How To Be Famous

How To Be Famous

A hilarious, heartfelt sequel to How to Build a Girl, the breakout novel from feminist sensation Caitlin Moran who the New York Times called, "rowdy and fearless . . . sloppy, big-hearted and alive in all the right ways."

You can’t have your best friend be famous if you’re not famous. It doesn’t work. You’re emotional pen-friends. You can send each other letters—but you’re not doing anything together. You live in different countries.

Johanna Morrigan (AKA Dolly Wilde) has it all: at eighteen, she lives in her own flat in London and writes for the coolest music magazine in Britain. But Johanna is miserable. Her best friend and man of her dreams John Kite has just made it big in 1994’s hot new BritPop scene. Suddenly John exists on another plane of reality: that of the Famouses.

Never one to sit on the sidelines, Johanna hatches a plan: she will Saint Paul his Corinthians, she will Jimmy his Pinocchio—she will write a monthly column, by way of a manual to the famous, analyzing fame, its power, its dangers, and its amusing aspects. In stories, girls never win the girl—they are won. Well, Johanna will re-write the stories, and win John, through her writing.

But as Johanna’s own star rises, an unpleasant one-night stand she had with a stand-up comedian, Jerry Sharp, comes back to haunt in her in a series of unfortunate consequences. How can a girl deal with public sexual shaming? Especially when her new friend, the up-and-coming feminist rock icon Suzanne Banks, is Jimmy Cricketing her?

For anyone who has been a girl or known one, who has admired fame or judged it, and above all anyone who loves to laugh till their sides ache, How to Be Famous is a big-hearted, hilarious tale of fame and fortune-and all they entail.

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About Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times – both as a TV critic and also

    How To Be Famous Reviews

  • Tania

    "Girls should smile, when they think about their sex lives. That is the greatest wish I have for them."I requested this as an ARC, just assuming it would be more of Caitlin's essays, which I really en...

  • Julie Ehlers

    How to Be Famous was a little disappointing. Caitlin Moran clearly had a lot of points to make, mostly about how women are perceived by the larger culture, and I was fine with that. I like novels that...

  • Ben Babcock

    This is not a drill.I repeat: NOT A DRILL.Yes, Caitlin Moran has written a sequel to the sublime How to Build a Girl . I never expected this, never asked for this … and I definitely don’t deserve...

  • Janelle

    Thank you so much to Harper Books for providing my free copy of HOW TO BE FAMOUS by Caitlin Moran - all opinions are my own.This is the follow up to Moran’s HOW TO BUILD A GIRL and it did not disapp...

  • Daniela

    How to Be Famous felt so relevant to me because there was an episode in my life where I religiously followed a band everywhere. It was fun, and a bit insane.Johanna is living the dream: she's young, l...

  • Jo

    This was even better than the first one - moving, joyful, heart-shaking, wonderful. I wanted the "villain" to be punished more than he was, and my ship didn't sail, but I loved the whole thing anyway,...

  • Jeannie Zelos

    How To Be Famous, Caitlin MoranReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre:, General Fiction (Adult) Women's FictionGah, I can't believe it, Caitlin is described as “feminist sensation” in publici...

  • Andrea (Born and Read in Chicago)

    (For more reviews and bookish musings, visit: I ADORED How to Build a Girl, and when I learned that there would be a sequel, I jumped at the chance to read it! Ex...

  • Christy

    This is a fucking brilliant love letter to girls and all their power and possibility. It's also an ode to art and music and food and sex and all the things that make life worth living. I checked this ...

  • Clarissa

    Laugh out loud funny, unapologetically honest, crude, and written in her classic authoritative Wolverhampton tone. This is unmistakably classic Caitlin Moran. I can’t wait for the next instalment of...