This week in my ’50 Books in a Year Challenge’ I read Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl. And even though I was expecting great things from this coming of age story, I was pleasantly surprised by just how funny it was. Seriously, it’s hilarious. You need to read this book right now if you’ve ever been a teenage girl – and probably still if you never have.
The main character Johanna (Or Dolly Wilde as she so regularly becomes), who I can only assume was based on the author herself, talks you through her life from age 14-17 and all the difficulties she faces while trying to find herself. Including, remaking herself until she finds out who exactly she wants to be.
In hope of helping her struggling working class family battle through Wolverhampton in the nineties, young Johanna strives to become a musical journalist and lose her virginity in the process. And trust me, when she loses it, you’ll know about it.
Although the majority of this book is full with laughs you will see her battle with her mental health, struggle to understand her brother and find out exactly who she is meant to be while dealing with the aftermath of a Thatcher Britain that divided the classes more so than ever.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And I mean it when I say it’s hilarious.