I haven't read mine for ages, but I knew I wanted to send one from this genre. For some reason I'm really drawn to male authors, especially when they write about this sort of thing. I suppose I've always been curious about the male perspective.
This isn't the authors most famous book but I love it. Lovely characters, realistic emotion. I just love that glimpse inside a man's mind!
I've never read anything by this author before, not sure why. I did really enjoy it, although I can't say I always liked the male protagonist! Even after what had happened to him, I still felt he behaved like a bit of a sh*t! The only negative I would have to say is that the ending was very predictable from the second her character made her first appearance! Cute though.
I liked this more than I thought I would. I've never been a great fan of "lad lit" - this one seemed typical of the genre in having a rather pathetic, emotionally childish protagonist. I wonder if it's a genre thing or if men really do see themselves in this way?
However, I'm glad I gave it a go. I thought it was a sweet book, very readable. I did like the stuff about family, which I know is a "thing" for this author and which I found much more realistic and likeable than either of the love stories. The Hong Kong setting was great too.
I hadn't read any books from this author before but I did recognise his name from being a journalist. The book was rather good, I liked most of the characters (loved the students, Mom, Nan and Rose ..... Alfie not so much) and the HK setting was marvellous.
The book flowed nicely and the diving board incident with Lena and Dad was hilarious A nice safe story which was well written.
My favourite line is - Forever, There's one thing wrong with forever. These days it seems to get shorter and shorter. That's the trouble with forever. Blink and you miss it.
Such a wonderful way with words. Thanks for a nice book. X
I'm ambivalent about this one. It does have some nice writing & I like the forever line mentioned by aristo. But I also agree that Alfie is emotionally immature & I just don't like him. You can definitely see the author in him.