Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies

Hadley Freeman

Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies

Hadley Freeman, Guardian features writer and author of the popular ‘Ask Hadley…’ column, reminds the modern lady to ‘Be Awesome’. ‘Being single is often awesome. You can leave a party when you want to, whether that be 9pm or 9am; you don't have to live in fear of ever hearing yourself described as “my better half”; and you can spend all day lying on the sofa in your pajamas watching “Murder She Wrote” and eating peanut butter straight out of the jar’ Covering topics vital for any modern woman to consider (from ‘How to read women’s magazines without wanting to grow a penis’ to ‘Beyond the armpit: a guide to being a modern day feminist’), ‘Be Awesome’ tackles body image, sex, dating and feminism head on. 3.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Family & Lifestyle
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Date of Publication April 2013
ISBN 978-0007485697
Publisher Fourth Estate
 

Hadley Freeman, Guardian features writer and author of the popular ‘Ask Hadley…’ column, reminds the modern lady to ‘Be Awesome’. ‘Being single is often awesome. You can leave a party when you want to, whether that be 9pm or 9am; you don't have to live in fear of ever hearing yourself described as “my better half”; and you can spend all day lying on the sofa in your pajamas watching “Murder She Wrote” and eating peanut butter straight out of the jar’ Covering topics vital for any modern woman to consider (from ‘How to read women’s magazines without wanting to grow a penis’ to ‘Beyond the armpit: a guide to being a modern day feminist’), ‘Be Awesome’ tackles body image, sex, dating and feminism head on.

Reviews

The Observer

Viv Groskop

Obviously this book is aimed firmly at fans of Caitlin Moran, but there are shades of Tina Fey's Bossypants here ... Like her columns, the writing is fresh, original, in-your-face. It's tempting to gorge on this collection at breakneck speed. But it works just as well — possibly better — if you read it as a series of separate witty polemics on women's place in society (basically, Daily Mail-style, in the wrong). Recommended, especially to fans of How to be a Woman.

19/05/2013

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The Times

Iain Finlayson

Though angry, she is rueful; though witty, she admits her complicity. Fiercely, she recommends books, films, female role models, sexual attitudes and nutritional advice to women marching along the high road towards redemption.

04/05/2013

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The Sunday Times

Helen Davies

… in the end, the constant movie references (and digs at the Daily Mail) conspire to make Be Awesome feel just too insular. You want to shake the book for experiences outside the media bubble. There can never be too many smart women writing about the state of feminism, and Freeman’s book is a competent addition to the field. But whereas I read Moran and felt motivated to achieve more than weekly hair removal, after Freeman I just wanted to rewatch the 1980s back catalogue of the film director John Hughes — with a comforting glass of white wine.

28/04/2013

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