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  • 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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  • A must read book for everyone

    This is a powerful, yet raw, collection of individual experiences of rape culture.  It show how easily lives can be ruined at the hands of others - those who don't even realise they have done anything wrong.  Sadly, I don’t believe this book will change the world but I do hope it encourages more people to talk about this painful subject which will, in time, bring about a much-needed change to todays world. I hope the book sends a message of hope for the future and I would recommend everyone should read this, regardless of gender. I had a personal interest in reading this book as I was sexually assaulted a number of years ago.  Even now, I blame myself for being in that situation.  That event changed my life forever - I will never again go out alone after dark.   Thank you to Roxane Gay and all contributors for bringing these stories together. Thank you to NetGalley and Atlantic Books for the opportunity to read and review this anthology prior to publication.

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