7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very uneven follow-up to Sorting Out Billy,
This review is from: It's Different for Girls (Hardcover)
I enjoyed Sorting Out Billy and so was looking forward to Different for Girls. But if you were one of those who thought that Sorting Out Billy was just a bit too amateurish, then I think you will struggle with this one. To be fair, after a shaky start [where Jo Brand doesn't seem to be sure why she is writing the novel, other than at the request of her publisher / agent] the plot does get into its stride and the characters start to bud a little [they never really blossom]. There are some good set pieces, but told in a slightly breathless manner that detracts from the potential humour. The end of the book is, to say the least, a stretch of the reader's tolerance. I'm not giving anything of the plot away when I say that when one character conveniently remembers that he has some money stashed away in a bank account because 'he couldn't think what to spend it on' [this being an art student], you just say to yourself, "Oh for goodnes sake, can't you do better than that!?".
So, on balance - worth a read, one for the beach, but you won't be too bothered if you find you've left it behind on the sunbed when you've finished it.