Book Review: Sarahland by Sam Cohen


by Sam Cohen

👑👑👑👑👑 (five stars as rated in crowns because “Sarah” means PRINCESS, y’all! Don’t @ me, cuz it’s true)

I was given a free advanced copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I was really hoping to love this book. But, people, I LOVED this book. I laughed, I cringed, and I related to SO, so much. This is a book for anyone who has experienced an awkward phase/decade/existence. I really can not recommend it highly enough. I would give five stars to every story minus one that, truth be told, actually really bothered me. *SPOILER ALERT* I am just not into biblical retellings, especially when excuses seem to be made for the more problematic themes of said story? i.e slavery, forced servitude and less than consensual surrogacy?? Um… what?? Yuck.

Next to all the other, wonderfully progressive tales, I was very disappointed and disturbed by that one. Like, REALLY disturbed. THAT BEING SAID, the rest of the book was marvelous. So much so that I didn’t dock any stars for the one bothersome one and would still, wholeheartedly recommend it.

Content warnings for these stories: antisemitism, alcohol, drinking culture, college culture, underage drinking, body shaming, questionable sexual consent, forced surrogacy, forced servitude, slavery, sex, disordered eating, sex work, depression estrangement from a parent, toxic relationships, codependency, bullying, cliques, bdsm, abduction, self harm, breath play

Image Description: a flat lay featuring the ebook version of the book Sarahland by Sam Cohen as seen on the screen of a tablet. The tablet is surrounded by white flowers to the bottom and right. To the top and left are several illuminated bulb lights on a string. Just above the tablet are the words “sarah” and “land” spelled out in scrabble letters.

Only two days in to 2021 and already it’s a year of winner books! What are you currently reading? Anything you’d recommend?



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My name is Sarah and I can't imagine my life without books. Actually, I can and it's terrible. I'm also into climbing, video games and bothering the nearest cat.

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