How to Build a Girl – Read Along: Introduction

Posted 7 July, 2014 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in

It’s time for the pre-publication read along for Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl (Order Now!) hosted by the gracious Emily at How the Crow Flies along with the generosity of the folks at Harper Collins.

I haven’t read any Caitlin Moran before, but the idea of a feminist coming of age novel set nineties Britain was too good to pass up! (Also, I’m a feminist, of course I need to read this book.)

Do you want the synopsis? I know you want the synopsis. Here it is! (Goodreads)

The New York Times bestselling author hailed as “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) makes her fiction debut with a hilarious yet deeply moving coming of age novel.

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 Bröntes—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 the 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.

So for the next several weeks myself and other bloggers will be engaging in a fun and fabulous read along. I know I’m excited!

April @ The Steadfast Reader


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