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Ffe has managed to pull off a worthy British companion to Portnoy's Complaint Jay RaynerObserver Well writtenclever and very. Uggh The protagonist is just so horrible It goes beyond adolescent egotism or narcissism At times I felt he was psychotic It was made worse that the story seemed to be narrated from some time in the future after the story s events had already taken place but there was no sign that the protagonist had grown or gained any real perspective The boy we re left with at the end of the novel is just as entitled confused mean and lacking in empathy as he was when we first met him The only notable exceptions for me were the decades party and some of the dialogues with Barry during which the protagonist took on the air of a real person

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New Boy By William Sutcliffe

Funny Literary Review Smartentertaining stuffsomewhere between Adrian Mole and Holden Caulfield Philip HensherMail on Sunda. First I have to say what I love about William Sutcliffe This is a writer who really does know how to write He can be funny and interesting and his books don t suffer for being clones of other people s work If I could write as well as this author I would be a happy and presumably richer manNevertheless after erading his absolutely wonderful Bad Influence which I really do recommend strongly I found this book a little of a let down This book contained much of the same gritty realism and insight into the young adult mind Part of the problem here was the subject matter was just too painfully realistic and reminiscent of an awkward stage of late adolescence The language is extremely school yard which is again realistic but just fely that much stronger in print When I got to the page with the phallic drawings I was extremely embarrassed to be reading this book in a public placeI had a skim through some other reviews before writing my own for this book and the reviewer who gave this book 1 star claims he could not even finish it Well I did finish it but like him I found myself wondering why I was bothering The book seemed almost tediously long and it really isn t that huge By the end I just wanted it to be overNevertheless I cannot give this writer less than 3 stars because the book fails for the same reason that it is so strong This is a marvelously insightful view on a self obsessed boy Mark and his relationship with the new boy at school Barry Mark worries about his own sexuality especially as he is turned on by BarryI have read I think three or four other books ever with similar sexual confusion amongst the main characters and this was really the only one that explored the themes honestly and faithfully through the eyes of the teenage protaganist All the others seemed to be romantic visions of how the authors wish they had behaved at that age This was the first book that actually read like the character really was a teenagerSo in summary this is a wonderfully perceptive work that faithfully captures the teenage mind and a snapshot of a teenager s life complete with plenty of humour The only uestion for potential buyers is whether that is really a place you want to go

William Sutcliffe ↠ 8 review

NEW BOY is a dark modern comedy about the hormonal angst of a Jewish lad growing up in north west London's bagel belt Sutcli. A funny account of the narrator s school life and the disruption to his euilibrium by the arrival of new boy Barry The narrator can t see what the reader sees and his stubborn blindness to himself and the situation leads to a conclusion that might be unsatisfactory to some but in the context of this character is perfectly apt


10 thoughts on “New Boy By William Sutcliffe

  1. says:

    A funny account of the narrator's school life and the disruption to his euilibrium by the arrival of 'new boy' Barry The narrator can't see what the reader sees and his stubborn blindness to himself and the situation leads to a conclusion that might be unsatisfactory to some but in the context of this character is perfec

  2. says:

    I'm a big fan of William Sutcliffe; he's very funny while making serious points and providing a gripping story Above all he's excellent at getting into the heads of characters at various stages of life here sixth form public schoolboys in all their insecure unpleasant ways

  3. says:

    Interesting read told from the point of view of a precocious but sexually confused Jewish English school boy I'm sure at least some of that was redundant His confiding in a friend but not taking you too seriously narrative style is consistently interesting and the story that he tells is familiar enough to be compelling while being honest and original enough to be entertaining The book suffered a bit from the same confusion as its

  4. says:

    Found this book to be very funny at times and the author was successful at delving into the mind of a teenage boybeing a guy there were several moments where I could relate and recall my own inhibitions fears failures and

  5. says:

    Uggh The protagonist is just so horrible It goes beyond adolescent egotism or narcissism At times I felt he was psychotic It was made worse that the story seemed to be narrated from some time in the future after the story's events had already taken place but there was no sign that the protagonist had grown or gained any real perspective The boy we're left with at the end of the novel is just as entitled confus

  6. says:

    Very funny book Easy read easy laugh

  7. says:

    Funny but the end is a bit depressing Still a good read though

  8. says:

    First I have to say what I love about William Sutcliffe This is a writer who really does know how to write He can be funny and interesting and his books don't suffer for being clones of other people's work If I could write as well as this author I would be a happy and presumably richer manNevertheless after erading his absolutely wonderful

  9. says:

    The humor of this book is ok It reminds me writing styl of CD Payne and his Nick Twisp series However in Nick Twi

  10. says:

    Story of a confused and sometimes cruel teenage boy in the homophobic 1980s Supposed to be funny but I found it mostly sad