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Tom Dick And Debbie Harry Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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When the biggest event in a small town is a wedding, wouldn't it be helpful if you could find the bride? Richard (Dick) is about to embark on his second marriage in his hometown of Compton, Tasmania. The only problem is, his lovely wife-to-be, Sarah, has gone missing and the guests are melting in the heat. Harry, the biggest Debbie Harry fan in the world, is concerned for his brother Richard but is more concerned that his band "We've Got Blondie's Drumsticks and We're Gonna Use them" might not get to play. And Harry's band-mate Pippin is more interested in picking up one of the wedding guests than she is in playing in the band. Add Richard's best friend Tom and Richard's ex-wife Bronte to the mix and this colourful cocktail of characters is complete.
Tom, Dick and Debbie Harry tells the story of these six characters lives as they muddled through with a little "love and lust" in the Tasmanian bush. Jessica Adams was dubbed worthy of giving "Helen Fielding and Nick Hornby a damn good run for their money" by the Daily Telegraph for her first novel Single White E-mail and Tom, Dick and Debbie Harry is certainly a contender for the same accolade. --Neena Dutta --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"'Thoroughly gripping, you must read this'" (Heat)
"'A sparky, entertaining book - funny, surreal and poignant'" (Sophie Kinsella)
"'Warm, witty and wise'" (Cosmopolitan)
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The characters are all very well-drawn indeed and the author takes time to delve into their consciousnesses while delivering a fast-paced plot at the same time. It is also unpredictable - normally in these sorts of novels you know from the start who will be with who, but the romantic ending comes as a surprise. The novel has the quality of a really good play - with interesting scenes and some fantastic dialogue - somehow Jessica manages to give subtle shades of meaning to quite ordinary words, bringing out underlying tensions and feelings between the characters.
All in all, I can't recommend a book more thoroughly. With 2 or 3 chick lit novels coming out every month now, I never know which one to buy (as much as I enjoy them, I can't get them all). I think if you're spoilt for choice, definitely pick this one - it is something special.
Because of the title, I expected the book to focus on Tom, Dick and an obsession with Debbie Harry. The book turned out to be an ensemble piece with no real focus on any main character. This made it difficult to tell a story well over the course of 340-odd pages. I also ended up disliking several of the characters, which is never really a good sign; the Best Man (Tom in the title of the book) and his willingness to sleep with Sarah (his best-friend's new wife) springs to mind. All of the male characters in particular seemed extraordinarily weak.
Other than minor points about the poor proof reading ("Mike it a treble" etc.), needless references which date the book and the anomalous time-jumps the book takes, the book was very easy to read and had an enjoyable, unexpected conclusion.
Perhaps it's just not a book for guys, but I didn't really find this book very engaging or humerous. It seems the title was written first, then the story around it developed.
This is such a lovely book. Because there are so many characters, we never really get the chance to get too deeply into their heads, but this really doesn't matter because they're so well-drawn. Particularly Harry who is now officially my favourite male character in a book. One thing I particularly liked about this book was the age range of characters, from Harry at 30 to Bronte at 40 and Annie at 52.
If you enjoy writers like Lisa Jewell and Marian Keyes then you'll find this equally enjoyable but also incredibly refreshing, as the usual London backdrop is replaced by something much quirkier. Really really good stuff and highly recommended.
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