The Anti-Cool Girl
Brutal, brave, hilarious - a full-frontal memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you.
Rosie Waterland has never been cool. Growing up in housing commission, Rosie was cursed with a near perfect, beautiful older sister who dressed like Mariah Carey on a Best & Less budget while Rosie was still struggling with various toilet mishaps. She soon realised t...more
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I had never heard of Rosie Waterland before reading her memoir. I bought the book because: a) it sounded like an interesting read b) I am studying social work and work in mental health so I am attracted to stories that are about overcoming adversity c) we have the same name!
Rosie is such a brave and gutsy woman and I am really grateful for her sharing her story. From a very young age Rosie always ...more
100% honesty up front: Rosie Waterland’s humour isn’t really my style. I’ve read bits and pieces of her work on Mamamia, including a few of the Bachelorette recaps (note: this does not mean I admit to ever watching The Bachelorette *shifty eyes*), but it’s just not my cup of tea. I’m not particularly prudish, and I have zero issues with ‘frequent coarse language’, but the crudity wears on me a bit. I like a bit of toilet humour a ...more
Rosie Waterland is candid. And by candid I mean fantastically descriptive with a complete no-shame policy. This girl tells you exactly what she did, how she did it, and t ...more
Those expecting this book to be packed full of bachie-esque snark and peen NISSAN peen references have another think coming... but (hopefully) not in a bad way.
Likewise those who may ...more
Rosie Waterland could probably vouch for the accuracy in that statement.
If there's one dominant thread consistently running through Rosie's first - and highly excellent - book, it's that pain, hardship and adversity create growth. The better life is not one filled with perfection, money and success, but one in which a hell of a lot of hard work, and the ability to survive a plethora of ridiculously adverse si ...more
So; let me start with the good stuff.
She's quite witty, she has a great sense of humour and is very brave for putting a lot of the things that she did on paper.
The not so great stuff:
The chapter about her learning to masturbate and being obsessed with it, seemed (and possibly coincidentally) like a direct rip off of a chapter from the ama ...more
Thanks for being so brutally honest about your life - it is good for all our souls. And I'm trying to think about The College and how we can make your book a compulsory handbook for all staff. They'd love it, and they need it.
I think my most favourite p ...more
Having no interest in the show, I tuned out.
On Goodreads I saw friends read her book and rated it. The connection wasn't made.
Richard Glover had Rosie Waterland back on his radio program again, joking that her memoir grossly out sold his. Still I didn't make the connection. But, this time I did note her na ...more
I was first introduced to Rosie Waterland through her "Rosie Recaps" of the Australian version of the Bachelor. I wasn't even watching the bachelor at this stage however couldn't turn away from her hilarious satirical recaps of the show. I've also read a number of her articles on the Mamamia website http://www.mamamia.com.au/, the articles were always funny and a bit of fluff to read on my train trip's home. When I first heard that Rosie was releasing a book I was curious and wanted t ...more
Her tumultuous childhood is hard to fathom. Her ability to look back on it all with a wry sense of humour is stupefyingly impressive.
And I love that she trumpets being anti-cool. I think most of us are right there with her, happily sitting in the gutter eating a food truck taco. ...more
The book is split unofficially into 2 parts. The first half deals with her horrific childhood including siblings. The second is a solo affair (sisters and parents barely mentioned again) centred around boarding school, sexual "adventures", and early adult life. The first half was a lot more compelling for me but had secondary issues like me questioning why I enjoyed reading about the truly harrowing childhood. I mean, it's a year inducing shit-show which ...more
I probably would have enjoyed this more when it was published 5 years ago, but I need a bit more depth than what Waterland gave here (also, probably because she writes blog posts rather than essays) and some elements of critical reflection.