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Charlotte Street

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  2,246 ratings  ·  317 reviews
It all starts with a girl . . . because yes, there’s always a girl.

Jason Priestley (not that one) has just seen her. They shared an incredible, brief, fleeting moment of deep possibility, somewhere halfway down Charlotte Street.

And then, just like that, she was gone—accidentally leaving him holding her old-fashioned disposable camera, chock full of undeveloped photos.

And n
Paperback, 410 pages
Published June 18th 2012 by Not Avail (first published 2012)
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Charlotte Street, by Danny Wallace, was the next book in a couple of my ongoing literary themes. For one, it was the most recent of the "books I picked out randomly from a bookstore" subset -- my most cherished pastime. Second, as it turns out, this was but another in a long line of "angsty twentysomething male charmingly tries to put his life together" novels which I hold so dear. That series, of course, contains such gems as Twentysomething (creatively titled), Mammals: A Novel, The Beautiful ...more
Reader, I Read It
Sometimes a book comes along where a reviewer has little else to say apart from those three magic words….just read it.

For Charlotte Street, Wallace’s debut novel, is one of those books which will hold universal appeal, cause enough embarrassment laughing out loud on your public transport of choice and will ultimately tug at the heart strings.

Jason Priestley accidentally is left holding a disposable camera belonging to a girl he helps, with bags as she clambers into a taxi, on Charlotte Street. W
Vikki VanSickle
This book was a novel version of a romantic comedy, but one of the good British ones, with a dry-witted, sheepish, bumbling narrator and an awesome ensemble cast (think Notting Hill). Danny Wallace is a funny writer, and though Jason (the narrator) makes oafish mistakes and can be a bit of a drunken lout, he is never mean-spirited and ultimately his desire to reinvent himself and do right is quite winning. Think of him as a male version of Bridget Jones as played by Mark Ruffalo with a British a ...more
Disclaimer: I read this book when the Melbourne winter decided to grace us with two windless and sunshiney days, all synched up with the weekend. Meanwhile I was lying in bed with a head cold.

I discovered this book on the 'Highly Recommended' shelf at my library and who doesn't like 'a heartwarming everyday tale of boy stalks girl'?

A few chapters in, I was reminded of Nick Horby's High Fidelity, but with fewer insights. I really couldn't get into this book. Blame my grumpiness or the fact that J
No Danny, no, non ci siamo, mi dispiace. Yes Man mi era piaciuto, quando ho visto questo nuovo libro non mi attiravano né titolo né copertina ma si sa, non si possono giudicare così i romanzi, e del resto a volte si ha bisogno di leggere qualcosa di leggero e coinvolgente. Così, quando amazon l'ha messo in offerta kindle a 1,99€, non ci ho pensato su troppo e l'ho preso.
Una delusione totale. Lento, noioso, non succede praticamente nulla. La fantomatica Ragazza è solo un pretesto per far sfogare
I am an anglophile at heart so I jumped at the chance to read this book and I am so glad that I did. Danny Wallace has written a book that is filled with British humor, quirky characters, and an interesting story that kept me reading.

There were so many things I loved about this book. The idea of Jason helping this stranger, being attracted to her, and then finding he still has a connection to her through a disposable camera was brilliant. It was a great fun to read about Jason and his best frie
Natalie E. Ramm
Jason Priestly (not the one from that sitcom that I’m too young to remember) is in a rough spot. He and his girlfriend have recently broken up for reasons unknown; he’s living with his socially challenged friend Dev in an apartment Dev’s dad owns; he has recently quit teaching to write mostly negative reviews for a free paper that no one reads; and has generally lost his luster. But when he sees this woman drop her bags on Charlotte Street he has an urge to help her. As he picks up her bags she ...more
Ashleigh Buchanan
I liked this book, and it was a quick read, but I must say I was kind of disappointed. Saw it on one of the fabulous Carrie Fletcher's book videos and it sounded wonderful (I usually really enjoy any book set in London). I expected a cute, witty, funny story about a guy's journey to track down a girl he had a chance meeting with. Charlotte Street ended up being a lot more than that, with multiple subplots (not all of which I enjoyed.) I rarely read contemporary, and the gritty, sometimes sad, re ...more
Ryan Sweeney
Danny Wallace, is better known for his non-fiction books. In fact, Danny Wallace wrote one of my favorite books of all time... actually... that's not quite right, Danny Wallace wrote half of one of my favorite books of all time with his then-flatmate Dave Gorman. In case you're interested that book was called 'Are You Dave Gorman' and it chronicled a drunken bet between Dave and Danny which stated that Dave would never be able to find 54 people called Dave Gorman. Possibly the funniest book I've ...more
Christine Blachford
I’ve been a fan of Danny Wallace books in the past, those true life adventures that he and others (Dave Gorman) go on. The humour works very well in those because it’s honest, open and you can imagine that they really are thinking that. This book is in the same vein, only it’s a fictional adventure instead. That being the case, some of the humour feels a little bit shoe-horned in, almost like it’s trying too hard.

It also took quite a long time to get going, it felt like we were never going to ge
There was a girl struggling with the door of a cab and her packages. And I don't know why, but I asked if I could help. And she smiled at me. This incredible smile. And suddenly I felt all manly and confident, like a handyman who knows just which nail to buy, and now I'm holding some of her bags, and she's saying "thank you" and then...there's that moment. And it felt like a beginning. But the cabbie was impatient and I suppose we were just too British to say anything else...

Jason Priestly (no,
Spencer Bowden
First off, this is my first review on Goodreads. Hopefully the first of many. So, to the book.

I generally enjoy this type of easy read fiction. This book is ok. I wouldn't read it again, but it didn't feel like a chore to read.

The good points: pretty easy plot. A quick read. I genuinely laughed out loud about four times; there is some good humour in this book, in places.

The bad points: several typos (maybe expect one in 80,000+ words, but I found at least five). I didn't like all of the ongoing
Laura Armstrong
I think if I hadn't been reading this for a book club I may have struggled to finish. Wallace took far to long to get things going, 'things' got going 250 or so pages in, - by this point I worry the author may have lost quite a few readers...There were some amusing touches along the way and I quite liked the premise but I'm not sure this is as top notch as the author would hope it to be.
I was flying on an airplane when I began reading this book. Seated next to me was an older business man perhaps in his fifties. "Jason Priestley is eating soup." I laughed out loud. Perhaps a little louder than necessary, but it's not like I was trying to be disruptive.

How many times have we written the most mundane things on social media? "Sarah is now replacing the toilet paper roll." I admit that I've written that on Facebook, though I can't explain why. Reading that line about Jason Priestle
Und es hat klick gemacht
Gibt es Liebe auf den ersten Blick? Jason glaubt nicht daran. Ganz im Gegenteil: Seit ihn seine letzte Freundin verlassen hat, sieht er in Sachen Liebe schwarz. Bis er eines Tages einer jungen Frau beim Einsteigen in ein Taxi hilft. Sie schaut ihn an, und bei Jason macht es klick. Doch bevor er auch nur ein Wort herausbringt, ist das Taxi weg. Zurück bleibt eine Einwegkamera mit zwölf Fotos. Jason lässt die Bilder entwickeln und macht sich mithilfe seines
I won a copy of this via Goodreads First Reads. Thank you!

I have tried and tried to make a dent in this book. Maybe I'm just too American because the "dry wit" is apparently too dry for me.

I kept wanting the story to change direction and just start following a different character altogether. The main character is boring. He's an observer, only he doesn't make very exciting observations.

It just wasn't for me. Despite my best efforts, I only made it about a quarter of the way into the book.
Heather H
Easy holiday read. 2 days of summer sun an you're cheered and happy to be British
I've enjoyed Danny Wallace and Dave Gorman's previous efforts, so when looking for my second choice in Waterstones, to get it half price, and get over the £10 threshold for my next reward stamp, this one offered a warm solace.
Plus the yellow cover appealed, I don't have enough yellow on my bookcases, so it helped redress that balance slightly.
It's a quirky tale (the yellow, gaudy cover warns of that) that uses a disposable camera as a major plot device. Not many books can claim that.
A modern lov
Andrea Ellis
A best friend of mine bought this for me and I read it in two days!! As with Danny's comedy-docu bks this was funny and gripping n I could completely picture the characters and their habitats. Very David Nicholls esque of one day fame but just better and I can never run out out of great things to say about Mr Wallaces writing style-loved it. Charlotte st is right up my street!!!
Mugren Ohaly
I had lost hope in British writers. Danny Wallace is different though. I loved this book. I'm a hopeless romantic and a sucker for a good plot. This book had both. And the way he writes makes you want to keep writing. I never thought a cliffhanger would be possible in the middle of a story, but Wallace does it time and time again. Brilliant.
I loved Yes Man. Then I started this and wanted to cry because it didn't have the same funny, easy, graceful style. If it hadn't been a book club book I would have given up; but I'm so glad I didn't. Half way through it slipped back into the funny, laugh out loud style I had expected and I really enjoyed it. Heartwarming and lovely.
Nicky Robinson
I love Danny Wallace, and I love this book! It differs from his other books that I've read as it is fiction and not a true account of something that's happened to him. But as always, he drew me in to the story line, intrigued me, made me laugh, and captured moments of late 20s/early 30s life in London perfectly.
„Auf den ersten Blick“ ist ein wunderbarer Roman über das Leben, die Liebe und die Freundschaft.

Mit Jason Priestly hat Danny Wallace einen sehr sympathischen männlichen Hauptprotagonisten geschaffen. Es ist sehr interessant „die Suche nach dem Traumpartner“ einmal aus männlicher Sicht zu verfolgen und das Ganze von einem Mann geschrieben.

Jase, wie er die meiste Zeit über genannt wird, steckt eigentlich mitten in einer Lebenskrise. Es gab da ein einschneidendes Erlebnis, das ihn verändert hat. Se
This was a fun little read. (although it was a bit long-winded so perhaps "little" is not the best adjective.) Charlotte Street is about Jason Priestley (not THAT Jason Priestley) who really needs to figure his life out. He's fledgling through his days. After a brief meeting with a girl who could possibly be the one - he embarks on a wild goose chase of sorts to find her again. He takes along a few friends (or rather they take him) on his quest and meets a few new friends on the way. It is a tim ...more
Spencer Bryan
Like some of the other books by Danny, it is very easy to note or be concious that it has been written by him. For example, the repetition of the same analogy element used in this novel simply didn't work.

If you've read this far and think that this might be a negative review; it is far from it. I just want to prepare you for some of the elements which unfortunately knock the pace out of what was a good read if you need a causal distraction between any major activities that you might have lined
Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug)
When I first heard on TV that Danny Wallace had written a novel, and that it was to do with a boy....stalking a girl, I was instantly drawn to it. It sounded like something I would adore.

And I did, to an extent. There were parts of the book which I feel I just didn't "get" and at that point, I felt slightly disconnected. You know that feeling when you're fairly sure someone has just cracked a joke, but you just don't get it. I experienced that throughout the majority part of the book - where the
Lucy Gibson

Absolutely loved this book from start to finish - really funny, well written and brilliantly observed.
Quirky and rather dry-witted...but I'll admit I read it till the end to see what would happen. I'm a sucker for an ending and this was one of those books that screamed "happily ever after" ending. Read for yourself to see if it really is.

Jason Priestly (not the 90210 guy) is the protagonist, but he can't hold the story on his own. He needs Dev, Matt, Abbey, and even Pamela and Sarah (and her entourage of Gary and Anna) to pull off a well-rounded story in the end. Takes a while to get started (se
Aydin Turgay
This was recommended to me by someone who clearly knows me well. The writing style is very reminiscent of Nick Hornby's best works.
It's very funny, moving, emotional, honest, poignant, earnest - I'm running out of superlatives to describe how much I enjoyed this book.
I won't tell you anything about the plot, as it's one of those stories that you should read without knowing anything beforehand, and enjoy the ride.
If you're looking for light, hilarious fiction, you will be hard pressed to find som
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Daniel Frederick Wallace is a British filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor, and presenter of radio and television. His notable works include the books Join Me, Yes Man, and the TV series How to Start Your Own Country. As an author, Wallace's bestselling books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

He began writing reviews for video game magazines at the age of 13 for school work exper
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“I had it all planned. Or, not planned exactly, but I'd planned to make plans. Plans were very much part of my plan.” 10 likes
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