Brand New Friend Paperback
by Mike Gayle
'Funny and well-observed, this is another sure-fire hit' Heat When Rob's girlfriend asks him to leave London and live with her in Manchester not only will it mean moving cities, it'll also mean leaving behind his best mate in the entire world.
Believing that love conquers all and convinced of his ability to make new friends, Rob takes the plunge. Six months in, and yet to find so much as a regular drinking buddy, Rob realises that sometimes making friends in your thirties can be the hardest thing to do.
With drastic action needed, his girlfriend puts an ad in the classifieds for him.
Three excruciatingly embarrassing "bloke dates" later, Rob begins to truly despair.
Until his luck changes ...There's just one problem. Apart from knowing less than nothing about music trivia, football, and the vital statistics of supermodels, Rob's new friend has one huge flaw ...She's a girl.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 22/05/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340825402
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Review by singhvik
Excellent read, specially for someone who has lived in London and then has been forced to move away. Also a very frank look at a relationship between a man a woman at a stage where it can't be classified as a love affair. An interesting saga of ups and downs and twists and turns and over-the-time complexities in modern relationships. Oh yes, it makes you laugh too
Review by presto
Rob has his group of mates, they understand one another, can count on each other, but while living in London Rob's girlfriend lives in Manchester. Tired of the commuting to maintain their relationship she gives Rob an ultimatum, move to Manchester or it's over. While reluctant to leave his mates, Rob finally agrees, but it is not long before he misses the association, and seeks some mates in Manchester. His girlfriend wanting to help but places an ad, but the results are not good, but when Rob meets the right mate there is a problem, the mate is a girl. That us when the complications begin, and they only become more complicated, with plenty of opportunity for humour.The concept is fine and offers many possibilities, but what lets this down is the quality of the writing, if you look for prose that can be enjoyed in its own right it you won't find it here; in fact I found it a struggle to get through this so uninspired was the writing.