Book Review: What’s A Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne

November 30, 2016 Book review 4 ★★★★★

If there is one YA series that I would push everyone to read, it’s The Spinster Club.  I’d shove over your towering to-be-read and insist you devour this series next.  And then I’d apologise meekly for the mess I made! What’s A Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne is book 3 in the Spinster Club series (nb – read in order!).  Just like the previous books; the words that spring to mind are snarky, hilarious and empowering.

Book Review: What’s A Girl Gotta Do by Holly BourneWhat's a Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club, #3) by Holly Bourne
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Published by Usborne Publishing on August 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Social Themes, YA Contemporary
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender
2. Don't call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)
3. Always try to keep it funny
4. Don't let anything slide. Even when you start to break...

Lottie's determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas...

!@#$ BOOKLOVE Must-Read snarky Young Adult

First Line of What’s A Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne

“I wasn’t even wearing a short skirt.”

Five fantastic reasons to read What’s A Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne

1. It sings and dances positive messages about feminism and equality. For this reason alone, I’d urge you to read it.

2.  It’s thought-provoking. It will challenge your thinking. It made me aware of some of my passive ways. I ended up speculating about the significance of letting small issues float by without comment. Do all the small issues bond into larger ones? Like a catcall on the street, and how that feeds into normalising invasive behaviour.

3.  However it doesn’t smash you over the head with a hammer about feminism. The book is funny and entertaining. AS WELL as being powerful.

4.  Lottie makes me want to be her. Someday, when I grow up and become 100 zillion times fiercer than I already am. We already know she is intelligent, feisty and ready to challenge society. Basically she’s electric and a born leader. But here we see her vulnerabilities. Her fears. Whether she should shelf her beliefs for an easier life, on certain days, or in certain scenarios. I felt her indecision and I wanted to hug her because life is not black and white.  Or easy.

5.  The female friendships and support of the Spinster Club energise me. They start all meetings with cheesy snacks, humour, plain speaking and lots of hugs.  They are there for each other. Always. That’s what I call friendship.

Final Thoughts:

This series makes me want to fight. For the right. To be heard, seen and treated as an equal. Women have come along way, but there is still a long road ahead.

I love that this book shows all that is great about feminism but also all that is hard and painful. It’s a timely reminder. But also a fun, entertaining book with epic characters.


Rating Report
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Overall: five-stars


Who should read What’s A Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne?

Everyone!  Young and old, male and female; there is a message in this book for all.  If you loved previous books in the series like Am I Normal Yet, then you will love catching up with this kick-ass gang.  Fans of snarky, fun, thought-provoking young adult contemporary books should also really enjoy this series.



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4 Responses to “Book Review: What’s A Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne”

  1. Ria

    This is an excellent review! You make want to read it right now! Sadly, it’s not available in Amazon India now 🙁 But,will keep my eyes peeled for it 😀

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