Moran’s “How to Build a Girl” P.1.

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[Image: Green cover of “How to Build a Girl” by Caitlin Moran with a green background].
I have to admit, I didn’t like this book very much when I first started reading it. I had just finished a really incredible book (Cruddy by Lynda Barry, many content warnings), and it sort of paled in comparison.

However, now that I’m 100 pages in, it’s really starting to grow on me. I can relate to the way the main character, Johanna, reinvents herself, as someone who is constantly reinventing my own identity. And though it feels a tad like white feminism at times, the author does touch on issues of class quite a bit, going deeper into that concept as the page numbers grow.

This is one of those books where the story is better than the writing. The writing itself isn’t bad, but it’s pretty simple, which makes for a fast read. It is the opposite of tedious – it is fast-paced, attention grabbing, and often very funny.

I don’t usually laugh out loud while reading, but I embarrassed myself by doing so on my lunch break at work. Johanna can be quirky, ridiculous, and just plain blunt. The fact that the novel is frequently hilarious offsets what I feel is, at times, a lack of depth. It is a lighthearted, fun read.

Sometimes, it is brain candy. And sometimes, it is painfully awkward and touching.

I expect that many with a rebellious streak and a fixation on identity would be able to relate to Johanna.

Oh, and masturbation comes up a lot, so prepare yourself.

Would I recommend this book to a close friend? Perhaps not yet, but I still have quite a bit to go, so I’ll keep you posted on that andĀ give you my full review once I’ve finished it.

2.0

Welcome to the new, improved version of this blog!

I’ve decided that I really want this blog to be a place where I regularly write entries similar to how I regularly post videos on my channel. I’ll no longer be sharing all of my videos as posts, but will be keeping them on their own separate page. I want my blog entries to be their own thing as well as easier to find!

I would like to share personal updates, thoughts on writing, what I’m reading, and some how-to’s on here. It’s going to be theĀ kinds of topics and tangents that I feel are better suited to writing than to videos.

I’m in a transitional point with my writing and my videos (gosh, when am I not?), and so I’ll also be making changes to my Patreon and YouTube channel in addition to this. I hope that you like them! I think that things are going to get even better as we go forward.