Caitlin Moran How To Build A Girl Review
How To Build A Girl - By Caitlin Moran

It's not often that I ever get a real 'craving' to write something. The urge to drop my toothbrush (back into its rightful place, of course), put down the bedtime moisturiser and rush to my laptop in a flurry of haste before my mind goes blank, and simply allow my fingers to run away on the keyboard for ten minutes. I've been reading 'How To Build A Girl' for a couple of weeks now (blaming late night reading and procrastination as to why I'm still not finished), but in short- it's wickedly funny and I absolutely love it (disclaimer: I have now finished it, and yes, it was brilliant- but more on that in about a paragraph).

It feels like being eight again. Wanting to go to bed early, and curl up amongst your duvet, with iPhone torch as ultimate light source, whilst buzzing under the covers in silent fits of laughter, worried that anyone else will wake up, and the weird thing, is that I feel I can resonate with protagonist Johanna. I'm not from Wolverhampton, don't get it on with my hairbrush and don't wear a top hat out and about (although sayiiiing that...) but her story about working at D&ME magazine brought back so many memories of an nu-rave emo Liv turning up at those very same IPC media doors at 15, waiting for the rest of my writing career to begin (which y'know, know where that goes). It was a time when NME Radio was a 'thing', Luke Lewis, James McMahon and Conor McNicholas were all part of 2009's magical NME era (to me and my Klaxon fuelled iPod anyway) and every day, walking into Pret (but not buying anything but a bottle of water) was so bloody exciting I didn't even mind getting up at the crack of dawn to spend every penny on a travel card, and the pleasure of post sorting was still a novelty ('LOOK THEY HAVE A NEW CD! CAN WE PLAY IT!')

The funny thing is, my dad picked me up that placement at a Horrors gig at the Astoria (remember?? It's where Tottenham Court Road tube now is for you youngsters out there) when I was about 14. After flinging myself about in the crowd for an hour with my best friend Gemma, we headed upstairs and found out my dad had been chatting to 'some journo' from the New Musical and blagged me a contact there (Karen- I will forever be in your debt). Anyway- How To Build A Girl. More about the book and less about you Liv. It's brilliant. If I had to describe Caitlin Moran in three words they'd be; really effing cool. There's not many women I'd spot at St Pancras 8am on a Saturday morning and go metaphorically weak at the knees at (it happened y'all)- but she is one of them. She makes me want to read, learn and push myself into the pages of everything and anything. She's bloody funny too. The kind of funny that you have to hold in on the train whilst wobbling silently to yourself and biting your lip, and writes in a way that makes you want to put yellow sticky notes all over the pages with notes on saying 'MUST. USE. THIS. WORD'. I'd read 'How To Be A Woman' prior to reading which I adored and this novel was the perfect follow up- with the book feeling almost slightly autobiographical- it was rude, shocking and utterly thought provoking (hence the post) and totally wonderful. Thank you C Moz, once again.

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Caitlin Moran How To Build A Girl Review
How To Build A Girl - By Caitlin Moran

It's not often that I ever get a real 'craving' to write something. The urge to drop my toothbrush (back into its rightful place, of course), put down the bedtime moisturiser and rush to my laptop in a flurry of haste before my mind goes blank, and simply allow my fingers to run away on the keyboard for ten minutes. I've been reading 'How To Build A Girl' for a couple of weeks now (blaming late night reading and procrastination as to why I'm still not finished), but in short- it's wickedly funny and I absolutely love it (disclaimer: I have now finished it, and yes, it was brilliant- but more on that in about a paragraph).

It feels like being eight again. Wanting to go to bed early, and curl up amongst your duvet, with iPhone torch as ultimate light source, whilst buzzing under the covers in silent fits of laughter, worried that anyone else will wake up, and the weird thing, is that I feel I can resonate with protagonist Johanna. I'm not from Wolverhampton, don't get it on with my hairbrush and don't wear a top hat out and about (although sayiiiing that...) but her story about working at D&ME magazine brought back so many memories of an nu-rave emo Liv turning up at those very same IPC media doors at 15, waiting for the rest of my writing career to begin (which y'know, know where that goes). It was a time when NME Radio was a 'thing', Luke Lewis, James McMahon and Conor McNicholas were all part of 2009's magical NME era (to me and my Klaxon fuelled iPod anyway) and every day, walking into Pret (but not buying anything but a bottle of water) was so bloody exciting I didn't even mind getting up at the crack of dawn to spend every penny on a travel card, and the pleasure of post sorting was still a novelty ('LOOK THEY HAVE A NEW CD! CAN WE PLAY IT!')

The funny thing is, my dad picked me up that placement at a Horrors gig at the Astoria (remember?? It's where Tottenham Court Road tube now is for you youngsters out there) when I was about 14. After flinging myself about in the crowd for an hour with my best friend Gemma, we headed upstairs and found out my dad had been chatting to 'some journo' from the New Musical and blagged me a contact there (Karen- I will forever be in your debt). Anyway- How To Build A Girl. More about the book and less about you Liv. It's brilliant. If I had to describe Caitlin Moran in three words they'd be; really effing cool. There's not many women I'd spot at St Pancras 8am on a Saturday morning and go metaphorically weak at the knees at (it happened y'all)- but she is one of them. She makes me want to read, learn and push myself into the pages of everything and anything. She's bloody funny too. The kind of funny that you have to hold in on the train whilst wobbling silently to yourself and biting your lip, and writes in a way that makes you want to put yellow sticky notes all over the pages with notes on saying 'MUST. USE. THIS. WORD'. I'd read 'How To Be A Woman' prior to reading which I adored and this novel was the perfect follow up- with the book feeling almost slightly autobiographical- it was rude, shocking and utterly thought provoking (hence the post) and totally wonderful. Thank you C Moz, once again.

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29 comments:

  1. I read this a while ago and felt the same way you did. I keep recommending it to my friends but no one's read it yet! Grr. Her Raised By Wolves TV series is just as funny too!

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  2. This sounds like such a good read! i was actually thinking of doing a book club type post too x

    Blushhx

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  3. I read an NPR review of this a bit back and had every intention to pick it up and read it! Now I am reminded and can' wait to get my hands on this book.

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  4. How convenient, I finished this book today! I really enjoyed it too.

    Emma | ohflowerchild.blogspot.com

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  5. While I find a lot of Caitlin Moran's statements on feminism problematic, there's no denying that this is a fun an engaging read. I love seeing book posts here!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  6. I have read 'how to be a woman' by Caitlin Moran and loved it. She is a really inspirational writer!
    Rosie
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    www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I love Caitlin Moran's style. How to be a woman had me in tears (in a good way). I'd love to read this book after my exams :)

    womanouk.com

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  8. It definitely sounds like an interesting read - I like to read in the Summer so might pick it up soon :)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I'll have to get my paws on both books then! It's been a while since i've read something that's given me a good giggle!
    Thanks for sharing this post!
    Love, Maisie
    www.lovemaisie.com

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  10. I really need a good new read as after exams are over I will have nothing to do for 3 months! I will be putting this on my to-buy list! x

    www.thatgirlrhianna.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I read this book when it first came out, having already devoured 'How To Be A Woman', and I adored it. Caitlin Moran is such an idol of mine and I'm going to see her speak at an event in Manchester in April, which I can't WAIT for! She makes me want to slap on some more eyeliner and start a revolution, which is the best inspiration anyone could want :)

    Hannah Simpson Writes

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  12. sounds amazing!! Now it's on my to read list :)

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  13. This sounds like an interesting read. Might give it a go as I'm on the hunting for some new reading material X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  14. I've recently bought How to be a Woman, but after reading this am definitely going to add How to build a Girl to my *to read* list! Lovely post :)
    www.missmollyemma.blogspot.com

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  15. Sounds like such a great book will definitely be ordering myself one of these!x
    AllysDays.blogspot.com

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  16. Sounds like a good read, need to pick up a copy

    Alisha x
    http://alishaxa.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I've wanted to get back on track with my reading and those two books seem like a good start. Thanks, Liv!
    -P.
    My blog: BOWTIE DIARY

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  18. This book has been added to my wish list :) great review of it!
    Georgina x | miss petite

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  19. I listened to How To Be A Woman on Audible (which by the way was great as she read it!) and it was kind of like Marmite for me but on a chapter by chapter basis! Some of them I loved and was giggling away like an idiot, but a couple were questionable... you will never persuade me that hairy armpits are okay, regardless of feminism! That being said she is incredibly funny and I'll definitely listen to this one too at some point, when she gets it right, it's golden!
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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  20. Oh I've been looking for a book for next month - this has been on my list for a while, so I think it's time to get it! x
    http://thewhimsicalfox.blogspot.com.au

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  21. cool, I will have to check this book out
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  22. You have definitely made a convincing argument to read this! I haven't read a really funny fantastic book in ages - definitely going to add this to my Goodreads to read list!

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

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  23. will definitely put this on my list of must-reads, sounds great! laugh out louds are the best ones! x Motte
    http://mottesblog.blogspot.com/

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  24. Have to read this now!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Cant wait to give this a read!!

    www.westfourteen.wordpress.com

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  26. Cant wait to give this a read!

    www.westfourteen.wordpress.com

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  27. This and How to Build a Woman have been on my to-read list for too long - I definitely need to pick up a copy!

    http://www.nikkisnotebook.com

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  28. Would love to pick this up and read it!

    www.maireem.blogspot.com

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  29. This sounds like such a good read! I'll have to get my paws on both books then! :)

    www.thesmallnoble.blogspot.de

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