Free The Adult by Joe Stretch
The Murder Exchange lUsually I prefer to summarise plots in my own words rather than doing a sneaky copy and paste from but here I am going to make an exception and use the official blurb because I think it sums things up rather wellJim Thorne He wants to understandoveHis mum Her three sisters have epic perms And they re famousDad Dad s focused on a vital uestion Mario or SonicIt s England 1989 2009 So expect a ittle historyThat s all there a vital uestion Mario or SonicIt s England 1989 2009 So expect a ittle historyThat s all there to it this book is about Jim and his ife and his family About the struggles of having to be an adolescent man in a family full
OF WOMEN ABOUT GROWING UP WITH women About growing up with parents in the North of England Although this makes it sound ike ittle than a character
STUDY AND IT REALLY RUNS A WHOLE LOT DEEPER and it really runs a whole ot deeper that I suppose you could call it a coming of age tale but I m not sure whether Jim ever actually does grow up or come of age or Trudy learn anything about how to relate to people in the endOne thing The Adult never is is a comfortable read There were times when I found myself cringing on Jim s behalf and my heart ached for him but eually there were times when I felt he was a repulsive human being who deserved no sympathy whatsoever Either way there is a constant horrible sense of inevitability Jim is unuestionably one ofife s strugglers His clumsy awkwardness is that a real word is portrayed perfectly This unease is nicely balanced by the dry humour that I oved in Stretch s earlier books There is also a healthy dose of 1990s nostalgia backed up by numerous pop culture references that manage to highlight some of the things that were terrible about that decade while simultaneously making me wish I was back there It s uite cleverly done without the aid of any sentimental rose tinted glassesThe main thing that strikes me about this novel is how much sensitive and I suppose human it is than its predecessors There is definitely a emotional undercurrent running through The Adult than either Friction or Wildlife and this makes it much accessible While I thought both of those books were great they are certainly bleak and often shocking Some of my friends couldn t finish them and I definitely wouldn t pass them on to my mum whereas I think Mum would uite enjoy this one When he starts writing novels that my Grandma would read I might start to worry but for now I think Joe Stretch is definitely onto a winner and I hope The Adult gets some recognition over the coming autumn Unusually funny although sometimes sad too Joe Stretch has a funky way of observing ife in this very well written book I thoroughly enjoyed it With a host of realistic characters this is an amusing novel full of awkward identification which tells the tale of a inconseuential The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss life and that s where it hits The banality ofife A book of yearning On the back cover it says A well observed coming of age comedy which is Jim ThorneHe wants to understand oveHis mumHer three sisters have epic .
S the child of a
*could have been *have been star mother who is from a famous acting and singing dynasty and a rather reclusive father His navigation through the years and the choices he makes make for an interesting story particularly as you know snippets of Jim s future from the start and so gradually build up the backstory and see his influencesIt is not a ife changing read but there is a certain nostalgia to it and a real sense that this is ife being recounted and is definitely not all rainbows and smiles This just helps draws you in and makes you ike Jim and want to know how he manages to surface from the bubble of his at times strange childhood I really enjoyed this book I could at times feel his *Pain And His Joy At Growing Up *and his joy at growing up we all have to do and the cringeworthy about the name of the all brights most families have a joke that is only funny to them and seems to follow them around I enjoyed the book went through the history of the times and was amusing how times have changed in a relatively short space of time these days the majority have a mobile not the minority will Prisoner of Midnight look out for things to read by Joe stretch One of the few writers who offers some compelling insights into the well trodden coming of age narrative This is a sparkling incisive book I ve read some of Stretch s early work and always suspected he had a novelike this in him Read this book A tale about uirky families and sibling relationships and growing up funny and poignant Two pages into this novel I encountered this illuminating comparisonThe inside of my fridge is BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. like a room in a modern art gallery bare bright white and then the odd disturbing objectGoodreader I was hooked Nearly 200 pagesater our narrator Jim Thorne goes to meet an old friend and prepares as followsI rehearsed a smile to greet her with butdecided against it in favour of a subtle frown that was suggestive of reading novels a high caffeine diet and I suspected indifference to televisionIn the intervening spaces a tale is told of our narrator s family his famous aunts his obsessive father his uirky friends and the trip takes us through the 80s and 90s in a way which was for me measured out with highly familiar signposts It s occasionally tempting to claim that overt chronicling is the cheapest form of deixis and there are whole paragraphs in this novel which are that kind of exposition ranging in subject from Euro 96 to the tribulations of Dustin Diamond but I can that kind of exposition ranging in subject from Euro 96 to the tribulations of Dustin Diamond but I can complain as I do it myself all the time The world is the only song all of us know by heart after allThis is a funny book definitely at one point a Liberal Democrat spin doctor is described as prematurely bold and I m not sure it s a misprint but it s very sad in parts too It crams a Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor lot of good things into its relatively small span and you can t say than that for a book or indeed aif. 's England 1989 2009So expect a ittle historyThe dolphin's name is Dilly.