How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

What is it: Book, fiction

Title: How to Build a Girl

Author: Caitlin Moran

Year published: 2014

Who would like it: Anyone who has experienced being a teenage girl. Especially anyone who was particularly awkward. Especially especially if you found comfort in music, subculture, and being a bit of a cynical douche. Extra points if you grew up in an estate in a post-industrial UK city.  Alternatively, anyone who wants to understand teenage girls, with a healthy dose of humor.

Why should you read it: Caitlin Moran is just. So. Funny. I had to ban this book from public transportation and read it only in the safety of my own bed where I could laugh like an insane person in peace. Seriously. And beyond the humor, this book is so full of wisdom and love. All in all, it’s raunchy and doesn’t hold anything back, while taking on some huge themes – coming of age, gender and sexuality, identity, class, post-industrialization.

Don’t read if: You’re offended by the idea of teenage girls as sexual beings.

My favorite part: The break-up scene where the protagonist finally stands up for what she really wants – throwing together quotes from both Blade Runner and her father in a burning post-modern drunken diatribe.

A great quote: “Because what you are, as a teenager, is a small, silver, empty rocket. And you use loud music as fuel, and then the information in books as maps and coordinates, to tell you where you’re going.”

Where to get it: Anywhere, Google it. Buy it from your local bookstore. (Amazon has it, too).

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