Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture


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Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on. Vogue, 10 of the Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018 Harper's Bazaar, 10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018 Elle, 21 Books We're Most Excited to Read in 2018 Boston Globe, 25 books we can't wait to read in 2018 Huffington Post, 60 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018 Buzzfeed, 33 Most Exciting New ...

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Mar 12, 2019

Poignant, hard-hitting and painful to read

Not That Bad is an impossible book to rate; each of the stories in this anthology are personal and painful experiences that are important and raw for the writer. Each one is in a completely different style, or about a different part of an experience - some focus on the act itself, some on the aftermath, some on the backstory of how it happened. There are poem-like stories, angry essays, retellings of events, graphic comic style drawings and even a few 'statistic' like chapters. The variety and backgrounds of the writers are wide - a mix of ages, experiences, backgrounds, races and orientations which show the scope and scale of the problem in our society today.

Not That Bad is approximately 350 pages - a length of book which would normally take me around a day to read, but instead this book has been on my 'currently reading' for months. It isn't a book you can simply devour in one sitting - I read a few stories at a time in between other books and only when in the right frame of mind for it.

Not That Bad is an immensely powerful book and one that should be read by everyone, especially those who find themselves victim-blaming others. It is poignant, hard-hitting and painful to read. Thank you to NetGalley and Atlantic Books - Allen & Unwin for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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