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Can I Speak to Someone in Charge?

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  11 reviews
‘Being asked to write a book was probably the best thing that’s happened to me – up until that point I was gravely concerned that my mum was the only person reading my blog. I hope this book will speak to a range of women, and men actually, I hope it will make people laugh, but more importantly I hope it will open people's eyes to the fact that we've got a lot to do if we ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 24th 2017 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny, clever and kind, this is a great collection of mini essays in the form of letters.

Some are laugh out loud funny, others poignant, nearly all make you think.

What I especially liked was what Emily has to say about women in general and the current feminist movement in particular. Many of the topics focused on - make up, thinspiration, page 3, the sidebar of shame - are about how women, rather than seeking to build each other up, focusing on shaming and belittling each other. I think this is
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
It did take me a while to get through this, mostly because the chapters are pretty much self-contained, and it's easy to find stopping points. In general, though, this book is about self-empowerment (particularly for women) and being honest about circumstances that continue to keep women from fully becoming themselves.

I think the epistolary technique works, and Emily has a direct, chatty style that is really clear and refreshing. She's obviously got her dad's gift as a writer, but her major ins
What a wonderful, witty, thought provoking, potential guilt inducing (my RBF), giggle out loud book!
Anne Bleeker
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely book to read. I cried and laughed so hard that I almost fell of my chair, often at the same time.

One hell of an inspiration!
Alyce Hunt
I wasn't planning on reviewing Can I Speak To Someone In Charge? when I borrowed it from the library, but I have some thoughts about it that I've decided I'd like to get down on paper. It's left me with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, and I don't often find that with non-fiction books - normally if they annoy me I just shrug and move on to the next title, pushing the irritating one to the back of my mind, but I'm struggling to do that in this case.

My major problem with this book is that I did
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was chosen in the library by a friend who selected a range of things for me to read. There were some letters/chapters which I felt were valuable (online trolls, eating disorders), but I'm afraid quite a lot of the book left me somewhat bored (eg the hair straighteners letter) or irritated. I didn't find the writing style particularly good, found the constant revalations about getting hideously drunk tedious by the end, and in general I found Caitlin Moran's similar book much better.

I also
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminist
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Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
Funny, honest and utterly encouraging! This book is a breath of fresh air and should be on everyone’s TBR!
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a breath of fresh air, everyone needs to read it. It’s witty, thought provoking, and hilariously funny! I can relate so much to this book and it’s author!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Gah! I wanted to like this book, I really did. But I don't like it, not at all. The book is made up of letters addressed to people and things, usually ones she hates. How exhausting.

My three biggest issues with the book are:

1. In the letter addressed to Topshop, she boasts about a 'sticking it to the man' type moment when she shouts at a security guard (who, let's face it, is probably underpaid and tired) about how awful Topshop is for not stocking large enough sizes. Wow. Way to go. You really
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