Shrill Book Review (2020) – Notes From A Loud Woman

Lindy West is a freelance writer who has made shaming her oppressors a mission. With this book she aims to highlight social injustice and other ills of our modern world, but she achieves this with humor, candor, and guts.

Lindy West – Bold And Brash

Lindy West has achieved something unique with her Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman book. She blends sadness, humiliation, and anger with humor, warmth, and profanity in just the right proportions. Her book satisfies like a carefully balanced meal.

West does not shy away from the important issues we all face and shares some of her most horrific personal experiences with enough seriousness to make us cry and enough hilarity to make us laugh out loud. She is unashamedly feminist and with strong views and the boldness to say and write what she feels.

Some reviews of Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman book state that readers were shocked by her openness and somewhat crude descriptions, but at the end of the day, Lindy West is loved for her authentic and frank way of connecting with her readers.

Her Journey

West has undergone a complete metamorphosis mentally, if not physically. She was a “big girl” from the word go and throughout her childhood, she tried to make herself invisible. In a world that demands that women are petite and submissive, she sticks out like a sore thumb. She was always a quiet observer.

However, with her sharp wit and superior intelligence, she eventually had to express the pain and rage that was boiling inside her. She felt obliged to hold others to account for their abusive comments, rape jokes, internet trolling, and fat-shaming. With the modern ease of spreading gossip and abuse on social media, Lindy has been in the front line of those who want to make her feel bad and she had had enough!

A Survivor

The author of Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman has lived through experiences that would have broken the fainthearted into a million pieces and she has come through without being filled with bitterness or hate. She is now a champion of those who have suffered similar abuse for simply not being perfectly petite or for being different.

You will read through floods of tears and raucous laughter as West takes you on the rollercoaster of a read. From her musings, we can learn to accept ourselves and not give a damn about what others think of us.

Reviews

West expects us to react to her writing, whether we feel challenged, uncomfortable, or in complete accord with her views. She accepts the good reviews with the bad. This is certainly not a book to keep on the shelf. Its brave message will hopefully inspire us to stand up against the abuse that we know is taking place against other women or people in general.

Emerging from her experiences without bitterness and hate towards the perpetrators, she is now a champion of those who suffer from the same abuse. She uses her sharp wit and sharing of her hard- earned experience to uplift women.

The resulting book is an inspiration and it is rated as one of the best books about modern feminism. Shrill is a shout out to all women to love and accept themselves without apologies.

Right to the end of this feisty book, we are reminded that humor is the solution to many of the problems that confront us in this world full of bigots and prejudices. It also has an important moral that reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.