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You've read it already.......,
This review is from: How to Build a Girl (Hardcover)
.....only with different names. This is basically How To Be a Woman all over again, only the heroine's surname is Morrigan not Moran. Actually had to stop a couple of times to check I hadn't accidentally picked up the other book by mistake. There is not much new here.
Moran is a very funny writer, but please. Also all the reviews calling it a "debut novel"? Come on, she's been writing books for decades. She is essentially the female Kingsley Amis: you get the same entertaining, but far too familiar book again, and again, and again. How many home schooled working class 90s teens from Wolverhampton do we need to hear about for her to acknowledge, we got the point?
This seems to be written for adults who want to read the YA fiction they wish they had in the 90s instead of real books. OK for all that but I expected more. Moran has a lot of talent. Here's hoping someone pushes her to write about something other than herself next time.
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2014, 23:00:17 BST
Hells Bells says:
Couldn't agree more with this review. I love Caitlan Moran's columns and observations on life. The difference between being a great journalist and novelist is the ability to use imagination and step beyond your experience. This is essentially the same story as How to Become a Woman (which I loved). I will need to be convinced before I buy another 'novel' from her and will stick to her brilliant insights in broadsheets.
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