How to Build a Girl by Caitlin MoranHow to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl

byCaitlin Moran

Paperback | May 25, 2016

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"A hilarious yet deeply moving coming-of-age novel from New York Times-bestselling author Caitlin Moran, the U.K.'s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one." (Marie Claire)

What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn't enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes-and build yourself.

It's 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there's no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde-fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer-like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontes-but without the dying young bit.

By sixteen, she's smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She's writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all kinds of sex with all kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.

But what happens when Johanna realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all?

Imagine The Bell Jar-written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it.

Caitlin Moran was named Columnist of the Year by the British Press Awards in 2010 and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011 for her work in theTimesof London. Her debut book,How to Be a Woman, won the 2011 Galaxy Book of the Year Award and was an instantNew York Timesbestseller.How to Build a Girlis her first novel since the one s...
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Title:How to Build a GirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:May 25, 2016Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1443433616

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not My Cup Of Tea We are introduced to Johanna and her family living in estate housing in England. We get insight into the struggles that her and her family face, especially once their government benefits get cut. Johanna decides to drop out of school and become a writer and takes us on her journey as she starts to build her experience as a music writer and eventually becomes a known music critic. Johanna transforms into Dolly Wilde and introduces us to a very different lifestyle- sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. The antics of Dolly are over the top, sometimes entertaining, most times cringe worthy. I have read other books by Caitlin Moran, and I am not a fan. Her other books are collections of essays and this is a work of fiction, a novel. The first part of the book was really tough to get through, once Johanna is working and living the life of Dolly Wilde, it does get easier to read. There were some funny moments, but I found a lot of the story to be boring. Johanna was not likeable to me, but the persona of Dolly was fun at times.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok It wasn't what I thought it was going to be. It was kind of hard to get through the first half, though quite interesting the last part, with ups and downs. It is different than other stories, for sure. My problem was, I expected too much from it.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read I enjoyed this book, became more of a page turner toward the end. If you are really into British culture you'll appreciate this book more.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and Witty!!! If you love Britain, music (especially from the early '90s), and have a love of music journalism, you will love this book. Even if you're not steeped in music, Caitlin Moran takes you on a very interesting journey through a multi-faceted fourteen-year-old's life. Buy this book for yourself or any teenager in your life. I could not put it down at times.
Date published: 2015-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good read Cute, funny, smart
Date published: 2014-10-04