15-year-old Kat wants to be a good feminist. But she also worries about not having a boyfriend, being left out by her friends, not being popular or pretty enough – does this make her a bad feminist? When all these pressures pile on and everything starts to get too much, sometimes the only way forward is to ask for help.
Diary of a Confused Feminist is a lot like a new Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (the top teen drama series from when I was at school, to those who aren’t aware). It was a very similar witty and lovable-but-embarrassing main character, the same friendship dramas and boyfriend angst, and the same embarrassing-but-caring family dynamic. With all these key features, it’s funny and relatable, but just not as good.
The author has done a very good job of outlining the way people think about feminism vs what it’s really about, and also (I think) in dealing with issues of mental health and its perception. However, the feminism aspect in particular was very repetitive, with whole sections of Kat stressing about the same points over and over rather than the plot progressing forward.
This was a highly entertaining and cringe-worthy book, with sweet friendships and important life lessons. It’s definitely the kind of book I would recommend to teenagers, but certainly not above Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.