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Girlcrush: The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller

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For every moment that raises a chuckle – such as the neighbour couple that blasts “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell as a prelude to raucous post-fight sex – there is another that entertains a little less deliberately, such as “I look down at my nipples. there are zero descriptions of what wonderland is and what the difference is between social media in 2023 and this new, immersive universe. I know this is meant to be a story about a messy character, but you're given no reason at all to care about this selfish, awful woman from the start of the novel.

So it doesn’t really seem like personal development when, thankfully for the planet (and the plot), she finally dumps the Frankenmisogynist a few chapters in. This is a frank, funny novel that deals with more serious themes than you might expect from that set-up. I had the same boyfriend problems but thankfully after I told my friends what was going on it was able to stop :) and dumped! I would also love for there to be more of an ending with Rose and Eartha but I guess that friendship has pretty much ended.This book is out now in both hardback and paperback, so if you’re curious, you should definitely grab yourself a copy. Suffused with jet-black humour, the brilliant debut novel from the author of Women Don’t Owe You Pretty takes the reader on a wild, haunting journey through the world of social media fame and modern womanhood. I read it quickly, and as I’ve been feeling a little slumpy, it felt good to fall into a book and get through it fast. Over indulgent, cringe, nonsensical and the level of self-insertion is like nothing I’ve seen before. It’s a neat trick in how the way a scene is portrayed can change how the reader/watcher thinks about the character and the scenario.

Some of the things I liked about this book were the discussions about the internet and the complexities of being bisexual, even within the very lgbtqia+ community, as the character describes either feeling like people judge her for being too gay or not gay enough. also, given's writing style is very clunky, so much so that i am wondering how this was published in the 1st place (editor, where art thou? At times I wondered if it was an autobiography, I've followed Florence for years and there were so many similarities with Eartha and her. If you follow florence online, it just sounds like a fictional version of her life and friends and experiences - maybe it was a cathartic exercise for FG.I thought this would be a fun summer read but it’s definitely aimed more at younger people who love and idolise influencers on Instagram or maybe someone who hasn’t picked up a book to read since being forced to read Of Mice and Men in GCSE English.

but also butch lesbians haven’t been fighting to be recognized as queer women instead of "the man in the relationship“ since forever just for florence given to come along and use this stupid line that wasn’t funny at all. i don’t think that i need to tell anyone why that scene is terrible (and cringey written on top of that!The second half is also much darker, but I felt that was necessary to explore social media toxicity. For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. The book is also emblazoned with Given’s signature branding, with its title coming from one of Given’s t-shirt designs (“Maybe it’s a girl crush, maybe you’re queer”) and the cover image resembling one of Given’s distinctive gap-toothed illustrations. Eartha even gushes over the “Maybe it’s a girl crush” line after she finds it graffitied on a wall, a move so dazzlingly self-satisfied that Philip Roth must have grudgingly rotated in his grave.

Girlcrush can be broken down into two main themes – exploration of Eartha’s sexuality and the toxicity of social media. The story became global news and she appeared on many news networks across the US and UK, as well as being interviewed for various publications including Huffington Post and Grazia. I was slightly disappointed by which aspects of the story are resolved in the end and which are left unaddressed, but overall I really liked this.I feel like the only way to talk about this book is by breaking it up between the first half and the second half because they are SO different. the fact that both of these plot lines co-exist in this book is so fucking laughable i can tell that nobody took the time of the day to read the first draft of this twice. The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the fifth volume of the Heartstopper series. The online and offline Eartha are diverging, she is overwhelmed with adoration and abuse, and it isn’t clear who she can trust. This not only hurts queer people who pick it up, making them feel invalidated and ridiculed… it also confirms that all the stereotypes about us in the queer community are correct…… it doesn’t help cis het people understand us at all.

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