I really enjoyed reading this, it is fast paced, written in a way that reflects the emotional and mental fragility of the characters and handles local dialects really well to create really funny moments throughout the book. The storyline itself is very dark, but the real to life characters mean that you can enjoy the comedy while reading their decent into their own personal hell.
The characters in this book are ones that most people who have gone to uni can relate to. I think everyone has either had housemates, friends, or friends of friends who are just like some of the characters in the story. The writing style is very honest but is also very surreal, and often creates a stream of consciousness that brings you very close to a character and gives them depth and vulnerability, pulling you into the novel and the lives of the students. It is very enjoyable to read, conveying the random nature of uni life through the style of prose and down to earth realities like accidental drug taking, taxi fare dodging and housemates that wind you up but you grow to love them anyway.
A lot of men will be able to relate to the main characters; always thinking about girls, in competition with each other, all about the numbers but ultimately falling hopelessly in love with the wrong girls hwo were just supposed to be a another notch on the bedpost.
You also feel that the author has gone on a journey in writing this book, maybe exorcising some demons or reliving his student days, but either way you feel very much like he is a part of the book, especially towards the end. it is a very brave book with a very unconventional, enjoyable writing style, and for that reason alone (aside from the great dialects, emotional rollercoaster type characters and comedy moments) I'd highly recommend it!