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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearancedue to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.

'In fairytales,the characters who look different are often castas the villain or monsters. It's only when they shed their unconventional skinthat they are seen as "good" or less frightening. There a

Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by 4th Estate
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Carly Findlay Thanks for buying my book and supporting my work, Mel. A sale is a sale.

The cover photo was not lightened, I was very clear with how I wanted to look…more
Thanks for buying my book and supporting my work, Mel. A sale is a sale.

The cover photo was not lightened, I was very clear with how I wanted to look on the cover.

My skin’s redness also changes depending on a number of factors.

And yes, I am angry. I said that in my book.

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Another author I rep as literary agent; full-disclosure!

Normally I'd say that my liking and reviewing one of my agency's books can be taken with a grain of salt, because of that conflict-of-interest, but that there's also no BS to my opinion. BUT with *this* review, I really especially have to stress a (let's say - tablespoon?) of salt because I feel very affectionate towards this one in particular.

Carly’s book is both memoir & manifesto: about her life growing up with a Disability and fac
This book certainly lived up to the hype and TL;DR: everyone should read this book.

Carly is an Australian writer and blogger, appearance activist, speaker, television and radio star, podcast host, fashion icon and fangirl. This book is both her memoir and manifesto, detailing her life with Ichthyosis, a rare and severe skin condition.

I'll admit it, I do not like reading biographies or memoirs. They're usually too much like history for my taste (ugh) or I don't really care enough about a person
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having respected and admired Carly and her work for several years, I had been eagerly anticipating Say Hello since she announced that it was forthcoming, and it didn't disappoint.

This book offers a unique perspective on disability that mainstream Australia really needs, and that is equally important and valuable for both disabled and abled people.

Parts of the book resonated with me in such a profound and rare way that I've been thinking about them since I read them, and I'm sure they'll stay wit
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could relate to so much in this book, almost like I had written it myself. I hope those that really need to understand and develop empathy for people with disabilities read this. What I related to most is constantly feeling exhausted from having to battle for our needs to be understood and met and having the same discussions over and over. No wonder we get defensive. Thank you Carly for articulating your story so well.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carly's book is a lesson for us all in acceptance, activism, anger and moving through this world as a disabled person. Carly is honest about her childhood, the pain of being ignored and excluded and how she has been guided by her own self-belief, friends, mentors and parents. Her writing is moving and truly Carly's voice on the page (listen to her podcast Refreshments Provided) if you don't believe me!

I'll be selecting this book for book club and asking my local library service to purchase copie
Natasha (jouljet) Reid
This is a bold, strong, vulnerable and real memoir on disability, visable difference, and being your own advocate.

A volume to educate us non-disabled about the experience of disability, from inside and out. The bullying experienced throughout school, the self doubt, the medicalised treatment Carly experienced and her reversing of power in that role from patient to educator. The search for love and acceptance, and the joy of fangirling and fashion.

Carly teaches, shares, and stands up for disable
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an honest and authentic read by a phenomenal woman. It is simultaneously heartbreaking, educational and amusing. The book itself discusses facial diversity and disability in relation to her own experiences and is highly relatable to anyone that comes from a marginalised group/minority. I had to pick my jaw off the floor after some of the stories about overt ableism as well as the microaggressions. In this memoir Carly's personality shines through the page while she not only narrates ...more
Kirstin Adams
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a difficult read in parts because Carly has been through so much- her school years were particularly brutal because she bullied and the loneliness she felt was terrible. Her parents are amazing and you get a real sense of the strength they gave and give her. It’s a great book with powerful messages. Carly is natural story teller. I highly recommend it.
Georgie Burg
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a clergy abuse survivor with a disability caused by the abuse, I look for works that are not only validating, but give me a broader insight into my own recovery from my terrible abuse and the subsequent criminal trial. This book by Carly is, in honesty, in the same league of importance as Albert Facey’s book ‘A Fortunate Life’. In Australian biographies, it’s tricky to find a truly unique perspective that is fresh, profoundly intelligent but relatable. Carly’s work Is multi layered, completel ...more
Rita Davis
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and gobbled it up in one day.
Ellen McMahon
Everybody should read this book.

Carly is phenomenal writer, evoking both laughter and the occasional tear. OK, more like a lot of tears. Some of the experiences she has had to (and continues to) endure are frustrating at best and traumatic at worst. Her words on the importance of physical touch were especially poignant, and made me want to run out to the street and hug someone. Although the content is often confronting, her justifiable anger is conveyed with patience and the tone of the book re
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carly's story had a real impact on me. I have a son who has a disability, but I would never have said that before reading this book. His medical condition is mild and I didn’t want him to associate with a word I felt was negative. Carly helped me understand what he will face because of the invisible symptoms if not the visible ones. I now realise how empowering it can be for him to identify as disbaled, ask for the changes he needs and find his tribe. There is something in this book for everyone ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to read this. Disabled people for the utter pride it instills, and ableds people for the learning opportunity. Carly’s writing is engaging, funny, and powerful. She’s honest and confident, and I really look up to her as a role model.
Brilliant! A must read for everyone especially non-disabled people. Carly is an amazing woman, writer and activist.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful and unique insight into Carly's world, which is full of colour, rich experiences, and a love for music and fashion.

'Say Hello' encompasses the intricacies of life with a chronic illness, disability or impairment like nothing I've ever read before.

It is equal parts activism and biography, making it relatable for everyone, with the added guarantee you'll learn something; be it profound, or simply hilarious.

Above all, it is a riveting collection of snapshots through the life of one of
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have waited with anticipation for Carly's book to be released. It was worth the wait. Insightful and at times raw, Carly's honesty on who she is, the journey she lived to get her to this moment and her approach towards her activism for disability rights is brilliantly written and at times injected with humor and a sometimes tinged with sadness. I've told Carly that reading her book was like catching up for a coffee with a friend and hearing about their life. Thank you Carly for and honest and ...more
Katt Schultz
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carly is a brilliant writer, and tells an important story - hers. My hope is that one day, this book will be part of the national high school curriculum. It’s so important in the realm of disability and ableism, and the more people who read it the better we will all be.
Angela Pickett
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been looking forward to reading this for some time and it didn’t disappoint. A frank and sometimes hard to read account that was still uplifting.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
An enlightening read. Difficult to hear at times , the attitudes of people make me ashamed.
This book should be on the high school syllabus.
The writing is good and easy to follow.
Worth reading .
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carly Findlay is a writer, a fashion Queen, a wife and a very funny and an all round ace woman. She is often to be found around Melbourne eating delicious things! Check out her Instagram for some mighty fine food porn.
She also has ichthyosis which is a rare skin condition that means her skin is red and sometimes sore. This book is a memoir of her life. Carly is well known for her disability activism and writing on this subject (amongst other things) and she has written this book for everyone.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is such an honour to read the story in paper form of someone who I have followed her work of for years (and maybe even longer seeing as I’ve learnt we both hark back to the blog days of Diaryland).

This is a book that needs to be read by anyone and everyone. It’s for the ones who give a pitying look to disabled folk, who laugh, who discuss, who throw arbitrary comments about more friends being a cure. Who read an article to feel good about their lives and then click off and not allow it to cha
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had the money to buy 50 copies of this book to pass out to people in my life and strangers so they could gain a better understanding of what living with a disability is like. Ive never come across anyone who so eloquently puts our experience into words that are simple, concise and relatable. I’ve followed @carlyfindlay for many years now and always loved her writing. I’m so thrilled to be reading her book, it’s truly wonderful and will help you understand many difficult aspects of our l ...more
Kate Cuthbert
My favourite parts were the autobiographical parts about the life that Carly has led, her family, her friends, her struggles at school, and her successes post-school.

The awareness raising and calm, generous explanations about the social model of disability and how non-disabled people can better share the world with people with disability are lessons in empathy and internalised ableism and can only make the world better.
I absolutely loved it! I’ve been awaiting its release for a few months and I wasn’t disappointed - Carly writes with a friendly and warm touch, that welcomes your curiosity while teaching important boundaries around having respectful conversations. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and am an even bigger fan of her than I was before.
Sarah Bryan
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having followed Carly’s work in the media for sometime now, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of ‘Say Hello’. It was incredibly honest, beautifully written, and had me feeling all kinds of emotions.

As a non-disabled person, Carly’s work has educated me well beyond the common courtesy of respect, kindness & compassion for others. She has opened my eyes to my own unconscious ableism & inspired me to really strive to be the best human being I can possibly be.

I am an absolute sucker
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Self absorbed and whiny
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review coming.
Catherine Hull-Roberts
I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectations. I borrowed a copy from a friend who picked it up at the book launch and kindly loaned it to me. Findlay generally writes well but on the whole it didn’t hold my attention. In my opinion there are far more engaging memoirs out there.
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Carly Findlay is a blogger, writer, speaker and appearance activist. She challenges people’s thinking about what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance.

Carly was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. Carly received the 2010 and 2013 Yooralla Media Awards for Best Online Commentary for her
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