Thursday, 2 October 2014

Book review || How to Build a Girl

How to Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran

I started this book expecting something amazing from all the hype and good reviews surrounding it, oh and the fact that it's supposed to be a great feminist read and the protagonist is apparently very relatable for women. It didn't really meet my expectations. I was pretty let down to be honest. Saying that, it wasn't terrible and everyone interprets things differently.

I started hating the book as soon as I started reading it. The protagonist, Johanna is dead annoying. I clearly had way too high expectations of this book 'cos I expected a teen girl that I could relate to, whose experiences I could relate to. As the book started I found I couldn't relate to her at all and in real life, she's not someone I'd choose as a friend. She's incredibly self absorbed, which maybe was the author's point. Being a teenager still, I like to think I was always a bit more clued in than she is. Teenagers today care way more than author's portray them in their books, probably why I find it so hard to find any relatable teen reads. Maybe it was written that way though, it is set in 1990, I can't say I know what teenagers were like in 1990, maybe they were self absorbed, naive, ignorant and very melodramatic.

The voice of the protagonist is very unnatural to me, she deals with her problems in very weird ways and it doesn't seem like a real person. In fact, I find most of the characters are underdeveloped, classic cliches or shadows of people. Deffo not something I can easily relate my experience growing up to.

The few bits I thought were good were when she's talking about how she never orgasmed during sex, and she made it all about the guy. She talks about it so matter of factly 'cos that's just peoples attitudes, and even now still it's the same. The author did a good job of Johanna's thoughts on this, incredibly sarcastic, and of course she didn't really know there was anything wrong with that. In general it gets a bit better as it goes on but it's not something I'll be reading again.

If you've read it please let me know what you thought, I'd love to hear some different/similar opinions? It's not something I'd really recommend personally, but each to their own, lots of people did enjoy it! xo

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Instamonth #September

Taking my mates stuff at pres || we went swimming in the sea || new playsuit
No more page 3 tee || the effect of paint parties || Portsmouth beach
Tartan || mama sent me goodies! || snuggling my new blanket

I've been back in Portsmouth for all of September and it's been pretty good. Usual uni stuff like pub for drinking, friends houses for drinking, clubs for drinking, netflix for binge watching, coat racks and tambourines for stealing, paint parties, swimming and presents. A long and half mega busy and stressful month, and half really nice and chilled. The busy stuff is mostly in my head, like getting stuff organised. Lecturers are saying the c-word* all the time and it's stressing me out! But being back here with my friends is great :) I don't use instagram as much at uni, not sure why, probably 'cos I don't do much, I don't eat photogenic food and my house is ugly.

My insta is amberlove146 if you wanna see more pics - mostly weirdo selfies with my friends, if that's your thang yo'.
*career. The c-word is career...

Sunday, 28 September 2014

This week happiness is... #12

Receiving two parcels in the post from my fam: this gorgeous velvety red blanket which I haven't stopped snuggling in, a cactus pen 'cos they 'couldn't send me a real plant', a key chain from Dubai and a few copies of New Scientist magazine. It was like Christmas!

Starting lectures and actually finding all of them really interesting (so far). Yay for second year Biochemistry!

Meeting new people. I've started a French module this year and met lovely people there, and 'cos I don't finish French until 9pm on a Monday I went straight to the pub with my housemate for rock society's social and met more lovely people!

Street dance class. I went to a taster for Contemporary dance and hated it. Too stuffy and floaty for me and I got stepped on way too many times. But on the way home I bumped into a new friend who said she was going to a taster class for street so I just went with her! And that was way more fun, and I met more lovely people!

Painting my nails black again.

Finding a denim Topshop pinafore in a size 8 in a charity shop for £3.99! Obviously I bought it right away and I love it! Glad I didn't buy one full price.

Cherry vodka.

Having no lectures for the rest of the week after a hellish seven hours on Monday.

Snuggey blankies and onesies.

Buying more fun make up to cheer myself up. I got silver sparkles, black sparkles, orange lip cream (what even is lip cream?!) and a blue eyeliner. I hardly wear makeup ever but am trying to play about with it more 'cos I love dressing up.

It's been a bit of a mad week of settling back in, meeting new people and getting house stuff sorted. I'd say it seems like a pretty good week, but it's also been mega stressful and overwhelming. But writing this post shows me that it's not all bad and there are little things to enjoy all the time :) how has your week been? What was the best bit? :)

Friday, 26 September 2014

Book review || Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Despite all the good reviews I'm still never convinced that a book is great until I get to the very end, and this book was the same. I kept changing my mind. I like that it's written from different perspectives, from Nick's perspective and from his wife, Amy's diary. Amy goes missing and then it's the classic "everyone blame the husband" situation. I don't think I really got the message of the book at first, I found a lot of bits in it sexist towards women! As I carried on with it though I realised Flynn was making a point. A really fucking great point. She gives a name to the non-existing "cool girl" that every girl pretends to be to get the guy. She points out the pressures on women in marriage - how women are called "nags" and a man is "whipped" if he does nice things for her. So aside from the gripping storyline there are strong feminist themes running through this and I really recommend you read it, even just to understand this.

The actual storyline is also brilliant, but without the feminist theme it'd be 'just another thriller' I think. I usually prefer thrillers that are pretty gruesome and scary and this one definitely isn't, it's much deeper than that. A lot of people didn't like the end but I did, it left me with a lot to think about and the book stayed with me. Everyone responds differently to what they read and I'm sure many will have a totally different opinion to me. I think this is an important book, and poignant and points out societal errors that we don't always notice.

Let me know if you've read this book or not, and what you think of it. I don't really buy into hyped up products, not even books, but this book really deserves the hype surrounding it. I can't wait for the film!