- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Curious Fox (30 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782020748
- ISBN-13: 978-1782020745
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets Paperback – 30 Jan 2014
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'The funniest book ever... I felt I could only read it in short bursts or my sides would split open... No book has similar characters, so many different plot lines... and is so quick to change from comedy to an issue far from funny... It's legendary.' --Amy, Amy Bookworm Blog 'hilarious... a little gem of a book. It's an updated Adrian Mole.' --Wondrous Reads, 'The book unfolded with cracking pace, it is as if Josh is living, his story was so realistic and I could relate to it so well I could not put it down!' --Alice Horncastle, age 13, Love Reading 4 Kids Reader Review Panel
'hilarious... a little gem of a book. It's an updated Adrian Mole.' --Wondrous Reads, 24/03/2013
'The book unfolded with cracking pace, it is as if Josh is living, his story was so realistic and I could relate to it so well I could not put it down!' --Alice Horncastle, age 13, Love Reading 4 Kids Reader Review Panel
About the Author
J.A. Buckle studied zoology in college, and now works for the national drugs charity DrugScope. As well as writing, she designs websites, helps out at animal welfare charities, plays guitar, and takes her dog for walks. She has two teenage children and lives in Surrey.
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Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets is written in diary form which, as I say all the time, is my favourite format when it comes to humorous books. It allows for snappy, fast entries and a lot of dry humour, while also being a way to have unlimited access to a person's innermost thoughts, feelings and embarrassing moments. In the end I feel like I know the character better, and that was certainly the case with Josh.
Josh loves ferrets (he has one for a pet), guitars, death metal and his three best friends (though he'd never admit it). He and Ozzy the ferret live with his mum and sister, they have financial difficulties that his mum never stops talking about and his dad died when he was very little. It's the life of a typical fifteen-year-old really, although I don't come across too many fictional boys who are so into ferrets. Ozzy made me laugh on more than one occasion, with his constant escaping and penchant for biting, though he's not quite convinced me to get one for myself.
This book chronicles Josh's final six months of being fifteen. He has a list he wants to tick off by then, exams to be revising for, girls to chase and secrets to find out. It's quite hectic when you look at it, but he takes most of it in his stride and behaves like any hormonal boy does, often with hilarious consequences. The best way to describe him is like a male, slightly less hormonal Georgia Nicolson with a ferret instead of a Scottish Wildcat. Fun!
Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets is a little gem of a book that I'm glad I got the chance to read.Read more ›
My grandson is 11 and a half and I think I'll wait to give it to him till he's been at secondary school a few months and had more contact with boys of Josh's age, knows about GCSEs etc.
Really looking forward to JA Buckle's next book!
I like deadpan, dry, understated humor. Bemused. Exasperated. Josh has to cope with school, girls, a difficult sister, a very tightly wound Mom, and a Dad who died when Josh was a baby. Assisting him are three woeful friends, his pet ferret, and the unquenchable dream to be a metal rock star.
The friends, Davey, Ollie and Peter, may be my favorite characters. Each has mastered the casual insult as a conversational staple. For example: "Looking at me," I say, "would you say I come across as, oh ... nerdy?" "Nah," says Ollie. "You're too stupid to be nerdy." "Thanks," I say. "But I mean ... if you didn't know that?". This is tight, well timed humor. Not a word wasted. Some of these bits read like teen angst haiku. Along the same lines, Mom is a psycho force, yet never has to speak more than a sentence or two.
This is very accomplished stuff. Nothing is over the top; nothing goes on too long or stretches too far. It's all timing and craft, and selection of just the right word. It's mostly one liners and bits, but it adds up to a very touching whole. This is like a weird, funny mental "Our Town" that all takes place in Josh's head.
So, very cool, very laid back, and likely to touch your funny bone and maybe a nerve. Nice work and a nice find.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really funny. Great book and I really liked it.Published 17 months ago by Stephanie Dunfry
Bought as a present for my son (13 years old) - he loved it (sniggering away!)Published 18 months ago by SF
I met Mrs Buckle at LYPBA (Lincolnshire Young Persons Book Award" and won the award for her great story! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Patrick Fox
'Half my facebook friends are ferrets' is a funny, well written and witty diary of a young metal head. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Miss W Barnden
This was another book on our Book Day list at work that I had to read, but after seeing one of my colleagues reading it and giggling away to herself I was actually quite looking... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Barmy_Bex