How to Be Famous

A Novel

by Caitlin Moran

On Sale: 07/03/2018

How to Be Famous

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How to Be Famous

A Novel

by Caitlin Moran

On Sale: 07/03/2018


About the Book

A Library Journal Best Book of 2018

Johanna Morrigan (aka Dolly Wilde) has it all: she is nineteen, lives in her own flat in London, and writes for the coolest music magazine in Britain. Her star is rising, just not quickly enough for her liking.

Then John Kite, Johanna’s unrequited love, has an album go to number one. Suddenly John exists on another plane of reality: that of the Famouses, a world of rabid fans and VIP access. Johanna lacks the traditional trappings of fame (famous parents, mind-scorching hotness, exotic scandals, etc.), so she does the only thing a self-respecting Lady Sex Adventurer can do. She starts a magazine column critiquing the lives and follies of the Famouses around her. But as Johanna skyrockets to fame herself, she begins to realize that with celebrity comes sacrifice, and hers may mean giving up the one person she was determined to keep.

For anyone who has been a girl or known one, who has admired fame or judged it, How to Be Famous is a big-hearted, hilarious tale of fame and fortune—and all that they entail.

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Critical Praise

“Wonderfully original…Hilarious summer fare with a feminist twist.” - People

“A joyous, yelping novel about learning to love things without apology or irony... Moran reminds us that playing it cool is a waste of time.” - NPR

“Hilarious.” - Esquire

“Who better than Caitlin Moran to bring fame down to earth with a bump?” - Helen Fielding

“Moran’s rollicking second novel characteristically combines nonstop witticisms with razor-sharp, pointed, and timely cultural critique.... Her characters are madcap and lovable but nuanced enough to feel real.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Moran’s semiautobiographical tale of a young writer finding her way in the mid-90s London rock scene pops and fizzes with the energy of those cool Britannia times—but her smart, nervy take on female selfhood and sexuality feels bracingly of now.” - Entertainment Weekly

“High-spirited and hilarious .... Half feminist comedy, half romance novel—a genre whose time has come.” - Kirkus

“Moran’s funny, female-centric writing is a treasure ... this feels just right for 2018.” - Booklist

“A rollicking fantasy...How to be Famous rewrites a familiar near-past heroically, dispensing justice and leaving a rosy, satisfied afterglow.” - The Guardian

“Glorious and life-enhancing... Funny, philosophical, and poignant in equal measure.” - Nina Stibbe


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062433770
  • ISBN 10: 0062433776
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 07/03/2018
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Humorous / General

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