Last week I tweeted “don’t get offended so easily, (most likely) the world isn’t out to get you”. That was a note to self - one that I really needed. Sometimes I have really good advice, I just need to follow it once in a while. I need to stop being so sensitive. I need to speak up. I need to be strong. I need to let some things slide. I need to just take a nap and get over things, forget them. I need to stop giving merit to other people’s opinions.
I need to be more like the main character in The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon.
Pytho is smart, educated, and unafraid to be different. She is the daughter of Aristotle and she lives in a time where a woman who can think, read, write, or swim is considered unlovely – well then heck I must be the most unlovely woman of them all! Imagine if we lived in a time like that, a time where only the gods valued women.
“‘ The gods value women. They understand the power of women… In their world, the greatest women are a match for the greatest men. Thinkers, warriors, healers,” (page 15).
Not in Pytho’s world, where she’s called “sweet girl”. A term that made her skin crawl. An ‘endearing’ term synonymous with “obedient girl” and “good girl”. Pytho did what she wanted,when she wanted- she was a strong girl. If this novel does one thing, it’s reaffirm my faith in the fact that women have come a long way, that we can do anything that a man can do. I think the fuel behind my quick reading of this novel was Pytho’s character, her determination. I wasn’t expecting where this novel lead, which direction her character took but I enjoyed it (even if I was confused at times). I enjoyed it because of the strength in her character and even though it was also a historical fiction, it wasn’t as strung up on details as The Purchase. I don’t know which novel I liked better but I will say that the The Sweet Girl is great if you want a quick read that isn’t too light.
OH! I’m off to the Random House Canada Bookstragaganza event tonight and looking forward to checking out their Fall must-read books. I’ll be sure to let you know how it went . I’m also stopping in at Roots before heading downtown, I have a gift certificate with my name on it and a blog post to write!
Have a fantastic Tuesday and if it’s a little shitty, remember this;
‘”The worst never lasts long. Especially if you’ve thought through all the alternatives, and you have a plan.” – The Sweet Girl