wants to do GOOD FEMINISM, although she's not always sure what that means. She also wants to be a writer, get together with Hot Josh (is this a feminist ambition?), win at her coursework and not make a TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT of herself at all times.

But the path to true feminism is filled with mortifying incidents and when everything at school starts to get a bit too much, Kat knows she's lost her way, and the only way forward is to ask for help . . .

Review
From the start, I love that the book makes a point of saying that feminism means different things to different people and that worrying about being a 'good' feminist is not productive at all. Feminism is the main focus but it deals with more here. I know this book is called Diary of a Confused Feminist buuuut there are three brilliant points without even mentioning the brilliant feminist messages in this story. It is laugh out loud funny (I actually SNORTED), I loved the way friendship was presented in this story and It portrays mental health in a very realistic way and Kat's internal monologue is so relatable.

The confusion that Kat feels about wanting to be a feminist but wanting to look nice for a boy also felt very real and Hun, I get it! Kat worries because other women have made sacrifices for her to be able to go to school, so if she can't go, she's making a mockery of their efforts. Even as I’m writing this there are still countries where it is near impossible for girls to get an education. Kat, you are not alone I have felt this more than once in my life especially when it comes to voting, I have thrown the book at a couple of people through the years who are women and don’t vote. In my opinion, the suffragettes didn’t get force-fed and imprisoned for you to be a whiny and choosing not to vote because you can be arsed to educate yourself. And that ladies and gentlemen is why I am called a grumpy feminist.

I loved the relationships in this book, especially Kat’s friendship with Matt and her relationship with her family. I loved her dad, especially his understanding and support. Kat, Millie and Sam are a brilliant and hilarious trio who felt like real teenagers and I wish I'd had an ounce of their conviction and outspokenness at that age. Also, I enjoyed their chat names and would leave the Nerdherd to be part of their group (Sorry Zoey Redbird)

Stop here if you don't want to see the tiny SPOILER!!!! 
 L x 


Also, slight spoiler so I am putting this right down here at the bottom the direct approach to therapy is refreshing and wonderfully done and This book has one of the most accurate representations of anxiety I've read recently

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