How to Build A Girl

How to Build A Girl

A Novel

Streaming Audiobook - 2014
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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 Bronts͡-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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062350817
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 31 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Brealey, Louise
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ArapahoeZoey Aug 08, 2016

"When other people begin to bring their guns to the party it’s not a party anymore it’s a battle. Without realizing it I have become self defeating mercenary in a pointless war. I’m shooting down my own future."

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ArapahoeZoey Aug 08, 2016

"I also have one sexual skill I want to master: typing while smoking. Like in 'His Girl Friday,' and all pictures of Hunter S. Thompson. I have attempted it before, but the smoke always goes right into my eyes, leaving me smoking, weeping, and typing all at the same time. Last time I did it, Crissy saw me, left the room, and came back with a pair of swimming goggles."


ArapahoeZoey Aug 08, 2016

"I wish to be like James Bond who never leaves a party without either shagging someone or blowing something up."



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May 02, 2017

Wonderfully smart, funny, and insightful about a teenage girl growing up poor and fat and trying to reinvent herself. It's about the process of learning how to become who you are meant to be. Loved the narrator of the audiobook.

Jan 14, 2015

Voice narrator Louise Brealey perfectly conveys Johanna's sassy bravado, her lady sex adventurer exterior... and her interior qualms. I loved this poignant and funny coming of age tale.


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