20 Books of Summer Book 13 Review – Girl, Woman, Other

Title: Girl, Woman, Other

Author: Bernardine Evaristo

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Goodreads Rating: 4.44

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: Audiobook


Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood

Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.

Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

My Review:

I listened to the audio version of this book as part of the Off the Grid Readathon last week. We needed to focus on books by black authors and after seeing so many great reviews for this one I thought I would give it a try.

What I am finding more and more with black British history is how little I know of it. You could blame that on my schooling but as an adult it is up to me to educate myself and I feel that Bernardine Evaristo provided me with that. I loved learning about all the different cultures and the experiences they all endured. It was an eye opener to see how far we’ve come but how much further we could go to make a cultural change.

As always I had some characters who’s stories I enjoyed more than others. Some of my favourites were Dominique, Carol, Shirley, Morgan, Penelope and Hattie. By the time I had finished the audio book those names stood out most of all. My least favourite story was Ama and Yaz’s. I’m not sure what it was but for some reason they both grated on me.

Whilst I enjoyed the listen and the characters stories I felt that I needed some sort of family tree chart to see where all the links were. With 12 main characters plus a few more sometimes I got confused about how the characters linked. It became a lot clearer towards the end but if I had a physical copy of the book it probably would of been easier to understand.

I enjoyed the ending and how the majority of the characters congregated in one place as well as Penelope’s final chapters. Some might say it was predictable but I felt it gave the book a nice ending.

This is book 13 of my summer reading challenge and an unexpected extra one to add to my Read A Rainbow challenge. It was a pleasure to read and I look forward to trying some more books by Bernardine Evaristo.

Which was your favourite character?


4 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer Book 13 Review – Girl, Woman, Other

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  1. I loved Girl, Woman, Other and I’m so glad you enjoyed it too – lovely review! I agree that Evaristo brings to the fore a vibrant culture and history that is too often in the background. Morgan and Hattie were some of my favourite characters too! 📚❤️ X x x

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