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Lex [Paperback]

James Mylet
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Book Description

28 April 2011

Lex is all but finished growing up in Clifden, Connemara, where he runs a radio station from his bedroom and makes plans to go to university in London. As he shares his views on life, music and Michelle, the best girl in town, Lex is absurdly acute and brilliantly entertaining. Michelle is not only older than Lex, but she's dating the town thug, someone Lex would do well to avoid, but where's the fun in that?

Surrounded by his adoring family and constantly taking the flak for his crazy best friend, Davey, he's caught between modesty and an edge of cool. But he finds himself in trouble when a friend uses Lex's own radio station to announce to the entire town that Lex is still a virgin and asks some nice young girl to help him out before he heads to London in the same state... Especially when Lex accidentally lets slip he'd like that nice girl to be Michelle.

Being seventeen is the stuff of rollercoasters - from one period of angst to boundless joy and on to another crisis - and Lex's summer is set to be typical. He's organised a major music festival in Clifden, or so he's told his favourite band, Toots and the Maytals. But when Davey's mother gets sick and he loses his temper one too many times, Ireland's answer to Glastonbury may not happen at all.

With all his dreams falling around his ankles, Lex is determined to go out with a bang, leaving the town reeling with his loss. And he will, but it might not be quite what he had in mind.


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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; First Edition, First Printing edition (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857380672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857380678
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 963,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The character of Lex is as forthright as he is vulnerable, as solicitous as he is selfish, as altruistic as he is vainglorious, and therefore perfectly epitomises the morass of contradictions that makes up the teenage male passing into adulthood. Lex is as warm, funny, evocative and toe-curlingly accurate a portrait of small-town adolescence as I have had the pleasure to read' Christopher Brookmyre.

'A funny and charming story set in one of my favourite places in the world. And it was a great relief to discover it wasn't just me who felt like that at seventeen' John O'Farrell.

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Lex is all but finished growing up in Clifden, Connemara, where he runs a radio station from his bedroom and makes plans to go to university in London. As he shares his views on life, music and Michelle, the best girl in town, Lex is absurdly acute and brilliantly entertaining. Michelle is not only older than Lex, but she's dating the town thug, someone Lex would do well to avoid, but where's the fun in that? Surrounded by his adoring family and constantly taking the flak for his crazy best friend, Davey, he's caught between modesty and an edge of cool. But he finds himself in trouble when a friend uses Lex's own radio station to announce to the entire town that Lex is still a virgin and asks some nice girl to help him out before he heads to London in the same sorry condition... Being seventeen is the stuff of rollercoasters - from one period of angst to boundless joy and on to another crisis - but Lex's summer is set to be typical. He's determined to go out with a bang. And he will, but it might not be quite what he had in mind.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. 2 Jun 2011
By kareny
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. It made me laugh, and it made me cry - on the train as well which was just embarassing for everybody. A cracking read with a loveable hero, just going about the business of growing up. It made me wish I was 19 and off to university again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A witty coming of age gem 5 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Nobody enjoys being seventeen. Lex is at once hilarious and heartbreaking, as we see him try to escape his small town existence. It's full of great music, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb-best read of the hols 2 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
a really touching slice of life that will be all too familiar to many from that weird time when you are nearly done at school. A great read that quietly grabs you and before you know it you can't stop turning the pages (ok clicking 'next page'!). Vaguely reminded me of Adrian Mole but much punchier and wittier. Bring on the second installment Jimmy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read Lex with a smile on my face 30 May 2011
By markrp
Format:Paperback
Lex is a charming character: believable (for those of us who have ever been 17-year-old boys), funny and just the right side of insecure.

The plot is straightforward, but just because a book's easy to read, that doesn't mean it doesn't have anything to say.

It all adds up to a very enjoyable read. And what better reason can there be to read a book than that?
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