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
I've been aware of Caitlin Moran since my 20s - she is the same age as me, and I remember watching her presenting Naked City with Johnny Vaughan and interviewing the likes of Blur, (jealous as hell, obviously), and of course writing in Melody Maker (I see you, fellow oldies).
Having read ‘How to Build A Woman’, and enjoying the sitcom she wrote ‘Raised by Wolves' I headed off to my local library and borrowed a copy of 'How to Build A Girl'. I loved Caitlin's writing style, and her witty and eng ...more
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
How To Be Famous, Caitlin Moran
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:, General Fiction (Adult) Women's Fiction
Gah, I can't believe it, Caitlin is described as “feminist sensation” in publicity blurb and then this book gets stuck in that old, dated, “women's Fiction” category. Why do we do this? Moan about equality and then prop it up with stereotypes about what men will and won't read!!
Anyway, that over, what about the book. I was so keen to read this, love the rockstar trope, and though m ...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
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.
How to Be Famous was a little disappointing. Caitlin Moran clearly had a lot of points to make, mostly about how women are perceived by the larger culture, and I was fine with that. I like novels that make points. But nothing about this particular novel felt unified or organic; it was a bunch of interrelated points held together by a shaky scaffolding of plot. I think maybe How to Be Famous has a case of middle-book syndrome: It's neither the exciting opener of a trilogy nor its (hopefully) gran ...more
Love this woman's writing
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