Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $4.79 shipping
How to Build a Girl: A Novel (P.S. (Paperback)) Paperback – June 30, 2015
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“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)
From the Back Cover
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. 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 the 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?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The writing is stellar, and the editing is fabulous too. I love the vocabulary, the metaphor, and the overall VIBE of this book. (If you read and appreciate either Christopher Moore or Tom Robbins, you will love this writing style.) I have recommended this book to many friends, and I may even re-read it. "How to Build a Girl" was my first taste of Caitlin Moran, and I look forward to reading more.
It is also (as I see it) very wryly humorous in parts, without straining for that effect. I suppose for Brits it might be more dramatically funny, but even over here, it's got plenty of humorous scenes. Tinged with a bit of sadness, but never maudlin.
Really only the main character is fully developed, but so thoroughly so that the other characters seem just fine.
This book is seriously funny, thanks to Johanna's way with words, and her lack of a filter. If you like raunchy humour, British pop culture references, and vulnerable and flawed adolescent narrators, this is your book! But, it's absolutely not for anyone who is put off by dirty words and over-sharing around sexual experiences. Personally, I appreciated the candour and laugh out loud moments. I was always routing for Johanna, even when she showed terrible judgement. Recommended!
I was unsure about her taking a turn with "fiction", but I was NOT disappointed.
1. This is a terrific book. I've been nagging my 22 year old daughter to read/listen to it unmercifully.
2. Louise Brealey does an AMAZING narration. Really, I was blown away. I will buy books that she narrates JUST for her narration. It was WONDERFUL. Thank you, Caitlin Moran, for having selected such a talented narrator.