Book Review | The Girls by Emma Cline

the-girls-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: The Girls
AUTHOR: Emma Cline
PUBLISHER: Chatto & Windus
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2016
GENRE: Adult Fiction

The Girls is an immersive coming of age story revolving around female relationships.  Although this book is often reviewed as a psychological thriller, I found that its deep allure came from its worldly and intimate narrative voice.

In California ’69, Evie Boyd is an awkward, ordinary teen.  When she falls under the spell of wild beauty Suzanne, she becomes obsessed with the older girl’s world – a free love cult led by Pied Piper figure, Russell.  Mesmerised by her new way of life and navigating her budding womanhood, Evie is oblivious to the commune’s sinister undercurrents.

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Book Review | Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia Edited by Amra Pajalic & Demet Divaroren

coming-of-age-book-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia
EDITORS: Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren
PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin
RELEASE DATE: February 2014
GENRE: Junior Nonfiction, Religion

This collection of short memoirs shares the challenges of growing up Muslim in Australia.  I love that the focus of Coming of Age is on the struggles of being a young person, irrespective of religion.  This makes the authors relatable to junior readers everywhere.  

I wondered if there were going to be girls like me from the Middle East.  Would there be any Muslim students in my class?  And how many of them would have just arrived in Australia as I had?  Would they speak Arabic like me?  Would I be able to keep up with the schoolwork?  Would I make friends? – Muslim Footprint by Arwa El Masri page 84 Continue reading

Book Review | Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories edited by Catriona Mitchell

walking-towards-ourselves-book-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories
EDITOR: Catriona Mitchell
PUBLISHER: Hardie Grant Publishing
RELEASE DATE: April 16, 2016
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir, Politics

In one of the world’s most patriarchal societies, Indian women break their silence by sharing their most intimate stories.  This powerful collection features diverse experiences of womanhood and motherhood in India, to educate and empower with raw honesty.  Walking Towards Ourselves is the most moving and enriching book I’ve had the privilege to read this year.

India is a land where women are worshipped as goddesses … But the real strength of Indian women, those unsung heroines who hold up more than half the sky, comes from the disadvantaged, the indigent and marginalised, the often-silenced majority who till the soil, graze their cattle, work in menial domestic jobs, and look after and sustain their immediate and extended families – Foreword by Namita Gokhale page 4 Continue reading

Book Review | We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists Book Review Paige's PagesTITLE: We Should All Be Feminists
AUTHOR: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
PUBLISHER: Fourth Estate
RELEASE DATE: October 9, 2014
GENRE: Essay, Politics

This pocket-sized essay is developed from the famous TEDx talk by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.  Although it will take less than an hour to read, its message is powerful enough to resonate for a lifetime.  With exceptional clarity, it uses personal stories to make the damaging effects of gender politics visible to a universal audience.  We Should All Be Feminists is crucial reading for every man, women, and child.  

Gender matters everywhere in the world.  And I would like today to ask that we should begin to dream about and plan for a different world.  A fairer world.  A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves.  And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently.  We must also raise our sons differently – page 25 Continue reading