How to Build a Girl

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How to Build a Girl
Caitlin Moran

Moran takes a stab at fiction with a young protagonist Johanna Morrigan as she enters her journey to womanhood. Loosely based on Moran’s life we ride along on the high’s and low’s of growing up.

I am a feminist and I do appreciate Moran’s messages, it’s her lack of a refined delivery I find difficult to swallow. Moran’s voice is too harsh and rough for my tastes, maybe the younger audience feels differently. Johanna is 14 years old and as the story progresses her voice becomes a very ‘adult’ screaming Moran.

Morrigan’s story delves into adolescence, good old rock ‘n roll, sexuality and socio classes. The premise is really about Morrigan building her own life while simultaneously building herself.

Moran’s questionable humor runs throughout the narrative, and it’s cleverly formed to some degree, to appeal to a wide audience. Once again, I find myself drawn to Moran’s messages but her ‘in your face’ elocution is off putting.

In all fairness I find most new wave feminist writings too coarse which causes the message to lose its impact. Shock factor doesn’t work for this feminist, potty mouth erases the intent and cause.

With high probability, Moran fans will enjoy her fictional debut.

Moran’s excessive use of the word c#%t grates on my nerves after a while. There are other words to use, way overdone, a total turn off for me.


▪︎Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Harper
▪︎Pages 352

▪︎ISBN13: 9780062335999
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

Recommendation: 2/5

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