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Which is a shame, because this is a very entertaining book. The plot is pretty standard, (my teacher is an alien), although the ending is zanier and more fun than I expected. The two lead characters are appealing. Granted, they are written to be older, wiser, funnier and more insightful than would be age appropriate, but I am willing to overlook that since it means they are wiser, funnier, and more insightful. The byplay between Jimbo and his sister is wonderfully done, which adds a nice amount of variety to the character interactions.
I don't think British slang is a problem, since most of it can be figured out from context, and the rest doesn't matter. It's not like the book is written in some obscure dialect, there are just a few unfamiliar words.
But at bottom bear this in mind - there are some truly funny lines and bits of dialogue in this book. There is some great deadpan humor, in a Greg Hefley "Diary..." kind of way. There are rewards to be found, and don't forget that someone besides me has to actually buy this book.
The problem with repackaging these older titles is that they inevitably seem hopelessly amateur compared with the author's current work.Read more ›
I think my biggest issue with this book is that the voice feels off. I've read a good number of children's and YA fiction, and the best of those genres always feel like the narrator's voice is authentic to the age group. Jimbo is a likable enough character, but he felt to me like a kid written by an adult. I wanted, instead, for him to feel like he was an actual kid.
My other disappointment with this novel was that I felt that the central plot took too long to get off the ground and then, when it did, it wasn't as interesting as I felt it should have been. There are a lot of plot threads to this novel, everything from Jimbo's father's unemployment to gender issues to teenagers making bad dating choices--in other words, far too many for such a short novel. I really felt like Jimbo's feelings about his father's joblessness could have been a novel in and of itself. It would certainly have been a different type of novel, but the potential was there. Instead, I found myself wondering when the whole mystery of the teachers would come into play rather than detailed descriptions of the meals Jimbo's father was cooking.
There is some really good, dry wit to this novel. I especially enjoyed the strange linguistics of Britney and fellows. They sounded like they had learned English by watching cheesy 70s movies or something. Jimbo also has a sort of wry view of his world, and this did lend some amusing moments to the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very hard to stay with this story narrated by internal thoughts of all characters.Published 11 months ago by s.vanguard
Loved this book. Not obviously sci fi from the start but very enjoyable.Published 14 months ago by Karen O'Connor
Can't believe how much I was amused
Read after the curious incident of the dog in the night time,which was amazing
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It was a fun and interesting book, written for a younger age but still fun to read. I think my 9 yr. Read morePublished 23 months ago by PattiL
Haddon never disappoints with his quirky stories. I loved this book, sympathetic with the main character and his dysfunctional family, but then the story diverts to very weird... Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Coralie E. Webb