Title: You Got This – A Fabulous Guide to Being You

Author: Bryony Gordon

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Wren & Rook

The Blurb

I wanted to be a unicorn. I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to be an astronaut.

But the thing I really wanted to be, more than anything else, was a little less like me.

It was only recently that I realised not wanting to be me was at the heart of every dumb decision I ever made. And so now I am writing this book containing all the life lessons I wish someone had taught me.

A book for the teenage girl in me. And for every teenage girl out there. Because the most powerful thing you can be when you grow up is yourself.

Frank and fearless, You Got This openly explores topics like self-respect, body image, masturbation and mental health, making it the perfect companion for young women.

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

When I was a teenager I was obsessed with The Teenage Worriers Guides. I didn’t necessarily have many problems but it was through these books that I learned things that you learn in that awkward time before you become an adult. Those books wouldn’t necessarily work for a modern reader – enter Bryony Gordon.

This book deals with real life issues that teenagers go through. Things that may have been a problem when I was younger, not to the extent or pertinence as it is these days such as body image, relationships, mental health. Bryony talks directly to the reader. She doesn’t talk down to them nor does she sound superior in a “been-there-done-that” way but she does give her real life examples of how she has been effected by what has happened to her in her life.

You Got This is a book that should be put in every school library or given out as a gift to teenagers by the government as a guide to getting through those awkward and difficult days.

You Got This by Bryony Gordon is available now.

For more information regarding Bryony Gordon (@bryony_gordon) please visit www.bryonysmadworld.telegraph.co.uk.

Title: The Hormone Diaries – The Bloody Truth About Our Periods

Author: Hannah Witton

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Wren & Rook

The Blurb

An honest, funny and feminist take on living with your period (and hormones!), by the award-winning sex education and body positivity vlogger, and author of Doing It!, Hannah Witton.

When it comes to periods, we’re often expected to cope with it quietly. But our periods and our hormones affect every area of our lives – so I am done with scuttling to the toilet with a tampon up my sleeve.

I vlog about periods and hormonal contraception, and it’s clear that I’m not the only one aching to be more open about this. When I reached out to my online community, I received an outpouring of raw, real and hilarious stories about what we through simply for having a uterus.

From first periods to first coils, pimples to hot-water bottles and PCOS to endometriosis, The Hormone Diaries is your essential companion on the hormone rollercoaster. Filled with Hannah’s insights, fascinating research and those priceless crowdsourced stories, it’s the reassuring hug we all need.

At least 50 per cent of the world has to deal with this stuff – it’s time we started talking about it.

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I love Hannah Witton. She is my Stoma Hero – I should preface this by saying that I am currently considering getting a stoma fitted because of the symptoms of my Ulcerative Colitis being so horrid. However, before I knew Hannah Witton had UC, I read her book Doing It! and thus started my affection for her as a writer.

The Hormone Diaries is a brilliant book. It is so body positive about a subject that is often hidden away. The only book I ever remember reading about periods was Are you There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Bloom and even then the information was very basic.

What Witton has done has created a comprehensive guide that girls and women of any age will find informative and helpful. I, myself, found out that someone I know had been fobbed off by their doctors when they were diagnosed with Endometriosis. They were told that the only options were a total hysterectomy or to deal with it. Witton looks at why this is and explored how it is in part due to the patriarchal society we live in.

As an activist for the end of Period Poverty, I believe that along with sufficient sanitary products given to all young girls that every school should be given a copy of The Hormone Diaries. It is informative and entertaining.

The Hormone Diaries – The Bloody Truth About Our Periods by Hannah Witton is available now.

For more information regarding Hannah Witton (@hannahwitton) please visit www.youtube.com/hannahwitton.

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