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2.9 of 5 stars 2.90  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Carl Shuker's protagonist, Richard Sauer, heads off to college for no reason other than to escape the stultifying normalcy of his middle-class family in Timaru, New Zealand. He may appear ordinary in his aimlessness, mangling his way through his first year in college, but his bonging and banging, his anger and rage, take a brutal turn at an out-of-control dorm party which ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published September 28th 2006 by Counterpoint (first published 2006)
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Lillian Janedy
I think that this book is the only book I've ever read on my own time that I truly dislike. Basically throughout the entire book, I was thinking that I really hate it but I chose to stick it out and finish it just to see if the ending offers any closure or some kind or moral or lesson or anything like that. Well, it doesn't. I don't think that this book offers anything of value at all. I really dislike the ending. I failed to identify any connection it had with the main character, Souse, or his ...more
Liz
I hope your life isn't as fucked up as this guy's.
Esther Hong
A few insightful bits on self-mutilation in the second half of the novel but the plot is too predictable. Lack of direction & continuation.

"But the feeling of calm, stillness, strength, is good. And I'm doing more and more to get there. I am only a freak in other people's terms. My behaviour is internally logical, it serves a purpose, accomplishes all I ask of it. People who don't understand assume you're damaged goods. But my scars set me apart. They speak of my strength, and of a past. Be
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Courtney Newton
Only socially comfortable after downing a few to many jugs Richey struggles with his identity as well as depression, anxiety and loneliness in his first year at University. While set in the mid nineties, many themes in this story are still relevant today with young men finding their freedom and boundaries after 'leaving the nest'. I found the writing style to be painfully on the mark, having come from Timaru and studied at Otago, all the lingo was there. I saw characteristics of so many young me ...more
Steve Scott
This is a book about Scary Drunken Bogans from Small Town New Zealand. Shuker pretty much nails it here. I have been to those small towns and it aint pretty. I prefer my towns 'well lit' and up-sized with giant libraries and endless coffee shops, with diversity and culture, all the good stuff - the only sheep I like to meet are generally shrink-wrapped and in the meat department at the local supermarket, not invited to parties unmarinated, if you get my drift.
Brit
The Lazy Boys is about a group of boys and the protagonist is Richard Sauer, a college student (Well sort of) who lives in New Zealand. It is about his life and follows a particular event that Richard did at a party which he had to run from because he hurt the girl. Richard has anger problems and does not control it, he abuses his dog, abuses people and needs to fulfill his sexual cravings.
This book was really bad. The whole time Richard is complaining or just doing dumb things, I was barely abl
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Megan Jones
After reading the less than stellar reviews, I was determined to find a redeeming quality in this book. Unfortunately, most reviews were right on. The plot is weak and certainly doesn't progress in any direction within almost 300 pages. Sure, I enjoy edgy, creatively written novel, which is what I think this was aiming for, but it completely misses the mark.
Johnathan
I loved his last one. I recycled this one after 75 pages of ho-hum drivel. Lots of typical teenage angst crap, very little exciting use of language, as with THE METHOD ACTORS.
Kendell
IT WAS WAY MEAN I SO WANT TO BUY THE BOOK BUT I CANT FIND IT ANYWHERE
ITS SO NOT FEAR! DX
its a really good book and i would really love to read it again to :)
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