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Shy is one of those books you can pick up quite happily if you have time to spare but put down just as easily. It's the literary equivalent of light entertainment, didn't make me laugh outright but coaxed the odd smile now and then. there is so many poop joke I started to worry John Inman has some kind of fixation on the other hand there is some moments that are really emotionally rich, almost beautiful. Tommy O'Brien is fairly competent if a little bit monotone sometimes I've definitely heard worse but it took the shine off the story a bit.
What would have made Shy better?
Despite a half-decent narration, unfortunately this book hits a lot of my pet hates:
1. improbable 1 dimensional characters, 2. it tidies everything up for the end too quickly for the requisite happy ending - including having a character killed-off in the most horrific manner imaginable which is passed off as a quasi-comedy comeuppance, 3. panders to modern fashions in over-diagnosing spoof medical conditions. 4. none of the main characters an ounce or resilience.
Despite these, I did get to the end but it really wasn't worth it.
I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life. This book was fantastic. I am a sucker for anything funny, throw in a decent plot, and entertaining characters, and I'm hooked. Oh Tom and Frank, I don't know where to begin. I just think they both are utterly adorable. I can't recount the number of memorable moments that lightened my heart, or made me bust a gut. I LOVE FLAWED CHARACTERS. And these two were flawed beyond belief, but in cute, and meaningful ways. Another thing I loved about this book was the idea of comfort... we're always feeling our best when we're comforted by the familiar and such... So when someone who's very UNcomfortable stepping out of their comfort zone, is thrust into an environment WAY beyond his comfort zone, with a jerk named Stanley (I HATE that name. HA) it's bound for some hilarity.
I have to say I wanted more. Thanks John.
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Narration was kinda bad. But the story itself was great. Something Wonderful at that. Fell in Love with Tom, Frank, and His Father.
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