-Featuring fashion, feminism and self-discovery
Book: Meat Market
Author: Juno Dawson
Release date: 23rd May 2019
Juno Dawson’s latest novel is a raw and powerful story about the realities of the fashion industry.
This book absolutely blew me away. I was submerged in Jana’s world and couldn’t put Meat Market down.
We follow Jana as she enters the fashion industry and experiences the highest heights and lowest lows of what it is to be a model. I loved Jana as a character, she was so real. She was definitely flawed, but that only made me love her more. Jana narrated the story so honestly and plainly, I couldn’t help but empathise with her and care for her. Hers was the perfect voice to tell this story.
The secondary characters are also amazing. Let’s be honest, I NEED Sabah and Ferdy as friends. They’re the best, most awesome people and they really support Jana’s story in the perfect way.
“How can something so beautiful be so ugly?”
Meat Market sends an important message to teenagers about body image and the reality of the fashion industry. This book had me laughing and crying, internally screaming and smiling with joy. It’s a beautiful roller coaster of emotions and action.
This story resonates with today’s #MeToo movement and I was so impressed with it’s unflinching honesty.
The writing was raw and honest, yet somehow lyrical.
Meat Market was perfectly paced story wise and with the short interview chapters. The story never got boring and throughout the day I was always itching to pick this book back up!
As well as being a story of fashion and its politics, this was a heart-wrenching story of self-discovery and what it means to truly be yourself.
I would definitely say this book is 15+ because it has trigger warnings for things such as sexual assault and anorexia, plus drugs and sex.
Juno Dawson’s Meat Market is a powerful and poignant story that everyone needs to read. Tackling important issues like feminism and body image, it’s a timely and beautiful book that will go on to change the world. #IBelieveJana
Thank you to Hachette Kids for the ARC, all opinions are my own.