Book Review

REVIEW: Not That Bad

March 31, 2019

Highlighting the stories of well-known actors, writers and experts, as well as new voices being published for the first time, Not That Bad covers a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation and street harrassment.Often deeply personal and always unflinchingly honest, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that ‘not that bad’ must no longer be good enough.

Not That Bad front cover

How do you rate a book like this? Did I enjoy it? No! Did I like reading it? No! Do I think it’s one of the most important books I have read? Yes!

I have to say Roxane Gay did an excellent job of editing and curating this powerfule anthology. Each of these essays ripped at my soul, tore through my heart and made me wish there wasn’t a need for these stories to be told. Each one brave and courageous, haunting and sad.

I can’t compare each story, to the other as they all were good and even the ones I didn’t like had a poignant message. This took me longer to read than normal, simply due to the fact that there was only so much I could handle in one sitting.

All I know is this is a book that we need right now amidst the #metoo revolution and the #notallmen apologist. This is a book that strips back our culture, the way we raise boys and the way we train girls all the be willing participants in rape culture. I applaud each of the contributors (which I’m at least pleased to say are from diverse backgrounds, genders and ethnicities.) for opening up and sharing their truth with us.

I can’t pinpoint a favourite piece in this book which seems right because how can you have a favourite story about rape culture?

What I recommend is if you have the chance, get the audiobook, each author reads their own contribution which adds to the emotion of the piece.

Do I think you should read this book, no, I don’t think anyone should read this book, but instead I think it’s a book you have to read, if not for a wake up, for reassurance that you are not alone, that there are others out there and that we are all survivors in this brutal rape culture that must end.

I full heartedly give this book 5 stars!

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay was released August 2nd 2018 and can be purchased for Kindle, Audible, paperback or hardcover at Amazon, Book Depository, Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, or wherever you like to buy books.

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