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.
I want all my friends to read this book! I often dislike when authors read their own book, but Caitlan ROCKS this book and makes it even better. I'm so glad I listened to this book rather than read it!
...I love listening!
I shouldn't have waited so long to listen to this- I loved her first book and should have just trusted I would like this one as much. I have a lot of love for Caitlin Moran after hearing this book. She makes you feel good about being who you are, a flawed human- but in ways you're not used to.
I really love her ideas about SO many things, but my new fave may be a little bit of a problematic fave. I REALLY wish she didn't compare sexism with racism in the ways she does. That and a few other things made me feel a little sad, but I think any book that delves into such controversial topics will have trouble being perfectly aligned with everyone's thoughts. She is VERY white and VERY British. That being said, I do feel like I learned things and laughed very often listening to this book.
Some of her more humorous ideas from this book- such as you're not fat as long as you're "human shaped," and how you can tell if women's beauty standards are bull (if men do them too, or not) will stick around in my head for a long time. She has an honest, hilarious way of approaching the world that I appreciate very much!
I downloaded this book read by the author to pass the time while traveling with my parents. How to be a Woman grabbed my attention with funny stories and life lessons told in an unapologetic way by the author. Caitlin Moran adds dimension to my viewpoint of being female and even human. Recommended for anyone who is interested in any biographical storytelling.
I loved this book! I laughed and celebrated my womanhood! Thank you Caitlin! YOU ROCK!
I found this book from Amanda Palmer, author of The Art of Asking (another GREAT book). Both get gold stars from this Wyoming gal!
This was my first book.
Laugh out loud funny, poignant and really really honest. Stumbled upon her second book, How to build a girl (which I highly recommend as well) and just couldn't get enough. The next step is to search out her columns!￼