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Let Down Your Hair: Bryony Gordon

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With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. As happy as I am to see alopecia in a novel, I don’t think it’s just an extra complication to this novel.

Mel and Sid are determined to do this together, but they soon discover that pregnancy is totally different for boys and girls. One who isn’t confined to her bedroom on the 12th floor of the tower-block flat she shares with her aunt making content. I’ve since learnt that this is a very common reaction to stress, but at the time I just thought I was a freak. Barb’s own experience with alopecia is at first a curse and then a wonderful liberation, the catalyst to realising that she has spent much of her young life comparing her insides with everybody’s outsides. One who isn't confined to her bedroom on the 12th floor of the tower-block flat she shares with her aunt making content.It just spends so much time talking about the world of social media influencers that the alopecia elements get shoved in at the end. Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives. In 2017, she won the MIND Making A Difference Award for her work in changing the perception of mental health in the media. A bittersweet Northern Irish romance that takes a new look at teen pregnancy, the magic and mess of first relationships, and a young woman's right to choose her own future. Friendless and lonely, living on the upper floors of a tower block with her aunt, thanks to her hair - the fetishized focus of her social media channel - Barb has hundreds of thousands of online “friends”.

Like the main character of Bryony Gordon’s novel, my hair was something that people always commented on. When their relationship starts to fall apart under all the pressure, Mel finds herself feeling alone with the impossible dilemma of the Little Bang growing inside her. Introducing the YA fiction debut from bestselling author and journalist Bryony Gordon in a modern twist on Rapunzel and one girl’s quest to find a different sort of happy ever after.Perfectly plaiting the brutal world of content creation, family tragedy and alopecia to create an ingeniously inspiring re-telling of Rapunzel, Bryony Gordon’s Let Down Your Hair is simply incredible. Holly Bourne is a great advocate of young teens reading about difficult issues as a 'safe space' to consider and discuss those issues, this book does a great job in that sphere. Introducing the YA fiction debut from bestselling author and journalist Bryony Gordon in a modern twist on Rapunzel and one girl's quest to find a different sort of happy ever after. Mel's religious parents insist she must keep the baby, whilst Sid's feminist mum pushes for a termination. Exploring depression, anxiety, the generational impact of addiction, and bereavement with honesty and remarkable empathy, it also presents the glory of self-determination and friendship with life-affirming power.

And if they won't look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town's dark secrets along the way. A note from Bryony Gordon: ‘Let Down Your Hair is my very first novel and is based on my own experiences – of desperately attempting to develop self-esteem, of getting lost in the madness of social media and of losing my hair. This story skillfully and sensitively manages the emotional debate over the pro's and con's of babies and abortions, not always predictable, and very relatable. She is the presenter of the Mad World podcast and in 2016 she founded Mental Health Mates, now a global peer support network which encourages people with mental health issues to connect and get out of the house. This is the first novel not aimed at children with alopecia representation, so I was interested to read it.A fearsome, remarkably ambitious novel that breaks through the boundaries of the genre to become epic - in all the best senses of the word. After surviving a mental health rollercoaster, after truths come to light, Let Down Your Hair comes to a jubilant, life-affirming climax that will have readers weeping with joy. In this stunning retelling of Rapunzel, Barb must learn that she is so much more than her hair and that there is no such thing as a happy ending … just lots of complicated new beginnings. There is a lot to really enjoy in this story and there is great energy to the writing, as well as some fine characterization' - Peter James, award-winning and no. The YA fiction debut from bestselling author Bryony Gordon, Let Down Your Hair is a modern twist on Rapunzel featuring a hair influencer who develops alopecia – and her quest for a different sort of happy ever after.

A first introduction into the YA fiction realm and Bryony is throwing off the deep end, not starting with something more straightforward, but trying to tackle social media and alopecia through a beloved fairy tale. Since the day she was born, Barb’s glorious hair has defined her existence, and the same is true as she turns sixteen.

And I very much enjoyed attempting to solve the case with Pip (who I now want to be my best friend). Bryony Gordon is a British journalist, award-winning mental health campaigner and the bestselling author of various books on mental health, including Mad Girl and Glorious Rock Bottom. In this stunning retelling of Rapunzel, Barb must learn that she is so much more than her hair and that there is no such thing as a happy ending. In 2017 she won the MIND Making A Difference Award for her work in changing the perception of mental health in the media.

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