A new novel by London blogger Carolina Are, a.k.a. Blogger On Pole, explores consent, rape, mental illness, immigration, social and professional uncertainty and survival in the age of #MeToo with the London nightlife scene as a backdrop.
Bad/Tender is a story rooted deep in the London nightlife scene, made of charming ‘mixologists’, foodie bloggers and rivers of alcohol. Narrated in action by Chiara, it is a novel about the crippling effects of anxiety and depression, told by a narrator who has derived her interests and attitude from entertainment.
Bad/Tender is a coming-of-age literary novel for millennials that wants to be the anti Fifty Shades of Grey. The story follows a young woman’s journey through an abusive relationship by subverting the common trope that romanticises unhealthy relationships.
Chiara is a twenty-something Italian blogger graduating from a prestigious London university, a small-town over-achiever with a morbid obsession for death she feeds through a gory Instagram account. Determined to build her career in one summer, she watches her life, dreams and friendships shatter before her eyes as all her friends leave town after graduation.
Bad/Tender is a novel for uncertain times, where mental illness is discussed openly and an extra ‘othering’ factor is brought by the main character’s upbringing and in her status as an immigrant. The novel will resonate with millennials crumbling over the pressure of their own ambition.
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Carolina is a 25-year-old Italian Londoner, blogger, pole dancer, performer, lecturer and PhD student. Bad/Tender is her first published novel, inspired by her last summer as an undergraduate. She wrote it on three notebooks during a two-month Couch-surfing trip across the United States.
Carolina has blogged for the Huffington Post UK, written for TimeOut Sydney, The Ladies Network, Hip & Healthy and Broadsheet Sydney and recently published two short stories on Visual Verse. Her short story Disconnected, loosely inspired by Bad/Tender, has been published in the University of Sydney’s 2017 anthology. Carolina also writes for her own blog, Blogger On Pole, where she talks about travel, lifestyle, events, food, mental health and her number one passion: pole dance. So far, she has performed at Floorplay London 2018 and is applying for more pole dance competitions.
After a four-year career in PR, finished by working as an Account Director and Social Media Strategist in Sydney, Carolina is now working in academia full-time, teaching in the areas of Criminology, Journalism and Social Media. She has spoken about millennial media at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia and at ECREA 2014. Her thesis has now been published on the UA Journal and she’s soon to present her current work on Twitter flaming at the International Criminology Conference 2018 in Washington DC.