Twenty Something Paperback – 1 May 2006
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Funny, rude and entertaining ... Will strike a chord with anyone who is, was, or will be a twentysomething -- Danny Wallace
About the Author
Iain Hollingshead is 25 years old. He has a weekly column in the Guardian and writes features for the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He lives in London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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From the first few pages where he stops to re-evaluate his life "Yes: I'm a tosspot" to his heartbreakingly hilarious semi-breakdown and drunken resignation from his high-paid city job, through to his ultimate redemption after a tragic turn of events that force him to realise what's truly important in life, I laughed and cried all the way through. There is so much embittered honesty in his observations about modern life. This one passage had me in hysterics,
"I started going to the gym recently and it was fun, at first... there are the overweight women who look like they were poured into their lycra and forgot to say when; the work-shy layabouts spending their dole money on Lucozade; the bored housewives who drive to the gym, walk on a treadmill whilst watching MTV, eat a Mars bar to celebrate the successful completion of their exercise routine, and then drive home again."
I think he struck a nerve in my own shameful vanity... But there's a lot of heart too. Essentially he's just a young, confused guy just trying to work out his place in life and struggling to understand all of life's little absurdities.
The one thing I would have to say is that it can be very crude, and perhaps not for the squeamish or faint-hearted, especially when it comes to sex. Jack's tell-it-like-it-is style may not be for everyone, but you can't deny his truthfulness.Read more ›
However, I thought this book was fantastic. Anyone who works or has worked as a 20-something male in a big city firm will surely relate to many of the thoughts and troubles in this book. So many points, especially early in the book, had me thinking "I know exactly what that's like", or "I thought it was just me that felt like this".
Some of the reviews have said that the story loses it's charm a little towards the end, and I am inclined to agree. However, I think this might just be bitterness that my life remains a parallel to the early Jack Lancaster rather than the later one!
I read this book when I was on holiday and got through it in a couple of days. I'm normally not much of a reader but I always looked forward to picking this up, and had trouble putting it down.
I doubt this book is for you if you can't relate to Jack Lancaster in some way, nor will it go down as a literary classic, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it highly amusing throughout.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious, I loved this book. It will definitely strike a chord with anyone who at twenty-something worked in the city. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Evelina
Hilarious and witty but also very poignant times. I couldn't put it down.Published 20 months ago by Jo
well, it is not my favorite book but Its fun to see things from a guy's perspective.
I enjoyed it.
This book is a man`s light entertaining romp through hedonistic twenties to becoming a more aware and less selfish individual.Published on 5 Jan. 2013 by Susan Holdsworth
This book had me spluttering with laughter, and crying in parts; not many books succeed in evoking any reaction and this one had me turning the pages (of my new Kindle) in... Read morePublished on 28 July 2011 by Victoria5297
24 people gave this book five stars. But 20 out of those 24 reviewers have only ever reviewed one book on Amazon - this one. The author or publisher are spamming. Read morePublished on 28 May 2011 by Matt P
Iain is so clever in the way he wrote this book. I can't stop laughing at the witty conversations and details. Read morePublished on 20 July 2009 by T. Le
As a 25 year old going through my own "what am I going to do with my life" crisis I was expecting to find some parallels between myself and this book unfortunately the main... Read morePublished on 13 July 2009 by Captain Pang
I read this after finding it with a post-it note attached saying 'Please Take Me', which should have told me something about the views of its last owner. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2009 by S. Marsden