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Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
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Feb 08, 2012

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Recommended for: Awkward adolescents
Read from February 08 to 09, 2012

It's been tagged as the 21st century's response to Catcher In The Rye, and I have to say, I agree 100%. Despite having seen the film first, the book was full of little surprises, but the best part, for me, was Oliver's narration. It reminded me a little of The Curious Incident... but instead of autism, he seems to be battling with bourgeois, bubble-wrapped awkwardness. The jokes cut through me like daggers, but much blunter, and the colours that the Swansea seaside story paints in my brain are idyllic. This book successfully ticked all of the boxes, and so, the reason I'm giving it three stars comes rather unjustly. The film has been a bit of a family favourite for a while, and I'm afraid it just doesn't come close to the model that Ayoade moulded, in which the cinematography, to put it simply, blew my face off.

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