It the end of September and time for another book review. This week it is the turn of Girlhood by Cat Clarke. Let’s do this!
I don’t know how I feel about this book. I really don’t. It felt a bit non-descript. Like a non-story. nothing happened. I really don’t know how I feel….
The whole time that I was listening to this book I was waiting for the story to start. Waiting for it to get going and for something to happen. and I just kept on waiting. Nothing really happened at all in this book. there was some majorly over the top drama in the last 70 pages, but apart from that, nothing happened. I thought that this book was going to be really good. I thought that it was going to be a book all about grief and friendship and healing. Friends supporting friends. and it kind of was, but it also wasn’t. It just missed the opportunity to be great and really do something.
There was so much potential there. And it fell short. I mean, there are 2 LGBTQA+ characters, one lesbian, one bi. There are two-character experiencing grief. There is a character with anxiety. There are characters experiencing suicidal thoughts. There is also Asian representation, bullying, anorexia and more. and yet it completely failed to fulfil its potential. Everything was very underdeveloped and underplayed. Most topics weren’t properly addressed at all. I just didn’t feel like any of the topics got the coverage that they deserved and nothing was dealt with properly. I just wish that Clarke had explored things a little bit better. If she had, then this could have been a truly incredible book.
I also don’t think that it helped that this book is marketed as a YA but reads like a young teen. And it does not work. It feels too young for the subject matter. And it feels a bit immature. There is a lot of really unnecessary swearing, that is just way to over the top. It just makes it feel even younger. The characters are all opposed to be 17 and 18 but they feel about 13 because of how immature they act and talk.
I also found the actual writing of the book to be a bit disjointed. It was really weird. there seemed to be unneeded gaps and stops throughout. And this wasn’t just an audiobook thing, I read along for a while to see if it was and it did read like that. the story kept stopping and start. And jumping from one place to another, with no real rhyme or reason. It was just very strange. and it made it really hard to connect with the story.
All in all, I didn’t really like this book. I think that it just completely failed to reach its full potential. It is such a shame as this book could have been brilliant. I was thinking The Sky Is Everywhere meets The Upside of Unrequited with some Moxie thrown in, and it could have been. It just fell so short.
2 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read any of Car Clarke’s books? What do you think of them? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.