Gutsy Girl - Review by Susan Day
Gutsy Girl is the sort of book you shouldn't read in a quiet place, like a library or on public transport.
This is because there are some genuinely funny laugh-out-loud moments that are far too irresistible.
Holding your laughter in can be injurious to your health so I would advise you only read this book somewhere LOL’ing is accepted.
If you are a parent or grandparent of a little girl, or you believe in the equality of women, then you should read this book.
Caroline Paul takes us on her quest to have worthwhile and meaningful adventures. She goes to the most extreme places on the planet, and somehow makes it back in tact.
There is a legal disclaimer in the beginning - which of itself is hilarious, too. It goes along the lines of “don’t try this at home,” but is indicative of the sort of humour some people discover within themselves as they plummet over a cliff to their deaths.
This book looks at the way we treat girls, and how our low expectations of their abilities to keep themselves safe, inhibit and restrict what they can achieve.
As I was once labelled a “Tom Boy” I completely identified with what Paul was saying. However, lacking her courage I didn’t quite understand how she readily put her life in danger in what could best be summed up as an “Oh, let’s try this and see what happens” attitude to life.
I did learn how to tell how many minutes there would be until the sun set by using my fingers, and how cotton balls dipped in Vaseline are actually flammable - who knew??
How these things will be useful in my life I don’t know, but I did feel empowered and a stronger after reading this book. And, if is for this reason I wanted to include it here, and share it with you all.
I’ve also bought copies for my granddaughters. I hope when they are old enough they too will become Gusty Girls, go on marvellous adventures, grab the world with both fists, and shake it vigorously. And, as long as they don’t tell their granny how dangerous it all was everything in the world will be just fine.
You can grab a copy from Amazon by clicking here - Gutsy Girl I recommend the hardcover version. It’s a beautifully presented book and cheap as chips!