How Not To Be A Boy
Opinion in short:
This book is very funny. In fact, it’s laugh out loud funny. But it’s also a very poignant treatment of commonly held masculinities and gender biases which boys inherit as they grow up. Very well worth a read!
- Just a very entertaining read – maybe particularly for men?
- Very honest – a no-holes-barred account of boyhood, portrayed with the hindsight and humour of a very intelligent man who has a great grasp of the English language.
- Webb takes the stereotypes of men and women, boys and girls, and weaves them into the story of his growing up. Regardless of your own history, you’ll likely find something that resonates with Webb’s own story – and end up laughing.
- Light-hearted but honest coverage of some tricky “growing up” challenges, like:
- male on female violence
- teenage male struggles with sexuality
- grieving a parent
- negotiating your first romantic and sexual encounters
- suicidal thoughts and the challenges of depression
- lack of confidence in peer groups and all the rest
- Despite the title, Webb’s childhood and subsequent rise to prominence on TV and elsewhere, have a lot to teach the rest of us about being people!
- I found this easy to read and very entertaining. But he swears a lot, which some folk might struggle with (it made me laugh, as it emphasises his struggles and frustrations)
Get it here… (or get the audiobook here)
It’s also available in paperback, here.
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