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Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
I have this annoying problem that gives me a lot of trouble: a conscience.

Neil Bridges attends a Catholic boys’ school in which teachers rule with iron fists and thick leather straps. Some crumble under the pressure but Neil toughs it out, just as his Vietnam-bound older brother has done before him. He has to be a man, after all. But at sixteen, how can he be sure of hims
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Penguin Random House Australia (first published September 1st 2009)
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Hannah Bnana
Dec 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
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Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Oh, to be a student at a time when corporal punishment was key to building your character! NOT. I'm just appalled at how much teachers could get away with back then. To be honest, most schools here in the PH aren't as strict with implementing the absolutely-no-touching-students rule. Some of my teachers back in grade school and high school went with a bit of ruler-slapping or ear-pinching but those straps sound downright awful. And punishing sudents for no apparent reason, just because you can? ...more
Nicholas Wong
Feb 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Honestly, this was a very boring book. I hated it.
Unrealistic and uninteresting, set in the 60s, chock-full of kids who have no problem problem stealing or fighting with TEACHERS, then stealing a car to run over the teacher who expelled him. The characters were all boring, with the exception of "Zom", who was arguably the only person with the most character. (Sad, isn't it?). Ironically, the person whose point of view is shown is probably the worst of the bunch, obsessing over an older girl and
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids 12+ and anyone who remembers the 60s.
Shelves: kids-ya
Given that this story deals with such issues as teen sex, suicide and child abuse, it is a deceptively simple read - which is no doubt Condon's strength and why he's so highly acclaimed.

Set at the end of the 60s, this is the story of Neil, his friends Troy and Zom, their struggles, their pain and most importantly their decisions and how these choises affect those around them. The kids in this story are thoroughly believable, the strap-weilding Catholic brothers truly terrifying. Confessions of a
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Bill Condon writes teenage boys so well, and this book is no exception. Set in the 1960s, just prior to Australia's involvement in the Vietnam conflict, Confessions follows a year in the life of Neil Bridges and his mates. Dealing with issues of faith, first love, religion and family, this is both funny and poignant.
Sep 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Didn't like it. I'm glad it was short so I didn't waste too much time on it. Troy, Mick.. There wasn't enough on them. Neil is so dull. It was anticlimactic. Zom seemed to be the only character with any depth. I read it because the title made it sound like it'd be funny, but God, am I underwhelmed.
This book is different from all the others I've read. It has an interesting setting, a different perspective.

Yet, it's not exactly a book I have enjoyed. The plot is... well, is there actaully a plot?

Most characters are lacking depth. It's really hard to relate to them and understand them at times.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I actually just skimmed part of this and feel a bit guilty about giving a rating based on that. Unlike some of the other reviewers of this book, I didn't find it boring, but I do find it uncomfortable. I feel like I want to know more about what happens, but I don't want to read about it. Strange.
A fantastic, quick read, a bit of a trip back in time (set in the 60's). The book title had me intrigued, & the story had me experiencing all types of emotions - especially coming from 16 year old Neil's POV & experiences.
John carter
Confessins of a liar, Thief and failed sex god by bill condon is a good book that is great for teenagers around the age of 13 or 14. It has a great Cast and during the book there is a lot of mischief and funny things happening aswell. ill rate it 4/5
Oct 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book one bit. I felt that there was no plot and it was just really boring.
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Excellent coming of age book for boys, set in the 60s.
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Falling in love/lust and seeking revenge in a Catholic boys school in the late 60's. A good, quick, satisfying read.
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alright. could have been better. too short. needed more deail.
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Awards 1 10 Jul 14, 2010 10:46PM  
Bill Condon's young adult novels, Dogs (2001) and No Worries (2005) were Honour Books in the CBCA (Australian Book of the Year) Awards. No Worries was also short-listed for the Ethel Turner Prize in the 2005 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. In 2010 Bill's Confessions Of A Liar, Thief And Failed Sex God won the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award for young adult fiction. A Straight LineTo My He ...more
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