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Diary of a Confused Feminist

Diary of a Confused Feminist

Kate Weston
Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 9781444955040

15-year-old Kat wants to do GOOD FEMINISM, although she's not always sure what that means. She also wants to be a writer, get together with Hot Josh (is this a feminist ambition?), win at her coursework and not make a TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT of herself at all times. But the path to true feminism is filled with mortifying incidents, muddling moments and Instagram hell. And it doesn't help that Hot Josh is just, well, properly, distractingly hot. When everything at school starts to get a bit too much, Kat knows she's lost her way, and the only way forward is to ask for help ...

This amazing debut was so much fun and is laugh out loud funny right from the start. I really wanted to be friends with Kat, who keeps the diary and her two good friends Sam and Millie - theirs was definitely the camp to be in, avoiding Terrible Trudy and her clan like the plague! It's hilarious, light-hearted and so much fun whilst touching on the more serious issues of mental health and the strains on young people today.

Kat is such a believable character, she wants to be a good feminist and in every situation she reflects about whether she is or not. She falls for 'Hot Josh' and really thinks that he likes her too until the awful Trudy puts her right. She struggles with social situations and really questions whether she is good enough for her friends, falling into the trap of checking social media every other minute and convincing herself none of her friends like her when they find boyfriends for themselves when she doesn't have one.

The 'fear of missing out' theme is explored and working in a school, I honestly believe that everyone falls victim to this particular trait. Kat's worries and anxieties are pitched perfectly and portrayed in a very real and sympathetic way. Kat, Sam and Millie are a fab trio - supportive of each other and very obviously true friends. I loved Kat's relationship with Matt, her neighbour, particularly them chilling and watching Ru Pauls Drag Race!

Kat's parents are great too, her dad in particular. When Kat finally opens up to him about how she feels he listens and instantly understands. She sees a doctor and then a therapist, bypassing the CBT therapy offered by the NHS as there is a long waiting list - this also is explored sympathetically and realistically and highlights what pressure the NHS is under in this day and age.

A fabulously funny, important and necessary novel for young adults shedding light on the #MeToo movement, period poverty and feminism. Perfect!

384 pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Lucy Georgeson, school librarian


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