The Anti Cool Girl was published by HarperCollins in September 2015, and has since sold over 50,000 copies. I’M A TOTES LEGIT AUTHOR NOW YOU GUYS.
SHORTLISTED: Australian Book Industry Awards Biography of the Year (2016)
SHORTLISTED: Australian Book Industry Awards Matt Richell New Writer of the Year (2016)
SHORTLISTED: Indie Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year (2016)
SHORTLISTED: Russell Prize for Humour Writing (2017)
WINNER: Australian Book Industry Awards People’s Choice Award for New Writer of the Year (2016)
Praise for The Anti Cool Girl:
“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
“Hilarious, wise, gutsy, clear-eyed, devastating and uplifting. It’s a marvel.” Richard Glover
“Individual, wounded, brilliant and hilarious” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Waterland’s writing is poignant, hilarious and rude.” – The Age
The Anti Cool Girl is a perfect mix of tragedy, comedy and pop culture references. Written with sharp wit and a black sense of humour, Waterland’s autobiography will shock, entertain and sadden you all at once.” – lip Magazine
“The best book I’ve ever seen my face on the cover of.” – Rosie Waterland
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 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, one suffering from schizophrenia, the other bipolar, 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 on more than one occasion.
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 Saturday 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.