Where I write about what I read (or watched).
- ‘The School for Good Mothers’: When a mother’s very bad day becomes a bad lifeThis review contains minor spoilers for The School for Good Mothers. We all have bad days, some worse than others. Sometimes it’s a bad hair day, or you lock yourself out of your house or your car. On others you break a nail and then your phone. On Frida’s very…More
- ‘Betty’: a devastating yet grand coming-of-age taleThis review contains mild spoilers for Betty, and mentions of sexual abuse. I haven’t quite been able to stop talking about this novel since I turned the final page, because Tiffany McDaniel’s Betty might be one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. It tells a somewhat fictionalised version of…More
- ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’: Jennette McCurdy’s memoir is the realest book of the yearContent warning: physical and emotional abuse, and eating disorders. I’m Glad My Mom Died is a 320-page-long headfirst deep dive into former actress Jennette McCurdy’s troubled and complicated relationship with her late mother, Debra, who died of cancer in 2013. I’m Glad My Mom Died is beyond gripping, and is…More
- Disgusting and depraved: Missouri Williams’ debut ‘The Doloriad’ is something else entirelyContent warning: discussions of descriptions of incest, fatphobia, ableism, rape.This review also contains some spoilers. The Doloriad is a fascinating and thought-provoking book, though not in the way you’re probably expecting. Missouri Williams’ debut novel follows a family, or rather a clan, descended from incest struggling for survival in the…More
- Kind of sexy, kind of disappointing – is ‘Milk Fed’ a well-disguised trainwreck?Trigger warning: discussion of eating disorders and weight stigma. Melissa Broder’s Milk Fed was like a literary emotional rollercoaster for me, and while I hate actual rollercoasters, I think I enjoyed this one more than I would’ve expected. The book follows Rachel, a lapsed Jewish woman with a restrictive eating…More