Author: Katie Hopkins
Published by: Biteback Publishing
Publication date: 17th Nov 2017
Source: Personal Collection
Love her or hate her, Katie Hopkins is impossible to ignore, and this hilarious and revealing new book – part memoir, part handbook for the modern woman – is the same. … Katie doesn’t sugar-coat anything, and neither does she hold back, making her as honest in her book as she is in life.
I felt that this review should have a disclaimer attached to it. Katie Hopkins is dangerous territory to talk about in the current global climate and I’d just like to iterate that reviewing her book doesn’t mean that I am in agreement with her every word. Please do not come at me, call me names or make assumptions about me, just because I have read this book. Thank you.
As the title suggests, Rude, is not for the faint hearted and easily offended. It was also my first introduction to Katie Hopkins. I was told, by my Mum that I might enjoy reading this book as Katies opinions are a breath of fresh air compared to the rhetoric of daily life on social media. Katie doesn’t subscribe to the liberal echo-chambers that seem to be the norm and while I do not agree with everything that Katie Hopkins has to say, I find myself in agreement with my Mum. Rude is a great read if you’re looking to diversify the opinions you come across in every-day life.
While some of the thoughts expressed in Rude will upset some readers I think it’s other qualities stand out far beyond the ‘offensive.’ Katie Hopkins touches on some very heart-wrenching subjects. I found her battle with epilepsy especially touching and the lengths that it went to to try and destroy her life and how far she had to go to combat it, facing life-or-death surgery to be free of it. Epilepsy has been a big part of Katie Hopkins life and how she coped with it is detailed in Rude. No matter the person, no one deserves to go through the horrors that she did and to have them as well documented as they are here, and to still retain a sense of humour about it (and life) is nothing short of miraculous to me. It takes a great strength of character to live with something like that and be as strong a personality as she is. She evokes a great deal of sympathy for her plight and sympathy isn’t a word that I would normally attribute to Katie Hopkins.
Of course, Rude, does hold some of her more controversial opinions. Fat people are frowned upon in her book – to put it lightly – but her concerns seem to come from a genuine place. Obesity is a problem in the UK, no doubt about it. But, Rude is more about Katie Hopkins and her life, her experiments with weights. Trying to prove a point, but what works for one person won’t for another. I found these chapters a little more hard-hitting and difficult to digest. The crux being that fat people are fat because they are lazy and don’t want to do anything about it felt a bit too judgemental.
There’s a fair bit of talk about needless sexual conduct and judgement. Some silliness about mentioning your vagina to get men to turn the other way as well as a lot of mocking small penises.. I’m not entirely sure I really understood the jist of all this, nor it’s place within the rest of the book. Though, these references probably stem from her military background. However, It ruined it for me, unfortunately. It turned a thought provoking, evocative book into something much, much less. Rude has the chance of showing us another side to Katie Hopkins and it starts off doing exactly that, but slowly turns into a bit of a tick-list of things she dislikes. Some of which the reader will agree with, some they won’t. I suppose that’s the charm of the book?
Readers looking for drama might come away from Rude feeling disapointed as the book is an autobiography and as such details more of Katie Hopkins life rather than anything too controversial. While the chapter/s about her epilepsy are well considered I found myself wondering if I really knew of Katie Hopkins well enough to care about the rest of her life. Maybe people who actually knew who she was would get a bit more out of this book than I did, as my knowledge of her was pretty limited at the time of reading. She is an interesting person, but her level of interesting doesn’t carry the book the whole way for me and towards the end I felt myself trailing off a little; but it’s a fairly short book at 320 pages.
While not a technically well written book, I think the language used reflects on the authors in a more personal manner. You get more of a feel for Katie Hopkins personality through her words and her mannerisms.
Much like the writer, you’ll end up either loving or hating Rude. Getting to see another side to Katie Hopkins is interesting in itself and she writes in a witty and sometimes heart-warming , sympathetic way. However, her humour dwells below the belt; most likely because of her military background. Some of her opinions won’t sit well with some readers (what a shock!)