The New York Times
bestselling author hailed as “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and
Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) makes her fiction debut
with a hilarious yet deeply moving coming-of-age novel.
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
It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan,
fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides 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 Bröntes—but without the dying
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 kinds
of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of six hundred 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
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. Download and start listening now!