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Narrative Loserdom: From Journal One

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Justin Taggart doesn’t know anything (about being a loser). He likes girls and plays sports and has some friends. Unfortunately his fear of rejection outweighs his ability to deal with these well. Mostly there’s Sterling, the girl of his dreams who knows how to stop his heart by not knowing he likes her. Another thing is trying to get money with Adam, who’s rich anyway so ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by CreateSpace (first published January 1st 2011)
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May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, funny, y-a
2 and a half stars
" Anyone who picks up his journal will be in for something, if they feel like getting through a lot of grammar and spelling problems. " (From book description)

If there is one warning I'll give for this book, it's the fact that this is written in a very simplistic interpretation of what goes on inside the typical adolescent male mind. Which basically means a lot of bad grammar/spelling, tons of wtf moments and general disbelief at how incredibly lame boys can be.

I saw someone c
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This book’s format caught my attention from the beginning. The chapters are set as journal entries, which is always fun for me. There tends to be an authenticity to the writing in this format that you don’t always get in straight narration. For the most part, this book does accomplish that. There is a freshness to the narrator’s, Justin’s, voice. A lot about his personality is revealed in the way he writes, in the words he chooses, even more than in his actions, which is what journal entries ten ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I really enjoyed this retro, slice of life, diary-style story told from a teenage guy's point-of-view. The diary format reminded me a little of the narrators from "Perks of Being A Wallflower" and "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian". There's certainly some guy humor in it that I can't get into being a female, however, it didn't bother me much, cause I know boys will be boys. Overall, the story made me nostalgic, cause the journal is set from 2001 to 2002, the same time frame I was ...more
Rachel Naddeo
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS!

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Narrative Loserdom is told from Justin's point of view in a journal format. That was the first thing that caught my attention in this novel. The second one was that we got to read what goes through a boy's head and my conclusions are intruguing, or even disturbing sometimes..

What were the best aspects of Narrative Loserdom?
Aside from being written in journal format, which makes this book fresh and unique, I found myself liking all c
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud.

It was funny and insightful for me as a mom of boys who will be this age in the years 2023 and 2026. I know some of the antics will be different in twelve years but I have a feeling they will be so similar. Some of the events in this book reminded me of some of the stuff that my brother did when he was that age, some twenty+ years ago. At least the stuff that I remember occurring or heard about years after the fact. In fact, I was telling my mom ab
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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Narrative Loserdom is a fun and relaxed tale of two teenage boys who stand at the side lines watching life past them by. Their story is told through diary entries, which are written from Justin Taggart's perspective. Yes, yes, I know. A diary? A boy? A boy and a diary? A boy WRITING a diary? I thought it would be full of fighting and lots of partying, I also thought that the idea of a boy having a diary would never work. But, it did! Justin actually has a
Trevor Kidd
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie-fiction
With its protagonist struggling to reach maturity and failing miserably through a series of misadventures, Narrative Loserdom has echoes of great novels like J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye or The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. This is a format where the protagonist intentionally does not advance and instead remains stuck in a case of arrested development that echoes the problems of the society that surrounds them.

The Good: The journal entry format aids in creating a well-char
Joana (The Boundless Booklist)

Plot: There wasn’t much of a plot, mostly because this is the journal of a rambling, 16 year old boy named Justin Taggart. Each journal entry is like a little story about his day or something that happened to him or something that frustrated him. He talks about a lot of different things like girls (1 in particular), his best friend Adam, his various “jobs”, high school and football practice. Some entries are really interesting, others are kind
Jasmine Villanova
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beneath the moon and Stars review

This was a very interesting book. It didn't really have much of a plot. It was basically the rambling of a 16 year old teenage guy. At first it was entertaining and kept my attention because he was writing basically everyday. Around the middle it started to get kinda slow. What he was writing was still interesting but he wouldn't write for like days. So that slowed it down a little.

Narrative Loserdom is a curious book about the everyday life of Justin Taggart. I
Carrie Ardoin

Justin Taggart starts a journal where he begins to document the events of his life he thinks are memorable. Justin is a teenage boy, so the things he chooses to write about are intriguing, to say the least.

I thought this was a subtly funny debut novel by Ryan Collins. The chapters are presented in journal/diary format.

I found Justin to be quite an enigmatic character. He is also a bit hypocritical. He seems to see his friends as losers but not himself, for hanging out with them. He talk
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
My Take: So I really did enjoy this book. The characters were somewhat relatable (they would have been more, had I been a boy...). I enjoyed the almost short story format in each of the journal entries. They made it very easy to just pick up the book and read. We also always had enough detail to understand each character and follow each story line.

The best part for me, however, was the moment in each story where I had the "omg, why are they going to do this? It's so stupid." but really it was t
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was collection of journal entries that were made by a high school-er, named Justin. The readers got a very close look into the mind of this teenage boy, and were rewarded for it.

I really liked this book, it was easy to get into and Justin was a kind protagonist. Every action he did was something the reader could relate to, so the whole thing came off as very realistic. Every journal entry looked exactly as it should, with some grammatical errors and many random memories that had happe
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I'm surprised how much I enjoyed reading Narrative Loserdom. After a few chapters, or I should say journal entries since the book is written in the form of a diary, I realized it didn't really have a plot. That didn't stop me from being engrossed in the book. I thought it was an entertaining and light read.

I've always loved reading a book with diary entries and this one was no different. I think the author did an excellent job going inside the mind of a teenage b
Narrative Loserdom is the journal of a young high school male. I felt like I was reading a Seinfeld-esque journal. It was a story about nothing, about a boy's year in high school. There was no high or low. It just was.

In some ways it was interesting, in some ways it wasn't. I think it was a unique idea for a story, but could have been better fine tuned. The story is set in 2001 and it's funny reading about Justin, the journaler, watching music videos on MTV.

Justin is trying to be Christian. He's
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I could tell after the first chapter that this was going to be a very creative story. Actually, I take that back, I knew that after reading the synopsis.
A journal of a teenage boy with all the ramblings, adventures, antics and mischief that come with that?
Yep, this would most certainly be a crazy ride but a fun one!

I think what I liked most about this book was just how real it seemed to be. I could imagine a teenage boy saying and doing pretty much all the crazy stuff that happened in this stor
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The last book that I had read in a journal format was “The diary of a Wimpy Kid”. And I had enjoyed it thoroughly. So, my expectations were high even though I realize that it’s not fair to compare the two.

This book is a journal of a teenager named Justin Taggart. Like any average teenage boy, his narrations include about school, homework, friends, money, work and yes of course, girls! He has an exciting life and he seems to have an affinity for getting into trouble along with his best friend Ada
Madam Pince
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A fictional diary written by the character Justin Taggart, a 15 year old Texan boy who—let’s face it—may be a bit of a loser at school. Written in episodic spurts from July 2001 to July 2002, he chronicles his misadventures with his friend Adam, in which they invent new ways to steal TV cable, try to break into a Coke machine, and run a lawn-mowing service.

The diary format of the story definitely works, but with some flaws. While the writing style is very much consistent with the abilities of an
John Thomas
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
Loved this book.!! Personally I loved how the author shed light on the internal conflict that all Christians struggle with when they give into the everyday temptations of the world. More importantly, this book discredits the popular holier than thou stereotype that is so often associated with Christianity, and serves to remind the reader that no man is infallible. I also liked how the author chose to make the main character a "loser". This was a sharp contrast to many other books in its genre wh ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

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Ryan Collins was born in Texas in 1985. While attending Texas State University he earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in writing, and moved toward a post-graduate degree in computer information systems. In the company of a few unpublished short stories, Narrative Loserdom represents his first self-published novel. Ryan works for a local communications company in Austin, T ...more

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