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The Miseducation Years (Ross O'Carroll-Kelly #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  720 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
The further adventures of Paul Howard's eponymous anti-hero.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 18th 2004 by O'Brien Press (first published 2000)
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Rebecca McNutt
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy, fiction, humor, irish
This book was great, a little weird but incredibly funny and full of unforgettable moments as it shares the main character's life.
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Absolutely hilarious tale written in the first person perspective of a snot-nosed, over-privileged, stupid Irish high school boy. Some of the Irish slang was hard for me to understand, even after 9 months of living there. Also, Kelly often writes Irish-accented words phonetically which can be challenging (ex. 'roysh' = 'right'). Worth the effort, great writing.
Magdalena Golden-Baran
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for any Dubliner! On one hand I'm a bit disappointed with myself for having waited so long to read it despite having lived in Dublin for nearly 7 years now, on the other I realise that a great part of what makes the book so funny is the fact that over those years I learnt a lot about the city and about its culture, idiosyncrasies and stereotypes so I understand a lot more of the humour than I would have soon after I arrived. Even with all the years of living here, though, I had to ma ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very witty, intelligent look at the upper-middle class. This book is a satire on what it is to be a 'D4-head'. Very enjoyable, if sometimes hard to understand the phonetically spelt idiosyncracies of speech- for example, 'roysh goys'
Ciara Madigan
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Total focking hilarity.
Dec 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jenny Hanly
Classic read for Dublin educated people...
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly books. I joined the series in the middle so time to start at book one. Ross has to be one of the most pompous arrogant and nasty characters you are likely to meet. When you add in his great stupidity you get a hilarious outcome. Set in Dublin with his band of cronies this rich twat sets out to win the schools rugby cup, become a hero and have every good looking girl he comes across. Things don't go to plan and the result is like soooo OHMYGOD funny roysh. ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very funny satire of Dublin's rugby-playing, privately educated SoCoDu crowd. Absolutely spot on in his observations, genuinely some laugh out loud moments. However, some may be tricky to understand for anyone who hasn't lived/at least visited the city.
Kieran McAndrew
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, rugby star and all around waster.

Self absorbed and a contemptible human being, Ross shows us the side of Dublin life that, frankly, we all try to ignore.

Michael Ward
It was ok, dragged a bit.
Laura Crosse
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I feel like these are going to just keep getting better roysh? I'm fairly late to the Ross O Carroll Kelly party and because of my aforementioned inability to read books in the wrong order in a series I had to go back and begin at the beginning so here I am.

It was okay, funny in places, hilarious in others and cringey in some. I mean I look at this completely with the mindset that it is a complete and utter pisstake. Obviously it is but unfortunately for the Irish public people like Ross do exi
Franklin Andrew Borders
The Irish Kenny Powers

The Irish Kenny Powers

The Ross O'Carroll Kelly books are hilarious. Ross believes that he is brilliant, but in reality is a dumb ass and it's all for the reader's entertainment. Being an American I couldn't help but feel the likeness of Ross to Kenny Focking Powers. Very easy to read and incredibly funny. I wouldn't say this is the best book in the ROCK series, but definitely a notable entry and the one that started it all. Recommended to any fan of comedy.
Mhartain O'Treasaigh
Unfortunately, I lost my book, leaving it on the bus to Cork,

Yet I was debating, on whether to continue with it, I was getting tired of word's "LIKE" & "ROYSH" , I didn't mind the other slang used. Curiosity is getting me now. So I can read the following sequels, I am originally From Dublin Northside, and have to agree with some comments, but was not impressed with other comment's like being set up for a mugging. He made up for the slagging by slagging off the Southside,
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Ross O'Carroll-Kelly is the guy you hate because he's spoiled, self-centered, and is in general a right nasty piece of work when talking to someone he does fancy, but you love to hate him because he's just so damn funny. I don't read a lot (read: any) humor books, but these made me laugh a lot.
Ms Anne Marie Walsh
Great read for rugby fans

Having read seedless in Seattle I've decided to start from the start. Great fun but not being a Dub some of the slang can be challenging to work out.

Worth the time to read.
Donal Breheny
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A perfect insight into the mind of a spilt teenager. I laughed out loud a few times.
Jun 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Jason Lenavitt
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
These books are hilarious!
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5. A great light read. Nice one to read alongside a more serious novel for some comic relief.
Nigel Carroll
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely hilarious!
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny, looking forward to reading the next one!
John Braine
Mar 02, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: half-reading
First regular book I've started reading in ages. Had to kill an hour recently somewhere I didn't want to listen to an audiobook or crack out the iPad. Probably be still in my bag next year.
Kate Starrs
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! V funny
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious :-)
Jan 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Really funny but not laugh-out-loud hilarious like some of the other books in the Ross O'Carroll Kelly series. Still laughed a lot!
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
love this author and as usual a funny read
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