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
Fans of Moran's "How to Build a Girl" will enjoy this sequel, which continues Dolly Wilde's journey as a music journalist in the '90s. This follow-up is perfect for the times, as it focuses a lot on Dolly's feminism, self-exploration, and her very own "Me Too" experience. I'm still not a fan of how explicit some of Moran's writing is, but for those who don't mind it, it's fun to get caught up in her humor and wit.
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
I won this book from Goodreads. All I can say is that I didn't enjoy it at all...probably because it was aimed at a totally different audience, British and the very young...neither of which I am. I found it so boring (and, actually idiotic) that I literally had to force myself to continue reading. I kept thinking, "It's got to get better!"...but, it never did.
How to Be Famous is a worthy successor to How to Build a Girl, two novels about a girl coming to London in the 1990s as a rock journalist, making mistakes and ultimately triumphing in a book that is structured more like a romantic comedy with a successful conclusion than you would expect from the overall themes. You can read either book on its own and if you read just one would make it the first which was somewhat better for reasons discussed below.
The strength of How to Be Famous is the incessa ...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
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
I'm being a bit harsh because it did have good feminist insights but for me it could have been summed up in an article not a book.
In How To Be Famous, we're reunited with Johanna Mor(rig)an, the heroine of Caitlin Moran's previous novel, How To Build A Girl. And however many times Moran insists that Johanna is but a figment of her imagination and bears to relation to individuals alive or dead etc, it's (once again) impossible to ignore the parallels in Moran's own life; the chaotic Midlands upbringing, the journalistic dreams-turned-reality, the move to the capital, even the early nineties setting. It's fair enough - if my ...more