How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran audiobook

How to Build a Girl: A Novel

By Caitlin Moran
Read by Louise Brealey

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062335975
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Now a major motion picture starring Beanie Feldstein! The New York Times bestselling author hailed as “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) makes her fiction debut with a hilarious yet deeply moving coming of age novel. 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—like Jo in Little Women, or the Bröntes—but without the dying young bit. 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 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? Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant, and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it.

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Summary

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A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A People Pick of the Week

Now a major motion picture starring Beanie Feldstein!

The New York Times bestselling author hailed as “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) makes her fiction debut with a hilarious yet deeply moving coming of age novel.

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—like Jo in Little Women, or the Bröntes—but without the dying young bit.

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 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?

Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant, and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliantly observed, thrillingly rude, and laugh-out-loud funny.” Helen Fielding, New York Times bestselling author of the Bridget Jones series
“Wonderfully wise and flat-out hilarious.” People
“Moran’s book is not a sweet coming-of-age story but an unvarnished, yet funny, picture of a teenager exploring her sexuality and feminine power. While the novel’s language and setting is very British, its teen angst is universal. Moran’s wit and compassion for her characters make this book not only insightful but captivating.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Louise Brealey is perfect as the voice of Johanna…Brealey’s accent and light tone fit with Johanna’s exploits and offbeat style.” AudioFile
“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.” New Yorker
“Moran’s spirited coming-of-age tale romps from strength to strength.” Times (London)
“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
“A rambunctious, raw-edged, silly-profound, and deeply relatable guide to what your worst mistakes can teach you.” Independent (London)
“A feminist coming-of-age tale…Johanna is an irrepressible narrator, telling a mostly true and funny tale of survival and success.” Washington Post Book World
“Almost every page has something on it that makes you smile, makes you sad, or makes you think—often all three at once in one sentence.” Spectator
“A smart, splendid, laugh-out-loud-funny novel.” Boston Globe
“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

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Author Bio: Caitlin Moran

Author Bio: Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran wrote her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined the music weekly Melody Maker, and at eighteen hosted the pop show Naked City. Following this, she put in eighteen years as a columnist for the Times as a television critic and the most-read part of the paper—the satirical celebrity column Celebrity Watch. Her work for the Times earned her the British Press Awards’ Columnist of the Year Award and Critic and Interviewer of the Year.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English