- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,518,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
First Years - Piranhas in the Bedroom Paperback – 16 Dec 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gently paced and easy to slip into, this books tells of a young man's first steps away from home.
Jonathan sets out from home to deliver his daughter to her new student... Read more
Writing in first person is always difficult, but Andy has tapped into the mind-set of a young man released into the big wide world of university perfectly. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2013 by Elizabeth A. Wright