Squirming around in ┬ámy seat for the entirety of its 220 pages, Roche’s Wetlands tells the unashamedly gratuitous account of an oversexed teenage girl with a vomit-inducing interest in sexual health, genital infections and avocados. If that hasn’t put you off… read on.

 

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An unexpectedly feminist read, Roche explores the notion of female sexual health and the taboo-like slot society immediately places it in. It also challenges the way society approaches female sexuality compared with male sexuality, all from the point of view of an 18 year-old who is hospitalised for almost the entirety of the novel (thanks to a haemorrhoid shaving accident).

Erotic without allure, I’ve never read a book that’s disgusted me as much as it has enthralled and equally charmed me. I implore you not to read this novel while eating your lunch, but read it nonetheless- it’s quite simply fabulous.

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