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Starter for Ten

Warnings for this book: Swearing, references to sex.

It’s 1985 and Brian Jackson has arrived at university with a burning ambition – to make it onto TV’s foremost general knowledge quiz. But no sooner has he embarked on ‘The Challenge’ than he finds himself falling hopelessly in love with his teammate, the beautiful and charismatic would-be actress, Alice Harbinson. When Alice fails to fall for his slightly over-eager charms, Brian comes up with a foolproof plan to capture her heart once and for all. He’s going to win the game, at any cost, because – after all – everyone knows that what a woman really wants from a man is a comprehensive grasp of general knowledge…

Starter for Ten is a comedy about love, class, growing-up and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom. Are you up to the challenge of the funniest novel in years?

Reading about a 19 year old boy as a 14 year old girl makes me realise that I wasn’t the target audience of this book, but I thought it looked cool so I got it for free on iBooks (but people in the same age range as the character will probably enjoy it more).

Let me just say – I cringed. A lot. Some of the ‘funny’ scenes did make me laugh, but 90% of what was intended to be funny just made me facepalm. There were also some pretty sweet scenes but tHE CHARACTERS I SHIPPED DIDN’T GET TOGETHER AAAAH

4/10

– abnormalbookgeek

Also, I apologise for my hiatus but I had a week of exams and I was reading 3 books at the same time so it’s a bit slow at the moment.

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