“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 Brontës—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?”
There is alot that I loved about this book, but there is also a couple of a little things that i disliked. First, lets start with the good parts. I really enjoyed the whole “reinventing yourself” aspect. Johanna really takes it seriously. That is one of the things i love about her, when she sets her mind on something, she goes for it. Becoming Dolly was a full time job, changing her name, style and passion. She’s incredible. I love her voice, she is funny, but also vulnerable. The side characters were great too, very loud in a way that sometimes pushed Johanna away. Moran’s writing was great, i really enjoyed it and i want to read more of her work. I didn’t know anything about her when I enter this book, but now i’m intrigued.
Now, what I didn’t really like. It was a bit repetitive. I felt like Johanna was always coming back to the same things. Once she talked about something 30times, it kind of stop being funny. I was also not a big fan of the ending, felt like there was no point, no real ending. No conclusion.
Overall, i really enjoyed this book. it was fun and also dark in some parts.
How to built a Girl : 4/5