Caitlin Moran: How to Be Famous

BOOK How to Be Famous ç Caitlin Moran –

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 you can t help but fall in love with all aspects of her ersonality 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 ages reading the entire thin 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 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 it 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 repared 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 The Last Thing I Told You 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 you 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 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 isrobably even valid now than in the 1990 sMake no mistake this book is far from The Human Network perfect for one thing the hero John Kite is just way tooerfect 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 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 Capture of a Heart 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 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 If you ve seen Moran s TV show Raised by Wolves which I highly recommend 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 If you are looking for a fun read and don t mind reading anecdotes featuringenises and vaginas definitely add this one to your summer reads I can The Secret Power Within Your Mortgage promise you 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 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 you ve got a fabulously witty and outrageousrotagonist 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 lot 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 rofound story to This is not a drillI repeat 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 young women do This seuel is arguably better brighter 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 uotations make my friends read it to hear their opinions This is a book I want to share and evangelize and enjoy again and again but it is uncompromising and unflinching in its feminism yet it also contains so much joySpoilers for the first book Content warnings for this book lots and lots of drug use explicit sex if you are sex repulsed you are not going to like this sexual harassmentmisconduct discussions of eating disorderspurgingfatphobiaHow to Be Famous The Russians Pregnant Mistress picks up where the first book leaves off 19 year old Johanna Morrigan writing under theen name Dolly Wilde reviews music shows and lives in London She is in her own words a raunchy Lady Sex Adventurer but really of course she is still young and learning her way through the sometimes terrifying and disappointingly misogynistic world of the London music scene Johanna refuses to sleep with a comedian then gives him a second chance but when she snubs him yet again he takes revenge Soon Johanna finds herself in a situation too many rominent women face being ublicly shamed for her sexu. Life is always better backstage isn't itThe Sunday Times Number One bestseller about a young woman making it in a world where men hold all the owerI’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.

Al behaviour which is really no one else s businessOnce again I m struck by how much I like Johanna as a character She is a raw and honest narrator telling the story with some distance from her younger self but still exposing us to her younger self s earnestness Once she lives this split life on one hand she is Dolly Wilde fearless music journalist and Lady Sex Adventurer on the other hand she is still Johanna Morrigan nineteen year old girl trying to figure out what the hell this life is all about This is articularly noticeable when she talks at length about her feelings for John Kite As much as Johanna evinces this confident sexually liberated exterior deep down she is still inexperienced still trying to figure out who she wants to be and there s nothing wrong with thatIndeed one of the most New Perspectives On Criseyde poignant moments in the book for me comes when Johanna finds herself in theosition to take a friend s virginity to teach him and show him the ropes and she discovers how enticing a Sharon, Lois and Brams Skinnamarink prospect this is for her Suddenly the sex act is not about showing how good she is atleasing a man it s this collaborative experience Johanna is basically a microcosm for That Noble Dream portraying the epochal shift that feminism underwent over the decades fromerceiving liberation as we can or should have as much sex as we want when we want to we can have as much sex when we want with whom we want entirely on our terms Moran recapitulates this much resoundingly later in the book In between then of course we have the juxtaposition of Johanna s unsatisfactory experiences with Jerry SharpAlthough set in the mid nineties this book will obviously resonate with the current MeToo and TimesUp movements Johanna discovers firsthand the ineuity of being a woman who has casual sex In addition to the The Shadows I Followed professional fallout from refusing Tony in the first book there s the way Jerry Sharp essentially goes out of his way to target her something that sounds all too credible to me unfortunately just from what I read and will no doubt feel even familiar to some women readers Moran masterfully manages the emotional upheaval that Johanna endures the ups and downs culminating in a fantastic nadir a flight and then of course the redemptive realization that she would rather fight but howThis is where How to Be Famous departs from some of the gritty takes on rape culture that I ve read over the years it has a happy ending and Johanna gets some measure of closure or retaliation Despite dealing with a very serious subject it nevertheless remains hopeful and buoyant and defiant in that way And I want to be clear I m not saying that s better than books that adhere to a less optimistic storyline The wholeoint is that we deserve all sorts of narratives about this topic We need narratives that Japanese Etiquette portray the brutal uncaring realities about rape culture We also deserve narratives about how it isossible to fight and to win against men who abuse their The Cowboy and His Baby privilege Just as How to Build a Girl made me excited for teenage girls to read it because it talks so honestly about some of the feelings they might wrestle with I m excited that How to Be Famous exists for young women It shows them that you can be strong and still be scared and upset and at a loss at times You can fight back and still be terrified and unsure of yourself Media often simplify narratives raising up someeople as Secure Location paragons and casting down others as unworthy and it is never that simple It is always complicated Moran captures that in Johanna s behaviour hereThis book feels a lot focused in terms oflot than the first one which is another reason I find it even better That being said don t mistake this book for solely a novel about sexual misconduct There s so much happening in here so many fascinating feminist subplots Let s just briefly list them Johanna and her dad the way she s acting as this The Everyday Witch (Beatrice Bailey, proxy mother figure and at odds with her own mother the hilarious conversations between Johanna and her brother Krissi which always warmed my heart the ruminations once again on the effects ofoverty on one s sychology and actions see the scene with Johanna and her brother Lupin Suzanne and the record deal and the way Suzanne has a lot of ideas but is scared to commit them to a recording and of course the uixotic love story between Johanna and John Kite There is just so much happening in this book it actually beggars belief I definitely need to re read it at some oint because there are so many rich little nuances I Reign of Ash (The Chosen probably missed as I tore through it this onceIf you want something that is honest and uncompromising in itsortrayal of women s sexuality yet also fun and optimistic and hopefully empowering not really my lane here How to Be Famous might be that You don t have to read the first book but I would highly recommend it This is not just a worthy seuel it s an exuisite Bred by the Beastmen (Bred by the Beastmen pleasure a story I never thought I d get and honestly one that I wasn t really clamouring for yet now I m so happy to have it Again this book isn t really for meer se I m so excited to share it with my female friends to see what they recognize of their own experiences in this to have fascinating conversations with them But it definitely helped me helped expand my empathy and my understanding which is why I would recommend it to a general audience Moran s writing is humorous and humane and I always want of that in my life How to Be Famous was a little disappointing Caitlin Moran clearly had a lot of Fline en Lingerie points to make mostly about how women areerceived by the larger culture and I was fine with that I like novels that make Surface points But nothing about thisarticular novel felt unified. 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 Orange 5 (オレンジ, pillroblem 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 eople knowing your nam.

review How to Be Famous

Or organic it was a bunch of interrelated oints held together by a shaky scaffolding of The Scot 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 gets you from one of those to the other I still enjoyed it just not as much as I expected to 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 musicublication and tend to meet a lot of famous and almost famous Spring Snow people She makes the fundamental mistake of having bad sex with a bad man and must deal with the aftermath ofublic sexual shaming The way that she dealt with that is one of my favourite The Greatest Victory parts of the bookBut the book is far fromerfect 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 you know this author you 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 Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, provokingA friend of mine said in her review At its core this is an ode to teenage girls and young women and its such a wonderful way to sum this up 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 ofower within the male dominated music industry Music Feminism Yay And the general story was fairly enjoyable the main 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 Fates Monolith (MacLomain, person narration of her main character At times it became too obvious that Caitlin the outspoken feminist was writing what she thought 19 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 inarentheses 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 At the Wolfs Table protagonist And yes I get that despite what the openingage claims the A Family Scandal 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 firsterson narrator So maybe a third Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers, 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 inresent tense there were a few occasions where suddenly something would be described in the The Perfect Weapon 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 inresent tense and set in 1994 You can t talk about these being the days when Psychic Protection people could smoke in gigs if your narrator is not even aware of a future where you CAN T smoke in gigs And your 19 year oldrotagonist can t have a short กระต่ายในเงาจันทร์ paragraph talking about how nice her hangovers are not like the hangovers you get when you 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 rerints 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 Employment Law Cases and Materials presumablyroofreading 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 What Would Pacifists Have Done about Hitler? a Discussion of War, Dictators and Pacifism 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 thirderson 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 A Place to Call Home (Front Porch Promises 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 consisten. EBut when my two night stand with edgy comedian Jerry Sharp goes wrongeople start to know my name for all the wrong reasons ‘He’s a vampire He destroys bright young girls Also he’s a total dick’ Suzanne warned me But by that The Hot Kid (Carl Webster, 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 famousowerful man.

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