‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do?’ by Holly Bourne



Usbourne Publishing


512ntzuuull-_sx326_bo1204203200_When 17 year old Lottie is sexually harassed in public, something inside just snaps. She’s had enough of being discriminated against just because she’s a girl. With the help of her two best friends, Amber and Evie, and the Feminist Society the girls founded at their school, Lottie starts a campaign, to call attention to everyday sexism.

The campaign ‘#Vagilante’ has a few ground principles, as described in the blurb:

1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender

2. Don’t call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)

3. Always try to keep it funny

4. Don’t let anything slide. Even when you start to break…

To get media attention the girls decide to get one of the A-Level film students from their school to video their campaign. The camera man is the annoying, arrogant, talented and handsome Will. The three best friends, along with Will and their new-found friend Megan, work hard at building up the campaign and pointing out to the public everyday sexism- to both genders.

When the campaign starts to gather momentum and media interest, it also unfortunately draws the attention of internet trolls. With so much hate being directed at her, will Lottie be able to juggle finishing the campaign, her relationship with her family and friends, and her long-awaited interview at Cambridge University?


This book is amazing. The plot, the characters, the way it’s written… it’s just brilliant. In the previous two books in the trilogy, Lottie has come across as warm-hearted, extremely intelligent, and a bit crazy, but she wasn’t really the stand-out character for me. Throughout this book I really began to like and admire her. I also liked how the introduction of the new characters, Will and Megan, brought an extra layer to the plot.

Holly Bourne raised some points that interested me, such as cognitive dissonance. The scene where Lottie discusses cognitive dissonance with the Feminist Society in her school canteen was probably my favourite moment of the book.

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? was one of the best books I read in 2016. I’m in love. Holly Bourne’s book makes you open your eyes and understand. She’s combined all these incredible truths and thoughts into a book that is not just important, but heart-warming, funny and a story that people can relate to. I can’t recommend it enough.


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