Friday, April 10, 2015

Charli Chats About: True Face {Review}

We are living in the age of the image - the perfect image. From the constant bombardment of air-brushed photos, to the dubious lifestyle choices promoted by celebrities and the obsession with social media, young women are under pressure as never before to project a persona of perfection. And this is having a catastrophic effect, with girls as young as seven developing eating disorders and female self-loathing reaching epidemic proportions.

True Face shows you how to resist the pressure from the 'perfection police' and take off the masks you wear to proudly reveal your true self to the world. In chapters dealing with body image, bullying, social media, love, sex and more, Siobhan Curham encourages young women and girls to be honest, dream big, and create lives that are happy and fulfilling. Keep Calm and Carry On is replaced by a new mantra: Forget the Fake and Keep it Real. This book is a breath of fresh air. Perfect for ages 13+ - and for the Girls fan in her 20s/30s too!


Author: Siobhan Curham
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date of Publication: April 2015
Pages: 230
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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I received a free copy of this book from Faber&Faber  in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Faber&Faber!

As soon as Siobhan Curham said she was going to write this, I knew it would be important, accurate and genuine. Her other non-fiction for teens, Finding Your Inner Cherokee, was all of those things, and I knew this would be too.

True Face is different to most teen self-help books, because it doesn't sugar coat. It doesn't tell you that things will get better within a day, it doesn't try and tell you that someone will definitely like you if you work up the courage to ask them out.

Another thing it does is have pages that are activities, journal pages if you like, as part of your journey to finding your true face. It also have tweets that are empowering that you can tweet at various intervals when reading.

I think this is important because it talks about the general areas of being a teen, but it homes in on the idea of  how a lot of teenagers fake who they are and that then, in turn, affects other areas of their lives.

True Face also has some anecdotes from some teenagers (including me!) and they are easy to relate to and show that it's true what the adults tell you, that you aren't alone in what you're feeling and experiencing. That's so important to me because it took me so many years to realise that I wasn't alone; there were other people in the same boat.

This book is so significant and I think every school should have a copy in their library; it made me realise that I was doing things that I didn't know I was, and it's empowered me a lot from a simple read. I wish I'd had it a couple of years ago - I think it would have done a world of good.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

{Bookish Photoshoot} Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

I read Girl Online back in November, and I think the cover and spine is absolutely gorgeous... So inspired by the protagonist, Penny, here is a photoshoot featuring the book! 

{Summary and links to buy can be found at the bottom of the blog post}

Girl Online follows Penny, a lifestyle blogger, and her life. When she moves to America, she meets Noah, a musician, and she finds herself fall in love. But between the two of them, their secrets threaten to change Penny's lifestyle and break her closest friendship.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Charli Reviews: Anatomy of a Misfit

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?
Author: Andrea Portes
Publisher: Harper
Date of Publication: Originally Jan 2014
Pages: 366
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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I received a free copy of this book from Harper 360 in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Harper 360!

To say I had a few issues with this would be accurate. To say I struggled to get through this book would also be fairly accurate; although I didn’t hate it. The first thought I had when I finished it was that my thoughts were very mixed about this one, and it took me a while to work them out.

Let’s start in the traditional Charli way: if you know me, you know I’m all about characters. So for this particular book, my biggest issue was the protagonist. Honestly? To me, Anika wasn't any type of misfit, really; she was just annoying. It's more of a "I think being nerdy seems cute so that's what I am" situation than someone being genuinely an odd one out. 

My second issue came down to the slut-shaming. As a massive feminist, it got old really quickly. Several other groups and sub-cultures are slammed in this book, and for me personally, it was uncomfortable to read. I think it was meant to be a part of the character, but it just didn't appeal to me. 

I think I just generally disliked the writing style - Portes isn't a bad writer, as everything was written well, but it just wasn't for me. 

My final issue was the love triangle. In this instance, it was quite pointless; you could tell which she actually wanted to date and no tension was formed from it. I would have preferred her to develop a proper romance that I could get invested in. 

Positively, though? I enjoyed the humour and slight sass amongst the characters, and some of the concepts are fantastic. I didn't hate this, but I can't say it was ultimately for me.