Sea Otters Gambolling in the Wild, Wild Surf Paperback
by John Bennett
Sixteen-year-old Felix is bored and stressed. Stressed about his exam results. Stressed about working for that mad old bat Mrs Pretzel.
Stressed about his future. Plus, he's feeling super-guilty about what just happened to Mrs P's spaniel, Vespasian.
Which might be why he's just stolen his mother's cash card and booked a flight to Hong Kong. Or it might have something to do with what he just found in the permanent clearance sale at 'The House of Ming'.
Sea Otters Gambolling in the Wild, Wild Surf is the story of where Felix's curiosity takes him; on a journey that challenges his preconceptions about the world, his plans for the future and his relationships with his family.
Will he get home before his little sister discovers what he's up to?
What'll happen to Vespasian? Will his mother ground him for the rest of his life?
Will he get the passes he needs to get into University? And what's any of this got to do with otters? Whatever!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/02/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099490739
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Review by clur
Art, sex and world travel combine within this rather surreal story. While I thought the 'voice' of the protagonist was fantastically written, I found myself waiting for the end in the last quarter - perhaps it lost something along the way.Recommended as something which 'breaks the norms', will cause a few giggles and give you something to talk about.
Review by dsc73277
To be fair, as an older-minded thirty-something, I guess I am not exactly the target audience for this book. I suspect it's aimed at those closer in age and outlook to its sixteen year old hero. They will, perhaps, be more comfortable with the teenage lingo in which it is written, not least the frequent use of "whatever!" Having said all that, it was still a quite an entertaining romp around the globe.