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Girl, Woman, Other Review

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️




Firstly, I have to admit that I went into this book with really low
expectations because I had heard really mixed opinions. I ended up enjoying it
quite a lot once I had gotten used to the writing style and lack of full stops.

Girl, Woman, Other follows the story of 12 people who have all had very
different life experiences in modern Britain. The story of one person is told
and then the narration changes to the story of the next character. I really
enjoyed this aspect as the different stories all blended really well together
to create a whole book with an overall story. I was told to read it as if it is
a collection of essays about people’s lives which I think is a good way to look
at it as in a way that is what it is. The book touches on loads of incredible
topics a few being racism, feminism, domestic abuse, LGBTQ+, sexism in the
workplace, politics and rape.

I really loved how different each character was and how developed each
character was. I really did feel like they were real people telling me their
story. At points I would have to remind myself that the book is fiction because
it really felt real! All the characters grew up in different time periods which
added an aspect of history and development in society. They all have different political
views and have struggled with very different things which added a broad idea of
the overall issues in society.

I believe that the most controversial aspect of this book is the writing
style. There is very minimal punctuation and it defies many punctuation and
general language rules. Once I had got used to reading like this I actually
really enjoyed it. The lack of punctuation is bold just like the demands that
this book is making. The writing style accentuated how important the issues raised
are which I think is so clever!

I felt connected to every single story even though some of them are so far
away from the experiences I have had in my own life. However, I really could
feel the emotion that they felt during that time. I felt that I almost became
the character I was reading about.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book and I would recommend it to you. It is
defiantly heavy topic wise but it’s amazing. And definitely up to the hype it
has been receiving on bookstagram recently!


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