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Can I Speak to Someone in Charge?

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  13 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
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
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
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!
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book started off brilliant, very funny in parts. Love the way it's written as letters to her younger self. Then I found it kinda became more of a rant and a bit of a moan and different things like top shop, boys and even gluten. Overall I did enjoy it, but I think she ran out of ideas to finish her book off. ...more
Mrs L
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read. Aimed at a late teen/early 20s reader probably, but it was an interesting viewpoint from a young lady living in the world of social media and the societal pressures bestowed on the younger generation
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
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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!
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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!
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Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this after seeing it mentioned in one her dad's books. I'm pleased I did. It's funny, poignant, angry and uplifting. The writing is good with each section written letters to various people, including herself at different ages. A good book and I'd certainly buy another from her. ...more
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