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How to Build a Girl - A Novel

Caitlin Moran

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 Brontës—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 the 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.

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 Brontës—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 the 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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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 Brontës—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 the 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Louise Brealey

Length:

9h 31m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:10


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

16:09


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

44:39


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

12:16


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

28:00


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

05:58


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

17:59


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

15:45


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

19:31


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

30:36


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

37:22


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

29:25


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

09:26


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

19:56


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

18:10


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

37:22


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

19:06


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

09:42


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

13:41


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

17:30


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

41:38


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

31:30


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

25:26


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

36:18


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

04:22


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

23:10


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

06:21


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

00:30