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Better than Bossypants
I would rip this book out of someone's hands if I saw them with it and demand they listen to my copy instead. Reading it would be maybe 25% as good as hearing her tell it.
Great book, interesting and very funny.
Caitlin reads it with flare but it gets too loud at certain points, with her shouting certain parts. While it was funny and enjoyable, I constantly had to change the volume of my device so as not to get a pierced eardrum. Be aware of this if you listen with earphones.
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 found that as I listened that I really can justify listening to ideals I don't believe in. I enjoyed the first half of the book that focused on the authors childhood. But a lot of her current ideals I can't listen to in good faith.
I enjoy having a laugh at the silliness that being a woman is.
Her accent is wonderful. "E" strogen for example
It seems a bit weird to describe this as delightful but it really was. I was delighted with Caitlin's approach to talking about feminism. My mother had been heavily involved in NOW in the US when the equal rights amendment was up for passage. So for me, the word feminism was used quite a bit in my house but I always dreaded telling this to new boyfriends when I was in college. Now I don't care and am really proud to consider myself a feminist as well as a daughter of one. And hearing Caitlin describe her take on all things female, including feminism, in a very direct and raw yet funny way was...well...delightful. I will definitely pick up another of her books. Thank you to the author for writing this. She is brilliant at laying out an issue and providing insightfully funny...and sometimes downright in your face...commentary.
I wish more women in America knew about Caitlin Moran. She is an upfront feminist who uses wit and humor to, often bluntly, cut to the heart of what it really does mean to be a woman. Not only do I recommend this book to almost every woman I know, it is one of the few books I really push people to listen to, not just read. Only Moran herself can capture the perfect blend of almost crass honesty and genuine excitement that makes her book so good.
I really loved her life story and the way she explains the way she felt. I could identify with a lot. Caitlin is a character, a real great example of a woman. We have so many awesome ones out there, we all have something to give. She helps you realize this. Great story.
Caitlin is brilliant in this read! She manages to etch a notion into your brain, like a well trained engraver placing a sheath of lace onto a pistol handle! She's got a well thought out and descriptive way of bringing you into the storyline, as if you were there with her. Love it! Now, time to go read her newest book How to Build a Girl!