Hilarious, bold, sparky and surprising, this is the funniest feminist book you’ll read all year.
Alex is a rebel from the tip of her purple fauxhawk to the toes of her biker boots. She’s tried everything she can think of to get expelled from her strict Catholic boarding school. Nothing has worked so far – but now, Alex has a new plan.
Tired of the sexism she sees in every corner of St Mary’s, Alex decides to stage the school’s first ever production of The Vagina Monologues. Which is going to be a challenge, as no one else at St Mary’s can even bear to say the word ‘vagina’ out loud…
[Review copy provided by Penguin via The Write Reads Tours, my review is unbiased]
A surprisingly funny, important story about feminism in a Catholic Boarding School, this story sees Alex, a modern rebel trying to put on a stage play of The Vagina Monologues – in a school that is too scared to say the word vagina.
I initially thought that I was going to detest the main character, Alex. She claims to be this bad ass feminist, while shaming the other girls for their personal choices. However, the book is very self aware and showed her growing as a person – and it was extremely cathartic to watch her friends explode and take her down a few pegs.
Alex and Mary Kate are so opposite, while Alex is looking to get expelled as fast as possible, Mary Kate has high ambitions for college/university and her goal is to get a boyfriend and do the school’s tradition of walking around the lake with him. Despite this clash of personalities, they were amazing friends, and weren’t afraid to push each other to do better. This is now one of my favourite friendships.
This story is so much fun and so, so funny. A school full of strong, empowered girls who stood for what they believed in, and their personalities leapt off the page. It never shamed the girls who wanted to save themselves for marriage, or girls with more modern attitudes, like Alex – who we first met dangling outside a boy’s bedroom window – but also showed how important being informed is, which I loved.