I read How To Build A Girl, really liked it and was super pumped when this book came up for review. I didn’t realize that this was a ‘sequel’ to that book. D’oh! In my defence I read a lot of books and I read the former book about 4 years ago. Here is the thing, this reads as a stand alone book.
Dolly Wilde (aka Johanna Morrigan) is 18 years old and living in the midst of all the hub-bub and working for a music magazine. The book is set in 1995 London at the height of the brit pop movement with Oasis, Blur, Suede, Stone Roses…and the list goes on. I was a huge fan of Britpop and was jealous that I wasn’t in London hanging out seeing Blur and Oasis live. So this narrative was right up my alley.
So here is the thing, Dolly is 18, living in London hanging out with bands and drinking. She is a self described Lady Sex Adventurer…and this gets her into some trouble. I won’t say what. However it’s not pretty.
This book ends up being about how to take back your reputation as a woman and as a sexual being. It was relevant in 1995 and is obviously relevant (STILL) in 2018. This is also about embracing yourself and finding out who you are. In the story Dolly is 18, and the author keeps reminding us of that…because occasionally you go WTF?!? And then you are like, right, she is only 18!
The other thing is that Dolly is astute and smart and funny. There is one line that stuck with me:
You can’t meet your heroes — because they are, in the end, just an idea that lives inside you.
The idea being that people you read/listen to/whatever…you enter into a relationship with them as an artist. They help get you through bad times when you listen to their sone 1,000 times after a break up. But the artist doesn’t know you. So when you meet them, you think of them as a friend, they see you as a…..fan. Anyway, that blew my mind. I never thought of things that way before.
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy the author’s style and what she has to say.
If you are looking for a female empowerment book with a touch of sassy, this is your summer read!
I gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.
Full disclosure: I received this eARC from Edelweiss for a fair and honest review. (Thanks Edelweiss!)