While few people were surprised that the Netflix series Stranger Things was a smash hit, no one expected that one of the show’s minor characters, the nerdy, faithful underdog Barb, would break the internet. But Barb resonated with us – the chill, bespectacled BFF and her unjust abandonment hit a collective nerve. It turns out, in a world of Nancys, we are all Barb.
Here we celebrate TV’s most relatable, and tragic, bestie. Get Barb’s hot tips on make-up and eye-wear, as well as her do’s and don’ts of party attendance. Have you ever wondered what Barb keeps in her bag and what she would put on her dream mix-tape? And find out whether or not you really are a Barb (maybe you’re actually a Nancy, a Steve or Jonathan) with our Which Hawkins High student are you? quiz. With full-colour illustrations throughout, The Book of Barb brings you inspiration from the ultimate wing woman and trend-setting style icon – Barb has style tips, quotes and life advice straight from the Upside-Down.
Nadia Bailey is an author and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in national newspapers, including The Age and The Australian, and her short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction has been widely represented in journals and independent presses. She is also the author of The Book of Barb, The World’s Best BFFs and The Stranger Things Field Guide, all published by Smith Street Books.
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