One f the few writers who In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, offers some compelling insights into the well trodden comingf age narrative This is a sparkling incisive book I ve read some How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper of Stretch s early work and always suspected he had a novel like this in him Read this book A tale about uirky families and sibling relationships and growing up funny and poignant Two pages into this novel I encountered this illuminating comparisonThe insidef my fridge is like a room in a modern art gallery bare bright white and then the Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, odd disturbingbjectGoodreader I was hooked Nearly 200 pages later Bambi and Me our narrator Jim Thorne goes to meet anld friend and prepares as followsI rehearsed a smile to greet her with butdecided against it in favour
OF A SUBTLE FROWN THAT WASa subtle frown that was Pocahontas of reading novels a high caffeine diet and I suspected indifference to televisionIn the intervening spaces a tale is toldf Bala Santa our narrator s family his famous aunts hisbsessive father his uirky friends and the trip takes us through the 80s and 90s in a way which was for me measured Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies out with highly familiar signposts It sccasionally tempting to claim that Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack overt chronicling is the cheapest formf deixis and there are whole paragraphs in this novel which are that kind The Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I, of exposition ranging in subject from Euro 96 to the tribulationsf Dustin Diamond but I can t complain as I do it myself all the time The world is the Wolfsong only song allf us know by heart after allThis is a funny book definitely at Ultimate Memory Book one point a Liberal Democrat spin doctor is described as prematurely bold and I m not sure it s a misprint but it s very sad in parts too It crams a lotf good things into its relatively small span and you can t say than that for a book Pelnrušķis un trollis or indeed a life Usually I prefer to summarise plots in mywn words rather than doing a sneaky copy and paste from but here I am going to make an exception and use the Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) official blurb because I think it sums things up rather wellJim Thorne He wants to understand loveHis mum Her three sisters have epic perms And they re famousDad Dad s focusedn a vital uestion Mario O Mistério do Infante Santo or SonicIt s England 1989 2009 So expect a little historyThat s all there is to it this book is about Jim and his life and his family About the strugglesf having to be an adolescent man in a family full f women About growing up with unhappy parents to be an adolescent man in a family full f women About growing up with unhappy parents the North f England Although this makes it sound like little than a character study and it really runs a whole lot deeper than that I suppose you could call it a coming f age tale but I m not sure whether Jim ever actually does grow up Slice by Slice or comef age Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) or learn anything about how to relate to people in the endOne thing The Adult never is is a comfortable read There were times when I found myself cringingn Jim s behalf and my heart ached for him but eually there were times when I felt he was a repulsive human being who des. Jim ThorneHe wants to understand loveHis mumHer three sisters have epic
Summary The AdultErved no sympathy whatsoever Either way there is a constant horrible sense Ice Maiden of inevitability Jim is unuestionablyne f life s strugglers His clumsy awkwardness is that a real word is portrayed perfectly This unease is nicely balanced by the dry humour that I loved in Stretch s earlier books There is also a healthy dose f 1990s nostalgia backed up by numerous pop culture references that manage to highlight some Seducing the Heiress of the things that were terrible about that decade while simultaneously making me wish I was back there It s uite cleverly done without the aidf any sentimental rose tinted glassesThe main thing that strikes me about this novel is how much sensitive and I suppose human it is than its predecessors There is definitely a emotional undercurrent running through The Adult than either Friction And Cowboy Makes Three or Wildlife and this makes it much accessible While I thought bothf those books were great they are certainly bleak and Teasing Her SEAL often shocking Somef my friends couldn t finish them and I definitely wouldn t pass them Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, on to my mum whereas I think Mum would uite enjoy thisne When he starts writing novels that my Grandma would read I might start to worry but for now I think Joe Stretch is definitely A Valentines Wish onto a winner and I hope The Adult gets some recognitionver the coming autumn Unusually funny although sometimes sad too Joe Stretch has a funky way Paixão Sem Disfarce ofbserving life in this very well written book I thoroughly enjoyed it With a host Rain of realistic characters this is an amusing novel fullf awkward identification which tells the tale In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover of a inconseuential life and that s where it hits The banalityf life A book I Met Someone of yearning On the back cover it says A wellbserved coming Quantum (Captain Chase of age comedy which is pretty much what the Adult is It has a nice structure a kindf intimate complicity with the reader and deft intrigue building timing
WITH REGARDS TO COMPLETING THE ANECDOTESregards to completing the anecdotes tells And there s a moving pathos about the story towards the end Essentially it s a wry self conscious dig at Celebrity Culture Trouble here though is that Celebrity Culture does such a fabulous job The Other Islam of ridiculing itself that a novel setting itself the same task is always going to comeut the loser enough to watch twenty minutes Last Man Standing of I m a celebrity get meut
of here to get anyone shaking their head in amused despair The self pleasuring prose was irritating at times allhere to get anyone shaking their head in amused despair The self pleasuring prose was irritating at times all peacock preening as if Stretch fancies himself as the new Martin Amis He tries too hard to write uotable cool sentences and though sometimes really good they are just as Light, Gesture, and Color often pretty bad Here are a couplef the good uns A decade wandered with us like a lost tourist And Her moans were somehow Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other Essays from the Vault off kilter and recalled the sympathetic sounds the dinner ladies made when we grazedur knees n the playground f Ridley Primary But what ultimately made me critical Canada of this novel was th. ErmsAnd they're famousDadDad's focusedn a vital uestionMario r SonicIt. E fact it won the Somerset Maugham prize in 2013 I ve probably read about twenty novels
Recently By Americans That Areby Americans that are much better than this Motherless Brooklyn most recently that it s depressing to realise how hard up we presently are in the UK for first rate novelists Laugh ut loud funny in places Poignant and heart breaking in Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, others Fullf factoids and examples DogFace of what was happening between 1989 2009 that evoked such vivid memories it was like being transported back to my teenage years Which reallynly added to the book for me Nicely done Having read his two previous novels Frictions and Wildlife I think this is my favourite novel f Stretch
s to date his writing style is asto date His writing style is as frank and laced with humour and wry bservations Nothing is really censored in this book and being about the years Buffalo Woman Comes Singing of puberty and first loves you can take a good guess where a lotf subject matter will lie but this gives a real sense f honesty and an ability to relate to the main character f Jim who recounts his childhood and life choices throughout the pages f this book It reads as a memoir f the characterFor those Shining City of my generation a 90s child manyf the references will be all too familiar and there is a certain nostalgia there Spice Girls Nirvana songs and playing Sonic GTA after school anyone There is a universality to the theme Blind Spots of growing up and adolescence in general though so I feel that the audience shouldn t be restricted by the fact that this is a novel which is very much set in it s timeThis novel evokes a real sensef what growing up can feel like it can be salacious scary confusing and sweet The dynamics between the characters are well written and interesting Jim himself is the child A Boy and A Bear in a Boat of a could have been a star mother who is from a famous acting and singing dynasty and a rather reclusive father His navigation through the years and the choices he makes make for an interesting story particularly as you know snippetsf Jim s future from the start and so gradually build up the backstory and see his influencesIt is not a life changing read but there is a certain nostalgia to it and a real sense that this is life being recounted and is definitely not all rainbows and smiles This just helps draws you in and makes you like Jim and want to know how he manages to surface from the
BUBBLE OF HIS AT TIMES STRANGEof his at times strange I really enjoyed this book I could at times feel his pain and his joy at growing up something we all have to do and the cringeworthy about the name SOS of the all brights most families have a joke that isnly funny to them and seems to follow them around I enjoyed the book went through the history St. Johns Wort of the times and was amusing how times have changed in a relatively short spacef time these days the majority have a mobile not the minority will look The Roman Family out for things to read by Joe stretc. 's England 1989 2009So expect a little historyThe dolphin's name is Dilly.