Hadley Freeman, Guardian features writer and author of the popular ‘Ask Hadley…’ column, presents the modern lady with 23 essays that remind us to Be Awesome.
‘Being single is often awesome. You can leave a party when you want to, whether that be 9pm or 9am; you don't have to live in fear of ever hearing yourself described as ‘my better half’; and you can spend all day lying on the sofa in your pajamas watching Murder She Wrote and eating peanut butter straight out of the jar’.
‘Don't, if you are over the age of 18, refer to yourself as a ‘girl’ or your friends, if they are over 18, as ‘the girls.’ You are a woman and so are they. And you know what? That's just brilliant.’
Covering topics vital for any modern woman to consider (from ‘How to read women’s magazines without wanting to grow a penis’ to ‘Beyond the armpit: a guide to being a modern day feminist’), Be Awesome tackles body image, sex, dating and feminism head on. With an attitude that is unfalteringly funny, smart and surprisingly heartwarming, Hadley Freeman is a voice of sanity that every woman should hear.
I laughed out loud a lot listening to this book. If you enjoy Caitlin Moran, you'll probably enjoy this too. It's full of great replies to the nonsense often spouted about what is and what isn't "feminist". It's heart-felt but never maudlin. Just lovely.
I really enjoyed hearing it in Hadley's own voice. She writes as if she were speaking to you, so it would actually be odd if someone else read it!
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book is laugh out loud funny. I'm normally very skeptical when I read that in a review but it genuinely had me laughing throughout.
Any additional comments?
Her advice is sound and very true, I found myself agreeing with what Hadley says throughout the book.