ARC Review: What Makes Girls Sick and Tired – Lucile de Pesloüan

I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This publication is an English translation of the book originally titled ‘Pourquoi les filles ont mal au ventre?‘, released in France in 2017.

“What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a feminist manifesto that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood.”

I really loved this book as it’s short, sweet and manages to get its point across in 45 pages. The length of the book is also what seems to hinder it, as 45 pages isn’t enough to go into depth on any of the issues mentioned. The style of this book is more suited to being an introductory crash-course on feminism and the ‘female experience’ for someone who has no idea what feminism even is. This is where the book begins to fall apart, as I can’t pin-point an intended target audience.

‘What Makes Girls Sick and Tired’ shines in the range of issues it presents, and doesn’t focus on the straight-cisgendered-privileged-white experiences of women, but the struggles of all women of varying cultural backgrounds, faiths, gender identities, sexualities, and more.

The illustrations by Geneviève Darling are also really cute and work to enhance the content of the text.


I would recommend this book to anyone who isn’t aware of, and would like to learn more about, the experiences of women outside of their own knowledge-base or lived-experiences.

That’s all for now!