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How To Be Famous

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  327 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
A hilarious, heartfelt sequel to How to Build a Girl, the breakout novel from feminist sensation Caitlin Moran who the New York Times called, "rowdy and fearless . . . sloppy, big-hearted and alive in all the right ways."

You can’t have your best friend be famous if you’re not famous. It doesn’t work. You’re emotional pen-friends. You can send each other letters—but you’re
Published July 3rd 2018 by HarperAvenue (first published June 28th 2018)
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Deb Hey MaryBeth-I see that this question is almost 2 months old, so you likely already have your answer...anyway, although this book can stand alone, How…moreHey MaryBeth-I see that this question is almost 2 months old, so you likely already have your answer...anyway, although this book can stand alone, How to Build a Girl is most definitely worth the read, both for the character backgrounds and the great writing. Hope you enjoy(ed) both!(less)
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Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Girls should smile, when they think about their sex lives. That is the greatest wish I have for them."

I requested this as an ARC, just assuming it would be more of Caitlin's essays, which I really enjoy. Once approved, I saw that it was actually classified as YA fiction, and fully prepared myself to give it a try and then to inform Netgalley that unfortunately this is not my thing.

To my surprise I really enjoyed it, packed with the author's trademark, irreverent sense of humour it swept me awa
Ben Babcock
This is not a drill.

I repeat: NOT A DRILL.

Yes, Caitlin Moran has written a sequel to the sublime How to Build a Girl . I never expected this, never asked for this … and I definitely don’t deserve it, but young women do. This sequel is arguably better, brighter, more brilliant than the first book. I devoured it in a day, and I already want to go back and re-read it, underline it, find quotations, make my friends read it to hear their opinions. This is a book I want to share and evangelize and en
Thank you so much to Harper Books for providing my free copy of HOW TO BE FAMOUS by Caitlin Moran - all opinions are my own.

This is the follow up to Moran’s HOW TO BUILD A GIRL and it did not disappoint. Johanna Morrigan or rather her alter ego, Dolly Wilde is such an engaging, complex, yet relatable character. Dolly is an eighteen-year-old in the mid-nineties, living in London, and writing for a music magazine. She’s extremely infatuated with her musician friend, John Kite. However, she has a f
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to Be Famous felt so relevant to me because there was an episode in my life where I religiously followed a band everywhere. It was fun, and a bit insane.

Johanna is living the dream: she's young, lives in London, goes to concerts and writes about musicians. In my opinion, she's totally winning the "London game", but she's still inexperienced about love and sex. I know this is a love story, but to me, romantic love came second. The most important part was Johanna's standing up for herself: qui
This was even better than the first one - moving, joyful, heart-shaking, wonderful. I wanted the "villain" to be punished more than he was, and my ship didn't sail, but I loved the whole thing anyway, and I love Johanna 💛
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
How To Be Famous, Caitlin Moran

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:, General Fiction (Adult) Women's Fiction

Gah, I can't believe it, Caitlin is described as “feminist sensation” in publicity blurb and then this book gets stuck in that old, dated, “women's Fiction” category. Why do we do this? Moan about equality and then prop it up with stereotypes about what men will and won't read!!
Anyway, that over, what about the book. I was so keen to read this, love the rockstar trope, and though m
This is a fucking brilliant love letter to girls and all their power and possibility. It's also an ode to art and music and food and sex and all the things that make life worth living.

I checked this out from the library to read it, but I am now going to buy my very own copy to own and keep on the special shelf of favorite books that's next to my bed. These are the books I want to revisit, even just in part, the ones that I consider friends. This book is one of my dear friends, and I think Johan
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud funny, unapologetically honest, crude, and written in her classic authoritative Wolverhampton tone.

This is unmistakably classic Caitlin Moran.

I can’t wait for the next instalment of Johanna Morrigan (aka Dolly Wilde’s) journey!
Andrea (Born and Read in Chicago)
(For more reviews and bookish musings, visit: http://www.bornandreadinchicago.com/)
I ADORED How to Build a Girl, and when I learned that there would be a sequel, I jumped at the chance to read it! Expectations for sequels are high, and rife with the possibility of disappointment. Rest assured that Caitlin Moran still writes with amazing heart, humor...

"He was drunk, and there was nothing on TV - that is how 80 percent of kissing starts in Britain."

and searing hot takes on feminism.

"The idea th
Kendall Morgan Hall
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
How To Be Famous by Caitlyn Moran
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2018. Publisher: HarperAvenue
Genre: Contemporary General Fiction

How To Be Famous takes place in 1994. Nineteen-year-old Johanna is living in London where she has a job as a rock journalist at D&ME. She writes under the name Dolly Wilde. The one true love of Johanna’s life is a man named John Kite. He has become a famous pop musician and is now constantly on the road. She decides to write a column to dissect fame, hoping to win him
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot find the words to describe how much I UTTERLY LOVE this book. Brilliantly written and hilariously funny (in parts) whilst having some very serious issues to deal with. This book is very apt with the current #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, but our main hero Johanna takes back control (of what was a pretty awful situation) in a spectacular way. Now whilst I did not feel completely sorry for the initial situation, she made a choice (and admits that), the fallout was something that has happe ...more
Andy Lillich
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel pretty sure that I am not the intended audience for this book, but the buzz made me feel like giving it a try. True, I had my youthful time of being devoted to drugs, sex and rock 'n roll, but that was several (four or five?) decades ago - and in the U.S., rather than Britain. Still, it was the humor that hooked me - even though its characters' youthful excesses rather appalled me. Still, there was enough going in this book (I ALMOST put it down about halfway through, thinking "this is no ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fans of Moran's "How to Build a Girl" will enjoy this sequel, which continues Dolly Wilde's journey as a music journalist in the '90s. This follow-up is perfect for the times, as it focuses a lot on Dolly's feminism, self-exploration, and her very own "Me Too" experience. I'm still not a fan of how explicit some of Moran's writing is, but for those who don't mind it, it's fun to get caught up in her humor and wit.
Eve Dangerfield
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adored. I liked, but didn't love the first novel (which surprised me because I've re-read everything else CM has ever published) but I fucking loved this. The writing was beautiful, the characters were great, I wasn't bored once and yeah man I cried, I cried like a baby in parts. Also, the romance with John Kite?
Fuck me.
I didn't know if that deal was ever going to go down, but when it did? Oh when it did...
Just read this. Don't think, just read. Or listen, the audiobook is brill.
Chris Roberts
Jul 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
A lot of thought was put into the title,
if you live in simultaneous time.

Author: beware the discerning eye, the proximity thereof,
to your masterpiece of ordinariness.

Generic writing is farcical, claustrophobic, batters the senses
and is mostly undreamed - shadows of shadows.

A murdered novel knows only that it is murdered.

Chris Roberts, God Once Removed
Angel Hench
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do not even have the words to describe how lovely and brilliant this book is. Every woman should read it and every man who wants to understand women should also read it. This is the new Feminine Mystique, the new female manifesto. Funny and honest and too good for words. Please buy it and enjoy it.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Shannon Hewitt
I'm being a bit harsh because it did have good feminist insights but for me it could have been summed up in an article not a book.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this woman's writing
Joni Haynes
May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from Goodreads. All I can say is that I didn't enjoy it at all...probably because it was aimed at a totally different audience, British and the very young...neither of which I am. I found it so boring (and, actually idiotic) that I literally had to force myself to continue reading. I kept thinking, "It's got to get better!"...but, it never did.
Ophelia Sings
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
In How To Be Famous, we're reunited with Johanna Mor(rig)an, the heroine of Caitlin Moran's previous novel, How To Build A Girl. And however many times Moran insists that Johanna is but a figment of her imagination and bears to relation to individuals alive or dead etc, it's (once again) impossible to ignore the parallels in Moran's own life; the chaotic Midlands upbringing, the journalistic dreams-turned-reality, the move to the capital, even the early nineties setting. It's fair enough - if my ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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My heart, oh my heart! It feels like it's about to explode after reading this. How to Build a Girl made me cackle with laughter. Dolly Wilde is quite a character. I saw all the best and worst bits of myself and all the glorious beautiful girls I call friends in Dolly. But this sequel, well, it broke my heart and then made me cry the happiest of tears. The injustice of just being a girl today, or in the 1990's when this takes place, or ever, is so sad and stupid. But the way love is laid out here ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I've been aware of Caitlin Moran since my 20s - she is the same age as me, and I remember watching her presenting Naked City with Johnny Vaughan and interviewing the likes of Blur, (jealous as hell, obviously), and of course writing in Melody Maker (I see you, fellow oldies).
Having read ‘How to Build A Woman’, and enjoying the sitcom she wrote ‘Raised by Wolves' I headed off to my local library and borrowed a copy of 'How to Build A Girl'. I loved Caitlin's writing style, and her witty and eng
Gayle Noble
First of all there's no warnings of content in this review - it's a Caitlin Moran book! I should think everyone will be aware of what you will get: strong swearing, sexual references, and feminist aspects to the story. The confessional-aside-to-the-reader tone of the book reminded me of "Are You There God It's Me, Margaret", if Margaret had liked to swear, have sex, and muse about whether the Brontes masturbated or not. I must admit that I haven't read the first book (How to Build A Girl) but I ...more
Sarah Beth
I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins.

Following Moran's novel How to Build a Girl, this novel continues the story of Johanna Morrigan who is known as Dolly Wilde. The year is 1994, the place is London, and Johanna is an 18 year old living in her own flat and writing for music magazines, while hopelessly pining after her friend John Kite who is now a hot new musician. In navigating the adult world of London, Johanna has an unpleasant one night stand that comes bac
Jason Furman
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
How to Be Famous is a worthy successor to How to Build a Girl, two novels about a girl coming to London in the 1990s as a rock journalist, making mistakes and ultimately triumphing in a book that is structured more like a romantic comedy with a successful conclusion than you would expect from the overall themes. You can read either book on its own and if you read just one would make it the first which was somewhat better for reasons discussed below.

The strength of How to Be Famous is the incessa
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t know Caitlin Moran until March this year but watching her talk about How to Be Famous at a conference made me instantly realise that she is quite something. Having read some of her articles since and having watched videos with her just solidified my opinion that she’s such a gem - standing up for girls and women, talking about things that no one wants to talk about while being so hilariously funny and so herself. I just couldn’t help myself and had to read this book the moment it came o ...more
Kate Smith
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read all of Caitlin Moran's ' how to' books after convincing my boyfriend they were not self-help but I suppose in a way they are.

How to be famous is an epic continuation from How to Build a Girl - the story picks up where it left off; Johanna is still an aspiring journalist, living in Camden, partying too much and pining over John Kite.

Johanna does however learn a great deal about her self, her sexuality and how as a woman she is viewed in society. Johanna has an unfortunate experience
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading and loving the first novel, I couldn’t wait to pick this one up...

Moran is AMAZING with her humour and the plot to this story is just as great as the last! If you look past all the sex that goes on, this novel is a celebration of women and their power and independence - with drugs and rock n roll thrown in!!

Dolly (Johanna) is nineteen and is learning MANY new life lessons throughout. Suzanna - a new friend and aspiring famous person - is so likeable even though she’s mental (in a g
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I talk about when I talk about editing. Was this book even edited? The AMOUNT of missing words and clauses was unbelievable, and, also, there was even a typo. And the tenses kept changing. And it annoyed me. But it was very readable. Even if it was, yeah... plastic.

I understand it is communicating important issues in a very accessible way, and for that, I can't fault it. Good on you, Caitlin, but ya know, you've been doing this whole writing gig a while now and I would just like to s
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Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times – both as a TV critic and also ...more
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