Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT SIX LIES by @BenAdamsAuthor #Ladlit #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s second team review is from Wendy, she blogs at http://booklovercircumspect4.wordpress.com

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Wendy chose to read and review Six Lies by Ben Adams

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Poor David, the guy just can’t win for losing. His wife, Lou, has left him for a librarian, *chuckle, chuckle,* and then his mother dies, and leaves him a note that she wasn’t his biological mother, and he needs to get answers from his father.

So, what does Dave do? Dave gets drunk and shags his best mates, ex wife, and a few others along the way. Great idea, Dave!

All the while, he’s still trying to get his wife back and figure out who is bio mom is.

Dave has a tendency to behave like a petulant child throughout this book, and has a tendency to get in his own way most of the time. Throughout reading this book, I didn’t know if I wanted to slap Dave across the face or just beat him to a bloody pulp!

But, when more lies are revealed after Dave meets his bio mom. You kinda gotta feel for the guy, and instead beat Dave’s dad!

In the end, Dave does redeem himself but dang it took him long enough. Maybe, he would have stayed more on track had he been thinking with the correct body part…

Overall, this was a funny read, written by a man’s point of view of life, and how they get in their own way a majority of the time!!

It reminded a lot about the joke, “What happens when you play a country song backwards? You get your wife back, your dog back, your truck back..”

Happy Reading!!!!

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT SIX LIES by @BenAdamsAuthor

Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs at http://cphilippou123.wordpress.com

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Chris chose to read and review Six Lies by Ben Adams

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Review:
This was fresh, poignant, and witty contemporary fiction with healthy doses of drama and romance.

Dave Fazackerley is in a bit of a rut, life-wise. His wife has left him for a librarian, his mother’s died (although, about that: apparently she wasn’t really his mother), his dad is not quite as worship-worthy as he always thought, and his band refuse to acknowledge that it is no longer the 80s(ish) and that ballads were never cool anyway. Dave decides it’s high time he turned his life around, but soon discovers that he has a knack for self-sabotage. Which is great for us readers.

The story was serious yet light, the writing well-crafted yet fluid, the romance charming yet cynical. The novel packed in so much, but was wrapped in humour and was never overwhelming for the reader. I loved it.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT SIX LIES by Ben Adams @BenAdamsAuthor

Today’s team review comes from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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Six Lies by Ben Adams

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

A very short way into this novel, I realised that Dave, the main character, is actually a minor one from Ben Adams’s first book, Six Ways To Get A Life, which I read earlier this year, and I thought, what a great idea! I love this sort of thing on TV dramas, when a series tells the story of a different member of the cast each week; it always brings home to me how little we really know about each other’s’ lives.

The plot: After his mother’s death, bank cashier Dave Fazackerley discovers that she wasn’t really his mother at all. It’s a confusing time in his life, as his wife has left him for another man, and he’s stuck in limbo emotionally, having ill-advised one night stands and trying to lead his 1980s pop covers band in a favourable direction.

Ben Adams has a readable, conversational style of writing that flows along; it was no hardship to read this book over a short period of time. There are some good lines:

Is that the best drummer you can find? My gran could do a better job and she’s had Parkinson’s Disease for the last twenty years.”

It is a place where middle-aged, middle class people with large middles live.

One bloke with an unruly beard that seemed to morph at about neck level into a brown cardigan

“...your foreplay leaves a lot to be desired.”

I don’t remember you moaning at the time.”

Exactly, Dave, exactly.”

 It’s a good plot, too. I think I preferred Graham’s story in the first book, though; it seemed more ‘real’. I felt this was a little formulaic: Dave is a likable, good looking bloke (but not too good looking), desperate to get back with his former love who he lost through his own incompetence. There’s the group of mates that include the wacky best buddy and the more serious one (Graham), he has a few casual sexual encounters he regrets, and listens to records from his youth when feeling morose … not unlike most other ‘lad lit’ heroes (High Fidelity, The Understudy, etc). This isn’t necessarily bad, because he’s a well-drawn character and some genres do follow a formula; indeed, their readers like to know what they’re getting. I did enjoy much of it, certainly enough to read it quickly because I wanted to know what happened. I was just hoping for something with more spark; it was all a bit too safe.

Although the book is mostly written from the first person, there are also chapters from the points of view of Dave’s father, Terry, and his mother, Sue. I was pleased to see this variation at first (I do love books from multiple points of view), but, alas, there wasn’t much to differentiate between the ‘voices’ of the characters. Aside from a couple of recurring slang words from Terry, he and Sue told their sides of the story in much the same language and mood, with similar attitudes and rhythm, which gave no sense of being inside the head of a new person. However, finding out what happened in their respective pasts added another dimension and rounded the story out nicely.

There’s a particularly neat twist near the end; I knew something was coming because there were a couple of hints earlier on, but I couldn’t guess it, hadn’t a clue – good shot!

To sum up, Ben Adams can certainly write, knows how to make a reader keep turning the pages (not a quality all writers can boast, by any means), and has the cosier end of this genre down to a ‘T’. I didn’t spot one single error in it, and although I prefer something with a bit more bite, I imagine it will do very well for him and will appeal to many.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Six Months To Get A Life by @BenAdamsAuthor #wwwblogs

Today’s Review is from team member Luccia, she blogs at http://lucciagray.com/

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Luccia chose to read and review Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

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Ben Adams Six Months to get a Life

Humorous View of a Life-Changing Crisis from A Man’s Perspective

I read many books about women, mostly told from a woman’s point of view. Many are about other women, but often they also deal with the male mind and its workings. It was refreshing and enlightening to read a book about a man facing a life-changing crisis, written by another man.

This novel could be referred to as ‘lad-lit’ which explores the male psyche, especially issues such as friendship, relationships, love, and sex. It reminded me of Nick Hornby’s About A Boy, and John O’Farrell’s The Best a Man Can Get, both of which I enjoyed immensely.

At first, I didn’t like Graham very much. He seemed pitiable, insecure, bitter, selfish, and incapable of any self-criticism, but he gradually grew on me as he faced the challenges of life after a divorce, and started to reflect upon his role in events and move on.

I felt sorry for him as he struggled to understand his responsibility in the lonely and uncertain situation in which he found himself, and tried to move forward into a new life, including new relationships, job, and way of life, after forty, which to my mind is very young, although he seems to think his life is almost over!

I loved the way his relationship with his children is so important to him and develops throughout the novel. It’s very engagingly written as a diary. I especially enjoyed the humorous way it was told, which makes it so easy and pleasant to read.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Terry Reviews Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

Today’s book review comes from team member Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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Terry chose to read and review Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

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Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

4.2 out of 5 stars

This is a very well written, enjoyable, easy-read contemporary drama of the grown up ‘lad lit’ variety, and I read it all in one go – which is a good recommendation, for a start!

I was a bit worried, before I started it, that it might be too much like a Nick Hornby or David Nicholls, but Ben Adams definitely has his own style. His main character, father of two sons Graham Hope, is a newly divorced 42 year old, pretty despondent about most aspects of his life. Graham gives himself six months, until his 43rd birthday, to make the changes on his to-do list. The story is written in diary form, something I like and think works very well for a novel of this type.

I found Graham frustratingly unsure of himself and meek at first, but he does grow some cojones somewhere in the middle of the six months. It’s very ‘real life’ but in a cosy sort of way, and contains moments both touching and amusing; the humour is generally of the quiet smile provoking rather than the hilarious, though I did laugh out loud at some funny phone-connected bits at 44, 46 and 63% – I always note down when a book actually makes me do that!

Negatives? Hardly any. Not a great deal happens and some threads could have been developed more to good effect, but that’s fine; it works. I did find some of the dialogue a little odd; I can’t imagine any woman ringing up a man a couple of weeks after a one night stand and saying ‘It has been a while since we made love’, and I was a bit confused by Graham’s concern about what ‘having sex with a divorced woman’ would be like – it’s not the 1950s, when a divorced woman might be seen as a little racy, or indeed anything out of the ordinary! But Graham is not a man of the world, so perhaps that’s in character – I was just pleased he got out of the marriage to the draggy ex….

To sum up – I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes light family drama, lad it, stories about real life and realistic relationships, and especially if you’re divorced with children; you’ll probably relate to much of it. I liked Graham, and his sons; it’s the sort of book you close with a smile and makes you think, yes, I enjoyed that!

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Liz Reviews Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

Today we have a review from team member Liz, she blogs at https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Liz chose to read and review Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

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Six Months to Get a Life by Ben Adams

At the beginning of Six Months to Get a Life I found Ben Adams’ novel a relaxed easy read, of the type you might find in a Women’s magazine, except that this story is told from the point of view of a man. A man in the middle of a mid-life crisis, his marriage is over, he is living with his parents and spending weekends looking after his sons.

Graham Hope works in a boring office, earns barely enough to fund the maintenance of his ex-wife and sons, and longs for a new relationship. Writing in the form of a diary, he decides to take a positive attitude, intending that on his 43rd birthday in exactly 6 months he will have a more interesting job, his own place to live, a social life and a good relationship with Sean and Jack.

At first we are forced to despair of Graham. He lacks confidence, relies on others and is indecisive. A blind date introduces him to “Miss Putney” but is this the promise of sexual satisfaction and companionship that he seeks? He may be forced to find another job quicker than he intended and increasing tension in his parent’s house, partly caused by his amiable but messy dog Albus, means an alternative residence is becoming urgent.

I enjoyed the fact that the novel is rooted in the present day with detailed references to last year’s football World Cup and mention of current events. Jack & Sean are charming, yet normal, boys at the outset of their teenage years. Although it is not easy to empathise with “the Ex” wife, Graham does allow us to understand her point of view. There is a delightful, very British, ironic humour running through the story.

As soon as things begin to improve for Graham, disaster strikes and he is forced to face up to his feelings and intentions for the future. The book takes a more serious turn, and I found myself reading well into the night to reach the denouement. This would make such a good TV serial but in the meantime I recommend that you read the book!

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