Why My Favorite Love Story Isn’t in a Romance Novel
By Bronte Huskinson
I have to admit that I used to be a sucker for the YA romance novel. Most of the books I owned in 2016 were YA romance and I couldn’t get enough of them. But as I’ve grown older and my bookshelf has expanded and changed, the YA romance genre has been put on the back burner for me. Not that there’s anything wrong with the genre, I’m just not overly keen on it anymore. I like to read books that are about more than just romance. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good love story, but I like it to almost take a bit of a backseat now. I like there to be more going on, you know?
That’s where Things a Bright Girl Can Do comes in. Anyone who has been anywhere near my blog will know much I love this book. I always go on about it and I’ll never stop going on about it It’s one of my all time favourites and I make sure everyone knows it!
Things a Bright Girl Can Dog follows the story of three teenage girls involved in the Suffragette movement; Evelyn, May and Nell. Evelyn is a seventeen year-old-girl who is enraged by the fact that she may not get the opportunity to go to university, even though she is more than capable. Instead, she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart. Now, these two are an incredibly cute couple and I love the fact that he is supportive of her pursuing education.
But this is not the love story that I’m talking about. The love story that I fell in love with is between May and Nell.
It’s a tale as old as time, two people from different walks of life that fall in love with each other. This is my favourite type of love story, and Things a Bright Girl Can Do took this stereotypical concept and made it better. Because this time, they are PROGRESSIVE WOMEN. Yes, both of them.
May is from a higher class family whereas Nell is extremely poor and her family has been more greatly affected by the war. May, whilst she still is her own person, offers a much more feminine narrative and Nell is more of a tomboy. They are both polar opposites of each other which is why I think these two are such an interesting, charismatic pair.
What I loved most about these two is that they’re not afraid to be themselves and they are written to be so different. They’re more realistic. They have disagreements about the suffragette movement, and have different opinions about what is happening because of the different ways that life has treated them. They are imperfect. There was none of the whole overly romantic stuff that I don’t like reading, because they were too busy trying to change the world. AND I FRIGGING LOVE THAT.
As you can probably tell, I’m not a ‘risk it all for love’ kind of girl. Personally, they are not for me. I’m in no way saying these types of love stories are bad and should be shunned, they’re just not my cup of tea anymore. I like to read books that make me feel good. And books that make me feel good have a story so much wider than just being about love.
Things a Bright Girl Can Do is one that I always recommend because there is so much female power inside the 400-odd pages. From the way they think, to their morals and values, every inch of this book makes me proud to be a woman. Yes, even the love story.
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About the Author
Bronte Huskinson is a content creator, visual storyteller and book photographer. She works with brands, publishers and companies to create visual stories, creative content, and innovative campaigns. Also a writer, Bronte uses her Instagram profile to champion creative introverts and feminist issues
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