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Girls Like Funny Boys by Dave Franklin
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Oct 20, 10

bookshelves: the-great-shelf-of-meh, first-reads
Read from October 10 to 18, 2010

Dave Franklin can actually write. In fact, he infuses a great deal of personality and energy into every sentence and so I'm actually sad that I had to give Girls Like Funny Boys only a two star rating.

Even Franklin's abilities can't save the story from being a wirlpool of groan.

The biggest problem is that Franklin wants you to know that this is Australian in the 1980's AND HE WON'T EVER LET YOU FORGET IT. In fact, there was a reference to either the location or the time period in almost every second sentence. From the name dropping of bands, to hair styles, clothing styles, cars and the painful rendition of the Australian accent and slang, to the Aussie locations and pubs used in the novel. It felt like Franklin was screaming in my face: "THIS IS AUSTRALIA IN 1986!!!!!! WOOOOOOT!!!!!"

The main character, whilst crying and sniffling over his poor dead dog was also drunkenly molesting a young woman at a party. Then he'd cry about his dog somemore. Then he'd think about sex. Then he'd whack off to a porn video.

He kind of lost me very quickly. I know we're exploring adolescents here but strangely I wasn't in the moood for reading a dude making tissue babies to a graphic porn movie. You can leave SOME mystery to your character, you know. I mean, I've got quite a few Goodreads friends and followers who I almost NEVER update about my sex life. Yet strangely they still read my reviews.

Wait, SHOULD I be adding saucy details about intimate moments here? Will this get me more readers? Will I then be considered 'gritty' and 'real'?


Maybe not...

I think this book had a good concept and Dave Franklin has a natural craft with words but I think he had a great deal of difficulty bringing the concept into a readable and enjoyable story.
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message 1: by Kitten (new)

Kitten TRUTH

message 3: by Kitten (new)

Kitten I find truth in the title. There's nothing sexier than a funny guy. =)

message 4: by Kim (new)

Kim Seconded. I love a guy with a sense of humor.

Kat Kennedy Yes, I am going to have to be the third and final judge and rule in favor of the guys with a sense of humor!

message 6: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Is this your giveaway win?

message 8: by Megan (last edited Oct 19, 2010 07:28PM) (new)

Megan Whenever I read a book by an adult male with a lot of teenage masturbation/weird sex stuff... this may be incredibly cynical, but I always assume that the author is trying to justify his teenage self.

"If the public likes it, they must like me! I wasn't such a dork after all!!"

Not that I am opposed to weird sex stuff, it happens to be the best part of most books, lol! I'm just opposed to teenage boy weird sex stuff.... unless it's Taylor Lautner. That boy is hot ;)

Kat Kennedy Megan! You saucy minx!

message 10: by Megan (new)

Megan lol

message 11: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana LOL.

message 12: by Kristy (new)

Kristy Megan!!! Ahhhhh, this just made my morning!!! You crack me up!

Kat Kennedy Nobody has commented on the fact that I have a masturbating cat in a review. That's it, it's official. I can do anything!

Next review will contain several shots of alcohol, some hot chippendales and a greased up porcupine.

message 14: by Megan (new)

Megan After using "buttsecks" multiple times in one review, I think you lost the ability to shock your friends & followers, lol :)

message 15: by AH (new)

AH I was just about to mention the cat in my comments, but I went ahead and read everyone's comments first. That's some busy cat there.

Wicked Incognito Now Really. Where DO you find these images? That cat masturbating is hilarious.

Kat Kennedy April - failblog.org

All I can say if that if you go to "all sites" then check out lolcats, hawtness and demotivational. They're my absolute favourites. All I just have a sick talent for finding random images.

Megan... hmmmm. You do have a point there! :P

AH - hehe, masturbating cat is masturbating. What else is it going to do?

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