Book Review: I Carried A Watermelon
I Carried A Watermelon by Katy Brand
Page length: 252 pages
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Autobiography
Publication Date: 10 October 2019
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Stars: 5 out of 5
Link: AMAZON (UK)
ABOUT I CARRIED A WATERMELON: DIRTY DANCING AND ME
Carried a Watermelon is a love story to Dirty Dancing. A warm, witty and accessible look at how Katy Brand’s life-long obsession with the film has influenced her own attitudes to sex, love, romance, rights and responsibilities.
It explores the legacy of the film, from pushing women’s stories to the forefront of commercial cinema, to its ‘Gold Standard’ depiction of abortion according to leading pro-choice campaigners, and its fresh and powerful take on the classic ‘coming of age’ story told from a naïve but idealistic 17-year-old girl’s point of view.
Part memoir based on a personal obsession, part homage to a monster hit and a work of genius, Katy will explore her own memories and experiences, and talk to other fans of the film, to examine its legacy as a piece of filmmaking with a social agenda that many miss on first viewing. One of the most celebrated and viewed films ever made is about to have the time of its life.
A MUST READ FOR DIRTY DANCING FANS
I would say you don't have to have watched Dirty Dancing because Katy gives such a brilliant play-by-play of the film, but of course this book is a plentiful pleasure for Dirty Dancing fans.
If offered such an unabashed insight to Katy as a girl and I found myself reminiscing at the innocence of youth (And the 1980s!). I loved following Katie's adolescence. A very funny coming-of-age story.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Thank you so much the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy in return for an honest review.