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Things a Bright Girl Can Do

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I would like to say thank you to the publisher and the author for allowing me to view this copy of this book as I have been sat here avidly waiting this be published. Thank you to net galley for allowing me to access this through their website. 

I personally love this book I think it’s unique and it hits my heart and I love it and I also think this exceeded my expectations for this I was long awaiting this from the first time I heard about it and I was not disappointed I actually really enjoyed this and I will be recommending for other people as well as I will be buying myself a physical copy
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Things a Bright Girl Can Do is an absolutely fantastic read from Sally Nicholls. It has everything a good read should have. Romance, friendship and the historical aspect. Being about the suffragettes it draws you in and immediately makes you believe in and champion the character, A very powerful and heartfelt read.
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I LOVED this book from start to finish. I was captivated from the first page to the final full stop, swept up into the excitement of Suffragette life and the ever-increasing darkness of warfare.

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Our three heroines live very different lives. Evelyn, born into a high society, isn’t sure of what she wants out of life, but is angered that she doesn’t have the same options as her older brother. May is a Quaker, and has been raised by her equally socially-conscious mother. As a pacifist she outright condemns the violence of both the Suffragettes and the First World War, and among the liberal Quakers she is able to live a relatively open life as a lesbian (she identifies herself as a Sapphist, the contemporary term). Nell, on the other hand, was born into a working-class family and takes whatever work she can get to help her family make ends meet. Also queer, she generally chooses to wear boys’ clothes, but doesn’t have the benefit of knowing other queer people like May does.

At the start of the book, the three girls are in their early- to mid-teens. They believe so fiercely in their cause(s), sometimes to the point of naivety, that it was almost frustrating when they butted heads or found themselves unable to compromise. I absolutely loved, though, how they each grew through their own journeys. As they learnt more about the world they began to re-evaluate whether or not things are quite so black and white as they had first thought. It was so satisfying at the end, and I was weirdly proud of them, that by the end they still held the same convictions and beliefs but had a much better understanding of nuances and other people’s experiences.



(It’s worth noting that the right of women to vote is never questioned; rather, the best way to go about campaigning for it.)

Nell and May have a whirlwind romance, and while at the start I wasn’t sold – a bit too much insta-love – I soon came around and I was incredibly satisfied with the development and conclusion of their relationship (no spoilers!). It again felt very true-to-life, and it was great to read these two girls come to realise that life and love are much more complicated than they originally realised.

This was the perfect coming-of-age book, the characters growing up and coming into their own without losing the core of who they are or compromising their beliefs. I wish I had been able to read this when I was in my early teens, but I enjoyed it just as much – if not more – as an adult.

Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a free copy for review. All opinions are my own.
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The Suffragettes is a period of history that fascinates me that has little fiction written about it, so I loved this book. The story was really interesting and i adored the characters and found them and their struggles very relatable, it had romance, struggle, friendship, rebellion and so much more, it is a very special book that i think everyone should read.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was full of facts about the suffragette movement, the first world war and the struggles women, and teenagers went through.  It covered a lot of social history at that time.  I liked that there was a relationship between two of the female characters, which read like a teen Sarah Waters novel.  But I don't think the characters suited each other.

I felt a lack of consistency between the characters, I was wanting more female friendship between the three of them, which didn't happen. I also did not like the character of May, but I don't think she was supposed to be liked much. Nell and Evelyn were brilliant. It was a book of three stories rather than one and felt very non-fiction and fact based rather than a fiction book.  However, because of the way I read it I would definitely recommend to teens and adults. 

3.5
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