This had many good moments, but overall it felt more angsty than rebellious. I kept wanting the rebellions to be a bit more full-bodied.

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-10-17-04-amRebellion is something intensely personal: there are all kinds, from the wild to the hidden, from the rude to the icily polite, from teenage angst to grownup anguish.

And daughters do it differently to sons, maybe because we mostly seem to be doing everything we can to not be our mothers.

In this collection, some terrific writers offer their own stories of rebellion, looking at the personal and family dynamics that pushed them towards an explosion.

Marion Halligan opens with a different take – the view from the good daughter who didn’t, looking at the sister who did.

I loved Lee Kofman’s tale of taking her prudishly clean mother to Sexpo, and being flummoxed by the result; Caroline Baum’s beautifully controlled, grown up rebellion, which offered so much healing (and my favourite line in the book); and Jane Caro’s surprising approach to her own daughters’ rebellions, which predictably put a smile on my face.

There’s a lot any daughter of any mother would recognise in these pages. I recommend dipping in and out, and not attempting to read it all at once.

There’s a lot to enjoy, but also quite a bit of darkness and angst, and it can be a bit daunting in one gulp.

This book was published in September. My review was first published in the Herald Sun Weekend magazine.

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