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My Side of the Story Paperback – 3 Mar 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747592705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747592709
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A coming-of-age tale that combines the coolness of Queer as Folk with the tenderness of Adrian Mole' Elle 'Will Davis is a witty writer who effortlessly conjures up the frenetic detail of Jaz's sixteen-year-old world' Independent on Sunday 'The dialogue fizzes with savvy one-liners ... Davis's observations of the dysfunctions of family and school are as sharp as his prose is fresh, and his debut is intriguing, touching and entertaining' Time Out 'Davis's narrative style makes this a stand-out read - it's a cross between Catherine Tate's Lauren and Vicky Pollard ... this is a journal for the Noughties' Gay Times

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WINNER OF THE BETTY TRASK PRIZE 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This was a very interesting book throughout. It was easy to relate my own experiences growing up as a gay lad to that of the main character. Every time I put the book down I had to pick it up again. The story line never seemed to go anywhere. Exciting scenes of the book where over before they had began, and the structure of the storyline was all over the place. The main annoyance though was the language used. I know it was meant to sound like a young lad's way of talking. I have only just turned 21 and I know a few gay lads who do talk like that, it's just very annoying really a book written this way. It is definitely worth a read though. Just don't let it be your first gay based book! It's not the best example.
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This book is classified as gay fiction but I would describe it as an analysis of a modern teenager and his perceived problems.

The story is very funny and full of sarcastic wit as seen through the eyes of Jaz a modern teenager and his dysfunctional family. Jaz is gay but he could just as easily be heterosexual it just means that his problems would be of a different type.

The author captures the mind and thoughts of a modern teenager very well, but just like the object of his writing the wit and language can grate after a while and the book is quite long enough.

This is a good first novel and displays a gift for understanding people and how they think.
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I loved this book, from page one I smiled. I feel that Davis manages to capture the voice of a teen with total conviction, he is never condecending or trite and gives us a simple tale of ordinary people facing up to what life is becoming for them.
It's not heavy or deep, but it is fun and really enjoyable - Just enjoy the ride!
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This is a strong piece of writing.

From the opening sentence, the dynamic language takes us straight into the universe of Jaz, a witty but angry teenager. Davis invents a teenage jargon which gives the text an authentic and yet timeless quality, the sort of thing Mark Twain used to do

I can't match Jaz's life fact-for-fact but I can identify with his feelings: trapped amongst a suffocating family, hanging out with the friends he loves, avoiding the bullies he hates and- above all- going on the greatest adventure known to a young person, the search for love (which Jaz does by running away to Brighton with his friend Al)

Underneath the edgy language, Davis gives us the clear and steady voice of a young man facing the bitter and sweet facts of life: for better or for worse, Jaz cannot be a teenager forever. This is not a sentimental book and, for me, that is what makes it a cut above the usual teenage fiction.

I found the book funny. But, more importantly, I found it rather moving. Buy it.
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The cover claims that this book combines Queer as Folk with Adrian Mole.

Adrian Mole, certainly - the author imitates young people's language with `like' and `totally' every other line. Also `weirded out', LIC Gas (which I quite like) = `Like I could give a .' At a careers interview, we get typical adolescent irony with the suggested job of choice: `suicide bomber'.

But is he American? He uses terms like ` `conniption', which don't sound very English to me. Also, I doubt many teenagers know what `spragging' means - I had to look it up - it suggests bracing yourself so that you are not knocked off your feet - in this instance by a punch.

He also talks of school pupils in year three - it's been year nine for over twenty years now. As for a sixth former being told to stand outside the classroom for disrupting a lesson, I doubt that happens anywhere since sixth formers are voluntary attenders at school. Same with compulsory sport, which these kids have.

The author seems to think that 16 is below the age of consent (yet he contradicts this later in the book) - by the time he wrote, which is the period in which the story is set, there was an equal age of consent (or is he thinking about the minimum age for buying alcohol?)

But the back of the book tells me that he was born in London, though. In 1980 and that this is his first novel so I begin to wonder how much of it is autobiographical.

There are some familiar scenarios - meeting your teacher in a gay bar.

The gay teacher is a bit of a stereotype - also contradictory - one minute he is trying to be avuncular, the next parental/policing - and he makes the same mistake twice of bawling pupils out of a gay bar.
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I finally ventured into reading my first gay novel and i absolutely loved this book in particular. I bought 2 books on amazon for my holiday, i intended this book to last me a week, but this book was so addictive and catchy, i couldnt put it down! You will absolutely love this book. Get it!!!!! :D x
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This first novel by Will Davis is a moderately good read, though I found the character main character of Jarold rather unsympathetic. Whilst you follow his journey with interest, he is a very selfish, sometimes very spiteful creation that is difficult to like. His cynicism, and his delivery of it, while occasionally funny jars somewhat with his obvious intelligence. The insight into his mind during his "experiences" rings very true at times, and is clearly something the author is writing from bitter experience. The "like", teen talk, gets "like" kind of wearing after a while, though it at least is "like", consistent.
As a whole, the story, as such, was slight to say the least, but this was nonetheless a reasonably enjoyable lightweight read.
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