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How to Build a Girl is a coming of age story with a difference. It's gritty, truthful, filthy, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny!! And sometimes all the same time!
I think this is the book I'll be recommending to all of my friends this year!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Hard work all through. Strange way to write a book but probably appeal to some people!! Definitely a different mind set to me though!! Listen to a sample before buying is my advice
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Would you listen to How to Build a Girl again? Why?
I'd definitely listen to How to Build a Girl again because it was so well read by Louise Brealey. She did all the accents of each character so well and so consistently. I really felt I was there with Johanna as she went through her often agonising experiences of teenage life. Every minute of Caitlin Moran's story was delicious to listen to. Not once did I feel like fast forwarding through filler because there is none.
What other book might you compare How to Build a Girl to, and why?
I guess all the music references reminded me a bit of Hi Fidelity by Nick Hornby but this storyline is completely different.
What about Louise Brealey’s performance did you like?
I just fell in love with the main character, Johanna, who is telling the story. Louise Brealey's performance was so believable.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I wanted to hug the main character and tell her everything is going to be alright and that I totally understand what she is going through. I laughed for a good part of this book. So, so funny!
Any additional comments?
Highly recommend for anyone, particularly if you were a teen in the early 1990s and love indie rock. Everyone is mentioned from Courtney Love, Manic Street Preachers, NWA and the Smashing Pumpkins plus so many more. While you can't hear the music on the audiobook you can still feel it through the words. Plus this book is hilarious. Did I mention this book is super funny?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
As usual, Caitlin Moran published a piece of brilliance. Hilarious and heartbreaking, it should be mandatory reading in high school. Couldn't put it down.