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How To Be a Heroine by Samantha    Ellis
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it was amazing

I loved this book and devoured it in one large gulp. Author Samantha Ellis takes us on her journey of trying to make sense of her life through her reading of novels and trying to figure out what or who a heroine is. Starting with a debate with her best friend about literary heroines, she comes to the realization that she's been trying to be Cathy Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights .

This leads her on a retrospective look at the literary characters whom she has loved from childhood. Starting with Sleeping Beauty and the Little Mermaid, she works her way through her early obsession with Little Women, to her love of Elizabeth Bennett and Scarlet O'Hara and her college idolization of Sylvia Plath. She evaluates how these characters stack up to her feminist values today and how each of them helped her to grow out of the claustrophobic Iraqi-Jewish community she grew up in in London and led her to her career as a playwright today.

Told with humor and a great deal of personal insight, she shows how these literary heroines have shaped all the lives of young female readers. If you don't like this book, you just don't like to read.
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April 21, 2015 – Shelved

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