Monday, 11 August 2014

How to Build a Girl, Ch 21-End: Hello, book hangover, my old friend.

"Oh look, I am crying." - p 280

How nice of Moran to provide such an apt quote in this, our final section. This is the last post in the How to Build a Girl readalong, hosted by Emily at As the Crowe Flies (and Reads!), which makes me sad on multiple levels.

Spoilers, ho.

I don't, I have no idea what to say. This book was great. Here are some quotes that I liked/made me rend my garments due to surfeit emotion:

"'I tried to make it better', I say. 'But I got it wrong'" - p 262/263

"Every book, opera house, moon shot, and manifesto is here because someone, somewhere, lit up silent when someone else came into the room, and then quietly burned when they didn't notice them." - p 264/265 -- That one took my sappy, romantic heart, gave it a Wesley and Buttercup kiss, and then made it watch Inigo Montoya's story.



"When really you were about as secret as the moon. And as luminous, under all those clothes." - p 269

"And as luminous, under all those clothes," I say again. 

"I believe in music and gin and joy and talking too much and human kindness." - p 285 (hashtag teenagewallquote)

I'm so relieved that the John Kite story line resolved the way it did. You're a stand-up guy, Johnny. Certainly relatively.

No, but really. He's a gem and I love him forever.

I don't even know. I'm going to lean on the benefits of readalongs and leave it to you guys to say insightful things. 

Things I'd like to talk about if it weren't for Sunday-evening brain (or: I hope you folks tackled these things/maybe let's talk about them in the comments):

  • Mental health 
  • The almost-threesome 
  • Sexual orientations represented in the book
  • Final thoughts on the Parents Morrigan

All I can say with certainty is that I loved this book and Moran writes some killer Acknowledgements. 

Thanks, Em, for hosting. Thanks, Moran, for writing. Thanks, HarperCollins, for publishing. 

If you want to pre-order the book, you can do so here