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This One Time

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Much-maligned blogger Jacob Lynch aka Brodie Lomax has been called many things: Professional Douchebag, the King of Fratire, Tabloid Maverick, Mr Misogyny, Revenge Porn Romeo, that Sex-Tape Guy and Assholepreneur. And now he can add ‘Multi-Millionaire’ to that list.
With the renewal of his reality TV show as well as his eight-figure book deal, life is good for New York’s mo
Kindle Edition, 403 pages
Published by Pan Macmillan South Africa (first published January 1st 2015)
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Amanda Patterson
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alex van Tonder has used her advertising experience to create a social media thriller, with multimedia, reality TV and advertising as players in a terrifying game.
Superstar blogger, Jacob Lynch, AKA Brodie Lomax, has 11 million followers and his own reality show. This unlikeable protagonist is also known as Mr Misogyny and that Sex-Tape Guy. His life is a crazy mix of drugs, sex and being seen in all the right places.
He has also just landed an eight-figure book deal. But what happens when the bl
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

With words like Professional douchebag, assholepreneur and revenge porn Romeo used to describe our protagonist Jacob Lynch A.K.A Brodie Lomax it should not come as a surprise that our bro Brodie is all of the above and so much more! Picture everything that is dark, twisted and terribly terribly wrong with social media and the fame that comes along with it. Now picture a young good looking drugged up misogynistic man in control of it all. That my friends is Brodie Lomax.

At first I had a hard time
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Notorious “revenge-porn” blogger Jacob Lynch, better known by his pseudonym Brodie Lomax, is in the midst of throwing the internet world on its head with the renewal of his reality TV show, seven-figure book deal, and of course his revenge-porn blog, when he suddenly vanishes out of range of any wi-fi hotspot. An escape to an isolated hunting lodge in the middle of Alaska seems to be the perfect cure for his writer’s block – until the mysterious Alicia shows up. Of course, things don’t go exactl ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I struggled with this book. The author is a blogger and this is her first novel - ironically the story is about a blogger. I was disappointed that as a South African author, she chose New York as her setting. The protagonist is a chauvinistic and misogynistic man which, I felt, was not very well developed as a character. He seemed to embody all of the cliches without any depth. Overall the story failed to really get deep. Every time it was headed there, the story would twist off in another direc ...more
Michelle Avenant
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this book absorbing and its premise was lots of fun, but I think it would have packed much more punch if it was only half as long. The plot is just not complex or mysterious enough to keep a reader thrilled for nearly 400 pages. As a result, what could be a biting, schadenfreude-laden romp of a short novel feels drawn-out and watered-down, and this is a shame.
Monique Snyman
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This One Time by Alex van Tonder can be classified as a pseudo-modern thriller that makes Jim Carey’s The Truman Show look like kindergarten recess. The story starts off (excluding the prologue, obviously) where Jacob Lynch aka Brodie Lomax is finally getting ahead in his career as New York’s most successful blogger. A beer brand is looking to collaborate with the star for his own reality TV show, where he can womanise and generally be a douche on cam, for more money than he’s ever dreamed off. ...more
Minki Pool
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Finally finished this book! It took me a while to get through it, partly because I have it in paperback format, and finding the time to actually sit down and read a book (as opposed to listening to one while getting on with life) has been very hard this year. But also partly because the first 60% of this book has been a bit of a slog.

I won't lie: there was a time when I really, REALLY wanted to hate this book and give it up. At some point I just wanted to scream that yes, I get that Jacob is in
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This one time I irritated my husband reading till the wee hours of the morning - and sneaked off to a coffee shop after a meeting to finish a book.
This one time I swear I'm not posting anything on any blog, twitter or Instagram ever again.

This book was emotionally exhausting.

Jacob was the most awful guy but I somehow still felt sorry for him, especially after the final reveal.
Susan Atkinson
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stephen King for the age of social media - a twisted tour through the depths of modern desperation for fame and affirmation.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read. Started off slow for me and I almost got the ending right. The whole way through it's a up & down of 'do I feel sorry for BL' or 'is he the worst person ever'? ...more
Margot Doherty
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
World class thriller here, with the ending to end all endings. Say no more. Read.
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