Book Review: Women don’t owe you pretty by Florence Given

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What is it about? This is my first non-fiction book review. This is a book that focuses on feminism and gender studies. It educates the reader on the patriarchy, pretty privilege, knowing your worth and taking accountability among many other topics.

What did I think of the book? I was originally bought this book as a birthday present and was very excited to read it as I had seen it all over instagram. The pretty colours and illustrations really drew me in. I loved the book and all the contents. It taught me so much, made me question my own attitudes and actions and in some aspects solidified my beliefs in things. I ended up buying this book for a friend’s birthday who ended up reading it in a day and admitted she loved it as much as me. Given uses her own experiences to make the book more relatable but also to show how she has made mistakes in the past but she has learnt from them and grown so the reader can do the same. I liked this because there wasn’t that sense that she felt superior, it’s as though she has learnt these things and changed her ideas and you can too. Not only did it teach me things about myself it gave me a better insight into other groups. It educates the reader on different types of privilege like race and culture, cisgender, straight and non-disabled. It is an easy read with the chapters being split into topics so that you can easily dip in and out of the book though I would recommend reading the whole thing even if you feel you’re already educated on particular topics or that they don’t apply to you. You will most likely learn something. This book has definitely made me want to read more non-fiction so look out for some more reviews on that soon.

Would I recommend this? I think everyone should give this a book a read and I have already recommended it to people I know. It gives you an insight into the lives of other people but also makes you realise your own worth.

What will I be reviewing next? Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.


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