The Zoella Book Club is brilliant. I think it is a wonderful thing for Zoe to use her influence to promote reading to a younger generation, it is one of the many things I admire about her.
The books Zoe picks her the Book Club are Young Adult (or YA) which is my favourite genre to read. YA Authors write about topics, that I think, authors writing for a wider adult audience are too scared to write or don’t have enough knowledge: and if they do talk about them it doesn’t feel as genuine or real. Good YA Authors can write about Mental Health, LGBT, Sex, Relationships without fear, prejudice or ignorance and allow the reader to enter someone else’s reality, which can be far removed from our own, educate us, eradicate ignorance and open our eyes to other reality’s. That my friends, is powerful.
Today I will be reviewing Girlhood by Cat Clarke:
Before we get into it, as I am the Snack Queen, always read a book with a brew and biscuit, I have landed on a Stroopwaffle (great name) and if you place on the top of tea it goes soft and is fuckin amaze.
‘I lost myself when my sister died, and these girls rebuilt me, piece by piece. I thought that nothing could ever come between us. I thought I knew who I was…. until the new girl showed up’
I am not going to give too much more of the plot away, other than it is essentially about friendship and how we depend on friends, how we make friends and how we can loose friends.
I really enjoy reading books on friendship & Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard wrote about female friendship so beautifully, with such emotion and understanding that Girlhood had a lot to live up to.
The writing style of Girlhood was okay & it was really easy to read (I think I read it in about 4 hours). I kind of liked the characters, especially Rowan but I didn’t love them & I think that is possibly one of the areas where it fell down for me.
It was very Single White Female/Roommate (great films, gotta love Leighton Meister) but once I got to the end, I felt as if something was missing….
It dabbles in Bisexuality, Student/Teacher relationships, Mental Health & EDs but I think if it dealt with one subject properly, rather than 4 quite loosely it would have had more of an impact. It is sort of a jack of all trades and master of none. They are 4 really important subject matters but it doesn’t explore them, or give you an understanding. It was a bit like talking about them, for the sake of it and that’s a really big shame and also quite damaging, to already misinformed and uneducated views on these subjects.
I actually came up with a narrative plot I would have lead the characters to and you shouldn’t feel like that.
It was an easy read. I kind of enjoyed some elements & wanted to get to the end but when I got there I was left underwhelmed and disappointed.
Maybe I shouldn’t have read Beautiful Broken Things first because that was incredible.
Rating – 3/10
Has anyone else read this book? What are your favourite YA books?