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The Anti-Cool Girl : Brutal, brave, hilarious - a full-frontal memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you. - Rosie Waterland

The Anti-Cool Girl

Brutal, brave, hilarious - a full-frontal memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you.

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A dark, funny and subversive memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you, Rosie Waterland's story of her coming of age is a blackly comic Australian memoir for our times and a clarion call for all anti-cool girls everywhere.

Rosie Waterland is the survivor of one of the most appalling childhoods since Augusten Burroughs. There were rehab stays and AA meetings. there were overdoses, dramas, suicide attempts. There were narrow escapes from drug dealers, not to mention a numerous round of dodgy men in and out of her mother's life. They endlessly moved houses, countries, schools, squats. There was neglect, endless DOCS workers and the occasional abusive foster parent. Rosie and her sisters became Mormon, Catholic, Wiccan, Christian. There was a second marriage and divorce. Rosie watched as her dad passed out/was arrested/vomited/cried. There were frustrated family members with no time for kids. Rosie had to talk her mum out of killing herself and watched as her dad's coffin was lowered into the ground.

But Rosie is far more than the sum of her parts.

The quality that lies at the heart of Rosie's appeal is her straight-up, unaffected directness - her ability to say what she really thinks, to call it as she sees it. She's kind of an Everygirl. The Anti-Cool Girl that we all want to be. She's funny, honest and inspirational. She is our Caitlin Moran, our very own Lena Dunham, and she will tell a uniquely Australian story, in only the way that a straight-talking Australian girl can say it.

Think Angela's Ashes crossed with Lena Dunham, with a dash of Chopper Read.

About the Author

Rosie Waterland is a media phenomenon. Only 25 years old, she rose to fame in 2014 with her laugh-out-loud funny recaps of The Bachelor, which had people clicking onto the Mamamia website in astounding numbers. Towards the end of the season, Mamamia was seeing daily traffic of over one million hits on the days her recaps appeared. Richard Glover called what she did 'the best television writing since Clive James'. Her Facebook page hit 20,000 likes in its first week. The Bachelor recaps she wrote had 6.6 million unique readers and 450,000 Facebook shares. This is her first book.

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Hilarious and Heartbreakingly Honest Read

4

Had never heard of the author prior to picking up this book. So there were no preconceived notions on what the book would be like. I devoured this book in hours, a brutally honest recap of this amazing woman's dysfunctional childhood. Both heartbreaking and utterly hilarious. Well written and had me wanting to know more about her. I similarly devoured her follow up book Every Lie I've Ever Told.

SA

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So funny

5

Rosie has had a tough life, no doubt about it. With every new chapter you just cannot believe the things she is saying could be true. It is like a season of shameless all rolled into one little book. She writes with a humor that you could only get from a life well lived (and she isn't even that far into hers...) She will have you laughing and crying along with her.

Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia

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Great read

4

Very hard to put down and well written. Rosie has managed to turn a pretty terrible subject into an entertaining and humorous read

Melbourne Australia

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Can't fault it, such a great read!

5

I am not a book reader what so ever. I heard a radio show speak about this book then interview Rosie about it which made me curious to read. I couldn't put the book down!

Mandurah, Western Australia

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10/10!

5

Great book! Read the whole thing in 2 days, very engaging. It was funny, honest and well-written. I will certainly be reading it again!

Melbourne, Australia

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Amazing, very engaging writing.

5

I loved this book, her life was really full on but fascinating. I greatly appreciated her sharing her story and the humor. Well worth the read.

Melbourne, Australia

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A+

5

great read

margate

Comedy and Tragedy

4

Its hard to put this in a nutshell. A journey of survival that hasn't finished yet but has covered many miles. The comedy of the story reflects the one of her survival strategies. The fact that she has been or is a mis-fit is the least surprising thing. That she still loves her mother after everything is the most.

Perth

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Loved it!

5

Loved it! Laugh out loud funny parts as well as pages that made you want to cry with her and for her.

Melbourne

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Honest writing at its best

5

Rosie writes with wit and honesty about her difficult childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Impressed with a capital I.

Sydney

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100.0

'If Augusten Burroughs and Lena Dunham abandoned their child in an Australian housing estate, she'd write this heartbreaking, hilarious book. It made me laugh uproariously, then feel terrible for her, then laugh all over again. Sorry, Rosie.'
Dominic Knight, The Chaser

Rosie Waterland

Rosie Waterland is a media phenomenon. Only 25 years old, she rose to fame in 2014 with her laugh-out-loud funny recaps of The Bachelor, which had people clicking onto the Mamamia website in astounding numbers. Towards the end of the season, Mamamia was seeing daily traffic of over one million hits on the days her recaps appeared. Richard Glover called what she did 'the best television writing since Clive James'. Her Facebook page hit 20,000 likes in its first week. The Bachelor recaps she wrote had 6.6 million unique readers and 450,000 Facebook shares.

The Anti Cool Girl was shortlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards and for the 2016 ABIA Awards for Biography of the Year, and also shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. She was also the Winner of the 2016 ABIA Awards People's Choice for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year.

Visit Rosie Waterland's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9781460750643
ISBN-10: 1460750640
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st September 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.37