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48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls
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Jun 19, 10

bookshelves: humor, grades-10-and-up, teen-boys, romance

Nick Earls has a good sense of how teen romance works, or doesn’t work. Dan lucks into a dreamworld – senior year of high school away from the parents, sharing a Brisbane home with two women. One of the women is his early-20s aunt Jacq. The other, the “flaxen-haired goddess” Naomi, is a very convenient target of Dan’s hormonal overdrive. He builds elaborate plans worthy of the Most Interesting Man in the World, in his more pimply teenage years. He blends a crunchy batch of dirt pesto, and studies to discern the 48 shades of brown among the local bird population. Dan recognizes the ridiculousness of his puppy love dramatics, but is helpless whenever Naomi appears. Earls works Dan’s dilemma for a few laughs, and a lot of sympathetic smiles. The tone is never sarcastic or cruel. Almost any teenager can recognize that Dan isn’t pathetic – he’s typical.
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