My Side of the Story Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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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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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.
It's not heavy or deep, but it is fun and really enjoyable - Just enjoy the ride!
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.
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.Read more ›
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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The style in which this book is written is absolutely annoying. I get that it is supposed to be a teenager's point of view and that it is written just the way he would speak or... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Thierry Ane
This book is absolutely AMAZING!!!! Will Davis speaks and (almost seems to think) like a 16 gay teenager. He knows what he is talking about. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2010 by brallonexists
The storyline is fairly standard ~ the misunderstood teenager. The plot (and you are warned)jumps about a fair bit, so a notepad is useful. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by Downsman
My Side of the Story is the story of Jaz a young man coming to terms with his sexuality. Well he has come to terms with his sexuality it seems to be the world and his wife that... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2010 by Simon Savidge Reads
Being a Teenager myself this book really interested me, there were some good laugh out loud moments. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2009 by Avid Reader