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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
  

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Dumpy teenager scores ... or does she? Do her rebellious and outrageous actions actually benefit her? Is this indeed how you build a girl? I hope not. Dropping out of school at 16 on the back of a couple of music crits being accepted, Jessica reinvents herself as Dolly and hits the rock'n'roll, sex and drugs scene, ostensibly to try and lift her family out of the poverty/benefit rut and into the big time, to get her father a record deal and her four brothers a life outside Wolverhampton. How she goes about it is written as tongue-in-cheek, first-person narrative, rude, at times filthy, honest and playful.

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Synopsis

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

My name's Johanna Morrigan. I'm fourteen, and I've just decided to kill myself. I don't really want to die, of course! I just need to kill Johanna, and build a new girl. Dolly Wilde will be everything I want to be, and more! But as with all the best coming-of-age stories, it doesn't exactly go to plan...This is the brilliant Number One bestselling novel from Caitlin Moran, the award-winning and Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Be a Woman.

Reviews

'spirited coming of age novel romps from strength to strength...I'm a Moran fan' -- Lionel Shriver The Times

'a Portnoy's Complaint for girls... when I see this book described as laugh-out-loud funny I feel affronted; it could make you laugh out loud with one hand tied behind its back, while wanking itself off to fantasies of Satan. Laughing out loud is just the start' -- Zoe Williams The Guardian

'This isn't a sleek, slick novel, but it is a rambunctious, raw-edged, silly-profound and deeply relatable guide to what your worst mistakes can teach you, and it has much to offer teenagers both actual and inner' The Independent

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

About the Author

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 Interviewer of the Year in 2011. The eldest of eight children, home-educated in a council house in Wolverhampton, Caitlin read lots of books about feminism - mainly in an attempt to be able to prove to her brother, Eddie, that she was scientifically better than him. Caitlin isn't really her name. She was christened 'Catherine'. But she saw 'Caitlin' in a Jilly Cooper novel when she was 13 and thought it looked exciting. That's why she pronounces it incorrectly: 'Catlin'. It causes trouble for everyone.

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Publication date

1st April 2015

Author

Caitlin Moran

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Publisher

Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780091949013

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