Emily at As the Crowe Flies (and Reads!) is hosting this auspicious Moranalong, wherein we're reading Caitlin Moran's upcoming YA novel, How to Build a Girl. So far, people are generally fond. Pre-order the book from Emily, if ya like. Or from wherever. Or don't pre-order it. I'm not your mom. (Did I steal that joke from another readalonger? It's hard to tell sometimes, with the hive mind.)
There's no time for marking spoilers in speed-round blogging, so if you're worried about such things, maybe skip this post.
This weeks reactions:
- Johanna says things that I would have loved as a teenager but, reading now, make me think "Oh, honey. You are so young." The "always summer above the clouds" bit is what I'm thinking of.
- So many Almost Famous feelings at the John Kite show.
- First thought: Oh no, she's gonna bang John Kite. Then he was tripped up and concerned, seeing her cry during his songs, and I accidentally fell in love with him, too. Dangerous creatures, sweet guys with guitars.
- It took two years for her secret to get out? Does that make sense? Maybe something else brought this about?
- The taking-away-the-TV thing - did that happen in Moranthology, too? Seems familiar.
- My note for pg 152-153: "I haaaate this." I don't blame the dad for asking Johanna to help him, here. Damn these shades of grey! I need an Umbridge in this novel.
- And then, ah, lightening the mood, wanking to thoughts of medieval demons. Classic Johanna.
- The drunk editorial meeting made me desperately uncomfortable.
- pg 165/166 "Under the common teenage misapprehension that anyone is (a) observing and (b) gives any kind of fuck what I'm doing." Hello, lifelong delusion.
- Kite kissed her gently on the mouth, "[Johanna's] heart explodes like a swarm of bees," and I died (pg 170).
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- Trouble next week to come in the form of bands responding poorly to Johanna's scathing reviews and also Rich's obscene mouth.
I could wait, come up with a more thoughtful and coherent post, and post this on Tuesday ...