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A Disturbed Girl's Guide to Curing Boredom

(Disturbed Girl Trilogy #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Hannah Harker is bored. Her tedious job as a local newspaper reporter is grinding her soul to dust and she cannot find anything to interest or excite her. Refusing to accept an average life of anonymity, she decides to tear up all the rule books and do everything in her power to find a cure for this boredom. Free from the shackles of social convention and morality, she set ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published July 4th 2011 by Amygdala Press (first published June 30th 2011)
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Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
a disturbed girl's guide to curing boredom by
James Howell (

This novel came out earlier this year and it has
to be said had it come out 10 years ago it would
have been dismissed as being too far fetched but
living in the times we do it just seems to
mirror what has gone on in recent years.
The book follows Hannah Harker as she embarks on
a career as a journalist starting out on a local
paper in the imaginary town of Rockingsworth
where her boredom leads her to be the kind o
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
disturbed is a tactful term for hannah harker, our chaos-wielding anti-hero of this very modern and somewhat fantastical tale. i cringed, i laughed, i gasped, i was grossed out, i scared my cat off the couch, etc. and i will read the next book.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I was going to give this 3 stars until I read the stupid epilogue. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

Actual review coming soon, finishing this book has me unjustifiably tired and cranky at the moment.

Okay. The actual review.

Initially, I was very intrigued with the premise of this book. A woman becomes so consumed by boredom, committing atrocity after atrocity until she does the worst thing possible, "the most staggering news event in history." I was very
tom milner
Apr 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
good idea and catchy title. bought the book because of those two things and regretted my decision just before the start of chapter 2. every bad writing cliché can be found in this book. even the classic one: girl looks at herself in the mirror and describes her entire appearance in great detail. weird. no idea how it got published.
Sal Noel
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally I thought a point was being made.
Regret acting on this recommendation.
Patrick Neylan
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Patrick by: Lisa Woodward
Zeitgeisty? Is that a word? Can I have it anyway? Because James Howell's 2011 novel is zeitgeisty as hell. It's also damned hard to categorise. I'm calling it a satire, but you could read it as a spectacularly implausible thriller if you like. That's not a criticism per se, since all thrillers are implausible - from James Bond downwards - but they get away with it through sheer panache.

Hannah Harker, a young, aspiring journalist in a dead-end job at a regional newspaper, commits the modern sin o
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom was a very entertaining, well-written book. It is very difficult to put the book down once one begins reading it. For the most part, the book is quite realistic. The character dynamics are wonderful, and the plot has plenty of action-packed twist and turns. The only negative thing I have to say about the book is that is lacked some continuity in parts. The largest of the continuity problems being that, in the beginning, the main character states that sh ...more
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Characters: Psychotic, determined, adventurous, misguided
Storyline: fast-paced, racey, murder-fest
Writing: Good except for a few words left out and a few extra words in some sentences here and there. There is one part during the chase scene when a car crashes and blows up instantly. Unless the guy poured gasoline all over the inside of the car and put a lit match to it just as they crashed, it just isn't realistic.
Summary: Aside from the few parts that read like a pornographic script, the story
Jessica Stemple
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
"Free from the shackles of social convention and morality, she sets off down a dark and dangerous path that will change her forever."
See: selfish bitch who gets her kicks by murdering innocent people and justifing those murders with ridiculous thoughts such as "we're all going to die one day".
In short, I despised the protagonist after page 3. I don't know why I continued to read this book-- maybe I was just hoping that she would eventually become something other than a selfish psychopath.
Ellie Lynch
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this from a friend and immediately went out and bought the sequel. After all the hype about 50 shades, this is a book with a character who truly pushes boundaries and leaves you feeling uncomfortable but exhilarated.
I’ve seen A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom mentioned alongside 50 Shades, but apart from the sex they have nothing in common. James Howell has written a fast-paced, violent, observant and original action thriller. His focus on the media is relevant and keenly det
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
The ending of this book completely blew my mind. That said, the journey from the first page to the last was nothing less than insane. There were a couple of gory parts that nearly made me abandon this story but I am glad I didn't because the ending made it all worthwhile. I don't think the title does the book any justice. The main character was definitely many levels beyond being simply "disturbed" & as for the boredom cure? Well, a nice rollercoaster ride would have done the trick for me. I'll ...more
Phil Jones
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Great idea for a story wrecked by lacklustre writing and a plot that becomes more and more ludicrous chapter by chapter. The appalling grammar and abundant typos become annoying after a while - especially when dialogue becomes impossible to follow at times because the author does not seem to comprehend the most basic rules of punctuation. Add a dollop (in the kindest sense of the word) of badly written sex and tedious info dumping whenever the scene switches from one exotic location to another a ...more
Jenny Church
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Disturbed Girl books seem to have gone slightly under the radar, but the eponymous anti-heroine, Hannah Harker, is a real tour de force. It's easy to understand why some people find the trilogy too much (the sex and violence are pure X-rated) and Hannah will have as many haters as fans, but I found the series original, challenging and great fun to read. ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
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Oct 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
A pointless waste of time, wish I hadn't bothered. Cannot for the life of me understand the favourable reviews. It started off ok and then just went into 'are you for real?' territory. Even allowing for artistic licence this stretched way beyond any realms of plausibility. Sorry, just not for me. ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is seriously fucked up. Ok the clue mabye in the title but seriously disturbing is defiantly the word I'd use to describe Hannah harker and the things she does.
Hannah harker is bored with her BORNING life and borning job so seeks out thrills In some sick ways.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! Couldn't put it down :) puts those shade of grey to shame.. Highly recommended! ...more
Simon Gosden
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
It is difficult to like a novel about an amoral sociopath, sure there's lots of sex and violence but in the end it left me cold. ...more
Paul Line
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great read, difficult to put down and a great action packed end
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James Howell (born 1978) is a former journalist and author of the Disturbed Girl series of novels.

His experiences while working on a local newspaper in Essex, England, and on national newspapers in London, inspired the adventures of anti-hero Hannah Harker in the novels.

Howell’s debut novel, A Disturbed Girl's Guide to Curing Boredom, follows the story of local reporter Harker as she gradually gro

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