How to Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran
I started this book expecting something amazing from all the hype and good reviews surrounding it, oh and the fact that it's supposed to be a great feminist read and the protagonist is apparently very relatable for women. It didn't really meet my expectations. I was pretty let down to be honest. Saying that, it wasn't terrible and everyone interprets things differently.
I started hating the book as soon as I started reading it. The protagonist, Johanna is dead annoying. I clearly had way too high expectations of this book 'cos I expected a teen girl that I could relate to, whose experiences I could relate to. As the book started I found I couldn't relate to her at all and in real life, she's not someone I'd choose as a friend. She's incredibly self absorbed, which maybe was the author's point. Being a teenager still, I like to think I was always a bit more clued in than she is. Teenagers today care way more than author's portray them in their books, probably why I find it so hard to find any relatable teen reads. Maybe it was written that way though, it is set in 1990, I can't say I know what teenagers were like in 1990, maybe they were self absorbed, naive, ignorant and very melodramatic.
The voice of the protagonist is very unnatural to me, she deals with her problems in very weird ways and it doesn't seem like a real person. In fact, I find most of the characters are underdeveloped, classic cliches or shadows of people. Deffo not something I can easily relate my experience growing up to.
The few bits I thought were good were when she's talking about how she never orgasmed during sex, and she made it all about the guy. She talks about it so matter of factly 'cos that's just peoples attitudes, and even now still it's the same. The author did a good job of Johanna's thoughts on this, incredibly sarcastic, and of course she didn't really know there was anything wrong with that. In general it gets a bit better as it goes on but it's not something I'll be reading again.
If you've read it please let me know what you thought, I'd love to hear some different/similar opinions? It's not something I'd really recommend personally, but each to their own, lots of people did enjoy it! xo