Book Review: Send Nudes by Saba Sams

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I received an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (U.K. & ANZ) in exchange for an honest review.

Word of warning, some may find this book a bit triggering – find out about it and approach with caution if you are concerned about this.

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In ten dazzling stories, Saba Sams dives into the world of girlhood and immerses us in its contradictions and complexities: growing up too quickly, yet not quickly enough; taking possession of what one can, while being taken possession of; succumbing to societal pressure but also orchestrating that pressure. These young women are feral yet attentive, fierce yet vulnerable, exploited yet exploitative.

Threading between clubs at closing time, pub toilets, drenched music festivals and beach holidays, these unforgettable short stories deftly chart the treacherous terrain of growing up – of intense friendships, of ambivalent mothers, of uneasily blended families, and of learning to truly live in your own body.

With striking wit, originality and tenderness, Send Nudes celebrates the small victories in a world that tries to claim each young woman as its own.

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My Thoughts

I had no idea what to expect from Send Nudes, the second book I read in December, but what I got was an interesting and illuminating set of short – but not always sweet – stories.

It might not be the longest book but Sams covers a lot in it, from family, friendships, social pressure and so much more (there’s even the joys – and perils – of loving a dog in there!). I’m used to longer, more in depth stuff so – at times – I did finish a story and think what now?! (even though it was fairly obvious there wouldn’t be a follow up) but this doesn’t make it a lacking read.

Even though my university days are over and done with, this book reminded me of some of the stories I read (and enjoyed) at Uni – with not much going on but plenty to think about.

Everyone will take something different from this set of stories but, for me, Send Nudes brilliantly illustrated how being a woman – and all it entails – is interesting, exciting, romantic, annoying and confusing.

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You can buy Send Nudes here.

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