A Funny and Relatable Read

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By BG

This is such a funny and entertaining book, and it beautiful illustrates how utterly awkward it is to be a teenager. With some serious Louise Rennison vibes, it’s the kind of book I loved reading as a teen, updated for the snapchat generation. Whilst there’s no doubt the primary intended audience are teenage girls, I’d not hesitate to recommend it to their parents, for a glimpse of the challenges teenagers face every day. Particularly because growing up seems to have drastically changed in the past 10 years, now that our entire lives can be carried in our pockets. 

Kat made me cringe on so many levels, because it was like walking back into being 15 again. She has all the same worries that I did, at one point worrying that she worries more than other people, something I distinctly remember being aware of at her age. Her fears that her friends like each other more, that she will never get a boyfriend, never get a job, all of them incredibly relatable. Her complete inability to be anywhere near the boy she likes, without glowing lobster red and doing something silly, made me howl with laughter, because I really don’t miss those days at all. 

I adored her friendship with Sam and Millie, it felt really healthy and genuine. There were none of the toxic undercurrents that occasionally seep into YA books, they were just three friends, navigating their teens together. I love that they mostly communicated affectively, and were quickly willing to admit to each other when they were wrong, or say sorry when they had argued. Their friendship is the heart of the novel, and I definitely would have loved to be a member of their gang when I was their age. 

Kat’s parents were my actual favourite. Perhaps it’s a sign that I’m a bit older, but they just made me laugh, and I really hope I can have a similar sense of humour about things when I have my own family. I thought they handled everything that was thrown at them perfectly, and Kat’s dad in particular, was an absolute knight when it came to helping her through her anxieties. I thought that the portrayal of anxiety was really accurate, in both the descriptions and the way it manifests itself. The excellent mix of humour, blended with this spot on depiction, really made the book stand out. 

The really entertaining undercurrent to the book, is Kat and her friends attempt to navigate modern feminist. It’s completely true that the constantly evolving feminist movement can be confusing at times, we all want equal rights for women, but how we achieve that isn’t always as clear cut as you might think. Kat’s mistake’s and lessons throughout are hilarious, and I’d think that everyone can relate to at least some of the situations she finds herself in. For me, the ultimate feminist message comes at the end of the book, precisely when Kat isn’t even trying, but I won’t spoil what that is.

This is definitely the kind of book I would want in the hands of my teenager. It’s written in a way that should resonate with teens, whilst delivering some important messages in a light-hearted and witty way.

(thatbookgal)