What’s a Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne
Ever since finishing the first two books in the Spinster trilogy by Holly Bourne I have been desperately been waiting for the newest and final instalment in the trilogy ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do?’ However when I received a copy, I surprised everyone by not reading it straightaway because I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to the high expectations of the previous two installments; ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ and ‘How Hard Can Love Be?’
However my worries quickly disappeared after I started reading it; the novel follows Lottie who after she is sexually harassed decides to create a Vlog where she points out every bit of sexism she sees. The problem? Her month long project finishes just a week before her Cambridge interview.
Lottie was a character that I both admired and feared (Lottie isn’t the sort of person that I’d want to get on the wrong side of!) She’s ambitious and wants to make a difference and I admired that about her. Throughout the novel she experiences a lot of setbacks during the project such as trolls and an ex-boyfriend, but with the help of her friends she manages to carry on knowing that she’s slowly making an impact.
I really enjoyed this novel and it is probably my favourite out of the Spinster club trilogy, although I loved ‘How Hard Can Love Be?’ I did miss reading about Evie, Lottie and all the other characters, so I found it nice to return to college for the final installment. I also enjoyed seeing how all the characters had developed since the first book (especially Evie), which is why I would recommend you to read the entire trilogy as opposed to just this book.
However what makes this book so relatable is that Lottie has realistic worries such as living up to her parents’ expectations and underperforming in college. I found these worries very relatable and I know that a lot of readers like me can relate to them especially if they’ve just been to college or sixth-form. Again, I applaud Holly Bourne for her talent for creating relatable characters.
However if you haven’t read the other books in the series you can still read this book. Although it is recommended that you read the other books in the series first since that way you can also read Evie and Amber’s stories as told in ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ and ‘How Hard Can Love Be?’.
Overall I would rate this book 5/5 stars, I really enjoyed reading about Lottie’s journey and I thought that this was a perfect ending to the Spinster Club trilogy. However there will be another novella ‘And a Happy New Year?’ coming out later this year which will follow the three as they reunite after their first semester of university.
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Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth was a book that was recommended to me after I asked for UK based YA books (or UKYA as they are more commonly called). So when I got the book out of the library I wasn’t sure what to expect (apart from knowing that it would be set in the UK). However the cover gave me some indication of what the book was about: bullying. The cover is cleverly designed and it creates a ‘seven’ out of Kez’ insults to Jess and this helps the book stand out on a shelf.
The novel is divided into two parts of view; Jess (the victim) and Kez (the bully). Over the course of seven days we get an insight to both Kez and Jess’ lives, both of whom have daily struggles. This is conveyed very well in the novel and it shows both sides of the story very clearly as the novel progresses.
Even though when I was reading this I was a bit disappointed that Jess didn’t stand up for herself, after reading this I realise how strong Jess is especially for her younger sister who she ends up looking after while her mum’s at work.
I can only imagine how strong she is to deal with bullies’ day in day out not wanting to cause any trouble for fear that she’ll get a detention and be unable to pick her sister up. I was glad when she had some friends giving her moral support throughout the novel, Philip was a brilliant character and I was so happy that he stood up for Jess (along with Hannah).
Whilst reading the novel I thought that the novel dealt with the theme of bullying really well and showed how quickly it can get out of hand and what consequences it has on the victim. However I thought the whole bully is the victim was a bit of a cliché and it wasn’t particularly needed in a book with just over 200 pages which resulted in the ending being rushed.
I found the ending rushed and I found that everything got resolved a bit too quickly for my liking. I think the ending was written so that the readers would get some form of a happy ending within those seven days. I personally would have preferred a realistic ending where the bullying stops but they still aren’t best friends.
Another problem that I had with this book were the clichés i.e. we find out the bully (Kez) is in fact being bullied, and the other main character (Jess) considers herself ugly which then prompts her mother to tell her how she isn’t ugly but in fact beautiful (turns out in YA ugly is another word for beautiful). I was half expecting a makeover scene and for Jess to suddenly become popular.
However even though we find out Kez’ reasons behind bullying, I still believe that there is no excuse for bullying, bully is never okay and there is never a reason to bully someone.
Recommendations: I would recommend this novel to the younger end of YA especially those still in secondary school. Rating 3/5
All American Girl: Ready or Not by Meg Cabot
Hello everyone! I hope everyone has a great summer, and I hope that you are all ready to go back to university/ school/ work/ college soon. After reading a number of great books on holiday (namely Solitaire by Alice Oseman and What’s a Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne), I couldn’t help but like my holiday reading ended on a low after reading All American Girl: Ready or Not by Meg Cabot.
I love Meg Cabot books, and if I ever need a light hearted book to read hers I often finding myself choosing one of hers. (I’ll read Les Miserables when I’m not travelling in the early hours of the morning!) I mean who doesn’t love reading books where the main character finds out she’s a princess? However I found myself very disappointed after reading the sequel to All American Girl which seemed to be lacking in any form of plot.
It’s been a while since I read the first book All American Girl but I can remember it; who doesn’t love a book where the protagonist saves the president? However unlike the first novel there wasn’t a plot; the book itself is just about the main character debating on whether to have sex with her boyfriend FOR THE ENTIRE NOVEL. Either that or she’s complaining that she doesn’t get enough attention being the middle child with a popular older sister and genius younger sibling.
Although I was considering throwing this book out the window at some parts (although the fact that I was reading on the Kindle was stopping me). One aspect I really wished we could’ve read more about was Lucy and Harold, I would have loved to see some closure on that aspect on the novel. This was by far my favourite part of the novel and I loved how the popular girl who is used to getting whatever she wants has a crush on the guy who has no interest in her.
Another part I liked is when Lucy, Harold and Katherine stand up for Sam in the cafeteria after Kris calls Sam a slut and I enjoyed seeing Kris get what she deserved, plus it made me like Lucy a bit more as she was putting her reputation on the line to stick up for her sister.
Overall I’d give it 2/5 due to the fact that sex is all Sam talks about (if there had been another storyline going on during the book this would have made it bearable). Although I did like reading about Lucy and Harold. Unlike Meg Cabot’s other books which are generally tween friendly I wouldn’t recommend it to the younger end of YA.