How to Build a Girl: Part 4


Trust and believe I shared last week’s post for the How to Build a Girl readalong and immediately read the next section. And then I just finished the whole book. But don’t worry, my darlings, I won’t spoil anything past this week’s part. I am, however, going to have to make this fairly quick since my family is in from out of town and I’d like to devote all my lovin’ to them. I’m going to skip over a quick summary this time around and just bullet a few of my  thoughts.

  • I’m pretty sure I’ve had the pop star poo conversation at least once, but it didn’t fail to make me laugh hysterically.
  • I keep wishing Krissi would come out to Johanna, because it just makes me sad to think of him not being able to talk to anyone, but at the same time it does seem like they have kind of an unspoken agreement about it.
  • Johanna’s mindset about sex and aiming to please the guys she’s with, regardless of her own personal satisfaction, just feels so sadly common for that age (or any female age, really).
  • I hadn’t really noticed it before, but I paid close attention to the POV this time around (since several of you mentioned it) and the switching really bothered me.

“Because I am still learning to walk and talk, and it is a million times easier to be cynical and wield a sword, than it is to be open-hearted and stand there, holding a balloon and a birthday cake, with the infinite potential to look foolish. Because I still don’t know what I think or feel, and I’m throwing up grenades and filling the air with smoke while I desperately, desperately try to get off the ground: to get elevation. Because I haven’t yet learned the simplest and most important thing of all: the world is difficult, and we are all breakable. So just be kind.”

  • Even though this could apply to almost any situation, particularly life as a teenager, it made me think a bit of the book blogging world. Thankfully we don’t see much of it, but I always get a little uncomfortable when I see a blog that specifically aims to be mean in their reviews and I think this is why.