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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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Published: 1st September 2015
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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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  • Easy to read (29)
  • Well written (29)
  • Engaging characters (23)
  • Deserves multiple readings (17)

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5.0

Can't fault it, such a great read!

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  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
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      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!

       
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      10/10!

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        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!

         
        5.0

        Amazing, very engaging writing.

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        from Melbourne

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          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.

           
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              great read

               
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              Comedy and Tragedy

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              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.

               
              5.0

              Loved it!

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

                   
                  5.0

                  Honest writing at its best

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

                     
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                    It is Cool to be Anti Cool

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                    from Melton, Victoria

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                        I loved this book. It was a quick and easy read that had me making time to finish it. I have followed Rosie's journey on Mamamia so was really excited to read her book. Although I don't know her, I feel really proud of what she's done in putting her life story into book form. Rosie is funny, laugh-out-loud, so honest, thought provoking, and awesome.

                         
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                          Unexpected. Terrific read. Fascinating story

                           
                          5.0

                          What a story!

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                              I loved the raw, honest story telling of Rosie's life so far. It made me laugh out loud but also feel truely sad with the childhood Rosie experienced - a true page turner!

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                              '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

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