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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  52 reviews
No Way, Okay Fine! is a memoir about pop culture, pop music, feminism and feelings.

'I identified early on that my role in relationships was the sidekick, the platonic female cast member in an all-male production, or the friend who was relied on selectively when other options were unavailable. I was the comic relief or the stand-in, never the lead. I knew this, I felt it, I
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 26th 2017 by Hachette Australia
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Apr 25, 2017 marked it as abandoned-on-hold
I need to remember that I really don't do very well with memoirs and specifically with memoirs from millennials with a focus on pop culture, feminism and feelings. Sigh , I obviously didn't read or think about that title before I picked this up, somehow convinced I would find this amusing. Rather I felt like I was trapped at a table of pseudo-intellectual 2o year olds referencing TV shows I have never heard of and discussing intersectionality with a gravity belying their years.

It seems very ha
Jaclyn Crupi
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I crazy loved this so much. I laughed. I cried. I did both at the same time. I felt such pure joy and connection. I know this is being called a memoir but I read it as essays and the one on Kanye West is one of the best essays I have ever read. @brodielancaster please accept this as my application to be your BFF. I too have watched thousands of hours of Gilmore Girls (I am always watching GG) and FNL. The Tyra scene you reference in the book is one of the most powerful moments in the show. Clear ...more
Michael Livingston
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Smart, funny, honest and insightful - Lancaster is the pop culture commentator we need right now.
Bri Lee
Jun 15, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! Fun to read but also written by a clearly intelligent woman. Personal and moving, too. So good.
Sam (she_who_reads_)
I picked up this audiobook on a whim and I am so so glad I did! This is feminism through a pop culture lens and it worked incredibly well. Brodie’s experiences in life were the definition of relatable and I’m on a mission now to watch/read everything she’s done. I also really enjoyed hearing about her life growing up in a small Australian town. Highly recommend- I think there really is something for everyone in here! (But, I could very much have done without the chapter on Kanye after his more r ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't really know anything about Brodie Lancaster or what her book was about when I picked it up, but I had seen a lot of high praise which got me interested.

It is classed as a memoir and I think that memoirs work with their audience when they are either highly relatable to the reader or they offer some kind of new insight or lens on a topic or experience. I can therefore see why there have been so many rave reviews on here from readers of a similar age who have a similar obsession with pop c
Steve lovell
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Zayne Malik – know him? I had no idea who Zayne Malik is? If you're in the dark, as much as I am, be it known he was once a member of One Direction. Yep, I'd heard of them. Are they still around – One Direction, or are they a boy band who, like many of their ilk, took over the world for a year or two before fading away? But Zayne Malik left the band in March, 2015 and this was, for Brodie Lancaster, as she reports in 'No Way! Okay, Fine', a major life event. From the distance of the generous age ...more
Sonia Nair
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A coming-of-age story with a fierce, feminist heart and a broad sense of purpose, Brodie Lancaster's debut memoir No Way! Okay, Fine is narrated through a series of chronological yet distinct standalone chapters.

Read my full Books+Publishing review here:
Giselle A Nguyen
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Clever, relatable and charming writing that blends memoir and cultural criticism effortlessly. Some sections stronger than others, but overall this was a fun, thoughtful and accessible read.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is amazing and made me cry a few times because I've never read anything so real about growing up/life/feelings. I felt like I was reading back my own life for the most part 10000/10
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
So much of what Brodie writes in her collection of essays speaks deep into my soul, something I never thought I'd find myself saying in a book review. Granted, we're the same age, both spent our teen years in a country town in Australia, went to the same uni and sat in the same tutes in Melbourne, listened to the same music, share an obsession with pop culture, discovered 1D as adults and have had to unlearn all the same lessons. If any author was going to "speak deep into my soul", it'd be Brod ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
If you grew up in Australia in the last two decades I highly recommend this book for a wonderful nostalgia hit. This book was like wrapping your favourite cozy blanket around you and receiving a much needed warm hug. I really, really loved it. It was like sitting down and having an amazing chat with a dear friend. Brodie writes beautifully on the topics of body positivity, relationships, friendships (my favourite essay of the book), growing up in a small conservative(ish) town and Pop Culture. I ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will write a proper, longer review of this ... but for now I just want to say: AHHHHHH.

This was a cathartic, compulsive and capricious read - I was laughing one minute, then welling up the next. It's a love-letter to pop-culture, a thrilling ode to the "little things" that matter, and the stories that raise us. And a smartly observant look at how the osmosis of story and consumption creates our communities.

I loved it. Utterly, thoroughly LOVED it!
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for a pop-culture reference, especially when they involve Gilmore Girls and Broad City, so Brodie's memoir hit the absolute sweet spot for me. Touching on personal cues such as body image and online relationships, to her unwavering love of 1D and the popular sport of Kanye-bashing, Brodie's refreshing anecdotes and life lessons left me laughing, sulking and induced many 'OMG! me too!!' moments.

4.5 / 5
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just generally a really fresh, relatable perspective.
Brodie took my guts out and spread them out on the table in front of me while talking about music, fandoms and the concepts of needing to justify some of my tastes as "guilty pleasures"...that's ew and I'm not going to say it anymore. I'm just going to say I like a thing and not feel the need to apologise for it.
For example: I love Lorde and the next person who makes a face at me because of that is going in the bin.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part memoir, part motivational this book outlines everything from feminism in movies, being an adult obsessed with One Direction, being fat in a thin world and how New York is not all it's cracked up to be.

This book has heaps of great quotes that I've marked - give it a go :)
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, I love Brodie so much! This book had so much heart, I could hardly put it down!
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
I didnt really connect with this author and a lot of the pop culture references meant nothing to me - I suspect that persons around the same age as the author will not have this problem.

I think this is not so much a memoir but a series (chapters/short essays) of thoughts and comments on subjects relevant to the authors life.
Lissa Joy
3.5 Stars

No Way! Okay, Fine is an interesting look into feminism, pop culture, misogyny and sexual harassment from an Australian plus-sized woman.
Alana  Eising
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd been hearing good things about this book for a while, then an interview with the author on Triple J sparked my interest--particularly because Brodie's hometown is Bundaberg, about an hour away from my own hometown.

Each chapter can be read individually, forming 14 essays easily consumed in a sitting. My personal favourites were chapter 5, 'Real Quality' (which explored the nature of taste, how it can be gendered/dismissed/set on a pedestal vs. simple affection for something regardless of perc
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked No Way! Okay, Fine, but I didn't love it overall. As with any collection of essays, some will be stronger than others; I thought the ones about Kimye were standouts, and was enthralled by the tale of teenage Brodie being catfished. I'm hesitant to criticize a book which so obviously contains so much of the author's heart and soul on its pages, but while I appreciated the vulnerability there were some drawbacks for me. At times I felt the pop culture references a bit tedious (though I und ...more
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
A funny and touching memoir that covers everything about growing up from feminism to One Direction. Full review to come.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I loved this passionate, funny, joyful book of essays by Brodie Lancaster. Especially the section on Kanye – such smart pop culture writing through a powerful, personal lens.
Carly Findlay
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting book about pop culture and life as an emerging journalist. I related to the cat fishing and fandom a lot.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay! First things first. This is a book by a young woman. A young woman who writes about pop culture and One Direction for a living, and who shows a pretty self-deprecating sense of humour in her author talks. And she's written a book with the word 'memoir' on the cover.

So gold stars to her, for writing it, and to her publishers, for picking it out of the Richell Prize entries and publishing it (even though it didn't win the actual prize). I'll bet there are still many corners of the world whe
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Already a fan of Brodie, I was pretty excited about this book. It was everything I wanted/needed and more. I have never connected to a book so fully and entirely as I have with 'No Way! Okay, Fine'. A memoir of pop culture and feminism, the way Brodie writes and relates pop culture to her life is the same was I relate to my own life. Her chapter on home put into words exactly how I feel about my hometown, and the complicated feelings I have towards it, that I nearly cried. He ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lancaster has captured it. The familiarity of a contemporary young adult female experience in Australia. The short personal essay/memoirs have a jovial edge without making light of the issues they discuss, such as weight, change, growth, grief, family, loss and discovery - all rooted in contemporary pop culture and classic teenagedom.

Lancaster's written technique is open and honest, she breathes life into the details of her experience without drowning in facts and details. This maintains a deep
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever read a book like this before, and tbh I fucking loved it. I liked understanding the perspective of girls and women who go through fat-shaming, I REALLY liked the fact that I was understanding more and knowing what things I was doing wrong and how I can stop it now. It was just such a fresh and honest perspective on women and feminism in general with a LOT of pop culture references that I mostly didn't get coz I live under a rock BUT I highly enjoyed it (and every single G ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, feminism
I related to so much of this it freaked me out. Never feeling at home in your own small town, having a family who share their feelings through pop culture references, trying to be cool about your tastes when really you'd be happy mainlining Keeping up with the Kardashians all day... This is my life!

It was so ace to have someone seriously relate the significant moments in their life to moments in pop culture, because when you grow up with a love of movies, they go hand in hand. This worked espec
Natalie  S
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
For many years Brodie Lancaster felt like she had to play the sidekick, never the lead. She was told things like, “Girls can’t play drums.” She also doubted herself and felt like she had to be likeable in order to be accepted. But this writer, editor, and DJ has proven to everyone that she can achieve big things, as she details in her debut book, No Way! Okay, Fine. It’s part-memoir, part-cultural criticism and polemic, and she talks about growing up as a young millennial woman in a small rural ...more
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