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Girlhood, by Melissa Febos

8 reviews

caelyncobb's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective medium-paced

5.0


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julied's review

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dark emotional informative reflective sad medium-paced

3.0


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gtrue21's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced

3.5


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anniefwrites's review

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challenging dark emotional hopeful reflective sad tense medium-paced

5.0

Wow. You know a book is good when you want to go back and reread it right away. Melissa Febos's essay collection attributes microscopic attention to her past and finds common threads that weave together internalized misogyny, lack of agency, and stifled exploration of identity and sexuality. She has such a distinct voice and uses such inventive imagery to welcome the reader into her exhibition of vulnerability. For lack of a better word, this book is full of truth-bombs. I highlighted so much, and it's making me reflect on my own experiences as a girl growing up in a patriarchal society. An excellent read.

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time4tori2read's review

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dark reflective sad medium-paced

4.75


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amycrehore's review

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5.0

This book gutted me. Such important essays and stories about girlhood in our society. Melissa Febos is an excellent writer, I’m sad I never got a chance to take her class at Purchase!

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hopemathslow's review

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reflective medium-paced

5.0

The writing is well-researched and thoughtfully composed, at once brilliant and nuanced. Febos' examination of girlhood and the ways of discovering what that means to yourself and to the world feels a bit like staring for too long at the sunset. It's beautiful but a little painful, too. The halo lingers even after you look away.

"Before I learned about beauty, I delighted in my body. I was a passionate child with calloused feet and lots of words. I talked fast and moved faster."

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clarabooksit's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective medium-paced

4.0

These essays pack a punch: some are difficult to read, some are hopeful, and all are thoughtful and thought-provoking. (Definitely heed the content warnings and let me know if you’d like further info on them.)

Febos’ writing is vulnerable and engaging. She has a gift for making a personal story a shared experience with the reader—it’s not just words on paper but an invitation to understanding. I particularly loved her discussions around consent, which made me reshape my thinking on the subject. Likewise, what she has to say about feeling unsafe in all sorts of circumstances really resonated with me.

Overall, this book made me feel seen, I loved it, and you should read it.

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