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The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland. Book Review.

The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland. Book Review.

The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland. Book Review.The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland
Published by Fourth Estate on September 1st 2015
Genres: Memoir, Non-fiction
Pages: 294
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Rosie Waterland has never been cool. Growing up in a housing commission, Rosie was cursed with a near-perfect, beautiful older sister who dressed like Mariah Carey on a Best & Less budget while Rosie was still struggling with various toilet mishaps. She soon realised that she was the Doug Pitt to her sister's Brad, and that cool was not going to be her currency in this life.

But that was only one of the problems Rosie faced. With two addicts for parents, she grew up amidst rehab stays, AA meetings, overdoses, narrow escapes from drug dealers and a merry-go-round of dodgy boyfriends in her mother's life. Rosie watched as her dad passed out/was arrested/vomited, and had to talk her mum out of killing herself.

As an adult, trying to come to grips with her less than conventional childhood, Rosie navigated her way through eating disorders, nude acting roles, mental health issues and awkward Tinder dates. Then she had an epiphany: to stop pretending to be who she wasn't and embrace her true self - a girl who loved drinking wine in her underpants on Sunday nights - and become an Anti-Cool Girl.

An irrepressible, blackly comic memoir, Rosie Waterland's story is a clarion call for Anti-Cool Girls everywhere.

“Your second set of parents will abandon you. Damn.”

Rosie Waterland in The Anti-Cool Girl

 

The Anti-Cool Girl is a memoir unlike any other. Chapter titles such as ‘Your mum will be a sex worker and you’ll have no idea‘ and ‘You will be in rehab several times before you’re ten years old‘ give you some idea of what this book is about.

The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland.

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