Lindy West’s 2016 debut novel reads like a collection of essays about her trials and tribulations of growing up and coming to age as a self-proclaimed fat woman. She discusses how it feels to always be on blast for her size, and how people often disguise their hatred of fat people as ‘helping’. She also talks about fighting trolls online and dating.
I think Lindy offers a very interesting and important perspective. I picked up this book after watching the tv series Shrill, more or less based on her book and her life. I’m glad I read it. I feel like I would have liked it more if I had been in a better headspace while reading it. I was already feeling down, and reading about how awful people are to her for so many reasons just made me feel really sad. If you love feminist literature, this is a good book from that genre.
Truly Devious is the first in a YA mystery series following teen detective, Stevie Bell. She arrives at the prestigious Ellingham Academy in rural Vermont prepared to investigate one of her favourite cases, a kidnapping that took place on campus in the ’30s. Along the way, a student is found dead and she works to figure out who committed the crime.
I thought this was a really fantastic YA mystery book. It had me gripped pretty early on. It has some classic YA elements like high school, young love, etc. but it didn’t feel unreadable for somebody barreling towards their 30’s. For a mystery book that involves murder, I didn’t find it particularly gory either. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and placed a hold on the next book as soon as I finished this one.