- File Size: 575 KB
- Print Length: 293 pages
- Publisher: Jakobian Books, 1 edition (March 10, 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RQ8WEO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars (37 customer reviews)
- Price: $0.99
1. Short review: (Amazon rating: 5 out of 5 stars -- I love it.) Chick lit with testicles.
2. Long review:2.1. What I liked: The characters.
Roller-coaster or walk-in-the-park? Walk-in-the-park.
Worth the money.
2.2. What I did not like: There is a lot of profanity and a lot of drunkenness. Are Scots truly foul-mouthed sots?
2.3. Who I think is the audience: Chick lit fans.
2.4. Is the book appropriate for children to read? No. Not at all. 17+ only.
2.5. On the basis of reading this book, will I buy the author's next book? Maybe. Danny writes well, but I am not a fan of chick lit.
2.6. The plot in a nutshell.
Boy had girl. Boy lost girl. Boy gets girl back. Boy loses girl again. Boy's father shoves epiphany down boy's throat.
The hero of the tale is James Cooper. He is a wanker. His friends say so, his work associates say so, his girlfriend says so, and his girlfriend's father says so. But he's a lovable wanker. The spineless git.
I was two-thirds of the way through this book when it dawned on me that I was reading chick lit. With testicles. Danny gives the reader Cooper's feelings and thoughts in detail. But by that time I was thoroughly engaged with the characters, and I liked the book: 4 stars.
Within spitting distance of the ending, Cooper's girlfriend dumped him. Cooper's lack of reaction incensed me. At that point I hated the book: 0 stars. Had it been a paperback, I would have thrown it away then and there.
A hair's breadth away from the ending, Cooper's father -- who had been a cypher until that point -- shoved an epiphany down Cooper's wanker throat. And Cooper swallowed it. Not whole, but little by little. The non-redemptive yet hopeful ending followed soon thereafter.
That is when I realized that Danny had taken me on an emotional roller coaster in the course of a single book. That's why I read. 5 stars.
You need to know some Scottish slang to understand the text:
bint, n. an attractive but difficult womanTo this day, I still have no idea why Danny chose that title.
pish, n. rubbish
pished, adj. drunk
skelp, v. to hit
skite, v. to hit
If you need more, here is a Scottish slang dictionary.
2.8. Links: Danny Gillan
2.9. Buy the book: Scratch