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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (16 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1291224882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1291224887
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This was a heart-warming coming of age story that made me laugh, smile and find meaning in the `student life'. Set in the anfractuous 80s, "First Years" was a cheerful read infused with a convivial, conventional vibe.

The book follows the story of Jonathon, a 19 year old student who goes off to university in Derby. Though initially worried about leaving home, he quickly gets into the swing of things and soon learns to embrace the trials (and parties) of university life.

I thought that Jonathon was an utterly adorable protagonist. As a timid, somewhat pedantic teenager, he commented on the mishaps of life with an amused to the point of cynical air. His funny observations and blunt statements of the truth (which he rarely repeated out loud) certainly made me smile.
The romance in this book was really intriguing to read about. I loved the mystery of who Jonathon was going to end up with, and how he would get with the girl of his dreams. Despite being a typical `boy meets girl' story, "First Years" was unique in its cultural background. The 80s setting formed a vivid backdrop to the events on the page. In today's modern society, everybody has different memories of the 80s - as a teenager myself, I have no memories at all. "First Years" was therefore a refreshingly funny, educational experience for me and I think that learning the meaning of the word "Showaddywaddy" only added to my overall sense of enjoyment. (Showaddywaddy was a pop group from Leicester formed in the 1970s, if anybody's wondering!)

I especially loved the quaint atmosphere that this book seemed to exude. It was a genuinely pleasing read that made me laugh out loud on occasion. The pacing of the prose was slow but utterly methodical and I thought that this was very successful.
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I HAD to read this book as it was based on MY university, 10 years after I left, with it's hero from MY home town and several 'spooky' coincidences. Although perhaps a little biased I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to past graduates or recently accepted undergraduates heading for British colleges. It's NOT an official guide to 'college days' and it's based on 'historical' student life (1986) but it called up such memories - some not so good - and gave some useful insights for 'Freshers'.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book,the author has a relaxed style,the humour puts me in mind of the writings of Douglas Adams,Terry Pratchet and Jeremy Clarkson...seriously!The chapters are just the right length for dipping in and out of when you have a spare 20 minutes.If you can remember the 80`s,this will stir some memories.The price of the Kindle edition is a bargain,what are you waiting for? Get downloading now!
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I really enjoyed this witty and funny book, it's packed with good characters that are easy to identify with and it made me laugh out loud (and cringe) on more than one occasion. The comparisons with "The high-tech Uni life of today" and the way it was in the dark ages of the 1980s was a nostalgic trip that I found thought provoking and fun. I would recommend this to any parents of a certain age who have their offspring at, or on their way to university - read it you will like it!
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