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  • Amazing Disgrace

  • A Book About Shame
  • By: Grace Campbell
  • Narrated by: Grace Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Summary

For as long as she can remember, Grace Campbell has been told that she doesn't suit her name. But being graceful is no fun anyway.

Growing up in a world of privilege and politics, she had a lot to feel confident about. But she was also a record-breaker when it came to feeling shame. Shame about sex, shame about rejection, shame about mental health.  

But over time and with a 24-carat-gold dose of female friendship, Grace has turned shame into a defiant sense of self. At only 26, Grace has got a lot to learn about being an adult, but she's already got a lot to share about being a disgrace and how she came to be utterly, disgustingly, disgracefully proud of it.

It's the audiobook every young woman should listen to and every young man should worry about.

©2020 Grace Campbell (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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no thanks

I wanted to love this. I really struggled to get the 2/3s of the way through that I did before giving up. I wasn't familiar with any of Grace's previous work, TBF, else I might have had more realistic expectations of what is,on the surface, an appealing personal account on matters I'm already invested in as a humour-loving, unashamed feminist. I found it trite, narcissistic and - with regards to her attempted ironic use of street slang - offensive. and not even in an entertaining, so-bad-it's-good way. the whole thing was so banal and self-congratulating. I took nothing from this listen, despite honest best efforts, and ended up feeling a bit embarrassed for Grace.

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Hilarious & vulnerable. Loved it!

Such a beautiful, hilarious & real display of vulnerability. Gorgeously narrated. I loved your book Grace 🌹

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Funny, liberating, uplifting and gorgeous.

A very relatable and joyful account of discovering what it’s like to become a part of women supporting women, the work that needs to be done in intersectional feminism and the absolute fuzzy and warm feeling of deep and meaningful friendships.

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Hilarious & Relatable

Couldn't stop listening. Felt like having your bestie in your ear at all times x

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Meh.

The progressive opinion and life of most 20 something's. No real story. I think if I was younger 18/19 this would be funny and more relateable but at 28 it's just ..Meh.

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Probably more of a women's read

This book is well read by the author, but as an older man I don't think that I'm the target audience. It's not so much the content as the style - to me this book is mainly casual girl talk (in the general as well as specific sense) and probably very well done as that. As a man it's not how I enjoy hearing about someone's life experiences so I struggled to stick with it, but did complete it. The author is extremely frank and open about her intimate experiences and for me those details, often repeated, seemed to dominate the book, somehow obscuring her as a person which is more what I wanted to hear. Perhaps I've misunderstand this book, I'm sure that it will be enjoyed by many, but it was not for me.

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Hysterical and liberating

The most honest, relatable, funny, liberating book I’ve ever read. All my thoughts and feelings have been validated and I’ve let go of a lot of shame. Every young woman should read this.

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This book should be issued as standard Sex Ed!

I’m a 57 year old woman with 2 daughters in their early 20s. Wow. I wish this book existed 15 years ago.

I howled with laughter, nearly cried at the stories of rape, shame and regret, and got angry at the appalling lack of relevant sex ed that happens way too late in schools. Too many parents, along with the system, are leaving daughters horrifically vulnerable, while they’re trying to protect them. So naive to the reality of the heady mix of drink, drugs, testosterone, and girls’ need to be popular.

Bravo Grace!

Oh and how ironic that one of the first reviews I saw of this book on Audible was a bitter woman, attacking another woman… with closet trolls ‘Finding it helpful’….I despair.

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Really awful, whiny, self-indulgent, condescending

I do feel bad about giving this book a bad review considering how young the author is but being honest I thought it was really terrible. I had to return mid-listen.

I was really shocked at the authors self-centred approach to life in general, the lack of awareness for other people's feelings or lives and the constant assumption that everyone else actions were in some way to spite her or were made with her in mind. No thought that people could actually be living their own lives and doing things that didn't centre around her.

She also doesn't seem to understand her own privilege and speaks like a wise teacher who has a wealth of life experience. From what I listened to it was just condescending storytelling.

Unless you are a really posh 17 year old, I don't think this book will appeal to you.


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Mixed Feelings on This One...

I first heard about this book during a TV appearance with Grace and her dad and I thought the way they were talking about it together was so lovely that I instantly put it on my wishlist for my next credit.
My first impression was great and I felt I could relate to Grace, especially when she was talking about her younger self, but then unfortunately thats where many of the similarities end.
At first, I couldn't stop listening and I listened to most of it in one sitting but then I found around half way I started to dislike it and I wasn't sure why. I think it was partly to do with the fact that the fanny fart stories just kept coming and they weren't funny anymore. I understand that initially it's a shock factor and it makes you realise how normal fanny farts are, but it just got boring and seemed like the only real thing that made her funny. I also wasn't too keen on the fact she was using so much working class slang with such a posh accent and was often quite cringy to hear.
The real stories about sexual abuse and sex education I felt were amazing to hear and I really resonated with her when she was talking about this and I felt this was something everyone should hear, but the rest of the book didn't do this part justice.
Overall, there were a couple of hiccups with the audio but the delivery was great and Grace is a fantastic reader. I certainly applaud her for writing this book as there were many great points which I related to and I know so many others don't realise happen so she's very brave to put something out like this.
I would recommend this book so everyone can understand what it's like to be a woman in a male dominated world where sexism is real, but I do think the book isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea as I (someone who is a big comedy fan, isn't easily offended and loves dry and dark humour) didn't find it particularly funny.