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Jason Strider, the slacker-hero of former ad-man and MTV series creator Rosen's screwball debut novel, is a recent Cornell grad more interested in marijuana, booze and quick lays than his boring job or romantic relationships. The carnal drought he's been experiencing is mercifully ended early in the book with a bout of athletic sex involving his refrigerator and a bar pickup named Jane, who departs after a second hook-up wearing his favorite pair of Dickies. His quest, then, to retrieve the pants occupies the bulk of the book. Along the way, Jason gets assists in the process of personal growth from his ailing next-door neighbor, Patty, and old Cornell buds Eric and Stacey, who ask Jason to perform their wedding ceremony. By the end of the tale, Jason has begun to mature and comes back into contact with his beloved pants in an unexpected yet appropriate fashion. Rosen deftly keeps the exploits of a shallow hero moving along-and more impressively, makes readers care what happens to his caddish narrator.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076792794X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767927949
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was very fun to read.
The Writer Mo Ibrahim
I found this book very confusing - how was I, the reader, supposed to feel towards our protagonist?
M. Weinberg
Rosen's voice is brilliant and it's amazing that this is is first book.
Anne Marie Hollanger

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Caslo Cranston on June 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you are a budding novelist, but worry about getting your work into print - take heart in the fact that Broadway Books, a division of Random House published "I Just Want My Pants Back: A Novel." The bar has been set pretty low.

Pros:

Pleasant writing style, essentially conversational
Some humorous bits
A little sleazy sex
Some realistic depravity

Cons:

There are not enough interesting ideas to support 226 pages of text.
The passage of time has been substituted for a plot
Characters, including the protagonist are poorly developed
No issues are resolved

I can't help but feel that Rosen's, "I Just Want My Pants Back" is largely autobiographical.
It reads like a diary chronicling a series of very, unexceptional events in a young man's life.
As a reality show template. "I Just Want My Pants Back." may appeal to some TV producers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By chiemilin on October 21, 2011
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First of all, I hate that there aren't "abstracts" for most of the books here, so I'd like to give a general outline for those thinking about buying the book, without giving much away. This book is a first person account of a very average guy named Jason, who some would call "down on his luck." He is a college graduate, but working an entry-level job at a casting agency where he shows up late and hungover most days of the week. He has two friends getting married who ask Jason to conduct the ceremony, which involves him going to classes held by a Rabbi at his nearby Synagogue. This prompts some comical interactions and wonderful inner dialogue for our protagonist. Jason takes his audience through his drug and alcohol induced adventures of sex, lust, loneliness, and loss. It was incredible how the author's writing style matches the level of lucidness and intoxication perfectly. As a reader I felt stressed when he was stressed, high when he was high, etc... Whether you take drugs or not, it is fascinating to experience the changes in thought patterns and physical control that comes with controlled substances. Jason loses his favorite pair of pants in a "tryst" with a girl, and agonizes about them throughout the story. We follow him through several encounters with women, some ending rather abruptly. The story deepens with emotion when Jason begins a friendship with an older woman in his building who shares her wisdom and her drugs with him. I think her character (Patty) is responsible for giving Jason more drive and meaning in his mediocre life. In many ways over the course of the book she teaches him life lessons and gives him a kick in the ass to get his life together.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on July 31, 2008
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Jason Strider is a loser, and he's lost. He has an Ivy League English degree, but rather than taking a step forward, he's content to just skate by in zombie-mode with a meaningless job at a small-time casting agency where he spends half the time fighting hangovers, and the rest on instant messenger. He spends his evenings getting plastered, stoned, and then searching for a similarly inebriated woman who he can convince back to his place for a nightcap. A particular one-night stand, Jane - who was part of a run-in with a refrigerator and a wild-cab ride - borrowed jeans from Jason upon waking up, and the story truly begins. Life for Jason is repetitious if anything. He's just like many others, except he cares more about his favorite pants than most else, and he wants them back. Unfortunately, Jane won't return calls, texts, emails, or IMs. Through this dilemma, along with being asked to act as a rabbi (i.e. Universal Life Minister) at a friend's wedding, the book follows Jason from one humorous ordeal to the next, through the promiscuity, booze, and sleaze of the New York single life.

Essentially, it's about a post-college man drifting through life until he knows what he wants to do. At the first true turning point in life, when one must truly move into individuality and responsibility, when the growing up happens, Jason struggles with his lack of ambition, his dead-end job, his rampant drug use, and his misunderstandings with the fairer sex. He also manages to add the difficulty of dealing with and relating to a terminally-ill friend along the way, which clearly affects him deeply.

Reading "I Just Want My Pants Back" reminded me quite a bit of the movie "Knocked Up". The protagonist in each is a reefer-smoking slacker who lacks direction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TatooedGrma on September 15, 2011
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I had accidentally purched this book and thought great this one probably will end up badly. To my surprise it was one of the best mistakes I have made in a while. A must read for those living and dating in the city of NY
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CJM on November 15, 2008
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The cover WILL get you noticed if you read this in an airplane. As someone in her 40s, I enjoyed reading about the bar scene of the young adults fresh out of college. Also the means of communication--texting, instant messaging, etc.--and the strategies around them were really fun. The protagonist is such a funny, shameless, original voice. His relationships with his circle of friends are warm, nuanced, and complicated. His search for affection is hilarious. His descriptions of living in New York and St. Louis were very specific and nuanced, which kept this novel fresh from cliches. I look forward to reading more from this young, promising novelist!
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