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How to Be Bad

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Mark is a mild-mannered twenty-three-year-old bookseller who makes endless lists about stupid things. His life changes when he reestablishes contact with his old girlfriend, Caro. At seventeen, Caro was an implausibly sexy, promiscuous, druggy big-mouth. Six years later, she's exactly the same and Mark falls in love with her all over again. Caro, who has nothing but contem ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Apr 21, 2007 Paul rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bored on a rainy Tuesday
Bowker takes all the elements of High Fidelity, misplaced modern male obsessed with collecting and out of touch with traditional masculitiny, and adds a touch of crime. The book is amusing and would probably be a good cure for nothing on television for an evening. It's a quick read.
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Jan 05, 2008 RandomAnthony rated it liked it
I read most of this book in an Erie, PA train depot in the middle of the night, waiting for a late train. This book helped me pass the time very well...kind of like Tarantino met someone who really loved used books and they wrote a screenplay. Quick, light, but cool.
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Apr 25, 2010 David rated it really liked it
This book definitely has an engaging storyline. Some of it starts to strain credulity a little bit, but Bowker handles that pretty well so it isn't much of a problem. Interesting characters as well. I don't think this book is going to exactly change the world or anything, but it's worth a read.
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Apr 26, 2010 Maddy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2005-reads, tops
RATING: 4.75

You know how when it's your birthday, sometimes a loved one will prepare your favorite meal? And even before you sit down at the table, your saliva glands are running amok and then when you start to eat, it's all you can do not to "ooh" and "ah" between every bite? That's what David Bowker's books are like to me, and HOW TO BE BAD is an entrée that surpasses its predecessors. It's a mélange of originality, humor, darkness and pathos that left me well sated and sad to push back my cha
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Aug 28, 2010 Jim rated it liked it
Strong start, good tension, some very funny scenes. It was not built for distance.
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Aug 15, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nick Hornby fans
I think I can be bad now. First you fall for a girl that's turned on by bad things. Second you have to accidentally kill some people and say you did it on purpose. Three kill some people for real. Now you know how to be bad too.

David Bowker weaves a tail of accidental crime to full blown crime in his novel. He takes a page from what seems to be his favorite author Nick Hornby and writes a timid self aware man who just trying to get the girl of his dream. Unfortunately for Mark, his love is a bit
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Jan 25, 2013 Lukasz Pruski rated it liked it
“How To Be Bad” by David Bowker is an extremely funny book. The writing is so wonderfully hilarious that I was laughing out loud (LOL’ing) every other page. Some samples: “I slammed my fist into his midriff. It was like hitting a Henry Moore sculpture, but not as enjoyable”, “The gun was sexy. My God, I thought fine first editions were attractive enough, but knowing I was holding something that the L.A. cops used to shoot holes in innocent bystanders thrilled me beyond reason.” I will refrain fr ...more
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Feb 21, 2013 Vika Ryabova rated it it was amazing
Книга небольшая - я проглотила ее за день, кажется. В нескольких местах смеялась до слез, в остальных - просто смеялась :) Временами сюр зашкаливает просто. Придется теперь еще почитать этого автора.
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Born in Manchester but now living in Cambridge, David Bowker is author of six novels, including The Secret Sexist, From Stockport with Love and, most recently, Rawhead and Rawhead in Love. He was voted 'Manchester Writer of the Year' by City Life magazine.
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