Author: Caitlin Moran
TW: Sex, self-harm
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 Bröntes—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 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?
I was recommended this book by my 8th grade teacher. I recall getting really into reading in her class so I'm always excited seeing when she reviews a book or recommends a book to me! They're always so good, and this book was not an exception to that.
The beginning of this book starts out hilarious. I love when a book can pull you in definitively within the first few sentences. We are introduced to a girl named Johanna Morrigan who is, and out of all the words I can think of, crass from the bottom of her heart, and I love her for it.
I did feel as if there were a lot going on in the story, but I also feel like it was intentional of Moran. I recall being a teenager and feelings as if I were in a whirlwind of adventures and drama 24/7, and barely having enough time to breathe through it all. So although Johanna's thoughts seemed to border on the manic side, I can see why Moran would write her character like she has.
I feel like this book should be on every girl or woman's TBR list simply because of how brilliant it was.