How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I so wanted to like this book far more than I did: as a former fat teen with social issues, it should have been easy to see myself in Johanna (or Dolly, whichever). But, well, no. This is about a seriously unpleasant, self-centered girl who - I think - is less socially-awkward and more socially-inept and stupid. All that drinking, all that Awesome Sex Adventure stuff? Sigh. More of the music would have been interesting, or her writing (the anti-fan and the fan stuff), less of the other.
If this is supposed to be YA, it misses. Perhaps it fits better as "New Adult" (not just because of the sexytimes, but because it just doesn't seem to be written as a YA book).
ETA: This book does meet the needs of one of the girls at the Best Fiction for Young Adults teen feedback session this past ALA; she said, quite passionately about Grasshopper Jungle, "girls get horny, too" and wondered where the books for them are. This is that book.
ARC provided by publisher.