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How to Build a Girl


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Caitlin Moran's debut book, How to Be a Woman, was an instant New York Times bestseller. Her first novel, How to Build a Girl, received widespread acclaim. She lives in London. You can follow Caitlin on Twitter: @caitlinmoran


"A feminist coming-of-age tale.... Johanna is an irrepressible narrator, telling a mostly-true and funny tale of survival and success."--Joanna Scutts, Washington Post Book World
"A funny book, heartfelt, silly, profane, insightful.... This is human stuff, a smile or laugh in almost every sentence---ften a snort, giggle, or guffaw--and you learn a lot about how girls get built."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"A funny, filthy and ultimately touching coming-of-age story.... Raunchy, wry and thoughtful-much like its vivacious heroine."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A smart, splendid, laugh-out-loud-funny novel."--Boston Globe
"Binge-read all of How To Build a Girl in one sitting. Even missed supper. A first. Rose petals where 'ere you walk, Caitlin."--Nigella Lawson
"Brash, biting, comic.... Less a novelistic rendering of Moran's particularly gritty and appealing brand of feminism than an incisive and yet entertaining assessment of class dynamics in post-Thatcher Britain."--Chloe Schama, New Republic
"Brilliantly observed, thrillingly rude and laugh-out-loud funny."--Helen Fielding, author of Mad About the Boy and Bridget Jones's Diary
"If anyone knows how to build a girl, it's Moran-she's put adolescence on the page in a book that's humming with authenticity."--NPR Best Book of the Year selection
"Rallying cries will always have a place in a yet-unfinished movement like feminism, but sometimes storytelling is more effective. The fictional Johanna Morrigan never drops the F-word, but readers can see she's asking all the right questions."--New York Times Book Review
"Rowdy and fearless ... sloppy, big-hearted and alive in all the right ways.... Ms. Moran is often compared to Tina Fey and Lena Dunham, which is fair so far as it goes, though I'd add Amy Winehouse and the early Roseanne Barr to the mix."--Dwight Garner, New York Times
"The earnestness with which Johanna goes about constructing a new persona gives the novel an almost irresistible verve, and the reader continues to root for her even during the most embarrassing episodes."--The New Yorker
"Very funny.... Moran never loses touch with what seemed to me an authentic and believable teenage voice.... The joy of this easy-read novel is not just the scrappy protagonist.... Moran makes strong statements about social inequality and gender throughout."--Ellah Allfrey, NPR's Fresh Air
"Very funny."--Megan Gibson, Time
"Vivid and full of truths.... There's a point in midlife, when you're already built, as it were, when the average coming-of-age story starts to feel completely uninteresting. But Moran is so lively, dazzlingly insightful and fun that "How to Build a Girl" transcends any age restrictions."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Wonderfully wise and flat-out hilarious."--People, Book of the Week

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