Dear IjeaweleTitle: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Pages: 81 Pages

Publishers: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The Blurb

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a childhood friend, a new mother who wanted to know how to raise her baby girl to be a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response: fifteen invaluable suggestions—direct, wryly funny, and perceptive—for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. Filled with compassionate guidance and advice, it gets right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century, and starts a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

The Review

You know what? I do love a good manifesto. I think it is a word that I need to use more in my daily life. I need a manifesto. With Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has created one for women. It is about the right to be a woman. A right to have equality not because someone says you can but because you say that you can.

It started out as a letter that she wrote for her friend’s daughter. A guide on how to be a strong woman but seriously the advice in this document is really something that we should all read and all aspire to live by.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is available now.

For more information regarding Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (@Chimamandabook) please visit www.harmonypublishing.com.ng.

For more information regarding Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (@doubledaybooks) please visit www.doubleday.com.

35 Stars

She Caused A RiotTitle: She Caused a Riot – 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It

Author: Hannah Jewell

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks

The Blurb

Often women in history are made to sound as if they spent their entire life sighing, and gently rebuking their oppressors. That isn’t how life works, and it never has been. The empowering, no-holds-barred history book She Caused a Riot gives 100 powerful examples of women getting their hands dirty, and inspires a courageous new movement to do the same.

The Review

Who knew that there were so many wonderful, talented, world changing women in the world? Not a lot of us because sadly women aren’t as celebrated throughout history as men have been. Don’t get me wrong, men have made some amazing contributions to how we live now and world history but so have women; a lot of them.

This is the subject of Hannah Jewell’s book She Caused a Riot. Through this book we traverse through time and space (world space not like interplanetary space) and look at the amazing women who have – as the extended title of this book suggests – crushed it.

Hannah Jewell’s acerbic sarcasm is so hilarious to read. She makes it very clear how much she thinks that the patriarchy sucks and you find yourself chuckling away with yourself as you read this it. I happened to be reading it in a hospital waiting room. Didn’t make me look strange, not one bit.

I made a mistake when I read She Caused a Riot. I tried to read it all in one go when really I should have dipped in and out of it. Especially when I had something coming up that made me feel like I needed the inner strength of one of the 100 women featured in She Caused a Riot. Never mind. It was still a jolly good, eye-opening book.

She Caused a Riot – 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It by Hannah Jewell is available now.

For more information regarding Hannah Jewell (@hcjewell) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Sourcebooks (@Sourcebooks) please visit www.sourcebooks.com.

35 Stars

MoxieTitle: Moxie

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Pages: 337 Pages

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

The Blurb

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

The Review

You know what? There just aren’t enough feminist based YA fiction books in the world. Well fear not booklovers! Jennifer Mathieu has restored that imbalance (well somewhat restored…made a big dent) with her brilliant book Moxie.

Moxie – a noun that feels like it should be a verb. Moxie is a zine that Viv Carter starts up due to the unfair treatment of girls at her high school. She does this in secret but as the zine gathers momentum, more followers and more people come forward about the injustice the Moxie movement threatens to overspill and make a real difference in Viv’s high school…but at what cost?

I bloody loved Moxie. My inner teenage feminist roared along with the riot grrrls and I wished I was young again so I could start my own feminist group. Alas, I am an adult and an educator…therefore I will use my powers for good and pass this book onto every teenage girl I work with.

Jennifer Mathieu has scored solid gold with Moxie.

#moxiegirlsfightback

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu is available now.

For more information regarding Jennifer Mathieu (@jenmathieu) please visit www.jennifermathieu.com.

For more information regarding Hodder Children’s Group (@hodderchildrens) please visit www.hodderchildrens.co.uk.

4 Stars

Maddie & SayaraTitle: Maddie & Sayara

Author: Sanjyot P. Dunung

Pages: 152 Pages

Publisher: Full Circle Media

The Blurb

Two girls growing up in very different cultures, driven to fight for what is right . . .

Maddie and Sayara are from very different cultures and meet while on holiday. They quickly forge a close friendship as they discover their similarities—their families, attitudes, dreams, and hopes. Their time together is cut short when Sayara is called home because her favourite cousin has been unexpectedly jailed by powerful forces. Maddie is both surprised and shocked and resolves to help Sayara free her cousin, Themi, from jail.

Maddie wonders why girls are treated differently just because of where they are born. Naïve, but hopeful, Maddie cannot understand why her friends should live within unequal and unfair rules, and she is determined to fix the problem.

Stealthily arriving in Sayara’s home kingdom, Maddie finds she is less prepared than she thought to navigate local powerful forces, culture, and unfair rules. With the help of a local family, Maddie finds Sayara and her spirited cousin Themi. But can Maddie and Sayara persuade the king to change the unfair rules against women?

This is not only a compelling story that young adults will relate to, but it’s also an inspiration for girls everywhere to fight intolerance and repression. A perfect book for anyone interested in making the world a better place.

The Review

Oh boy.

Ok, so I hate it when I read a review book and I don’t like it and I swear I really try to be diplomatic with my reviews; I’m going to try and do the same with Maddie & Sayara but I think it is going to be hard.

Maddie & Sayara is the story of a friendship formed by the two eponymous characters. Both come from very different worlds. Maddie has the western freedom that she naturally takes for granted. Sayara on the other hand is from a country that forces girls to be covered from head to toe with ‘tents’ – we can assume writer Dunung means a burka. Girls can’t drive cars, they have to follow the rules put forth by men and basically they have no rights.

So far, so interesting. Having a story that looks at the disparity between these two worlds and the unfairness of one seems pretty interesting. I comment Dunung for approaching an interesting topic.

However, the story becomes too farfetched. Maddie – a thirteen year old travels across the world by herself without her parents noticing, the uplifting ending and the crazy adventure she gets herself in. It was all too implausible.

Maddie & Sayara is meant to be YA Fiction and I think that Dunung hasn’t given her audience enough credit to be able to see through a plot that just wouldn’t happen.

A very disappointing read.

Maddie & Sayara by Sanjyot P. Dunung is available now.

1 star

MY Life on the RoadTitle: My Life on the Road

Author: Gloria Steinem

Pages: 276 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change. She reveals the story of her own growth in tandem with the growth of an ongoing movement for equality. This is the story at the heart of My Life on the Road.

The Review

Ok, I’ll admit it. I wanted to read this book because Emma Watson recommended it.

I’m so very glad that I am a victim of pop culture. Steinem’s memoir, My Life on the Road chronicles various points in her life. She takes you on a journey, her journey, and reveals all the wonderful, amazing and sometimes heartbreaking things and people that she encounters.

With her uncompromising beliefs and tenacity you finish reading My Life on the Road desperate to get out there. Out there in the big wide world and have a life changing adventure and to just do a little bit of good.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriastinem.com.

For more information regarding Random House (@randomhouse) please visit www.randomhousebooks.com.

4 Stars