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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,479 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Dunthorne Narrator: Bruce Mann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The dryly precocious, soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old hero of this engagingly offbeat debut novel, Oliver Tate lives in the seaside town of Swansea, Wales. At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world surrounding him, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver is stealthily (and perhaps a bit more nervously than he’d ever admit) nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents’ teetering marriage, unraveling the mystery that is his alluring and equally quirky classmate Jordana Bevan, and understanding where he fits in among the pansexuals, Zoroastrians, and other mystifying, fascinating beings in his orbit.

“It’s in my interests to know about my parents’ mental problems,” he reasons. Thus, when he discovers that his affable dad is quietly struggling with depression, Oliver marshals all the daytime-TV pop-psychology wisdom at his command–not to mention his formidable, uninhibited powers of imagination–in order to put things right again. But a covert expedition into the mysterious territory of middle-aged malaise is bound to be tricky business for a teenager with more to learn about the agonies and ecstasies of life than a pocket thesaurus and his “worldly” school chum Chips can teach him. 

Ready or not, however, Oliver is about to get a crash course. His awkwardly torrid and tender relationship with Jordana is hurtling at the speed of teenage passion toward the inevitable magic moment . . . and whatever lies beyond. And his boy-detective exploits have set him on a collision course with the New Age old flame who’s resurfaced in his mother’s life to lead her into temptation with lessons in surfing, self-defense . . . and maybe seduction. Struggling to buoy his parents’ wedded bliss, deep-six his own virginity, and sound the depths of heartache, happiness, and the business of being human, what’s a lad to do? Poised precariously on the cusp of innocence and experience, yesterday’s daydreams and tomorrow’s decisions, Oliver Tate aims to damn the torpedoes and take the plunge.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter Preciado | 2/1/2014

    " Its got an interesting, insider's view form of storytelling that goes through the life of a 15 year old kid trying to lose his virginity and save his parent's marriage. It's a fun read. Also was made into a nice, quirky movie. Quirky is the word for this book. It has some very good parts, but something was dry and blah that kept it from being GREAT. a worthy read though, if you are looking for something, not if you've already got a huge list of must reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sati | 1/15/2014

    " A more updated version of Catcher in the Rye as far as the coming of age genre goes, however, Oliver is much more funny/lovable than Holden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katherine Harris | 1/10/2014

    " Stylistically this book is so different from my preferred tastes. However, after wacthing the genius film I decided the book must well be worth reading and I was not dissapointed in the slightest. The tone of the novel is interesting and Oliver Tate makes for a fantastic and entertaining protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alison Crosby | 1/5/2014

    " The way the book is written is my favourite aspect. It's extremely charming and often funny. The kind of writing that you want to stop after every page, find someone, and read it to them. The only thing keeping it from five stars is simply some of the content. It can be a bit too vulgar, and once or twice just a little hard to get through. Otherwise, it was really a fantastic book. "

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