‘You tell me that women are weak-willed! You tell me that women are weak-spirited, and foolish, and ignorant, and only fit to stay at home and raise the children.’
–Sally Nicholls - Things a bright girl can do - c.2017
This was one of a number of books mentioned at my last book club meeting, and as I was heading to the hairdressers I realised I didn’t have a book with me. So because this was in my recent memory, and available from BorrowBox1 I figured it’d at least keep me entertained while getting the chop2
And it was a great choice, because I really really enjoyed Things a bright girl can do.
Starting off in 1914 it tells the story of three very different girls growing up in England and how they become involved in the battle for votes for women. It is told through their alternating perspectives as they try to figure out what the world is all about and where they fit in.
It is such an engaging book, and the chapters are so short that you just want to keep right on reading, even when can tell the hairdresser is finishing up :)
But seriously, it is such a readable book and although all the girls are from very different backgrounds they are all very relatable and feel real. I also really enjoyed the various romances in the book. They don’t end up happy ever after, but they feel real. And also feature LGBTQ characters and romances.
The one thing I didn’t like about the book was the ending, it came too soon! I wanted to read more about Nell and Evelyn and May, and how they coped with life in general and the fight for equality and the right to live their lives. But I guess that’s the sign of a good book, you don’t want it to end.