Can't be called more than a 'slight' read. Earls develops some reasonably approachable characters but really doesn't know what to do with them. Pushes lots of nostalgia buttons for Aussies of a certain age, in the style of Nick Hornby, in particular with the music tie-ins. Awkwardly paced, with the implausible denouement recorded in complete detail, in contrast with the earlier narrative. Gets all serious at the end, coming out of nowhere: Gdansk? Really?? Not unpleasant, but not essential Earls.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Nick Earls' books to date and had no hesitation in purchasing this latest one. I was so disappointed in it from start to finish as the laugh out loud moments were so few an far between. The plot never really goes anywhere. The characters never truly understood an the ending feeling incredibly anticlimactic. I'm sure should the author write another I will at least read the blurb but please, if you have never read a Nick Earls book before, do not start with this one.