Becoming Nancy Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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"Endorsed by the likes of the Minogue sisters and Gypsy Boy author Mickey Walsh, this semi-autobiographical novel... promises all manner of original characters, sharp observations about growing up, fast wisecracks and nostalgic musical references" (Attitude)
A sweet, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny coming of age debut novel from a music industry insider.See all Product Description
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I hadn't heard of Becoming Nancy until it randomly arrived for review, but immediately I was drawn to it. The cover is eye-catching (plus it looks very YA), and I like novels about LGBT teenagers. This particular story is set in South London in 1979, and centres around David, a 15-year-old music-obsessed boy growing up and coming to terms with his sexuality.
As I mentioned earlier, this book and it's narrative is realistic and truthful. Nothing is censored, so you get highly explicit language and scenes of a sexual nature. Rather than see this as an unnecessary attribute, I think it really helped set the scene and ensured that David's adolescence was of the accurate variety. I have no idea what South London was like in the 70s, but I imagine it was very much like author Ronald has depicted here. There's no sugarcoating to be found, and it was a refreshing change of pace from what I'm used to.
When David first met new boy Maxie, I instantly picked up on their connection. I could see that David was falling head over heels in love with him, but it wasn't until later that their relationship and its path became clear. Rather than spoil anything, I'll just say that things unravel slowly but surely, and I was rooting for these two the whole way through.Read more ›
I read it in two days! I totally recommend it, it was a very enjoyable book. Well done to the author.
I will say though I am a bit bewildered by all the reviews on here (and Kylie Minogue's review on the cover of the book) saying that they "laughed out loud" when reading it. I know "LOL" is an overused phrase these days but I genuinely did not laugh once.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the book but I saw it as more of a character study of the issues surrounding young teenagers, particularly those struggling with prejudices in everyday life. I am not from London (I'm Scottish) so perhaps my humour is just different to Southern English humour?
I feel like I am missing something now since everyone else is saying on here that they found it "hilarious"!!! Hmmm...
This is a delightful and entertaining read, with a well-constructed, considered plot, vivid and skilful characterisation, that will have you chuckling weeks after you have finished it.
Becoming Nancy is without doubt a coming of age tale; but is one full of optimism and expectation, not the usual square peg / round hole teenage trauma. Of wide appeal, Becoming Nancy will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever grown up. I thoroughly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book and with the bonus of Terry being one of my old school friends! ...nostalgia overload, loved the references to my childhood stomping ground .. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Gill P.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great read. Yes I too laughed out loud, looking forward to next book.Published 6 months ago by Evieb46
A fantastically funny, heart warming and nostalgic journey through the eyes of a teenage boy coming to terms with his identity. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Becoming Nancy, wat a joyous read, takes you back a few years if your old school..Published 10 months ago by sean
Terrific!! An absolute joy to read, with a few tears shed along the way. And anyone who grew up in the 80's will adore the brilliant period detail and pop culture references.Published 16 months ago by Andrew London