Book Review: How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

How to Be a Woman (Abridged for Quick Reads)
by Caitlin Moran

Publication date: May 27th 2021
Pages: 112


It’s a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. But a few nagging questions remain…

Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby?

Part memoir, part protest, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.

Source: Goodreads


Picked up in my local library, this is the abridged version of Caitlin Moran‘s book ‘How to Be a Woman’ put together for The Reading Agency‘s Quick Reads in 2021, a scheme which aims to make reading accessible to all. I haven’t read the full book, but as I don’t actually know anything about Caitlin Moran, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, so this little snippet seemed like the perfect introduction to her work!

I would presume that this book is the best bits of the main read – the highs and lows of being a woman. I found the read to be relatable for the most part and it definitely put a smile on my face. Topics range from first periods and body hair right through to abortions and the choice not to have children.

Part memoir, part discussion, this is a fun, down to earth read that you can imagine the author reading aloud as a speech or podcast.

 I read this book in one sitting and really enjoyed it! I do think that this style of writing in a full length book may have grated on me a little bit, so this was the perfect length for me.

Overall rating: The abridged version of ‘How to Be a Woman’ was a quick read that I really enjoyed. I probably won’t be reading the full book, but this was an ideal length for me. A nice 4 star read to devour in one sitting!

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