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How to Build a Girl [Format Kindle]

Caitlin Moran

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Revue de presse

“Rowdy and fearless ... sloppy, big-hearted and alive in all the right ways…. Ms. Moran is often compared to Tina Fey and Lena Dunham, which is fair so far as it goes, though I’d add Amy Winehouse and the early Roseanne Barr to the mix.” (Dwight Garner, New York Times)

“Wonderfully wise and flat-out hilarious.” (People, Book of the Week)

“Very funny.... Moran never loses touch with what seemed to me an authentic and believable teenage voice…. The joy of this easy-read novel is not just the scrappy protagonist…. Moran makes strong statements about social inequality and gender throughout.” (Ellah Allfrey, NPR's Fresh Air)

“I have so much love for Caitlin Moran.” (Lena Dunham)

“The earnestness with which Johanna goes about constructing a new persona gives the novel an almost irresistible verve, and the reader continues to root for her even during the most embarrassing episodes.” (The New Yorker)

“A smart, splendid, laugh-out-loud-funny novel.” (Boston Globe)

“A feminist coming-of-age tale…. Johanna is an irrepressible narrator, telling a mostly-true and funny tale of survival and success.” (Joanna Scutts, Washington Post Book World)

“Brilliantly observed, thrillingly rude and laugh-out-loud funny.” (Helen Fielding, author of Mad About the Boy and Bridget Jones's Diary)

“Rallying cries will always have a place in a yet-unfinished movement like feminism, but sometimes storytelling is more effective. The fictional Johanna Morrigan never drops the F-word, but readers can see she’s asking all the right questions.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Very funny.” (Megan Gibson, Time)

“A funny book, heartfelt, silly, profane, insightful…. This is human stuff, a smile or laugh in almost every sentence-—ften a snort, giggle, or guffaw—and you learn a lot about how girls get built.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 My Bloody Valentine and Happy Mondays. As beautiful as it is funny, How To Build a Girl is a brilliant coming-of-age novel in DMs and ripped tights, that captures perfectly the terror and joy of trying to discover exactly who it is you are going to be.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1280 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 340 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0091949009
  • Editeur : Ebury Digital (3 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0091949009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091949006
  • ASIN: B00ITVYYKE
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 High-energy, modern coming-of-age story 8 juillet 2014
Par L. Maynard - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"How to Build a Girl" is a refreshingly apt title for this story of a girl's coming of age in a suburban English public housing project in the early 1990s. Johanna is highly intelligent and funny. She is also overweight and can't seem to make friends. The cure for her crushing adolescent insecurity? She reinvents herself as a new person, with a catchier name (Dolly) and what she imagines is an edgy rocker-chick look, complete with top hat and huge quantities of eyeliner. Her writing talent gets her hired as a rock music critic for a London magazine at the age of 16. (This seems laughably improbable until you read in the author bio that it actually happened to author Caitlin Moran.) Johanna/Dolly's exploits in the world of rock & roll are both hilarious and poignant. She barrels through at a breakneck pace, diving into booze, men, and cynicism with abandon, until it all catches up with her in a confluence of humiliations. "So what do you do when you build yourself -- only to realize you built yourself with the wrong things? You rip it up and start again." Be warned: There is a LOT of sex in HTBAG. This was actually the freshest and most insightful aspect of the novel for me. Moran describes in, ahem, complete detail how young girls are every bit as horny, curious, and obsessed with sex as boys are, yet they must navigate alone, often surreptitiously, through a sexual world still dominated by double standards. In Moran's hands, this feels like a feminist news flash, both a delight to read and a sad commentary on the rarity of authentic treatments of the topic.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I've Never Been A Teenage Girl, I Never Hope to Be One; But I Can Tell You Anyhow, I'd Rather See Than Be One 23 septembre 2014
Par Pop Bop - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I read the forward and preface to this book I admit I was concerned that I was about to read the earnest, heartfelt, and completely uninteresting prose/blog of a bright, sincere teenager. Boy, am I a dope, or what?

This book is, in fact, earnest, heartfelt, sincere and bright. It is also searingly funny, completely engaging, bawdy, rowdy, and brutally honest. This is not a lost-to-drugs-and-back story, or a tale of redemption after hitting bottom, or a melodrama fancied up with some new age or self-help wisdom.

It is an honest, rueful, deadpan story about growing up, spiced with exaggeration for effect, naughty bits, some cutting self examination, a few romantic touches, and lots of cheerfully lacerating observations about life, families, society, and the music business.

This only works, or at least it will only hold book length attention, if the reader can connect with some fundamentally sound aspect of the narrator. I'm not doing 300 pages of train wreck. I might do 300 hundred pages of funny train wreck. I absolutely won't go near 300 pages of poor-victim-me train wreck. Well, this author, (or, actually the character she created), can come over to my house, drink too much wine, and tell stories all night, and that will be fine by me. (Actually, the actual author can come too, since she's probably alright as well.) (By the way, the heroine's name is "Johanna Morrigan". "Morrigan" is a figure from Irish mythology and is considered the goddess of 'battle, strife, and sovereignty'. Could there possibly be a better name for this character? No. For that touch alone you should read this book.)

But this is not just an extended stand-up comedy act or a string of clever zingers hung together to look like a novel. Our heroine follows an unconventional but dramatic path to some reasonable form of enlightenment and self-invention. You know that old chestnut that all fiction is either "a stranger rides into town or a man goes on a trip"? Well, here, Johanna Morrigan definitely goes on a trip, and it may be long, strange and wild, but we all eventually end up in an unexpected and satisfying place. What a nice find.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just as Awesome as the Cover Suggests! 12 septembre 2014
Par kelfuller77 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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How to Build a Girl is absolutely hilarious. I was caught laughing out loud several times. The way that Caitlin Moran gets into her character's head is incredible. The voice of Johanna, the main character, is so real that sometimes I thought I was reading someone's diary. A crazy, hormone driven, desperate and all together awesome person's diary. Johanna decides she's not happy with who she is and in one day, decided to completely reinvent herself as Dolly. Dolly is a somewhat edgier, rockier girl that Johanna, but underneath it all.. she's still the ridiculous, insecure, imaginative, slightly overweight and oversexed Johanna. She flubs her way into a music review career and before she knows it, she's not faking it anymore.

I loved this book. The 90's reference and music references were so nostalgic for me. Not to mention the amazing cover with the Doc Martens!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I really, really wanted to love this book... 9 juillet 2014
Par dSavannah George-Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
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... I truly did. But I don't. And I can't. (And I'm very sorry, Caitlin.)

I came into it with very high expectations, having read and loved the author's first book, How to Be a Woman, which was the first positive and hopeful feminist tome I'd ever read.

So I quite looked forward to this book... and I was sorely disappointed.

The basic story: 14-year-old Johanna Morrigan lives in a council house (the US equivalent is the projects) with her disabled, drunk has-been musician father; her mother, who seems to have mentally disappeared after the unexpected birth of twin boys; her older-by-one-year brother; and her younger-by-eight years brother. They are, obviously, quite poor. And Johanna is of course, a fat awkward loser, who reads *a lot* and who watches a lot of telly with her family... and books and television and her small world is basically all she knows.

After saying the wrong thing to someone about the disability benefits they "live" on, Johanna experiences great anxiety at having the family's benefits cut, and so she searches for a way to help support her family. And she does, by renaming herself "Dolly Wilde" and becoming a writer for a music magazine, trying to build herself into something other than the fat loser from a loser, lower-class estate. And she also turns into what she calls a "lady sex adventurer", diving into bed with lots of guys, drinking a lot, doing drugs, writing scathing reviews of musicians, and essentially turning into someone she doesn't want to be. And of course, along the way she learns a lot about herself, and how to build herself: a girl. (And warning, there is quite a lot of sex in the book...)

The story is good, and the writing is good, and some of it hilarious, some of it sad, some of it quite poignant...

So why did I did not like it?

The author claims that this is a work of fiction, but having read "How to Be a Woman", this book mirrors that one in many, many ways. Not completely, but enough that it's quite distracting. I couldn't swear to it, but some of the phrases might even be exactly the same.

Also, I am proud to call myself a feminist, but in some cases it felt like the message of feminism was being shoved down the reader's throat, much like Big Al's big... erm, member. (Sorry for the euphemism, but I'm trying to keep it PG for the folks back at home.)

And I also think that the opening bits about Johanna's life could have been cut down to about a third. Her life in the projects is quite sad, but the story really gets going when she starts reinventing herself and working for the magazine.

And my final complaint is that instead of focusing on Johanna/Dolly Wilde in that time and in those places, and besides the fact that the book is presented as if the author has set the story in 1990 - 1994 or so... it often includes paragraphs or sentences that start "years later", or "what I didn't know then"... which quite took me out of the story, and is more indicative of a memoir rather than a bit of fiction. Also, I get the phrase "write what you know", but it seems the author could have changed a *few* things! (Like J/D, the author grew up in the projects - in the same city! - in a large family and was well-read, started her career young as a music journalist, and threw herself into sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.)

Side note: As I received a galley for review, I do hope that the errors (mostly typographical) and inconsistencies (for instance, it wasn't until about 2/3 through the book that I realized she was sharing her bedroom with her brothers; sometimes it's difficult to tell where in time we are because the chapters rarely have date headings; a mention of her being home-schooled, which Johanna was not) are corrected by publication date.

I still highly recommend How to Be a Woman; if you read that one, don't read this. (And again, sorry, Caitlin. I was as kind as I could be, while still being completely honest.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mad about this book 5 septembre 2014
Par J-J-J-Jinx - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is freaking great! It's both funny and embarrassing...when 14 year old Johanna goes on live television, it was laugh out loud funny. Not not just a little laugh, either. And that is really not like me while reading a book. I was even laughing thinking about it a few hours later. Heck, I'm laughing thinking about it now.

After Johanna's embarrassing moment, she goes on to reinvent herself, which is sometimes successful and sometimes not but the whole time she has an amazing attitude and a great wit. And not just her, but her whole family, who continually surprise Johanna by, in key moments, not doing or saying the things parents are supposed to, and also perhaps by surprising the reader with their depth and wit.

The author has built some amazing characters and given them a good story and I really feel like the writing quality itself is so good that anything she writes would be something I would love to read.
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