Author: Zan Romanoff
Release date: Mach 31st, 2020
“It’s the things men do to women. The ways they think they get to be in charge of you. The way it never seems to stop.”
This was so powerful. I wasn’t expecting this to be so impactful with its themes of the ways men hold power of women and control their images, but damn. I entered this thinking it would be a light contemporary with a social media star. I was so wrong, but I am so happy with what I got.
This is by far the most powerful critique of social media I’ve seen. I find often social media is critiqued at such a surface level, and most of it makes me just want to roll my eyes. But this shows it holds power for good, but also for worse. It dove into misogyny in the culture, and further how woman’s images are reflected in media by men.
Lulu is a really dynamic character. She really, really developed from the start of this to the end and it was a beautiful transition. The writing really conveyed the uncertainty and internal struggle Lulu was going through, and I could feel the despair. We also get a wonderful coming-of-age story as Lulu figures out her sexuality and how she battled with the emotions until she figured out what it meant to her.
The friendship between Lulu and Bea is wonderful, plus with her sister. Bea so wholeheartedly accepts Lulu, and her sexuality is never an issue. The problem is Lulu needs to learn how to authentically communicate with people, something she had never done as she was never being her authentic self. This story brings us through the process of her playing the game and putting on an act for how she wants to appear to everyone, to eventually learning what it means to let people in.
Something I love is truly how feminist this story became. Often I take it with a grain of salt when a book is described as feminist; it’s become a trend to capitalize off any somewhat strong female, and often attributed to things that don’t actually critique misogyny in any way. This here, does. The ways in which men control women becomes a dominant theme, and the story fights back against that narrative.
*ARC provided by publisher for honest review*
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