Monday, July 28, 2014

How To Build A Girl Readalong NOT ON SCHEDULE AT ALL

So, this is embarrassing. My replacement cable came in the mail and I whooped and charged up my ereader, only to find that my copy of HTBaG had expired because I had been extra-keen and downloaded it before they changed the settings to not expire on us. And THEN I was sent a link to a new copy, but THEN MY WIRELESS COLLAPSED. And then, and then, the guy came to fix the internet and I logged on and couldn't download the new copy because of Reasons.

I just want to read this book, you guys.

ALL THAT TO SAY, I just got a new copy today, and am woefully behind. OTHER PEOPLE'S POSTS ARE SPOILERING ME.


But let's talk about what I remember of what I've actually read, shall we? Caitlin/Joanna (Caitlanna) has found a job as a music writer and it's going well. She's a few years older than I am, so I missed the Riot Grrrl movement by a hair (but totally benefitted from it with Hole and Veruca Salt and the general idea that girls could be rockers, nbd), but I remember VIVIDLY the thrill and noise and sheer physicality of my first mosh pit. I've never been into sports, and as a teenager I didn't even run or anything, so concert-going was the only thing I did that used my whole body, and left me all sweaty and feeling like a PART of something.

But in a friendly fashion.

What I love most about this section is that Joanna's concert reviews are good. For the first bit of this book I was worried she was going to be one of those girls for whom nothing goes right, who is ALWAYS bursting into spontaneous Scooby Doo impressions in front of a studio audience. So hooray for success, and hooray for this next bit, where I hear she meets a boy.


4 comments:

Reading Rambo said...

Of COURSE her reviews are good; she is Caitlin Moran.

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Oy! Them are some serious troubles, them are. Glad it's all cleared up and you can READ, READ, READ. I like this book a lot, but I particularly love section two, with all of its (spoiler alert!) highs and lows.

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Oy! Them are some serious troubles, them are. Glad it's all cleared up and you can READ, READ, READ. I like this book a lot, but I particularly love section two, with all of its (spoiler alert!) highs and lows.

Kayleigh Murphy said...

That was a valiant effort to read this section. I think I would have given up right around the book expiring and just crawled into bed and cried.