- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Duckworth (5 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0715636561
- ISBN-13: 978-0715636565
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,073,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Twenty Something Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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`An enjoyable read ... Bridget Jones for young men, or Adrian Mole for the Naughty Noughties'
-- New Statesman
`Excellent ... a very entertaining romp ' -- Evening Standard
At only twenty-five, Jack Lancaster is far too young to be having a mid-life crisis, but he's going to have a pretty good shot at it anyway. On the surface, his is an idyllic situation: highly-paid job in the city, subsidised flat in West London, beautiful girlfriend. But when he dumps Lucy and she sleeps with his best friend, Rick, by way of revenge, Jack's life begins to fall apart. His inept attempts to woo his attractive new colleague, Layla, become increasingly frustrated. His hairline is retreating faster than a brigade of Italian war heroes. His search for a sense of 'purpose' in life remains unfulfilled. Deciding that life is too short to continue putting numbers into Excel boxes, Jack succeeds in getting sacked from work and embarks on a bumbling journey of self-discovery, taking in the House of Commons, the Inca Trail and a small prep school in Berkshire. This is a novel for disillusioned twentysomethings everywhere.See all Product description
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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.
If you are a twenty something who is somewhat unsure about your career, it's a must-read. Not that it'd necessarily give you instant insipration of what you should do, but it's a fun read. The character in the book works in the financial industry, but this book is not the liar's poker type - its appeal is much wider than the i-bankers/ pricing monkeys.
This book was an instant hit with my loved one too, he finished the whole book in one sitting, in his flight from jfk to lhr.
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