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Where Have All the Boys Gone? Paperback – 29 Jul 2011
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PRAISE FOR WHERE HAVE ALL THE BOYS GONE:
‘Funny, touching and a little bit rude, Jenny Colgan's talents are well showcased as she tries to answer the age-old questions: sheep or shopping?’ She
‘Colgan's witty and original style…makes it a stand-out read.’ Heat
‘full of warmth and humour’ Marie Claire
PRAISE FOR JENNY COLGAN:
‘Full of laughs and lipgloss – brilliant.’ Company
'Snappy and wickedly entertaining.' You
‘Funny stuff.’ Heat
‘Funny, magical and moving.’ Time Out
‘A sharp, witty love story.’ Observer
'Colgan is on top form with her latest outrageous romp' Cosmopolitan
'Jenny Colgan is one of the leaders of the pack… Fast-paced, funny, poignant and well-observed' Daily Mail
About the Author
Jenny Colgan was born in 1972 in Ayrshire. After Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and stand-up comic. She is the author of five previous bestselling novels: Amanda's Wedding, Talking to Addison, Looking for Andrew McCarthy, Working Wonders and Do You Remember the First Time?, all of which are in development for film and TV. Jenny is married and lives in London.
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She is a lasy afternoon chicklet princess in my book!
As with many books of this genre, the book's premise of a London PR girl leaving behind all her mod-cons in order to embrace the "great outdoors" seemed slightly contrived. However, I was willing to give it a go, based on Colgan's earlier accomplishments...
I do not wish to spoil it for those who have not yet read it, so I will simply say that it starts off "ok" (for want of a better adjective!), lulls tremendously in the middle, but is thankfully recovered in the final third of the book. At this point, I was happy to find I couldn't put it down, as I wanted to see how everyone ended up.
It's not a bad book, but I was actually bored whilst reading a large proportion of it. Nonetheless, if you work through it as I did, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the ending.
This is exactly the kind of book which will liven up any boring daily commute and you'll want to laugh out loud at some of the text. I particularly loved Miss Colgan's various references to 'Viz' characters - and there was me thinking that I was very much in the minority of female readers!
It's not a book that will keep you guessing or provide any intellectual challenge, but if you're looking for an afternoon with a relaxing book then this is it.
While the plot is a little weak, the characters are mostly lovable and the pace (at only ~200 pages) doesn't keep you waiting. It also DOES give a decent insight into the modern girls life. There is nothing profound... but it takes a few (valid) shots at the "work hard, play hard" lifestyle.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good relaxing read with no taxing twists.
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