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How to Be Bad by David Bowker
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Aug 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: the-modern-man, crime-fiction
Recommended for: Nick Hornby fans
Read from August 04 to 15, 2011 , read count: 1

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 of psychopath. Caro gets turned on by violence and she wants Mark to kill three people that have been troubling her. 1. Wallace 2. Her Father 3. Jesus! Mark sets out to do what he cannot do, kill.

This book goes from one bad situation to the next without much breathing room. You're never sure if Mark is going to make it out alive. It seems that every time he gets a little closer to Caro the world wants to kick him down and beat the living hell out of him.

If you like the style of Nick Hornby, this book is an interesting read. Bowker doesn't hide his love for Hornby as he references him at different points in the book. Although Bowker has his own style mixed into his book making sure it's not a knock off of Hornby. If you enjoy books about the modern man trying to navigate in a less than modern society this book is for you.

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