- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 683 KB
- Print Length: 295 pages
- Publisher: Ben Hatch (27 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GYBQUVM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 279 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The P45 Diaries Kindle Edition
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The book has interesting (and quite complex) characters, with each one playing quite a specific (with some more understated) role as the story unravels through the diary format of the protagonist - Jay Golden, a 18 year-old lad with obvious intelligence, but limited (realistic) aspirations. Jay's relationships and general life-ethos are tested and strained throughout the book with he plods along through various vocational and personal 'challenges', almost oblivious to his own attitude-flaws and the effect these have on those closest to him. I marvelled, upon reflection at how author Ben Hatch managed to maintain a strong empathy for Jay at times, in spite of his self-centred and feckless attitude to practically everything...
However, as the book progresses, Jay also provides diary excerpts from the previous year, in which he lost his Mother and you begin to understand that he is not as resilient as he first appeared, and one's empathy and understanding can only increase, as you begin to excuse his behaviour and realise he has not completely come to terms with the loss.
This book will have you laughing out loud and weeping like a new-born in equal measure. It was this balance - the razor-sharp wit and an accurate portrayal of a young person experiencing a somewhat isolated and introverted loss, that made the book so special.
The best thing I've read in ages, and I've read a lot of good stuff!
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