No Worries If Not: A Funny(ish) Story of Growing Up Working Class and Queer
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If we can identify the root cause, we can shed light on how it has affected us throughout the course of our life and then look to change the narrative. I’m not going to take Charlotte’s approach and never say sorry again, I’ll just cure the sorry Tourette’s.
Lucy has also written two non-fiction books - Snowflake (published by Welbeck in Jan 2023) and A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes – Naming and Shaming Mental Health Stigmas (Trigger, 2018). In fact, No Worries If Not is full of truth-bombs that I whole-heartedly agree with: that council estates aren’t the hellholes they’re made out to be (I’m lower-middle class myself, but I mixed with a lot of kids from the council terraces right next to my primary school); that teaching children that there are options other than (compulsory) heterosexuality can save a great deal of pain and homophobia, both internalised and from other pupils; that attention- seeking should be renamed attention- needing; that first love is both wonderful and terrible; that some therapists/approaches ( cough mindfulness cough) can make things worse; and anti-depressants save lives. Sure, saying “no worries if not” isn’t ideal, but if you don’t kick the habit, will it really hold you back?She has has had enough of people taking advantage of her and decides that she is going to stop saying sorry for a year and see what happens. inflecting their voice upwards towards the end of the sentence with uncertainty, instead of “I have spent a lot of time perfecting the art of Italian cooking and spaghetti bolognese is my speciality”.
It's a feminist, rom-com with heart and soul that's also a love letter to the city of Newcastle and its Geordie population. The author portrays Charlotte as a modern day Bridget Jones and silly, stupid ridiculous things that happen to her which always seem to go wrong. And it wasn’t because she agreed to go on a second date with the world’s most boring man to avoid hurting his feelings. I’ve tried to erase it in myself, realising that when my boyfriend asks for work or more money, he doesn’t apologise.However, when she shouts at a manspreader on the metro and goes viral yelling about her smear test, life takes an unexpected turn. Manners cost nothing, her mother always said … yet there’s a fine line between diplomat and doormat.