Caitlin Moran: How to Be Famous



Eat NOT A DRILLYes Caitlin Moran has written a seuel to the sublime How to Build a Girl I never expected this never asked for this and I definitely don t deserve it but oung women do This seuel is arguably better brighter brilliant than the first book I devoured it in a day and I a Much like the first book in the series How to Build a Girl this was incredibly raunchy and hilarious Moran doesn t sugarcoat anything and it s very refreshing Yes at times it s awfully lewd but Johanna is such a fantastically crafted heroine The Legacy of Aaron Geist you can t help but fall in love with all aspects of her personality including her extreme openness aboutwell everything The last 10% or so was a bit too on the nose for me I wouldn t have minded a bit nuance in the storytelling But overall a fun ride and one that had me turning the pages reading the entire thing in 1 day Definitely looking forward to the final installment in this series Be warned ifou pick this book up it has very explicit material in it This was hilarious and exhilaratingBut frankly I wouldn t expect anything less from a book written by Caitlin Moran I read two of Caitlin s previous books How to Be a Woman and How to Build a Girl and loved them For my American friends who don t know Caitlin Moran I would describe her as a feminist comedian a UK version of Amy SchumerHow to Be Famous centres around 19 Prisoner of Night (Black Dagger Brotherhood, year old Dolly Wilde who moved to London from North England Dolly grew up in an unconventional family living on benefits Her upbringing and background is similar to Caitlin Moran s own childhood Dolly Wilde is outspoken fun and overweight and she often finds herself in the most bizarre and awkward situations Ifou ve seen Moran s TV show Raised by Wolves which I highly recommend Insectissimo! you will recognise some similarities between the main characters Despite this book being a book 2 featuring Dolly Wilde How to Build a Girl being 1 How to be Famous can be definitely read as a standalone Ifou are looking for a fun read and don t mind reading anecdotes featuring penises and vaginas definitely add this one to Fields of Fire (Frontlines, your summer reads I can promiseou ll be laughing out loud most of the time Many thanks to Penguin Random House for my e copy in exchange for an honest review 35 starsSex drugs and f king rock n roll This is snarky raunchy with a good dose of feminist views and as much as I loved it I know this may not be for everyoneJohanna Morrigan AKA Dolly Wilde is 18 and for the first time living on her own in London at the height of Britpop hype She works for a music publication and tend to meet a lot of famous and almost famous people She makes the fundamental mistake of having bad sex with a bad man and must deal with the aftermath of public sexual shaming The way that she dealt with that is one of my favourite parts of the bookBut the book is far from perfect I wasn t completely sold on the John Kite angle but I enjoyed the build up to it and I loved the audio narrator so much that I have decided to round up to a full 4 starsIf Redeemed (The MacKays you know this authorou will have some idea of what to expect she does not hold back or shy away from ugly truths even if it means making the reader and her characters uncomfortable I have read almost all of her non fiction books but must say I was mightily impressed with this fictional story Raw funny and thought provokingA friend of mine said in her review At its core this is an ode to teenage girls and oung women and its such a wonderful way to sum this up Once again it s as if Caitlin Moran has read my teenage diaries and used them as a base for a fictional story I connect heart and soul with every sentence and it s always such an emotional heartfelt experience Love love love EBut when my two night stand with edgy comedian Jerry Sharp goes wrong people start to know my name for all the wrong reasons ‘He’s a vampire He destroys bright oung girls Also he’s a total dick’ Suzanne warned me But by that point I’d already had sex with him Bad sex Now I’m one of the girls he’s trying to destroy He needs to be stoppedBut how can one woman stop a bad famous powerful man.

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Character was fairly fun to read mostly because she was essentially Caitlin Moran who I loveBUTBut throughout it all it seems like Caitlin never really settled into the first person narration of her main character At times it became too obvious that Caitlin the outspoken feminist was writing what she thought 19 The Wedding (Lux, year old girl who isn t aware of sexism would think about things The sentences that ended this is just what girls do felt a little too much like Caitlin was silently adding in parentheses BUT THAT S BECAUSE THE WORLD IS SEXIST that it didn t feel like a believable inner monologueBut aside from that there were other occasions that just felt like Caitlin than the protagonist Andes I get that despite what the opening page claims the protagonist basically IS Caitlin But times felt like obviously Caitlin thought of something witty and decided to shoehorn it into the book even though it didn t really feel like a natural observation of a first person narrator So maybe a third person narration style would suit Caitlin s voice better It s almost like she s someone who is very used to being a journalist and a columnist and 90% of her writing has been her writing her own thoughts and being allowed to add Caitlin Moran s side comments wherever she wants toMy final issue with the writing is that the tense didn t always make sense While mostly written in present tense there were a few occasions where suddenly something would be described in the past tense which again sounded like Caitlin make a narrator s observation from 2018 about what life was like in the 90s Which is a totally and valid fine thing to do if the rest of the book isn t written in present tense and set in 1994 You can t talk about these being the days when people could smoke in gigs if American Blues your narrator is not even aware of a future whereou CAN T smoke in gigs And our 19 ear old protagonist can t have a short paragraph talking about how nice her hangovers are not like the hangovers Mary Engelbreit (Leisure Arts you get whenou re over 30 because she s not over 30 She has no experience of thatMy one other gripe is the HUGE amount of grammatical errors I will slightly let this off and hope they are corrected in future re prints but good lord there are a lot There are words missing there are grammatical errors like a enemy and there are random mis spelled words like sayid instead of said And presumably proofreading is somebody s job Whoever it was may I suggest they hire me insteadAnyway despite all of these complaints I feel I should clarify again that I did enjoy the story and I mostly enjoyed reading the protagonist I just really wish that some tighter fine tuning could have been done on the narration style either by removing some elements that were clearly written by Caitlin rather than Dolly or else just making the book narrated in the third person and allow Caitlin full reign to give the commentary that is so clearly going on in her head as she s writingAlso sidenote I haven t read How To Build A Girl to which this is the seuel since it came out in 2015 I rated that one 4 stars and I m not sure whether I was just less critical for that one or whether the issues I had with this book weren t very noticeable in that oneIncidentally I just went back and read my review of How To Build A Girl Funnily enough I had the exact same criticisms there that the voice was basically indistinguishable from Caitlin Moran s own voice and the fact it was very distracting when switching from present tense to some indeterminate future self looking back on those days So nice to know that the writing style is in fact consistent between both books and that my irritation by it is also consistent This is not a drillI rep. Um then exploded into a Booze And Drugs HellTM – as rockstars do And my new best friend – the maverick feminist Suzanne Banks of The Branks – has amazing hair but writer’s block and a rampant pill problem So I’ve decided I should become a Fame Doctor I’m going to use my new monthly column for The Face to write about every ridiculous surreal amazing aspect of a million people knowing our nam.

Girls should smile when they think about their sex lives That is the greatest wish I have for themI reuested this as an ARC just assuming it would be of Caitlin s essays which I really enjoy Once approved I saw that it was actually classified as YA fiction and fully prepared myself to give it a try and then to inform Netgalley that unfortunately this is not my thing To my surprise I really enjoyed it packed with the author s trademark irreverent sense of humour it swept me away to 1990 s London and the rise of Britpop Her books may not be for everyone filled with LOTS of sex drugs and rock n roll not to mention the swearing but what ou need to know is that she can write This little story is full of amazing ideas energy and real issues There were many giggles but also some ugly crying when we got to the crux of the story At its core this is an ode to teenage girls and Dragon Slayers Academy Set II young women I loved her article explaining why teenage girls are the most important fans of all She also takes a look at sexual ineuality and things like slut shaming and sex videos which is probably even valid now than in the 1990 sMake no mistake this book is far from perfect for one thing the hero John Kite is just way too perfect to be believable but it was so different than anything I ve ever read that I just got sucked up in this whirlwind story I would like both my children to read this when they re older but being Afrikaans and thus a bit conservative I m not sure what that age should be Maybe 25 How to Be Famous was a little disappointing Caitlin Moran clearly had a lot of points to make mostly about how women are perceived by the larger culture and I was fine with that I like novels that make points But nothing about this particular novel felt unified or organic it was a bunch of interrelated points held together by a shaky scaffolding of plot I think maybe How to Be Famous has a case of middle book syndrome It s neither the exciting opener of a trilogy nor its hopefully grand conclusion just the book that getsou from one of those to the other I still enjoyed it just not as much as I expected to 45 Stars for How to be Famous audiobook by Caitlin Moran read by Louise Brealey This is such a great series I hope there is books to come The author does a great job of empowering women without being anti men I m also really enjoying the narration I ll look for some books read by Louise Brealey She has a great voice I enjoyed this so much than the first book and here s whyHow to be Famous has all the good bits of How to Build a Girl ou ve got a fabulously witty and outrageous protagonist a gaggle of uirky and interesting characters and a writing style that is both humorous and engaging What How to be Famous improves on is the plot and the overall story I finished this book and I felt sopositive Euphoric DollyJo is a much relatable and real character in this book and although there was still a lot of wicked humour and nonsense there was also a real profound story to be told I love what Moran did she took this world that she built and she s created a novel that is funny but also hard hitting as it addresses issues that are still so prominent today eg the MeToo movement How to be Famous really impressed me and I m even excited because I have tickets to her book tour so I ll be seeing her next week Aaaah Let me get this clear I love Caitlin Moran I think she is bar a few cringe worthy mis steps intelligent and hilariousI don t think I love her as a fiction writer thoughOn the face of it I am all about this book it s feminist book exploring abuse of power within the male dominated music industry Music Feminism Yay And the general story was fairly enjoyable the main. Life is always better backstage isn't itThe Sunday Times Number One bestseller about a oung woman making it in a world where men hold all the powerI’m Johanna Morrigan and I live in London in 1995 at the epicentre of Britpop I might only be nineteen but I’m wise enough to know that everyone around me is handling fame very very badlyMy unreuited love John Kite has scored an unexpected Number One alb.

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Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990 and so had plenty of time to write her first novel The Chronicles of Narmo at the age of fifteen At sixteen she joined music weekly Melody Maker and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4 Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times – both as a TV critic and also