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Girlcrush: The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller

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Like the novel itself, this review will lack a satisfying ending, because I genuinely don’t have it in me to sum this book up. but then my mum came into my room and said some homophobic shit that made me cry (thank you for the reality check! In Given’s debut novel, we follow Eartha on a wild, weird and seductive modern-day exploration as she commences life as an openly bisexual woman whilst also becoming a viral sensation on Wonder Land, a social media app where people project their dream selves online. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

The story became global news and she appeared on many news networks across the US and UK, as well as being interviewed for various publications including Huffington Post and Grazia.But there’s clearly a thriving market for people who purport to be a voice for Gen Z, both for the sake of Zoomers who want guidance and relatable media, and for the sake of non-Zoomers who want to understand what interests and concerns young people. A friend said to me that was “a Florence Given fan fiction written by Florence Given” which is what the real tagline for this book should be. combined with the “dark comedy” aka downright cringey sexual innuendoes, i just couldn’t take it seriously. Faced with adoring fans who demand her continual attention and persecutors who police her slightest action, Eartha tries to incessantly curate her online persona with the help of her shadowy agent, while the real-life Eartha starts to neglect herself and her relationships. I’ve seen a lot of one-star reviews commenting on these problems, and though they didn’t make me hate the book, I can’t say that I enjoyed those aspects either.

But gradually, this storyline is eroded as Eartha dedicates herself to her Wonderland following and the sponsorships and need for content grow. The second half is also much darker, but I felt that was necessary to explore social media toxicity.It also did not deliver on its taglines as 'twas not a hot, dark story, nor a Jekyll and Hyde retelling, nor a feminist dark comedy. Girl c rush by Florence Given is a near-future novel about friendship, relationships, identity, social media and celebrity. She grew up in Plymouth and attended London College of Fashion for one year, leaving to pursue art and writing. Florence designed the merchandise for Rita Ora's Girls Tour in May 2018, curated her first exhibition 'Girls Interrupted, and designed a limited-edition t-shirt for the fashion brand WEEKDAY.

i can tell that florence given really thought that she was a genius for touching upon three issues bisexual women face at one when, in reality, she only turned them into a joke by exaggerating this scene to no end. Girlcrush would work well as a limited series, especially if we get to know more about Rose, Mona and Phaedra too. you can't enter into a genuine good-faith dialogue about a text which is written off the back of a vapid instagram brand rather than any sort of literary merit or drive to tell a story.

And the exact media economy that’s supposed to reassure young people ends up making them believe that they should already have all the answers. This not only hurts queer people who pick it up, making them feel invalidated and ridiculed… it also confirms that all the stereotypes about us in the queer community are correct…… it doesn’t help cis het people understand us at all. It’s a neat trick in how the way a scene is portrayed can change how the reader/watcher thinks about the character and the scenario. This book is internalised homophobia and stereotyping wrapped in a dazzling bow, using us as its mouthpiece to trick us all into thinking it’s validating.

The breakup leads to her bisexual awakening and new-found Internet fame after a drunk video of her, listing Matt’s wrongdoings and coming out as bi, goes viral. Eartha seems to know exactly what is wrong with their relationship, telling us in impressively flat and unadorned prose that he is just like her dad, her relationship with him is “not only draining [her] zest for life but also majorly contributing to the climate crisis”, and she should have ended things with him a long time ago. Its not all doom and gloom, I did devour the book in a few days, I laughed out loud at a couple of bits and I enjoyed Eartha as a character. There are some “directors notes” which plays out more like a movie than a book (I listened on audiobook and finished with reading it - it worked well on audio but was confusing in the book).She then attracted masses of Instagram followers with her bright illustrations and pop feminist phrases. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance.

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