I mulled over this one a bit. I think Roxane Gay's review here on GoodReads is a fantastic summation of how I felt about the book. In fact, y...more2.5 stars
I mulled over this one a bit. I think Roxane Gay's review here on GoodReads is a fantastic summation of how I felt about the book. In fact, you should probably just read that and not bother with anything I have to say in the next few paragraphs.
I definitely found funny parts and select quotes that were on point. But it seems to me that there was a lot of over-generalization on the behaviors and characteristics of women and men. And the title doesn't really make sense - as Roxane says, this was definitely way more of a memoir than anything else.
I'd heard critiques of Moran that she's used racist language (definitely some casual racism in this book!) and isn't really a supporter of LGBT rights, etc., so after reading the book, I set out to find out more. That led me down the Internet rabbit hole, as this kind of thing often does. I learned about all kinds of Internet fights, and even found out some Doctor Who related critiques. I had to stop myself because I seriously could have gotten lost in the tangles of the Interwebs.
Overall, I think Moran is writing from a very specific viewpoint and generalizing her experiences to a whole wide world of women that quite obviously don't share her background. Perhaps if this were presented as more of a memoir, as "here's how I've managed to get around in the world," it might have worked better.(less)
**spoiler alert** I hesitate between 3-4 stars, perhaps 3.5, if only GoodReads let us do half stars!
Perhaps my expectations for the book were a bit hi...more**spoiler alert** I hesitate between 3-4 stars, perhaps 3.5, if only GoodReads let us do half stars!
Perhaps my expectations for the book were a bit high, based on how many times I'd seen that it was a "must-read" book. It was a fairly quick read, though I did feel that it dragged at some points and my eyes would start to glaze over. The story itself was fascinating, and made me angry - that was expected. Though maybe it didn't make me as angry as I thought it would. One part that stood out to me was when the narrator is talking about the past and she talks about how she and her friend would read articles in the newspaper, of things happening to other people, but it wouldn't feel real - it was something happening far away, something that didn't affect them. I thought this was a perfect description of our times and how we treat horrible events that happen around us.
I was somewhat disappointed in the ending, though I hadn't realized it was sort of a diary (did I just miss that somehow) - so the Historical Notes section was interesting and it was definitely unexpected. I think it was a nice touch.
Overall, yes I think the book should be read by more people.(less)