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How to Build a Girl by [Moran, Caitlin]
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"Wonderfully wise and flat-out hilarious."--"People," Book of the Week

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

"Very funny."--Megan Gibson, "Time"

"Binge-read all of "How To Build a Girl" in one sitting. Even missed supper. A first. Rose petals where 'ere you walk, Caitlin."--Nigella Lawson

"I crammed every word down like Cinnabon!"--Joss Whedon

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""

Vivid and full of truths . There s a point in midlife, when you re already built, as it were, when the average coming-of-age story starts to feel completely uninteresting. But Moran is so lively, dazzlingly insightful and fun that How to Build a Girl transcends any age restrictions. --"San Francisco Chronicle""

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""

Binge-read all of "How To Build a Girl" in one sitting. Even missed supper. A first. Rose petals where ere you walk, Caitlin. --Nigella Lawson"

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""

If anyone knows how to build a girl, it s Moran-she s put adolescence on the page in a book that s humming with authenticity. --"NPR" Best Book of the Year selection"

Very funny. --Megan Gibson, "Time""

I crammed every word down like Cinnabon! --Joss Whedon"

Brash, biting, comic . Less a novelistic rendering of Moran s particularly gritty and appealing brand of feminism than an incisive and yet entertaining assessment of class dynamics in post-Thatcher Britain. --Chloe Schama, "New Republic""

A funny, filthy and ultimately touching coming-of-age story . Raunchy, wry and thoughtful-much like its vivacious heroine. --"Minneapolis Star Tribune""

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""

"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

"Vivid and full of truths.... There's a point in midlife, when you're already built, as it were, when the average coming-of-age story starts to feel completely uninteresting. But Moran is so lively, dazzlingly insightful and fun that "How to Build a Girl" transcends any age restrictions."--San Francisco Chronicle

"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

"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

"Binge-read all of How To Build a Girl in one sitting. Even missed supper. A first. Rose petals where 'ere you walk, Caitlin."--Nigella Lawson

"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

"If anyone knows how to build a girl, it's Moran-she's put adolescence on the page in a book that's humming with authenticity."--NPR Best Book of the Year selection

"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

"Brash, biting, comic.... Less a novelistic rendering of Moran's particularly gritty and appealing brand of feminism than an incisive and yet entertaining assessment of class dynamics in post-Thatcher Britain."--Chloe Schama, New Republic

"A funny, filthy and ultimately touching coming-of-age story.... Raunchy, wry and thoughtful-much like its vivacious heroine."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

-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

-Vivid and full of truths.... There's a point in midlife, when you're already built, as it were, when the average coming-of-age story starts to feel completely uninteresting. But Moran is so lively, dazzlingly insightful and fun that -How to Build a Girl- transcends any age restrictions.---San Francisco Chronicle

-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

-Binge-read all of How To Build a Girl in one sitting. Even missed supper. A first. Rose petals where 'ere you walk, Caitlin.---Nigella Lawson

-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

-If anyone knows how to build a girl, it's Moran-she's put adolescence on the page in a book that's humming with authenticity.---NPR Best Book of the Year selection

-Very funny.---Megan Gibson, Time

-I crammed every word down like Cinnabon!---Joss Whedon

-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

-Brash, biting, comic.... Less a novelistic rendering of Moran's particularly gritty and appealing brand of feminism than an incisive and yet entertaining assessment of class dynamics in post-Thatcher Britain.---Chloe Schama, New Republic

-A funny, filthy and ultimately touching coming-of-age story.... Raunchy, wry and thoughtful-much like its vivacious heroine.---Minneapolis Star Tribune

Book Description

The number 1 Sunday Times bestseller, the debut grown-up novel from Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How To Be A Woman

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2077 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0091949025
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091949009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091949006
  • ASIN: B00ITVYYKE
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 328 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bought this for my grand-daughter who's slowly morphing into a feminist, She loves it. Dammit !!
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I love Caitlin Moran. She is absolutely hilarious. This is an uncomfortable read if you're not expecting crude humour and some shocking episodes. But I was. I have no issue with controversial writing and Caitlin can do no wrong as far as I am concerned.
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This book is so well written and hilarious. I would highly recommend, especially for those who love a bit of British music history.
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Caitlin Moran is a genius
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Brilliant book!
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I came at this, Caitlin Moran's first novel written as an adult, juddering all over the place with contradictory preconceptions. The title riffs off her bestselling non-fiction book! Would it just be a thinly-veiled book about a proto-Caitlin? But then her more focused, serious columns are shiningly good. Maybe there would be more of that? It was enough to make me WRITE ALL IN CAPS.

At the end of this book, I wanted to run out of my flat, find and hug teenage girls - inappropriate at any time, let alone in Camberwell at half eleven at night. Johanna Morrigan is a teenager who wants to be something. Or someone, she hasn't figured out who, but she knows it will involve writing, the one activity other than gloriously masturbating at any opportunity that she, as a properly poor girl, can do.

After assiduously listening to every music tape in her local library, she creates a new identity for herself as the elaborately eyelinered and mean Dolly Wilde, sends in sample reviews to the music magazine D&ME, and ends up as a completely naive stringer, filing reviews and, as she thinks it, supporting her family with work. But as Dolly's mean streak takes over, Johanna finds that her new persona might not be her ideal after all.

There is a no-nonsense disclaimer at the start that while Johanna Morrigan and Caitlin Moran share biographical details in common - Wolverhampton, large family on benefits, disabled father, precocious music journalism career, fatness, fondness for hats and having a lovely time wanking and shagging around - this is total fiction.
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