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This is a "laugh out loud on the bus making everybody think you're a nutter" book.
Unfortunately, the author seems more concerned about putting together an endless stream of witicisms than he does with telling a good, funny story.
No one's feelings should be hurt here when he makes fun of you - and yes, he'll make fun of you, and you, and you.
Highly entertaining! Eloquently, describes Scottish psych and vernacular. Ditto on aspects of American life from an ex-pat's point of view. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shirley
It's a quick read for sure. It wasn't particularly compelling but some parts were pretty funny. The funny parts are more of a smile and chuckle than a roll on the floor laughing... Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by Chuck H.
You'll note many positive customer reviews here are from San Francisco (the author's adopted hometown), and I can't help but feel they're from Alan's buddies trying to help him... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by T. Motley
My kids play competitive (club)soccer and I've been heavily involved with the sport as a coach and a referee. I was really looking forward to reading the book. Read morePublished on May 20, 2009 by CAPoiDog
Scottish-born (but now US naturalized citizen) author Alan Black grew up on soccer in his early life before moving to the US (pretty much similar as myself), and decided to take up... Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Paul Allaer
An hilarious look at the hard-boiled world of Scottish youth football of twenty+ years ago, contrasted with today's enabled and pampered state of American youth soccer.Published on September 15, 2008 by Balz Wit
Alan Black is a force of nature. A Scottish force of nature to be exact. This is a hysterical, thought-provoking, funny, tragic memoir about the world's biggest and most popular... Read morePublished on August 21, 2008 by David Henry Sterry
I don't watch soccer. I don't care about soccer. But this book made me laugh so hard I got eyeballed on the bus as perhaps a bit 'special'. Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by J. Sey
The view from Alan Black's head, as he surveys Northern California suburbia, is scary the way riding a Hunter S Thompson novel is scary and philosophical in the Vonnegut Breakfast... Read morePublished on July 10, 2008 by Ransom Stephens