The beginning of the book was wonderful. All cheery and embarrassing stories from her childhood and youth mixed in with some life lessons that she picked up the hard way. Then once we reach her early adulthood the book becomes more of a complaint about everything she doesn't like. Instead of spending six hours ranting about strip clubs, high heels, and how generally awful men are, maybe continue with the personal aspect of the story rather than aim your megaphone at anyone or thing you don't personally enjoy.
The huge cliff it dropped off in the second half. The book was wonderful and funny in the beginning, but about halfway through it turned into one sexist and stereotyping rant after the other.
The second half would have been rewritten so as not to come off as isolating all possible readers who occasionally do feminine things and don't whole themselves off in a closet doing angsty things late into their 20s.
I can't say enough that I LOVED the first half, but being a woman who occassionally likes a pair of high heels, and does someday want to enjoy her wedding, and doesn't think that strip clubs and burlesque are all that different...we had some differences that in the end were irreconcilable.
Caitlin Moran really succeeds in making you see the social abnormalities that are so common in a woman's life that we became blind to them. Makes us, the fish, really see the water.
Unfortunately, it was still a heavy listening
Caitlin Moran is the kind of kook I'd want around all the time. Her hilarious enthusiasm and unpretentious, thoughtful take on being a woman are inspiring.
I recommend this book often, and if someone's stuck in the car with me, I play it for them.
Both the humor and the substance of this book win. It can be broken into bits or consumed in one go. Caitlin Moran presents anecdotal and empirical evidence to clarify her ideas. The points she makes, whether on topics as charged as abortion, or as funny as pubic hair, are clear and logical. I remember feeling intense relief at hearing this woman's insights into the joys and dilemmas faced by women. She empowered me to be more confident, well-informed, and comfortable in my own skin.
I love classics and non-fiction!
Not even remotely humorous. Mostly BAD British observations that just aren't funny. I gave up after about an hour listening in the car. Then I skipped around forward trying to find anything worth listening to. I really wanted to like this book and waited for a nice long drive to fully enjoy it. Awfully disappointing overall.
I don't agree with some extreme stances taken here, but particularly love the chapters on having or not having children and abortion.
It's a must read for every man out there. Do everyone a favour: understanding this.