No Way, Okay Fine! is a memoir about pop culture, pop music, feminism and feelings.
'I identified early on that my role in relationships was the sidekick, the platonic female cast member in an all-male production, or the friend who was relied on selectively when other options were unavailable. I was the comic relief or the stand-in, never the lead. I knew this, I felt it, I wrote it down, but I didn't dare say it aloud because that would prove that I cared and caring wasn't cool.'
From the small town in regional Australia where she was told that 'girls can't play the drums' to New York City and back again, Brodie has spent her life searching screens, books, music and magazines for bodies like hers, girls who loved each other, and women who didn't follow the silent instructions to shrink or hide that they've received since literal birth. This is the story of life as a young woman through the lenses of feminism and pop culture.
Brodie's story will make you re-evaluate the power of pop culture in our lives - and maybe you will laugh and cry along the way.
About the Author
Brodie Lancaster is a writer, editor and occasional DJ based in Melbourne, Australia. Her writing has appeared in Rookie, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, Vulture, Hello Mr, The Walkley Magazine, Junkee, Noisey and The Pitchfork Review. She has spoken at TEDxYouth, Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers' Festival, National Young Writers' Festival, Drunk TED Talks and the EMP Pop Conference. No Way! Okay, Fine. was shortlisted for The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers 2015 and is her first book.
Razor-sharp, captivating and instructive, No Way! Okay, Fine will appeal to feminist readers and lovers of pop culture. - Books+Publishing
A coming-of-age story with a fierce, feminist heart and a broad sense of purpose, Brodie Lancaster's debut memoir No Way! Okay Fine
is narrated through a series of chronological yet distinct standalone chapters. Complex themes, from body acceptance and internalised misogyny to performative grief and disavowal of religion, are rendered in a strikingly honest and accessible way. Lancaster's conversational writing style and pop-culture analogies give the memoir a humorous undercurrent and cultural reference points that are at once relatable and profound. At its heart, this memoir is an unapologetic homage to fangirls and the 'largely scorned act of fanning'. In a world where female desire is often overlooked or dismissed, the act of a woman adoring something unabashedly and without restraint is a political statement in itself. By relating her experiences and feminist awakening through the prism of pop culture, Lancaster elevates the very thing that women are often derided for loving and uses it to deconstruct and understand the world around her. Razor-sharp, captivating and instructive, No Way! Okay, Fine
will appeal to feminist readers and lovers of pop culture. - Bookseller + PublisherNo Way! OK, Fine
is really intelligent, insightful writing that challenges the notion that pop culture is somehow inferior to other art forms. - Herald Sun
The extended musings on the unfair critical dismissal of pop music, on the double standards faced by women actors in mainstream cinema, and on the genius of rapper Kanye West, are entertaining - Weekend Australian
Intensely relatable and packed with pop culture references, No Way! Okay, Fine
left me feeling validated, angry, inspired, and unstoppable. But most importantly it made me feel a little less alone and, to make a pop culture reference of my own, I'd kill for a time travelling DeLorean so I could go back about ten years and shove this book into the hands of a teenage me. - The AU Review