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The Anti-Cool Girl

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,489 ratings  ·  341 reviews

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

Rosie Waterland has never been cool. Growing up in 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 t

Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by 4th Estate
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I can barely find the right words to say just how awesome this memoir is, but I will give it a go.
I had never heard of Rosie Waterland before reading her memoir. I bought the book because: a) it sounded like an interesting read b) I am studying social work and work in mental health so I am attracted to stories that are about overcoming adversity c) we have the same name!

Rosie is such a brave and gutsy woman and I am really grateful for her sharing her story. From a very young age Rosie always
*This review contains occasional coarse language and crudity.

100% honesty up front: Rosie Waterland’s humour isn’t really my style. I’ve read bits and pieces of her work on Mamamia, including a few of the Bachelorette recaps (note: this does not mean I admit to ever watching The Bachelorette *shifty eyes*), but it’s just not my cup of tea. I’m not particularly prudish, and I have zero issues with ‘frequent coarse language’, but the crudity wears on me a bit. I like a bit of toilet humour a
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read in the mornings. At 6.30am I take my naturopath-approved muesli out of the fridge, add yoghurt and half a grapefruit, sit down in front of my book and forget the day’s obligations. The morning I decided to start ‘The Anti-Cool Girl’ was no different. My mouth was full and my brain was ready. My stomach, however, was not.

Rosie Waterland is candid. And by candid I mean fantastically descriptive with a complete no-shame policy. This girl tells you exactly what she did, how she did it, and t
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie
Brutally honest almost painfully so, so many cringe worthy moments a few too many I could relate to. An easily digestible read that kept me turning the pages almost anticipating the next disaster but also rooting for Rosie as the underdog, with a great moral to adhere to, this made me feel freeer to just be me. Warts and all. A memoir that lives up to its name. A great shameless read
Meredith Walker
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hate-them
I really can’t understand all the crazy praise for this book. What is fine in small Mama Mia doses, does not necessarily work in extended form. It is said that when writing autobiographically an author will either do so with egotistical bravado or to position as a victim. The anti-cool girl seems like a mix of the two… not in a good way but in a confused identity type of way. Yes it witty in places but its crudity seems so strategically placed for shock value. And while we all have events of our ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Far out. This is such a ballsy book. There are few people in the world who would dare to lay it all out there like Rosie has in this novel. It feels like nothing is left out (except bits to protect others privacy) - it's all there, without shame, for the world to see. Poo, vomit, blood, other bodily fluids and all.

Those expecting this book to be packed full of bachie-esque snark and peen NISSAN peen references have another think coming... but (hopefully) not in a bad way.

Likewise those who may
Lara K
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, but I have to say that it despite the heart felt subject matter it didn't touch many deep chords in me. Waterland is a great blogger and humourous writer for Mamamia, but I don't think the heights of her writing were reached in this book either in terms of humour or emotion, despite the autobiographical nature of her material and her honesty. It is almost like she has been rushed into writing her autobiography way too early in life, before she has any real chance of ...more
Dean Easton
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Rosemary Atwell
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Feeling bad? It's possibly unlikely that your existence has been as relentless as Rosie's, but she's still here and living. An intriguing and brave book about a train wreck of a life that not only has a survivor, but one with many lessons to teach - among them, to have compassion, a sense of humour and an undying belief that things can only improve. ...more
Inez Hamilton-Smith
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: australian
Heartbreaking, hilarious and an excellent read.
Chris (The Genre Fiend)
A great man once said, 'Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.'

Rosie Waterland could probably vouch for the accuracy in that statement.

If there's one dominant thread consistently running through Rosie's first - and highly excellent - book, it's that pain, hardship and adversity create growth. The better life is not one filled with perfection, money and success, but one in which a hell of a lot of hard work, and the ability to survive a plethora of ridiculously adverse si
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crap-books
I know everyone has gone ga-ga over this book... and I made a very premature, sweeping statement after reading the first chapter that this was worth the hype.

So; let me start with the good stuff.

She's quite witty, she has a great sense of humour and is very brave for putting a lot of the things that she did on paper.

The not so great stuff:

The chapter about her learning to masturbate and being obsessed with it, seemed (and possibly coincidentally) like a direct rip off of a chapter from the ama
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rosie Waterland, I'm so glad you wrote this book. I know you are the Anti Cool Girl, but another alternative would be to redefine the word cool, and place it back where it belongs, with the awesome people, who know how to be themselves, like you.
Thanks for being so brutally honest about your life - it is good for all our souls. And I'm trying to think about The College and how we can make your book a compulsory handbook for all staff. They'd love it, and they need it.
I think my most favourite p
The most hilarious book I've ever read! But it also made me cry at times. So... you can't really argue with that. Perfect, Rosie. Thanks for this awesome book. I'm so happy to know there's someone else out there who likes wearing their flannelette pyjama pants up really high. ...more
Naomi Louise
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
"There is nothing more liberating than accepting who you are"
A very honest, real & gutsy memoir
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Funny, heartbreaking, warm, candid, shocking and fabulous all at the same time.

A must read
Claudia Cranshaw
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t had time to purchase a new book so in the meantime I decided to reread one of my absolute favourites. Rosie is SO funny. I legit laugh out loud on the train while reading her book. I have so much admiration for her. She has been through so much in her life. I think I should read her second book now again. I just love her and how she retells all the fucked things she’s been through.
Molly D’Arcy
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this memoir and 10/10 recommend to all my #fans. Absolutely hilarious and light for such a harrowing story.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I honestly had not heard of Rosie Waterland until she was on Richard Glover's ABC Radio program. I was driving home from work and she was making jokes about the television show 'The Bachelor'.

Having no interest in the show, I tuned out.

On Goodreads I saw friends read her book and rated it. The connection wasn't made.

Richard Glover had Rosie Waterland back on his radio program again, joking that her memoir grossly out sold his. Still I didn't make the connection. But, this time I did note her na
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I was first introduced to Rosie Waterland through her "Rosie Recaps" of the Australian version of the Bachelor. I wasn't even watching the bachelor at this stage however couldn't turn away from her hilarious satirical recaps of the show. I've also read a number of her articles on the Mamamia website, the articles were always funny and a bit of fluff to read on my train trip's home. When I first heard that Rosie was releasing a book I was curious and wanted t
Chantelle Branley
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book I thought it was an hilarious work of fiction. About half way through, I realised it was an autobiography and I was mortified. With a few chapters to go, I was thinking 'this is a solid 3, maybe 4 star book'. And then the last chapter nailed it. Every point I read in the last chapter just made sense, with a few leaving me to think, 'wow, this girl gets me'. Overall, such a fantastic read, with a heartfelt, very meaningful ending! ...more
Wow. What a legend. I haven't read any of Waterland's columns before but can see how her writing style has such mass appeal. She's blunt but funny, clever but always self-deprecating.

Her tumultuous childhood is hard to fathom. Her ability to look back on it all with a wry sense of humour is stupefyingly impressive.

And I love that she trumpets being anti-cool. I think most of us are right there with her, happily sitting in the gutter eating a food truck taco.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this, not in the least because Rosie uses the word "fanny" with gusto. it's honest, open, shocking, funny and real; and reads like a slightly inebriated but hilarious friend laying it all on the table. Reading her famous Bachelor reviews did not prepare me for the gritty story of her childhood, nor the raw account of her battle with her mental health. She tells it like it is and you want to hug her, slap her, help her and befriend her. Bravo, Rosie, please just keep being Rosie. ...more
Renae Nae
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow this is just as good as everyone has said! I have such respect for Rosie and am in awe of how brave and honest she is about LITERALLY every part of her life. I laughed till I cried and learnt so much about how to get through to the other side of the crap life throws at you and be ok. Now I just want to give her a huge hug and thank her for writing this gem of a memoir!
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
*sniffles* What tears? I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
It's a solid 3.5 for me for this memoir.

The book is split unofficially into 2 parts. The first half deals with her horrific childhood including siblings. The second is a solo affair (sisters and parents barely mentioned again) centred around boarding school, sexual "adventures", and early adult life. The first half was a lot more compelling for me but had secondary issues like me questioning why I enjoyed reading about the truly harrowing childhood. I mean, it's a year inducing shit-show which
Reannon Bowen
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars ( can we get a half star rating please!) What I liked most about this book was Rosie's writing style. She is funny & self depreciating & doesn't hold back at all. I love woman who write openly & honestly about themselves, their lives & their lessons, even when it doesn't cast them in the best light. Rosie's story is full of things that should make you feel sad & angry but really I was just rooting for her to survive & thrive. And it seems like she does & is doing just that. ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Australian writer, good read. If you are interested in social work or mental health this will be an interesting read. Rosie's childhood was full of traumatic experiences and her journey to the present takes many twists and turns. She is best known probably for her Bachelor write ups on Mamamia. Really funny girl, heartfelt piece of writing. ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sure as stand alone articles these were fine, but a whole book of short internet-humour style chapters was actually just very tedious.

I probably would have enjoyed this more when it was published 5 years ago, but I need a bit more depth than what Waterland gave here (also, probably because she writes blog posts rather than essays) and some elements of critical reflection.
Kim Mansfield
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good on Rosie Waterland to have the courage to write this brave account of her life. Awkward, embarrassing, brutal yet honest. Just what every girl (and I suppose guy) struggling to fit in needs to read so they can learn to love themselves just the way they are.. Cannot recommend it enough. Thanks Jonelle for recommending it. I only wish I had of read it sooner
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