Popsugar Reading Challenge 2020: Book 15

Prompt: A book by or about a journalist

Had a quick search for books that would fit this prompt and found What Would the Spice Girls Do? by Lauren Bravo. The writer is a freelance journalist and I love a bit of Girl Power so this was a winner.

What it’s about?

From Goodreads:

The words ‘girl power’ conjure vivid memories of short skirts and platform boots. But it wasn’t just about the look, it was about feminism.

The Spice Girls gave a generation their first glimpse of the power of friendship, of staying true to yourself, of sheer bloody-mindedness. And the girl power generation went on to kick-start a new conversation around gender equality.

We may have grown up asking What Would the Spice Girls Do?, but their particular brand of feminism is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago – we still need that fun and fearlessness, we still need accessible and all-embracing equality… we still need a zig-a-zig-ah.

What I think:

I loved the Spice Girls.

Lauren Bravo writes from the point of view of an 8 year old fan in the 90s.

I was at university during the Spice Girls domination of pop culture, but I could relate to so much of this book.

I had the limited edition Chupa Chups lolly tin, the sticker album (in an ironic, aim too old for this way) and the platforms.

The book focuses on the way the Spice Girls and their brand of girl power feminism influenced girls as they grew up. It contrasts the pop culture of the 90s with the 2010s and the lasting legacy that the Spice Girls had.

There are lots of anecdotes and the book is both funny and emotional. Bravo describes universal experiences that women of a certain age will relate to.

There’s a genuine love for the Spice Girls despite their flaws and missteps. The book is both a critical analysis and a nostalgic love letter to a short lived but iconic group.

If you ever wore platforms, learned a dance routine and have seen Spiceworld: The Movie (I’ve seen it at the cinema more than once), you will enjoy this snapshot of the 90s.

Check out just What Would the Spice Girls Do? from:

Waterstones: click here

Amazon.co.uk: click here

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