I read this having enjoyed David Nicholls' previous book Starter For Ten. I was not disappointed. The setting and characters have changed, but the jokes are as funny as ever. It's a comedy of embarrassment, which will have you squirming in your seat, while, yes, laughing out loud. It's easy to like and empathise with the central character Stephen McQueen. His plight is poignant. By telling his story the book asks: Should you follow your dreams? Or should you 'sell out' and get a proper job? Is there more dignity dressing up as a squirrel and singing educational songs or dressing in a suit and tie and commuting to an office everyday? The book doesn't give any answers, but this central dilemma gives the humour a solid base - and will give you something to think about long after you've finished this book. As a father I enjoyed the scenes between Stephen and his daughter. It struck a chord and I found myself asking if what I do will make my daughter proud when she is the same age? Nicholls' writes very visually and it's no surprise to discover there are plans for film versions of both his novels.
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