How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
I’m way behind in my book blogging. I wish I had written about this one right away, because I highlighted lots of phrases throughout. But since it was a library book, those highlights are lost now. Oh well.
This is a supposedly-not-autobiographical novel about a girl who becomes a music journalist written by a girl who became a music journalist. I loved so much about this book. The fat girl protagonist who didn’t fit in but still felt she was special . The trying on of different personalities. The imposter syndrome upon landing a dream job. And the stuff I couldn’t relate to: the journalistic fear of being a fan instead of a critical observer, and how that affects enjoyment of art.
Johanna is a badass. I loved the book. I remember thinking while I was reading it that I wish it were a memoir, because this is what I want memoirs to be like, and none of the ones I’ve read really are. Of course, people’s real lives don’t happen in nice narrative arcs. But a good author should impose the narrative arc after the fact, no? I should find more books like this, and dump the celebrity memoir reading perhaps.