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This is a very sharp book, ticking all the boxes for being 'modern' and 'hip', gratuitous sex, some violence, contemporary music references... you can tell that the author is just crying out wanting this book to be turned into a film. It's a pretty quick read (200 pages goes very fast), engaging for the first half, but unfortunately once you get beyond the halfway point you realise that the storytelling is stuck in a loop. Although moving from city to city, there is very little character progression (except to a small degree in the character of Amy) and the ending just sort of tails off rather than having a resolution. So, a great attitude for a first novel, a good storytelling technique, but a limp second half.
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on 19 March 2004
The opening chapter sets the scene; this book is sharp, intelligent and very funny. Govinden manages to encapsulate DJ and Amy's inner most thoughts, their quirks & neuroses and their amazing highs - more than that though, you actually end up caring about their unique relationship.
The one liners throughout this book will have you smirking and laughing out loud, I really enjoyed reading this and I think that you will too - don't let your grandma near it though - unless she is open minded!
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on 1 March 2004
The synopsis is right - you DO get the idea after the first five chapters. After that, it all gets a bit repetitive: drugs, smart-arse comments on a loop. There is no real... er... well, I suppose the word I'm looking for is NERVE. If you want a bit of euro-trash glamour, this is not really it. Still, there is something sweet about it that keeps you reading.
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on 23 April 2004
Took me a while to get into this. The two protagonists, especially theprecocious DJ, are so cool it hurts and at first I found it difficult toreally care what happened to them. However, Govinden’s sharply observedwit and engaging technique of flitting effortlessly from one character tothe other gradually won me over and after a few chapters I was captivatedby their world of kitten heels, exotic booze and ten-minuterelationships.
Amy is beauty, intelligence and charm mixed with equal amounts ofarrogance and insecurity. Entirely familiar to anyone who has spent anytime in the Home Counties. I was a little disappointed that Govinden doesnot give us a little more of her but I guess ultimately this iscompensated for by his sharp portrayal of the swaggering, irresponsible,impetuous DJ. Can’t say he’s particularly likeable but you’d be guaranteedan entertaining time in his company and any psychologist would give hiseye teeth for a hour or two trawling through his psyche. Won’t give toomuch away, suffice to say that as the story unfolds Govinden hints at asofter, more vulnerable side to his ostensibly ice-cold anti-hero.
Overall a very entertaining read. It appears that this is Govinden’s firstnovel. I’ll certainly look out for whatever he does next.
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