Jagged Little Book List

jagged little book list
Jagged Little Pill is 20 years old. Isn’t it ironic? I bought the album back in 1995, when I was 21 myself. It was like nothing I’d heard up until then. Here was a woman my age who was pissed about…everything. She was mad as hell and not going to take it, at least according to You Oughta Know.

The other songs were maybe not as in your face, but the undercurrent of anger was there, as well as frustration with not being taken seriously. There are songs about growing up and finding a place in the world. About setting boundaries. And all the overwhelming emotions a young woman has in her twenties. Listening to the album takes me right back. (“I’m young and I’m underpaid” –Hand In My Pocket, especially!)

Alanis Morissette is not the first, and not the last, young woman to feel this way. There’s quite a list of them in literature. I’ve made a list of books I’ve read that also deal with these experiences of becoming an adult woman. Some of them are angry, some just finding their way in the big, scary world. If you want to learn more about them, I’ve linked the titles to my reviews.

Blast some Jagged Little Pill, wear it out (the way a three year old would do). Choose your favorite heroine and make one of the songs her anthem.

Happy Anniversary, Jagged Little Pill!


  1. Awesome post! Jagged Little Pill came out when I was a teenager and for years I would blast it whenever I was pissed off. Maybe I should try that the next time I'm pissed off as an adult. :p

  2. This post has made my entire week! First, I LOVE this album. I still listen to it. I was 15 when it came out and I remember sitting in my floor with my headphones on belting out all the songs over and over again until my mom was like "Okay, okay already." LOL Such a great list. I've read exactly none of them, although a couple of the authors other work I have read. This is SO going on my Friday Shout-Outs.

    1. Thanks! I hope you end up liking at least one of the books here. Girl Power!

  3. Heehee, it's funny that this album always reminds me of my 8-year-old self telling my father to go buy the album so I could listen to it (I usually listened to my parents' music and Alanis was something my parents both liked). "The mess you left" for me became the knife someone left behind because "mes" = knife in Dutch and my English wasn't all that great when I was 8 :P

    I returned to Alanis in my teens and twenties, when she was not considered "cool" anymore. I just really really like her.

    Anyway, sorry for this silly anecdote. I love this post! And I definitely have some reading to do based on this list!

    - Iris

    1. Not silly! That's a great story. When I was that age, I always misheard the lyrics of songs and English is my language. It wasn't until I was older that I realized I was wrong. :)

  4. I love Alanis! She was the defining spirit for all Gen-X girls out there. I think "Jagged Little Pill" was the first time it actually dawned on me that women had much about which to be angry, but more importantly, that it is okay to express that anger. It's an important lesson, and one for which I am profoundly grateful.


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