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Let Down Your Hair: Bryony Gordon

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Since the day she was born, Barb’s glorious hair has defined her existence, and the same is true as she turns sixteen. A note from Bryony Gordon: ‘Let Down Your Hair is my very first novel and is based on my own experiences – of desperately attempting to develop self-esteem, of getting lost in the madness of social media and of losing my hair. 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. 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. One who isn’t confined to her bedroom on the 12th floor of the tower-block flat she shares with her aunt making content.

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. 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. And if they won't look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town's dark secrets along the way.

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. 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. Mel's religious parents insist she must keep the baby, whilst Sid's feminist mum pushes for a termination. Any sixteen-year-olds would expect trouble, but this is Northern Ireland 2018, where abortion is still illegal.

In the words of Jess, her former best friend, “you’re nothing without your hair”, and Barb believes it. 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. 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. 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. 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.Mel and Sid are determined to do this together, but they soon discover that pregnancy is totally different for boys and girls. In 2017, she won the MIND Making A Difference Award for her work in changing the perception of mental health in the media. There is a lot to really enjoy in this story and there is great energy to the writing, as well as some fine characterization' - Peter James, award-winning and no. Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives.

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