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Just For One Day: Adventures in Britpop
Just For One Day: Adventures in Britpop
by Louise Wener
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware...it's the same book!, 5 Jun. 2011
I was just about to order this, I thought it was a sequel to Wener's memoir Different for Girls, which I've already read. Then I read the description properly and realised it's the exact same book in a different cover. Why are Amazon selling them as a buy together? I'll still give this five stars because Different for Girls was one of my favourite books of last year. It's really funny and honest, a must read for anyone who grew up listening to eighties music and remembers the whole nineties britpop scene. Just beware though, if you already own that book, this is the same.
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Tan Lines: A Novel of Sex and Sunburn
Tan Lines: A Novel of Sex and Sunburn
by J. J. Salem
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beavis and Butthead Only, 30 Aug. 2008
This is such a lame book! Much has been made of how raunchy it is but it's the kind of writing a seventeen year old frat boy might contribute to a soft core internet porn site. Not in the least bit sexy or erotic. He just beats you over the head with it. A bit like a toddler who's just learned to say bum and willy. Other reviews have said the book has some witty one liners, but I scoured the thing and even including the much touted line about clitoral nerve endings, I couldn't find a decent one. In the main the author makes grindingly weak jokes like "she's living in a state called DENIAL". How old is that? Worst of all you get the feeling that Salem doesn't like women very much. They are stalked, murdered, abused and generally reviled by the male characters in the book. It's all a bit old school misogynistic. Stalking and murdering women is a bit of a theme with this author. Check out Remember September when he used to write under the name Jon Salem. I prefer my women characters to be stronger and sassier. The women in this book were all so beaten down. I know these type of books are hardly works of art - I enjoy trashy beach reads as much as anyone - but I think this book even fails on its own term. It's just not sexy, satisfying or bold enough. If you are a teenage American college boy just off to his spring break in Daytona Beach you'll probably love it! But I can't imagine anyone with half a brain cell finding it anything less than than grindingly tame.


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