How to Build a Girl

by Caitlin Moran

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How to Build a Girl Synopsis

What do you do in your teenage years when you realise 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, 14, 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 16, she's smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She's writing pornographic letters to rock-stars, having all the kinds of sex with all the kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less. But what happens when Johanna realises 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, with a soundtrack by Hole, Happy Mondays and My Bloody Valentine. As beautiful as it is funny, How To Build a Girl is a coming-of-age novel that makes you realise how odd it is that all the previous ones have been about boys.

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How to Build a Girl Press Reviews

Brilliantly observed, thrillingly rude and laugh-out-loud funny -- Helen Fielding

 

terrific - funny, honest and deliciously rude -- Alice O'Keefe The Bookseller

 

I have so much love for Caitlin Moran -- Lena Dunham

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ISBN: 9780091949006
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Ebury Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780091949006
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Ebury Press
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
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About Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times - both as a TV critic and also in the most-read part of the paper, the satirical celebrity column 'Celebrity Watch' - winning the British Press Awards' Columnist of The Year award in 2010 and Critic and ...

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