October Bookclub: How to Build a Girl

Tuesday 7 October 2014 by

I have a huge, unadulterated girl-crush on Caitlin Moran. I’m not even ashamed. Which is why I’m so excited to have her latest book, How to Build a Girl, as this month’s Bookclub pick!

How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran, Book, Ebury Publishing

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Published by Ebury Publishing

My name‘s Johanna Morrigan. I’m fourteen, and I’ve just decided to kill myself.

I don’t really want to die, of course! I just need to kill Johanna, and build a new girl.

It’s 1990. The Happy Mondays are on Top of the Pops, Thatcher’s almost gone and a life is so awful here in Wolverhampton that something drastic has to give.

So, I will build this new girl out of library books, pop music, eyeliner and feedback! Things do not go smoothly. In fact, I…

… Get nervous and talk like Elvis a lot;

… Force myself to smoke;

… Almost expire through wanting to be kissed;

… Take really rough speed;

… Fail to recognise my brother is gay!

… Become confused as to whether or not I actually have a boyfriend;

… Engage in the most inept self-harming session ever;

… Have sex with a man with a uselessly large penis;

… And drink too, too, too much, everytime.

My life is basically The Bell Jar written by Adrian Mole. But in the end, like all great stories, I did it all for a girl. Me.


House of Blog’s October Bookclub

If you want to get involved

  1. Pick up a copy of How to Build a Girl


  1. Get reading
  2. Tell us what you think!

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At the end of the month, we’ll round up the comments and thoughts in to one big review post, so remember to leave your name (and Twitter or Google+ if you have one). This is a purely online Bookclub – no meet-ups required! You can be anywhere in the world and still join the Bookclub, as long as you have the book. Just join in the chat online and get reading!

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