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Women Don't Owe You Pretty

Narrated by: Florence Given
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Publisher's Summary

The Beauty Myth for the Instagram generation.

Women Don't Owe You Pretty is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the out-dated narratives supplied to us by the patriarchy.

Through Florence's story you will learn how to protect your energy, discover that you are the love of your own life and realise that today is a wonderful day to dump them.

Florence Given is here to remind you that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.

Warning: contains explicit content (and a load of uncomfortable truths).

The feminist memoir everyone is talking about.

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©2020 Florence Given (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Florence Given is an absolute powerhouse who relentlessly reminds women and femmes of their power, worth and intelligence. Florence has a way of effortlessly reminding you of who you were before the world barged in." (Chidera Eggerue aka The Slumflower, author of What a Time to Be Alone)

"A fearless book." (Cosmopolitan)

"Rallying, radical and pitched perfectly for her generation." (Evening Standard)

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I Couldn't return this to audible fast enough

I bought this book without researching who the author was & that she is only 20 year old & sounds it. At 52 myself there is nothing to learn from her here. The author comes across as particularly angry. I was born red hair & white pale skin to a misogynist & racist man with a brute of a wife who both beat me for no reason but 'put some lipstick on'. I don't have time or energy to join this team, I have enough to get on with myself.

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Life changing, a must listen/read

I’ve followed Florence for years on Instagram and always loved her content, but this book was another level entirely. Perfectly articulated, well informed and honestly freeing. I felt a weight being lifted off my shoulders as I listened to this, and it highlighted a lot of the work that I’ve got to do to undo a lot of learned behaviours and thoughts that are f’d up. This book has truly changed my life, and is a MUST LISTEN - it’s also read beautifully. I’m encouraging all my friends to read it to. If you have a daughter or young woman in your life, please buy her this book - I wish I read it when I was 15. Thank you, Florence.

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strong start but poor execution to the end

the start of the book was informative, however the ending was flagrant with assumptions

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LOVED

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Such a quick and easy read to follow. The audiobook is also narrated by the author, but I would highly recommend to also pick up the physical book because it has AMAZING artwork and this book is sooo pretty. The topic of conversation surrounding feminism, misogny and the toxic male gaze is emphasised in this book. There are numerous uncomfortable truths and realisations that come from this book. Florence Given doesn't hold back in holding her self and society accountable. Strangely, I was actually having a conversation about this topic with my dad the other day and even he understands that generations of toxic behaviour is our norm today and something that we must actively work on changing. This book doesn't say anything new, and I say this in the best ways possible. Given doesn't reveal any other shattering truths. But what she does do is break it down for us, which I feel as though some authors of feminist books tend to miss the mark on that. I honestly wanted more. Feminism Study books always leave me wanting more and I'm never satisfied. I always want the conversation to continue about this topic because whether we realise it or not, it does affect every aspect of our lives. It would be interesting to see if the author will write a follow up during the next few years - to analyse any progress society makes moving forward.

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Invaluable life advice!

What an absolute pleasure it is to hear from a woman who speaks so eloquently and explains things in such a way that everyone can relate to and understand. Florence is a feminist icon and I look forward to seeing her continue to teach and for the rest of us to continue to learn!!

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Amazing

such a great book wish I had it when I was 17. So many eye opening truths and a reminder to live the life you want not what is expected of us. Thank You for Sharing this amazing information with the world Florence 🙌👏❤

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The best book I’ve read in ages

Florence Given is a queen 👸 This book was absolutely amazing! Very much an emotional roller coaster and made me self reflect a lotttt - but in the best way. The audio was also great she has the best voice.

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the book I wish I read as a teen

brilliant! the book you need to read and hear, it will challenge you and force you to grow

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The best thing you will ever read

This book is honestly life changing. Every single person in the entire world should read or listen to it. Florence has changed my life. Thank you for putting all of my feelings, my anger, my trauma, my core beliefs into the most beautiful and articulate words. It was challenging, heart breaking, informative, uncomfortable and overwhelming. But you know what? It was 100% worth it to come out the other end knowing that I am worthy, I am a woman, and I don’t owe anyone pretty. Eternally grateful, so much love x

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Thank you Florence ❤️

Like dnm with a wise big sister, this book articulates what your heart has probably been trying to tell you all along. I wish I could send it back in time to my teenage self.

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  • Igor Zevaka
  • 16-08-2020

Eye opening

As white men, we sometimes get glimpses of how privileged we are. This book really opened my eyes to how the world treats those who are not as privileged. The depth of the entrenched gender roles is hard to ignore after reading this. I understand Florence's path and thank her for sharing her story. I am, however, left with a question. How uncompromising should we be with our relationships? Should a relationship with your partner *never* be hard? My wife and I read this and then we read Five Love Languages. Made for some real laughs at Gary's expense 😂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2020

Amazing

Really liked it I personally think the narration was perfect.. Eve Cornwell influenced me to read it my thanks

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  • Slashwood
  • 11-07-2020

It's okay

I've been following her Instagram account for a while and thought it'd be better to get the audiobook, however the majority of this book feels like ranty instagram posts - most chapters are only between 5 - 7 minutes long. In my opinion, the topics mentioned or 'discussed' are very one sided and I guess they're experiences the author must have been through multiple times and now she wants you to know not to do the same thing, such as don't wear a bodycon dress with high heels and be uncomfortable just to please a man (idk if it's just me, but I've always dressed for myself, not for anyone else) - however, it comes across more like hate at anything considered hetero. It feels like it was written by someone who had a very sheltered upbringing and suddenly had an epiphany one day to not believe everything in advertisements or films. I'd say it's worth listening to if you don't have love for yourself or know that you don't need a significant other to be happy, but don't just believe every word she says - what works for her may not work for you. It's a very short book so you'll get through it quickly. But there's a lot of ranting and I think a mistake at one point in the recording where she had to reread a word? Overall it's a bit meh and not what I expected unfortunately, it's just a regurgitation of her instagram posts in book format.

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  • august year
  • 10-09-2020

LMFAO

I had to laugh. This is terrible writing with immature views and as a lot of other reviewers have pointed out, reeks of virtue signalling. Sigh, instagram and snapchat have done more to fry the brains of millenials than any nuclear disaster could have. Forget having a man in her life, I wonder how the writer’s ( if one can call her a writer) female friends tolerate her? She is angry for all the usual teenage issues which in her case have seeped into her twenties. An absolutely useless read.

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  • T_B
  • 08-07-2020

Get more years under your belt

Get some more years under your belt While it does have some great empowering things to say to young women. It trips over itself I think time and again by trying not to hurt anyone’s feelings and be as PC as possible. The writer I’m sure has some experience of life however I believe that being 20 years old and being an adult for less than 1/4 of her life shows through in this. Nothing like evil capitalism to make you rich and give you perfect stage to preach

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  • michelle
  • 19-07-2020

loved it

This book is a must read/listen! Florence Given's passion in her voice makes it unputdownable!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2020

This book has changed my life.

I adored it so much that I went and bought the hardback too. Its a must read for anyone, not just women, to understand the femme/female experience. Florence holds you to account whilst giving some of the best advice, it feels like one of your gal pals has sat you down to give you some real, hard truths. Some of it is hard but as Florence says, so is self care and growth. I cant recommend it highly enough, all my housemates are now reading it and you definitely should too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-10-2020

This book has CHANGED MY LIFE!

Just everything about it was incredible, nuff said! Word count required seven more words. Done.

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  • Myrthe
  • 11-10-2020

I feel seen

Eye opening book , it made me feel angry and empowered at the same time. I am heterified at society and will start practicing setting boundaries more

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  • Tony
  • 07-10-2020

I read this because my 15 year old daughter is about to read it and I wanted to gage some perspective. I think this is an excellent book for empowering the league of young girls entering into this time in life it talks about the importance of loving yourself. and I would have loved this insight when I was 20. At times I think it can be a little too single-minded but that is the prerogative of the writer and I accept it, it's just my view. this book can sometimes come across as quite angry and not fully representative, a lot of women are mothers, I am a mother of daughters and I felt a bit left out. but I also recognise that this isn't a book about motherhood...but it is a book about sisterhood I guess. I did find that on a few occasions the writer contradicts herself but I guess that's ok just detail I noticed. I look forward to hearing Florence's version of this book when she's 30 plus. I do think everyone should read this, it is an eye opener and a reminder. I'm happy that my daughter is reading this!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-2020

Excellent book

Really made me question ALOT about how unknowingly privileged I’ve been and the struggles that other individuals face without me even giving it a second thought. How insensitive I’ve been in my younger years and how I can improve on that. The information gained from this book will also help me prepare my three young children to be considerate of other people, to keep themselves safe and to be self aware going into the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-2020

Ultimately; this book changed my life.

So I’ve bought the book & the audio, already read it twice.I was blown away. I am a cis gendered white bisexual woman and never realised certain traits within myself until reading this book “including shrinking myself” for others and “turning down my queerness”. I have checked in on my boundaries and have reflected over and over since reading. This book has even inspired me to get back into art and writing which I’d stopped due to my own trauma. My only negative is that it didn’t come out sooner. Thank you Floss.