Emily is hosting this lovely readalong of How to Build a Girl (THANKS EMILY!), and if you’d like to pre-order a copy of this you should head on over to Odyssey Bookshop to do that. And if you’re not readalong-ing with us, be aware – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.
So here we are, the end of the book!
- Rob talks about how all Goth chicks “have a bit of chubble” – what a massive asshole.
- Johanna plays her father’s horrible music tape for her co-workers, and then tosses it.
- Johanna decides to do speed.
- The whole giant catastrophe of Tony Rich… I can’t even. I just can’t.
- Johanna has a fantastic night with John Kite, passes out, gets upset, then starts cutting herself.
- I enjoy that she decides to learn some NWA lyrics so she has an excuse for the scars, later on.
- Johanna states that she is now “for things – not against them.” Dude… you can be both. You have to be both.
- The family’s benefits were cut because Johanna got a job. CALLED IT. And I guess she had been helping out with bills and such, so that’s good.
- Johanna is moving, Krissi is coming with her (“To make sure you’re okay, and you don’t accidentally write your shopping list on your arm with an ax.”), and she still feels like she has to get her dad famous.
Overall… I don’t know how I feel about this book. I really, really loved the first 2/3 or so, and then my enjoyment kind of decreased from there. I’m kind of bummed that there was no real conflict with her dad, and that there was no big revelation about Krissi being gay. I really ended up liking Krissi the best out of anyone, because it turns out he’s smart and kind of hilarious. I’m curious to see what another Moran novel would be like… one that would be not so closely related to her own life.
I’ll probably sum up my final feels in a non-spoiler-y review later on.
Thanks again to Emily for hosting, and to HarperCollins for making the readalong possible!! And of course to all of the other bloggers participating. You guys make readalong-ing the best.