- File Size: 538 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Hilltop Press (March 8, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UGKD8KI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,076,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Central to the story is the relationship between Steve and his discouraging mother, and I think this is a theme many people can relate to: a feeling of falling short, of being underestimated, either by someone close or by oneself, and desperately wanting beat that negative assessment. It’s a theme which has buried itself in my mind nearly a week after finishing the book.
The humour in Top Banana is gentle, almost comfortable. If it weren't for a few packets of white powder making an appearance early on, I’d say it could be good material for a young adult audience. If you've read Ravenfold, one of Kath Middleton’s other books, you might find Top Banana to be a significant story departure. But it is a pleasant one.
In this book she delves into comedy in what is essentially a coming of age for a young man named Steve. Although the book is billed as a comedy it didn't really read that way for me. That's not to say that it isn't funny, there's a dry observational humour prevelent throughout. I mean that it wasn't a laugh out loud type of read.
That didn't matter too much because the story made me smile. The blurb states that it is a feel good story and that is true. The journey of Steve's journey into adulthood and out of his bubble is an engaging one. I enjoyed the conceit of the spider bite and its influence on Steve in the story and it does allow for some of the zanier human, especially in the first half.
My one major complaint about the story is that sometimes the events feel a little convenient. One scene in particular where there is a major heart to heart struck me as both sudden and a bit too easy. While this isn't my usual type of read I am familiar enough to know that this isn't unique to this book.
So that complaint aside this is a pleasant story and a good read - maybe I should read more uplifting stories more often!
I din't find this a particularly laugh out loud story. It was more a gently humorous tale. I read it more with a smile on my face than a chortle on my chops.
I think I preferred the story early on when Steve was working in the grocers rather than when he started coming into his own later on.
The words I use to describe this are gentle and nice. I felt content after finishing this.
Progression through the book was frequently halted as I shared many of Steve's hilarious scenarios with my partner. This novel however was so much more than simply a humorous interlude I found it peppered with sharp observation, poignancy and bittersweet tenderness.
I felt inspired to reflect on the important aspects of life: love, relationships, loyalty and gratitude.
In creating Steve (the protagonist) and empowering his quest for a superpower the author has succeeded in finding one of her own, the ability to make her readers glow.
Gave our Steve an awful bite
While bananas and white powder
Did for him more than clam chowder!
With job anew and on the ceiling
Steve did crawl, with certain feeling
Not spiderman, twas on a ladder
Of course he fell, which made him sadder
Steve got the girl, despite all this
They fell in love, sealed with a kiss
New wife and baby, such delight
And all thanks to a spider bite
(with apologies to William Blake)