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.
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I had just finished Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" and wanted to read something in a similar vein - boy did this deliver! Brodie Lancaster's book is funny, warm, and easy-to-read. If you've read her articles in Rookie and Junkee, you'll be pleased to hear that she retains her witty and unpretentious voice. I particularly loved that this book gives you a uniquely Australian perspective on pop culture icons.
This memoir is a must-read for young people everywhere. Its myriad of messages are the ones I wish I grew up hearing.
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 27th June 2017
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1