Lindy has made a name for herself as one of the fiercest and funniest feminists working today. The Internet has been her medium and she's used it beautifully, responding in real time to trifling comedians and even less impressive trolls. But a writer as skilled as Lindy deserves long form consideration and Shrill, her hybrid memoir-cultural critique-manifesto, does not disappoint. It fulfills the promise of her many well considered (and fucking hilarious) internet offerings. Lindy deftly moves between painful personal recollections, assessments of the sorry state of body positivity, and a clear eyed view of what the feminist movement needs to do so that sisterhood doesn't kill off its sisters. I am so happy I've been reading her for half a decade. I'll be doing it for another half a century.
Young adult female friendship has been the subject of so much media of late, it's a wonder there's anything left to say about those liminal years. And yet, Rumaan Alam's debut novel, Rich and Pretty, which centers on the complicated friendship between Sarah (who is the rich one of the title) and Lauren (the pretty one) feels fresh and true in a way that few other books on the topic have managed. Sarah and Lauren have been friends for almost twenty years, and the adolescent ease they used to have with each other has dissipated with time, and with the different directions their lives and personalities have taken. They're not always generous with each other—Sarah judges Lauren for her sexual dalliances; Lauren interprets everything Sarah says to her in the worst possible light. But that's what makes this feel so real. We're not always so generous with the ones we love.