How To Be Famous

HarperCollins. Jul. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062433770. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062433794. F
OrangeReviewStarIn this sequel to her debut, How To Build a Girl, Moran returns to the story of Dolly Wilde. At 19, she's on her own in London, writing about new music for a popular British magazine and living her dream, until she falls in love with young musician John Kite, who suddenly leaves her behind as he makes it big in the 1994 music scene. John and Dolly are friends, but she doubts he would ever want more, so she decides to start a monthly column on all the aspects, good and bad, of being famous. Dolly's a talented writer, but sometimes she makes bad decisions, like having a one-night stand with a famous comedian. Slut-shaming soon follows, which in light of the #MeToo movement makes this book both timely and important. Eventually, Dolly pushes through the pain, turns the shame into her own kind of fame, and wins the man of her dreams.
VERDICT With an indelible protagonist and a wicked sense of humor, Moran's topical, feminist fiction will appeal to strong women of any age.
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