Mediocre is the word that comes to mind to describe the writing. Uninspired, heavy on the cliches, an example of boring young adult dystopian fiction.Mediocre is the word that comes to mind to describe the writing. Uninspired, heavy on the cliches, an example of boring young adult dystopian fiction. I love the premise. But there are too many plot holes, too many sloppy ends that the author attempts to tie neatly up, too many boring teenage thoughts. Generally I enjoy young adult novels, but this one makes me understand why people don't like the genre.
And yet I'm giving it three stars. I think that's mostly to do with the plot, and the vast potential for my imagination to have a field day with it. I was able to imagine away a great deal of the plot holes and curiously contradictory material. But apparently the author was unable to do so, which is a shame because this book had such potential. It's that potential that saves it from a two star rating....more
As usual, Ehrenreich delivers! This is a great, readable book about more of the horrors that patriarchy has dealt to women. I knew a lot of it beforehAs usual, Ehrenreich delivers! This is a great, readable book about more of the horrors that patriarchy has dealt to women. I knew a lot of it beforehand, but didn't know the particulars. This book goes into astonishing depth and explains a lot of things we take for granted (e.g. the origins of home economics class) and really keeps the narrative going.
I adore Ehrenreich, but she does have a race problem; she writes as though all women were equal, without ever mentioning the very real impacts of racial inequalities. She occasionally has a problem with class too, ignoring it entirely, though she's generally better about remembering that not everyone was a stay-at-home mother. Still, these qualities for me don't dim the fascinating qualities of the book (or her writing in general). If you're looking for thoughtful discussion of race and class politics, look elsewhere. But if you're most interested in gender, this is a great pick....more
The writing is a little dry and the chapters are hard going as they're quite long. I felt like the author frequently digressed into territory that wasThe writing is a little dry and the chapters are hard going as they're quite long. I felt like the author frequently digressed into territory that was only tangentially related to her primary subject. I learned a lot about immigration policy and slavery, but felt like she spent too much time on what was (admittedly very important but ultimately only) background information. Cott, like Barbara Ehrenreich, has a problem with class; Cott frequently implies that women didn't work before the 30s.
Alternate title: Marriage and a Bunch of Other Stuff That Sucked for Women and People of Color....more