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Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies [Kindle Edition]

Hadley Freeman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Hadley Freeman, Guardian features writer and author of the popular ‘Ask Hadley…’ column, reminds the modern lady to ‘Be Awesome’.

‘Being single is often awesome. You can leave a party when you want to, whether that be 9pm or 9am; you don't have to live in fear of ever hearing yourself described as “my better half”; and you can spend all day lying on the sofa in your pajamas watching “Murder She Wrote” and eating peanut butter straight out of the jar’

Covering topics vital for any modern woman to consider (from ‘How to read women’s magazines without wanting to grow a penis’ to ‘Beyond the armpit: a guide to being a modern day feminist’), ‘Be Awesome’ tackles body image, sex, dating and feminism head on.

With an attitude that is unfalteringly funny, smart and surprisingly heartwarming, Hadley Freeman is a voice of sanity that every woman should hear.

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‘Freeman manages to be both scathing and serious about being awesome in a way no British writer could … The writing is fresh, original. It is tempting to gorge on this collection at breakneck speed. But it works better as a series of witty polemics on women’s place in society’ Observer

‘Reading this memoir-cum-conversation is like sitting in a pub with a group of girlfriends, setting the world to rights and suddenly becoming aware of another group talking about the same issues — hair removal, abortion, the tyranny of tiny knickers, the state of female sexuality — only they are more raucous, cooler, ruder and more intellectually engaged’ Sunday Times

‘Freeman writes with real passion and cold fury … and she writes warmly and kindly about dating, sex and how to cope when all your friends suddenly disappear into the baby-making void … it’s good to know you have someone that fearless, funny and – yes - awesome in your corner’ Stylist Magazine, Book Wars

‘Though angry she is rueful, though witty she admits her complicity. Fiercely she recommends books, films, female role models, sexual attitudes and nutritional advice to women marching along the high road towards redemption’ The Times

About the Author

Hadley Freeman is the author of The Meaning of Sunglasses and has been a columnist and staff writer for The Guardian since 2000, where she writes the popular ‘Ask Hadley’ fashion column. She also contributes to US Vogue. She lives in New York and London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 843 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007485697
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAU715C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hadley Freeman is the author of The Meaning of Sunglasses and has been a columnist and staff writer for The Guardian since 2000, where she writes the popular 'Ask Hadley' fashion column. She also contributes to US Vogue. She lives in New York and London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be awesome modern life for modern ladies 20 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Could not put this book down. Very well written and funny too.every woman should read this book feminist or not just to get you to realise how our whole lives can be influenced by the media and people around us. A book I will be reading again and again I'm sure
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4.0 out of 5 stars In Defence of Hadley Freeman 22 April 2013
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I have consciously avoided the emerging genre of books written by funny, feminist, funky women writers (I'm thinking of Caitlin Moran in particular) because I had dismissed them as merely being concerned with fashion, sex & make-up none of which interest me. I decided to give Hadley Freeman's (a fashion journalist) book a try because I had occasionally read her pieces in the Guardian and was interested in how she'd explain herself. I thought I'd hate this book, I thought it'd be what I call 'fake feminism' which is basically how to empower yourself by getting down on your knees.
I was surprised and delighted to find that Freeman has not only got an answer to questions I'd throw at her but that they are well thought out and very well argued. Namely she points out how the fashion industry isn't about sexualising women but is in fact about individuality. She separates the different types of representation of women, the horrid tabloids to the women's magazines. I was deeply taken with her idea that celebrity stories are more about the story itself than the celebrities that are cast as characters, an idea that she links to Dickens and the concept of serial stories. I found her discussion on body hair removal to be hilarious and extremely true, I agree with her completely. Similarly her call for the end of self-deprecation is a welcome one and is something I've often thought of myself. I must also say I was most amazed for a fashion loving woman to admit that high heels are merely modern day foot binding. My respect for Freeman soared after reading that as it also increased when she pointed out something I truly hate; namely the media's insistence on creating female 'cat-fights' such as Aniston vs Jolie.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antidote for believing what the media says... 28 April 2013
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I gave up reading Hadley Freeman's broadsheet columns a few years ago, as I could never work out whether they were supposed to be straight advice or tongue in cheek. This book is clear from the start, it's a reaction against the many pigeon holes and artificial gender demands placed upon modern women. It's a fight back against cheapo mags that run full page features entitled "Ewww! Look at her cellulite! Gross!" and tabloids shouting "Woman hired as CEO? Who will care for her family whilst she's being so selfish?"

Bearing in mind that Hadley Freeman was Victoria Beckham's ghostwriter for That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between, Hadley's not a novice in her field. However this isn't a "how-to" book, its Hadley's thoughts and observations on women's issues and media portrayal. This is a book firmly aimed at women (not girls - irrespective of whether the term is being used for children, or for infantilising adult women) and is a very worthwhile, and very funny, reminder that it's okay to have wrinkles, not wear mini-skirts if you don't want to, and there's no law saying you must marry and mate.

I get the feeling this book will probably marketed alongside How To Be a Woman which is a shame, as they're not alike at all. The Caitlin Moran book was pretty much "how to be Caitlin Moran", the Hadley Freeman book is a much wider look at the flawed portrayal of adult women in films, TV and other media and the unfounded expectations it places on women.

All that makes this book sound rather heavy. It isn't. It bounces along at a cracking place, the chapters are short so you can pick up and put down at will, and it really is a funny and entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hadley is awesome 2 Jan. 2014
By Lou79
What a refreshing change to read a book by a modern feminist who doesn't feel the need to apologise for her feminism, and doesn't try to make her beliefs more palatable by contantly going on about how much she loves men and make-up, and by being self-deprecating about her weight and looks. If that makes this book sound dry and dull, nothing could be further from the truth. It's funny and anecdotal and it has a very pleasing no-nonsense tone - anyone who enjoys Hadley's writing in the Guardian will love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much truth & wit, if a little didactic at times 1 Jun. 2014
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Hadley Freeman writes well, and engagingly. I have read many a book on this subject, from the academic to the 'yes-im-a-feminist-but-please-love-me-anyway-fellas' bandwagonism. I enjoyed the book and agreed with the majority of what Ms Freeman had to say, primarily because it is good, truthful stuff. I did however feel a little harangued at times, which seemed a little ironic when she was haranguing us about choice :-). But strong opinions are no bad thing, and it gave the book enthusiasm & passion. Worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensible and witty feminist writing 3 Jan. 2014
By Nicola
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Great book that makes you proud to be a woman. Well informed and researched. Never dr. Great insight into the media industry and modern life
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Really Good Bits, Some Kinda Pants Bits 7 Aug. 2014
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Overall I liked this book a lot, but there were times when Hadley was contradicting herself. For example, she has a whole chapter telling women that they CAN wear things from Topshop, in fact, they can wear whatever they want. But then goes on to say that if they do shop at Topshop, walk past the young looking clothes to the more mature stuff at the back. Surely if we can wear what we want then she shouldn't tell us what not to wear?

There were some chapters I enjoyed a great deal, like the one about rules in a relationship, but completely skipped others, like the one about how she connected with Winona Ryder in a film in the 90s.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buy it only if you are up for her humour...
Didn't have the patience to read through the whole book...
For women who like chatting and going and going about complaining and then to have some piece on advice in between... Read more
Published 9 days ago by asteraki
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and well written
Great book. Anyone who loves reading and who has a sense of humour will like it - male or female.
Published 1 month ago by Helen
3.0 out of 5 stars which are mostly funny but sometimes just rants
Slow, slightly disjointed start, though the essays towards the end of the book are thoroughly enjoyable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leonie
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Published 2 months ago by SallyTwinkle
5.0 out of 5 stars I should read this too
Also bought for my wife but now i think about it i should read this too
Published 3 months ago by nathan hands
1.0 out of 5 stars Sexist dross
Who knew sexism was acceptable when it targeted men?
Published 3 months ago by Danny
1.0 out of 5 stars Humourless rant
Is it supposed to be funny? I bought it for the title as I find 'self help' books inspiring usually. I found it contrived, hectoring and annoying and gave up after 2 chapters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TangoCharlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
This book is absolutely brilliant. I really enjoyed it. The writing is warm, funny and intelligent. The book has great advice put across in a lovely tone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angelcake
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for women everywhere
This book is awesome! It is warm, funny and inspirational. I feel compelled to recommend it to all my female friends and I have no doubt that I will read it again and again myself!
Published 8 months ago by Trixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise words indeed
Excellent book for women of all ages. A combination of wisdom, humour and good old fashioned advice. Would certainly recommend.
Published 10 months ago by Avid reader
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