A hilarious, heartfelt sequel to How to Build a Girl, the breakout novel from feminist sensation Caitlin Moranwho the New York Times called, "rowdy and fearless . . . sloppy, big-hearted and alive in all the right ways."You cant have your best friend be famous if youre not famous. It doesnt work. Youre emotional pen-friends. You can send each other lettersbut youre not doing anything together. You live in different countries.Johanna Morrigan (AKA Dolly Wilde) has it all: at eighteen, she lives in her own flat in London and writes for the coolest music magazine in Britain. But Johanna is miserable. Her best friend and man of her dreams John Kite has just made it big in 1994s hot new BritPop scene. Suddenly John exists on another plane of reality: that of the Famouses.Never one to sit on the sidelines, Johanna hatches a plan: she will Saint Paul his Corinthians, she will Jimmy his Pinocchioshe will write a monthly column, by way of a manual to the famous, analyzing fame, its power, its dangers, and its amusing aspects. In stories, girls never win the girlthey are won. Well, Johanna will re-write the stories, and win John, through her writing.But as Johannas own star rises, an unpleasant one-night stand she had with a stand-up comedian, Jerry Sharp, comes back to haunt in her in a series of unfortunate consequences. How can a girl deal with public sexual shaming? Especially when her new friend, the up-and-coming feminist rock icon Suzanne Banks, is Jimmy Cricketing her?For anyone who has been a girl or known one, who has admired fame or judged it, and above all anyone who loves to laugh till their sides ache, How to Be Famous is a big-hearted, hilarious tale of fame and fortune-and all they entail....
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How To Be Famous Reviews
This is not a drill.
I repeat: NOT A DRILL.
Yes, Caitlin Moran has written a sequel to the sublime How to Build a Girl . I never expected this, never asked for this … and I definitely don’t deserve it, but young women do. This sequel is arguably better, brighter, more brilliant than the first book. I devoured it in a day, and I already want to go back and re-read it, underline it, find quotations, make my friends read it to hear their opinions. This is a book I want to share and evangelize and en ...more
I cannot find the words to describe how much I UTTERLY LOVE this book. Brilliantly written and hilariously funny (in parts) whilst having some very serious issues to deal with. This book is very apt with the current #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, but our main hero Johanna takes back control (of what was a pretty awful situation) in a spectacular way. Now whilst I did not feel completely sorry for the initial situation, she made a choice (and admits that), the fallout was something that has happe ...more
music journalist dolly wilde continues her professional and sexual journey, gets into some terrible and hilarious situations, learns some shit about herself, and teaches men respect. this was wonderful..i don't think it surpasses the first book in the series, for me, but it was fantastic. there's a letter that the protagonist writes to a friend about the way male musicians treat their female teenage fans and if it wasn't so long i would copy the whole thing here..it had me weeping. thanks, @msca ...more
I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins.
Following Moran's novel How to Build a Girl, this novel continues the story of Johanna Morrigan who is known as Dolly Wilde. The year is 1994, the place is London, and Johanna is an 18 year old living in her own flat and writing for music magazines, while hopelessly pining after her friend John Kite who is now a hot new musician. In navigating the adult world of London, Johanna has an unpleasant one night stand that comes bac ...more
I do not even have the words to describe how lovely and brilliant this book is. Every woman should read it and every man who wants to understand women should also read it. This is the new Feminine Mystique, the new female manifesto. Funny and honest and too good for words. Please buy it and enjoy it.
Laugh out loud funny, unapologetically honest, crude, and written in her classic authoritative Wolverhampton tone.
This is unmistakably classic Caitlin Moran.
I can’t wait for the next instalment of Johanna Morrigan (aka Dolly Wilde’s) journey!
What I talk about when I talk about editing. Was this book even edited? The AMOUNT of missing words and clauses was unbelievable, and, also, there was even a typo. And the tenses kept changing. And it annoyed me. But it was very readable. Even if it was, yeah... plastic.
I understand it is communicating important issues in a very accessible way, and for that, I can't fault it. Good on you, Caitlin, but ya know, you've been doing this whole writing gig a while now and I would just like to s ...more
This is a fucking brilliant love letter to girls and all their power and possibility. It's also an ode to art and music and food and sex and all the things that make life worth living.
I checked this out from the library to read it, but I am now going to buy my very own copy to own and keep on the special shelf of favorite books that's next to my bed. These are the books I want to revisit, even just in part, the ones that I consider friends. This book is one of my dear friends, and I think Johan ...more