1st October 2022
This is the first Juno Dawson novel I’ve read, attracted as I was by the omnipresent online marketing, the bold cover, and the amusing title.
It’s the tale of a group of childhood friends whose roles as adults don’t align neatly, especially when a terrified child is involved.
The novel creates a rich and interesting world, a mirror to our own, where women lead the world of magic due to their inherently stronger power.
The cast of characters is hugely diverse and paints a picture of inclusivity marred by the scarily realistic intolerant attitude of one character, which makes for quite uncomfortable reading.
What most impressed me though is that this is the book I’m not good enough to write. At its heart is an idea that I’ve thought about for years, and Dawson turns that into a world and a story and a novel in a way that I obviously couldn’t. I’m really happy to finally read it.