- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1795 KB
- Print Length: 413 pages
- Publisher: The White Signature; 1 edition (8 Jun. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZB3K4IY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 8 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #801,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I decided to give this authors first novel a try after hearing about the book in a conversation with someone who knows the author. I personally don't know him.
Initially I was unsure if I would finish the book as it was like reading someone,s journal. Wasn't quite sure if I liked the style. I put the book down to do things and found myself thinking about the characters and where this book was going. Well done the author. I was hooked.. the writng style grew on me very quickly. I found myself using Irish accents whilst reading. I particularly liked the the use of local dialect.
I found myself laughing and groaning with the characters and their antics.
I'm glad I decided to try a different genre and "walk over the bridge"
Overall this was a really enjoyable read. I will be looking out for more from this author.
This book started out really well for me. I actually liked that the story didn’t start with Tyler instantly travelling to Ireland. We get to see his life in New York, his friends, his relationship with his family, his crushes and how he works to save money for his trip. I liked that his mam and dad encouraged him to do it on his own, even though they could have easily paid and his strong relationship with them is great to see. His parents are very much in his life - no sign of absentee parents here!
Tyler is a very easy character to like. He’s very normal and very relatable. He’s not someone with some massive life problems, or relationships dramas or friendship upsets. He’s like every other teenager I know - just getting along, enjoying school. friends, family and a part-time job. He’s very earnest and always tries to do the right thing. Literally, the type of teenage boy that would help a grandma with her shopping, and one you could definitely bring home to her parents.
My one problem with Tyler was that sometimes he was written too much like a teenage boy. He actually sounded about 16 sometimes instead of 18, and was quite innocent in a lot of ways - particularly romantically. He also was written in a way that he actually used “LOL” and one time “ROFL” in actual spoken word sentences. I’ve never in my life heard someone say those out loud.
This book does suffer from text speak too in messages amongst the teenager characters which I know a lot of people, including myself, don’t like. AT 18 and 19 years old, I would presume Tyler and Tabitha would just spell normally.
And speaking of Tabitha, I honestly just didn’t really get why Tyler liked her so much. She was a very vanilla character (though in fairness, this is a very vanilla book too). I just couldn’t see the attraction, or why Tyler would be so head over heels so quickly.
I liked that this book brought up the subject of male depression, and how men tend to hide away their feelings and end up not dealing well alone. But with all the talk of Patrick being down, and coming close to severe suicidal thoughts, nothing was ever mentioned about him seeing a therapist which I would have liked.
Overall, this book was great in many ways but I did end up dropping a star mainly because it was too long. I think it could have been about 350 pages instead. By then I found myself not caring about the rest of the story anymore.
Being 'half Irish' myself, all of the reminders of Belfast and Dublin struck a chord. Especially the random/heartfelt conversations with the locals. Whenever I return to Belfast I immediately feel at home because of the people, Peter Waugh has definitely captured this feeling throughout the narrative.
The book is enjoyable, easy to read and lighthearted and I would certainly recommend it.
Now if someone could send me over an Ulster fry I would really appreciate it...