How to Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl

By Caitlin Moran

  • Release Date: 2014-07-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 66 Ratings


The phenomenal Number One Sunday Times Bestseller in hardback and now Number One in paperback!

My name’s Johanna Morrigan. I’m fourteen, and I’ve just decided to kill myself.

I don’t really want to die, of course! I just need to kill Johanna, and build a new girl. Dolly Wilde will be everything I want to be, and more! But as with all the best coming-of-age stories, it doesn’t exactly go to plan…

A Number One Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and now Number One in paperback, from Caitlin Moran, the award-winning and Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Be a Woman. (Selected by Emma Watson for her feminist book club ‘Our Shared Shelf’)

**Caitlin Moran's second novel, HOW TO BE FAMOUS, sees the return of Dolly Wilde in a riotous coming of age novel set in the epicentre of Britpop London. Out Now**


  • Life-affirming punk prose

    By Ja1n
    Whatever your age, Johanna Morrigan / Dolly Wilde will speak to you, either the you that you are now, or the you that you once were. In my case, it’s the latter. I didn’t have a dysfunctional family, but How to Build a Girl makes me wish I had. I wish I’d known at fourteen that you could just kill off the person you hated being and build someone else, the person you wanted to be. And if that didn’t work out, rip it up and start again. And keep building new ones until you found the one you wanted to keep. Good luck, Johanna / Dolly. I look forward to meeting you again soon.
  • Truthful, filthy and hysterical

    By Estpat
    I wish a book like this had come along when I was a bit younger-it's one of those books that teaches you lessons you wish you had known at 17. Well written, funny, descriptive without being laborious, Caitlin Moran really captures the inner monologue of a teenage girl and brings that awkward, strange and exciting time to life. I want to read it again immediately!