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How To Be Famous- Caitlin Moran

WordPress has a new way to embed tweets…I’m not sure. I preferred the graphic side of screen grab and paste (as in my last review), but this is easier than either that or separately embedding each tweet, and it’s possible to edit the tweets to make them more like a ‘standard’ review. What do you think?


‘How to be Famous’ is the follow-up to ‘How to Build a Girl’ it continues the story of Dolly/Johanna, a teenager and music journalist from Wolverhampton living in London. In this book she is 19, and more adult than she was in the first.


I had enjoyed the first book, but it felt very familiar after reading Caitlin Moran’s autobiographical stuff. This second book felt more unique, although I do get a very strong Caitlin Moran vibe from Dolly. That’s not a bad thing, I wish I could be Caitlin Moran’s friend

I felt like Dolly was more independent in this one, less defined by other people, although she still wanted others to like her. I found her even wise at some points. The way she got famous was sort of predictable, which at first I was a bit meh about, but as the story developed it become more than what it first appeared, and really made me respect Dolly.

This is teenage fiction, but it’s the type of teenage fiction certain parents might not love. There’s lots of sex, in sometimes quite graphic detail, there’s alcohol, and drugs and lots of cigarettes.

The sex bit is important. It’s about Dolly growing up and understanding sex and relationships, and for those reasons I wouldn’t want to stop teenagers reading it.


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Originally tweeted by Lucybird (@lucybirdbooks) on 24/07/2020.

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Deals of the Moment- June 2020

Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Whenever there are deals of interest I post on here. Links are associate links but the money goes back into the blog.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

See all the books in the deals here

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

Do you remember when this was super popular a few years ago? If you missed it then you can read it for cheap now. It’s taken from the view of black maids in white households (who are not nice). It is a good book, although maybe when you consider context a little problematic. So maybe not the best to read if you want to understand black history.

Buy it for just £0.99

Adults- Emma Jane Unsworth

I was surprised this is so cheap because it’s relatively new and not out in paperback yet. I read it a few months ago and suggested it for my bookgroup, but we decided not to read it at the time due to the price.

It’s the story of Jenny, who seems rather vapid and self-obsessed to start with, but once you get to know more of her story you realise what hides behind it, and that maybe her self-obsession isn’t quite that. A very good read but it takes some getting into.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)

The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

I’m not the worlds biggest YA fan in general, but I enjoy a dystopian novel, and this is the start of a very good series.

‘The Hunger Games’ are ‘games’ set up by the elite as part of controlling the population. Each district has two young tributes every year, only one tribute will come out alive.

Buy here (only £2.49) 

How to be Famous- Caitlin Moran

I really enjoyed the first book in this series How to Build a Girl, as soon as I saw this was on offer I bought it. It continues the story of Johanna, young music journalist and her (mis)adventures in the Britpop scene.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)

The Closed Circle- Jonathan Coe

Another one I bought immediately on seeing it. This is the follow-up to ‘The Rotter’s Club’. Set during the time of the ‘War on Terror’ it will be interesting to see the view of terrorism now vs. how it was during the time of the IRA (The Rotter’s Club is set around the Birmingham bombings)

Buy it…here (only £0.99)

Attachments- Rainbow Rowell

‘Attachments’ is the story of an IT tech who falls in love with a woman through reading her e-mails. I can’t remember much about it except that I enjoyed it and it was an easy read. 

Buy it…here (Only £0.99)

Seven Signs of Life- Aoife Abbey

A medical memoir focusing around an intensive care doctor. Also pretty glad this one is written by a woman, as they generally seem to be written by men.

Buy it...here (only £0.99)

The Lake House- Kate Morton

As usual for Kate Morton half historical novel half mystery. Lots of intrigue. This one focuses on the disappearance of a baby, and the secrets which surround it.

Buy it…here (only £0.99)

Also, quick mention Room is cheap again, this seems to happen every few months so I’m not bothering to go into a big song and dance, but you can get it for 99p if you want!

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