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“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)

“Rallying cries will always have a place in a yet-unfinished movement like feminism, but sometimes storytelling is more effective. The fictional Johanna Morrigan never drops the F-word, but readers can see she’s asking all the right questions.” (New York Times Book Review)

“If anyone knows how to build a girl, it’s Moran-she’s put adolescence on the page in a book that’s humming with authenticity.” (NPR Best Book of the Year selection)

“Very funny.” (Megan Gibson, Time)

“I crammed every word down like Cinnabon!” (Joss Whedon)

“A funny book, heartfelt, silly, profane, insightful…. This is human stuff, a smile or laugh in almost every sentence-—ften a snort, giggle, or guffaw—and you learn a lot about how girls get built.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Brash, biting, comic…. Less a novelistic rendering of Moran’s particularly gritty and appealing brand of feminism than an incisive and yet entertaining assessment of class dynamics in post-Thatcher Britain.” (Chloe Schama, New Republic)

“A funny, filthy and ultimately touching coming-of-age story…. Raunchy, wry and thoughtful-much like its vivacious heroine.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)


The number 1 Sunday Times bestseller, the debut grown-up novel from Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How To Be A Woman


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2045 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 357 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ebury Digital (3. Juli 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0091949009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091949006
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How to Build a Girl is set in England in the 1990s. To be more specific, our main character Johanna lives in Wolverhampton, about two hours north of London.

We accompany Johanna Morrigan through the worst of her teenage years. Johanna is a chubby girl who wants to change the way people see her. This is why she reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde, a goth and music critic who has seen it all. While I can absolutely identify with Johanna, I’m having problems with Dolly. Sure, like Johanna, Dolly has traits that remind me of my teenage self (very spooky!), but sometimes I get the feeling that Dolly’s character is a bit over the top. I can’t think of any person I know who, as a teenager, behaved like Dolly – and I was in the goth and heavy metal scene myself for some time.

Overall, reading How to Build a Girl feels like traveling back in time. I got to relive my teenage years with a different perspective. The novel is fun and includes bite-sized historical background information for those who aren’t that familiar with the UK in the 1990s. How to Build a Girl is the perfect read for 20- and 30-somethings, as they can relate to the 1990s setting and connect with Johanna/Dolly.
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Caitlin Moran is the new Alan Silitoe; a great plot, funny but with serious undertones of modern careers that are fragile and often in crisis.
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HASH(0x8e7b4bb8) von 5 Sternen High-energy, modern coming-of-age story 8. Juli 2014
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"How to Build a Girl" is a refreshingly apt title for this story of a girl's coming of age in a suburban English public housing project in the early 1990s. Johanna is highly intelligent and funny. She is also overweight and can't seem to make friends. The cure for her crushing adolescent insecurity? She reinvents herself as a new person, with a catchier name (Dolly) and what she imagines is an edgy rocker-chick look, complete with top hat and huge quantities of eyeliner. Her writing talent gets her hired as a rock music critic for a London magazine at the age of 16. (This seems laughably improbable until you read in the author bio that it actually happened to author Caitlin Moran.) Johanna/Dolly's exploits in the world of rock & roll are both hilarious and poignant. She barrels through at a breakneck pace, diving into booze, men, and cynicism with abandon, until it all catches up with her in a confluence of humiliations. "So what do you do when you build yourself -- only to realize you built yourself with the wrong things? You rip it up and start again." Be warned: There is a LOT of sex in HTBAG. This was actually the freshest and most insightful aspect of the novel for me. Moran describes in, ahem, complete detail how young girls are every bit as horny, curious, and obsessed with sex as boys are, yet they must navigate alone, often surreptitiously, through a sexual world still dominated by double standards. In Moran's hands, this feels like a feminist news flash, both a delight to read and a sad commentary on the rarity of authentic treatments of the topic.
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HASH(0x8e7c560c) von 5 Sternen Just as Awesome as the Cover Suggests! 12. September 2014
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How to Build a Girl is absolutely hilarious. I was caught laughing out loud several times. The way that Caitlin Moran gets into her character's head is incredible. The voice of Johanna, the main character, is so real that sometimes I thought I was reading someone's diary. A crazy, hormone driven, desperate and all together awesome person's diary. Johanna decides she's not happy with who she is and in one day, decided to completely reinvent herself as Dolly. Dolly is a somewhat edgier, rockier girl that Johanna, but underneath it all.. she's still the ridiculous, insecure, imaginative, slightly overweight and oversexed Johanna. She flubs her way into a music review career and before she knows it, she's not faking it anymore.

I loved this book. The 90's reference and music references were so nostalgic for me. Not to mention the amazing cover with the Doc Martens!
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HASH(0x8e7cd504) von 5 Sternen I've Never Been A Teenage Girl, I Never Hope to Be One; But I Can Tell You Anyhow, I'd Rather See Than Be One 23. September 2014
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When I read the forward and preface to this book I admit I was concerned that I was about to read the earnest, heartfelt, and completely uninteresting prose/blog of a bright, sincere teenager. Boy, am I a dope, or what?

This book is, in fact, earnest, heartfelt, sincere and bright. It is also searingly funny, completely engaging, bawdy, rowdy, and brutally honest. This is not a lost-to-drugs-and-back story, or a tale of redemption after hitting bottom, or a melodrama fancied up with some new age or self-help wisdom.

It is an honest, rueful, deadpan story about growing up, spiced with exaggeration for effect, naughty bits, some cutting self examination, a few romantic touches, and lots of cheerfully lacerating observations about life, families, society, and the music business.

This only works, or at least it will only hold book length attention, if the reader can connect with some fundamentally sound aspect of the narrator. I'm not doing 300 pages of train wreck. I might do 300 hundred pages of funny train wreck. I absolutely won't go near 300 pages of poor-victim-me train wreck. Well, this author, (or, actually the character she created), can come over to my house, drink too much wine, and tell stories all night, and that will be fine by me. (Actually, the actual author can come too, since she's probably alright as well.) (By the way, the heroine's name is "Johanna Morrigan". "Morrigan" is a figure from Irish mythology and is considered the goddess of 'battle, strife, and sovereignty'. Could there possibly be a better name for this character? No. For that touch alone you should read this book.)

But this is not just an extended stand-up comedy act or a string of clever zingers hung together to look like a novel. Our heroine follows an unconventional but dramatic path to some reasonable form of enlightenment and self-invention. You know that old chestnut that all fiction is either "a stranger rides into town or a man goes on a trip"? Well, here, Johanna Morrigan definitely goes on a trip, and it may be long, strange and wild, but we all eventually end up in an unexpected and satisfying place. What a nice find.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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HASH(0x8e7cd4c8) von 5 Sternen Authentic and unflinchingly grrrly. 22. Oktober 2014
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This was a very charming book. True, I found Johanna/Dolly a bit grating and annoying but I cared deeply for her life and her family and where she would end up and I wasn't disappointed. We live in a world where character development isn't as important and necessary as it's been in the past. Thank you, postmodernism.

Johanna is unapologetically herself throughout the novel. She made me mad and made me roll my eyes and I wanted to sit her down several times and guide her from the error of her ways. This is the genius in Moran's writing, the gutsy authenticity. We're there for every bodily fluid, every giant penis, every fold of baby fat. I couldn't stand this girl half the time but I rooted for her anyway. Her family is written wonderfully. Each of them was alive and angry and believable. I grew up as poor as they did and this novel smacked of the realism and sadness of poverty.

I'm sure much of this book was autobiographical. It was a fun read and actually educational as far as the trends and hypes of the time period (early to mid 90s). Some of the plot is so hard to believe that it has to be true, if that makes sense. Like you couldn't write that stuff. This book would work great as a TV series.

The ending it truly what made this book great. It was what I expected but it wasn't what I expected. Johanna learned her lesson but only changed enough to please herself, which is what we all do. I thought for sure there would be this big resolution with Johanna's hilariously present father at the end but instead the resolution was with her mother, who had been mostly relegated to the periphery of the text. And the passage was beautiful and masterfully done. Her resolution with her father was brief and fitting. I really liked this book.
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HASH(0x8e7cd990) von 5 Sternen I really, really wanted to love this book... 9. Juli 2014
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... I truly did. But I don't. And I can't. (And I'm very sorry, Caitlin.)

I came into it with very high expectations, having read and loved the author's first book, How to Be a Woman, which was the first positive and hopeful feminist tome I'd ever read.

So I quite looked forward to this book... and I was sorely disappointed.

The basic story: 14-year-old Johanna Morrigan lives in a council house (the US equivalent is the projects) with her disabled, drunk has-been musician father; her mother, who seems to have mentally disappeared after the unexpected birth of twin boys; her older-by-one-year brother; and her younger-by-eight years brother. They are, obviously, quite poor. And Johanna is of course, a fat awkward loser, who reads *a lot* and who watches a lot of telly with her family... and books and television and her small world is basically all she knows.

After saying the wrong thing to someone about the disability benefits they "live" on, Johanna experiences great anxiety at having the family's benefits cut, and so she searches for a way to help support her family. And she does, by renaming herself "Dolly Wilde" and becoming a writer for a music magazine, trying to build herself into something other than the fat loser from a loser, lower-class estate. And she also turns into what she calls a "lady sex adventurer", diving into bed with lots of guys, drinking a lot, doing drugs, writing scathing reviews of musicians, and essentially turning into someone she doesn't want to be. And of course, along the way she learns a lot about herself, and how to build herself: a girl. (And warning, there is quite a lot of sex in the book...)

The story is good, and the writing is good, and some of it hilarious, some of it sad, some of it quite poignant...

So why did I did not like it?

The author claims that this is a work of fiction, but having read "How to Be a Woman", this book mirrors that one in many, many ways. Not completely, but enough that it's quite distracting. I couldn't swear to it, but some of the phrases might even be exactly the same.

Also, I am proud to call myself a feminist, but in some cases it felt like the message of feminism was being shoved down the reader's throat, much like Big Al's big... erm, member. (Sorry for the euphemism, but I'm trying to keep it PG for the folks back at home.)

And I also think that the opening bits about Johanna's life could have been cut down to about a third. Her life in the projects is quite sad, but the story really gets going when she starts reinventing herself and working for the magazine.

And my final complaint is that instead of focusing on Johanna/Dolly Wilde in that time and in those places, and besides the fact that the book is presented as if the author has set the story in 1990 - 1994 or so... it often includes paragraphs or sentences that start "years later", or "what I didn't know then"... which quite took me out of the story, and is more indicative of a memoir rather than a bit of fiction. Also, I get the phrase "write what you know", but it seems the author could have changed a *few* things! (Like J/D, the author grew up in the projects - in the same city! - in a large family and was well-read, started her career young as a music journalist, and threw herself into sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.)

Side note: As I received a galley for review, I do hope that the errors (mostly typographical) and inconsistencies (for instance, it wasn't until about 2/3 through the book that I realized she was sharing her bedroom with her brothers; sometimes it's difficult to tell where in time we are because the chapters rarely have date headings; a mention of her being home-schooled, which Johanna was not) are corrected by publication date.

I still highly recommend How to Be a Woman; if you read that one, don't read this. (And again, sorry, Caitlin. I was as kind as I could be, while still being completely honest.)
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