E–pub/E–book (How to Be Famous)

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  • How to Be Famous
  • Caitlin Moran
  • en
  • 06 July 2020
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READ How to Be Famous CHARACTERS Î PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Caitlin Moran Caitlin Moran ´ 0 CHARACTERS Life is always better backstage isn't itThe Sunday Times Number One bestseller about a young woman making it in a world where men hold all the powerI’m Johanna Morrigan and I live in London in 1995 at the epicentre of Britpop I might only be nineteen but I’m wise enough to know that everyone around me is handling fame very very badlyMy unreuited love John Kite has scored an unexpected Number One alb. This is not a drillI repeat NOT A DRILLYes Caitlin Moran has written a seuel to the sublime How to Build a Girl I never expected this never asked for this and I definitely don t deserve it but young women do This seuel is arguably better brighter brilliant than the first book I devoured it in a day and I already want to go back and re read it underline it find uotations make my friends read it to hear their opinions This is a book I want to share and evangelize and enjoy again and again but it is uncompromising and unflinching in its feminism yet it also contains so much joySpoilers for the first book Content warnings for this book lots and lots of drug use explicit sex if you are sex repulsed you are not going to like this sexual harassmentmisconduct discussions of eating disorderspurgingfatphobiaHow to Be Famous picks up where the first book leaves off 19 year old Johanna Morrigan writing under the pen name Dolly Wilde reviews music shows and lives in London She is in her own words a raunchy Lady Sex Adventurer but really of course she is still young and learning her way through the sometimes terrifying and disappointingly misogynistic world of the London music scene Johanna refuses to sleep with a comedian then gives him a second chance but when she snubs him yet again he takes revenge Soon Johanna finds herself in a situation too many prominent women face being publicly shamed for her sexual behaviour which is really no one else s businessOnce again I m struck by how much I like Johanna as a character She is a raw and honest narrator telling the story with some distance from her younger self but still exposing us to her younger self s earnestness Once she lives this split life on one hand she is Dolly Wilde fearless music journalist and Lady Sex Adventurer on the other hand she is still Johanna Morrigan nineteen year old girl trying to figure out what the hell this life is all about This is particularly noticeable when she talks at length about her feelings for John Kite As much as Johanna evinces this confident sexually liberated exterior deep down she is still inexperienced still trying to figure out who she wants to be and there s nothing wrong with thatIndeed one of the most poignant moments in the book for me comes when Johanna finds herself in the position to take a friend s virginity to teach him and show him the ropes and she discovers how enticing a prospect this is for her Suddenly the sex act is not about showing how good she is at pleasing a man it s this collaborative experience Johanna is basically a microcosm for portraying the epochal shift that feminism underwent over the decades from perceiving liberation as we can or should have as much sex as we want when we want to we can have as much sex when we want with whom we want entirely on our terms Moran recapitulates this much resoundingly later in the book In between then of course we have the juxtaposition of Johanna s unsatisfactory experiences with Jerry SharpAlthough set in the mid nineties this book will obviously resonate with the current MeToo and TimesUp movements Johanna discovers firsthand the ineuity of being a woman who has casual sex In addition to the professional fallout from refusing Tony in the first book there s the way Jerry Sharp essentially goes out of his way to target her something that sounds all too credible to me unfortunately just from what I read and will no doubt feel even familiar to some women readers Moran masterfully manages the emotional upheaval that Johanna endures the ups and downs culminating in a fantastic nadir a flight and then of course the redemptive realization that she would rather fight but howThis is where How to Be Famous departs from some of the gritty takes on rape culture that I ve read over the years it has a happy ending and Johanna gets some measure of closure or retaliation Despite dealing with a very serious subject it nevertheless remains hopeful and buoyant and defiant in that way And I want to be clear I m not saying that s better than books that adhere to a less optimistic storyline The whole point is that we deserve all sorts of narratives about this topic We need narratives that portray the brutal uncaring realities about rape culture We also deserve narratives about how it is possible to fight and to win against men who abuse their privilege Just as How to Build a Girl made me excited for teenage girls to read it because it talks so honestly about some of the feelings they might wrestle with I m excited that How to Be Famous exists for young women It shows them that you can be strong and still be scared and upset and at a loss at times You can fight back and still be terrified and unsure of yourself Media often simplify narratives raising up some people as paragons and casting down others as unworthy and it is never that simple It is always complicated Moran captures that in Johanna s behaviour hereThis book feels a lot focused in terms of plot than the first one which is another reason I find it even better That being said don t mistake this book for solely a novel about sexual misconduct There s so much happening in here so many fascinating feminist subplots Let s just briefly list them Johanna and her dad the way she s acting as this proxy mother figure and at odds with her own mother the hilarious conversations between Johanna and her brother Krissi which always warmed my heart the ruminations once again on the effects of poverty on one s psychology and actions see the scene with Johanna and her brother Lupin Suzanne and the record deal and the way Suzanne has a lot of ideas but is scared to commit them to a recording and of course the uixotic love story between Johanna and John Kite There is just so much happening in this book it actually beggars belief I definitely need to re read it at some point because there are so many rich little nuances I probably missed as I tore through it this onceIf you want something that is honest and uncompromising in its portrayal of women s sexuality yet also fun and optimistic and hopefully empowering not really my lane here How to Be Famous might be that You don t have to read the first book but I would highly recommend it This is not just a worthy seuel it s an exuisite pleasure a story I never thought I d get and honestly one that I wasn t really clamouring for yet now I m so happy to have it Again this book isn t really for me per se I m so excited to share it with my female friends to see what they recognize of their own experiences in this to have fascinating conversations with them But it definitely helped me helped expand my empathy and my understanding which is why I would recommend it to a general audience Moran s writing is humorous and humane and I always want of that in my life

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READ How to Be Famous CHARACTERS Î PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Caitlin Moran Caitlin Moran ´ 0 CHARACTERS EBut when my two night stand with edgy comedian Jerry Sharp goes wrong people start to know my name for all the wrong reasons ‘He’s a vampire He destroys bright young girls Also he’s a total dick’ Suzanne warned me But by that point I’d already had sex with him Bad sex Now I’m one of the girls he’s trying to destroy He needs to be stoppedBut how can one woman stop a bad famous powerful man. Once again it s as if Caitlin Moran has read my teenage diaries and used them as a base for a fictional story I connect heart and soul with every sentence and it s always such an emotional heartfelt experience Love love love it

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READ How to Be Famous CHARACTERS Î PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Caitlin Moran Caitlin Moran ´ 0 CHARACTERS Um then exploded into a Booze And Drugs HellTM – as rockstars do And my new best friend – the maverick feminist Suzanne Banks of The Branks – has amazing hair but writer’s block and a rampant pill problem So I’ve decided I should become a Fame Doctor I’m going to use my new monthly column for The Face to write about every ridiculous surreal amazing aspect of a million people knowing your nam. 45 Stars for How to be Famous audiobook by Caitlin Moran read by Louise Brealey This is such a great series I hope there is books to come The author does a great job of empowering women without being anti men I m also really enjoying the narration I ll look for some books read by Louise Brealey She has a great voice