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No Mad is an Island
on 31 January 2012
The Lad Lit genre is one full of more pitfalls than a retro game convention. When Scott Mebus embarked on the genre in 2004 he was stepping in the footsteps of such giants as Nick Hornby and Mike Gayle, but whilst these two authors are still writing lad lit, Mebus is now a children's author, so what went wrong? Perhaps choosing one of the most embarrassing titles for a book ever? `Booty Nomad' is a cringe worthy title and it makes reading the book an art in hiding the cover from other people. With a title like that you would suspect the book would be crass and charmless. Crass perhaps, but actually it was quite charming.
`Booty' follows many of the tropes of the Lad Lit genre; David the lovelorn hero searches for true love in a sea of quick and meaningless relationships. The character also manages to be wealthy despite himself - I wish true life was like that. In many ways David is not very pleasant, he struggles to remember the names of the women in his life so he nicknames them. I'm sure they have names for David, but none of them could be repeated here. Despite David being as alluring as a can of cat food left open for 4 days, Mebus is able to just about pull off some charming moments.
Dotted between the rude chats are some genuinely funny set pieces that had me amused; from the bizarre camping trip to the family egg hunt extreme. There is a sense of real kinship between David and the various friends he has in the book, it is just a shame that he does not treat the women in his life with the same level of respect. With moments that made me chuckle throughout I have to say that `Booty Nomad' overcame my embarrassment of the cover and was a decent slice of lad based literature.