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Charlotte Street (Unabridged)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Before reading this for review, I hadn't read any other books by Wallace. I am aware of him as a comedian, so thought that if nothing more, the book would be funny. Plus, I was curious to see how he would make the premise stretch for just over 400 pages. The basic outline of the story is that Jason, a now-single journalist, experiences a chance encounter with a young woman who is getting into a cab on Charlotte Street, London. As the cab drives off, he realises that he has her disposable camera. With no way of giving it back to her, he decides to develop the film to see if he can get 'clues' to who she is from the pictures she took. Oh, and he kind of fancies her, and thinks that this could be the start of something.

So, that is the basic plot. Alongside this, there is also a lot of attention given to the fact that he has quite recently come out of a longterm relationship. He's also had a career change. As the title of my review suggests, not much else really happens. Although the story of the camera and The Girl, as he calls her, is meant to drive the story along, what you actually find is attention focusing on his lost relationship. What this book is actually about is 'taking the moment', or words to that effect; making something happen instead of letting life just carry you along. It's about finding out what you really want from life, what will make you happy, but also whether our dreams are attainable.

Reviewing this book is perhaps one of the harder reviews I have had to do. On one level, as mentioned, nothing really happens and it wasn't as funny as I was hoping it would be. Also, when I saw Wallace promoting this book, he said that one of the photos was particularly surprising, making it sound as though it would be far more interesting than it actually was. However, it was an easy read. Granted, there were times when I considered putting it down and leaving it, but something made me persevere. Ine doubt I'll seek out his next work though.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2013
I found it irritatingly ponderous. Perhaps it is aimed at coming-of-age readers; not someone critical of poor grammar or one who enjoys an intellectually challenging read. Heather
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on 11 December 2014
bought as a gift, they liked it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Good clean fun, and I shall look forward to the next one! If you're a fan of Danny Wallace you can't go far wrong with this latest book.
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on 13 July 2014
Funny, charming and sweet!
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on 17 October 2014
Good product, good price.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2012
I really like/enjoyed and indeed even encouraged, others to read everything Danny Wallace has written previously. I pre-ordered CS. I have read this in between having to work/have a life ;)It was exactly that-a book I could put down, and pick up again. I liked the plot, most of the characters and the setting; but for me I prefer his non fiction stuff.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Sometimes a book comes along where a reviewer has little else to say apart from those three magic words....just read it.

For Charlotte Street, Wallace's debut novel, is one of those books which will hold universal appeal, cause enough embarrassment laughing out loud on your public transport of choice and will ultimately tug at the heart strings.

Jason Priestley accidentally is left holding a disposable camera belonging to a girl he helps, with bags as she clambers into a taxi, on Charlotte Street. With little other direction in his life and the idea that maybe this girl could be THE girl, he is encouraged to find her with the help of his best friend, Dev. It is only when the photos are developed that Jason notices he has been captured in one of them; and so the mystery thickens.

As Jason's life erupts into chaos, from the ex-girlfriend and a drunken evening spent on Facebook, to the career writing dodgy reviews for a London paper, the girl on Charlotte Street resembles one thing he can make happen. All he needs is some detective work and only a bit of stalking, well maybe more stalking than detecting.

This is just a celebration of life as it is of London; so if you are a Londoner, an ex-Londoner or a wannabe Londoner you will love exploring the city with these characters.

Charlotte Street is perfect for anyone who would like to invest a few hours into a good read with belly laughs and a great dollop of realism. So what more can I say other than...just read it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I thought this book was going to be hilarious and, in places, it was. There are a few one liners that I thought were clever and witty. Mostly though it is amusing and enjoyable rather than laugh out loud, tell all your friends to read it, funny. It seems very, very long for what is in essence a simple tale with a rather predictable ending. I like the friendships the main character has and the various twists and turns in these which were pretty realistic; often books like this are rather far fetched but I felt this story could almost be true. The one character I didn't relate to was Damien and the stuff about promotional freebies, not my world sadly. I did like the teachers in the story though, as characters in a book I mean, I certainly wouldn't want to work with them. The references to the pupils rang true, especially the myriad of expressions, mostly bored, in assembly. I also like Tony and his tiny tie! It is okay, just too long in my opinion.
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I'm a big fan of Danny Wallace's "personal adventure" books, so decided to give his debut novel a go.

I found it warm, joyful and easy to read. Everything you would expect from Danny Wallace. Easy to read, light-hearted, slightly girly fluff. The perfect book to take on holiday.
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