Let Down Your Hair: Bryony Gordon

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Let Down Your Hair: Bryony Gordon

Let Down Your Hair: Bryony Gordon

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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. 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. I’m not saying I handled it well but I can’t imagine how I’d have coped with the news as a teenage girl.

She gets out her mirrors and combs for a video and sees it … a bald patch the size of a ten pence coin, slap bang in the middle of her head. 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.Barb’s complex personal struggles — guilt that she’s ruined her loved ones’ lives, loneliness, lack of self-esteem, depression — are evoked with impactful, empathetic intensity. 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.

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. With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. Like the main character of Bryony Gordon’s novel, my hair was something that people always commented on. It’s not that the way alopecia is discussed here is bad, which makes sense given Bryony Gordon’s own experiences.

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. 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. 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. This is the first novel not aimed at children with alopecia representation, so I was interested to read it.

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”. 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. The way the book flips the chronology of the story, made it so engaging and kept me glued to the page. It just spends so much time talking about the world of social media influencers that the alopecia elements get shoved in at the end.I understand that it’s meant to be part of a wider narrative about stress and mental health in young people. Since the day she was born, Barb’s glorious hair has defined her existence, and the same is true as she turns sixteen. 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. In 2017 she won the MIND Making A Difference Award for her work in changing the perception of mental health in the media. And if they won't look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town's dark secrets along the way.



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