Charlotte Street

Charlotte Street

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by Danny Wallace
     
 

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Jason Priestley (no, not that Jason Priestley) is in a rut. He gave up his teaching job to write snarky reviews of cheap restaurants for the free newspaper you take but don't read. He lives above a video-game store, between a Polish newsstand and that place that everyone thinks is a brothel but isn't. His most recent Facebook status is "Jason Priestley

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Jason Priestley (no, not that Jason Priestley) is in a rut. He gave up his teaching job to write snarky reviews of cheap restaurants for the free newspaper you take but don't read. He lives above a video-game store, between a Polish newsstand and that place that everyone thinks is a brothel but isn't. His most recent Facebook status is "Jason Priestley is . . . eating soup." Jason's beginning to think he needs a change.




So he uncharacteristically moves to help a girl on the street who's struggling with an armload of packages, and she smiles an incredible smile at him before her cab pulls away. What for a fleeting moment felt like a beginning is cruelly cut short—until Jason realizes that he's been left holding a disposable camera. And suddenly, with prodding and an almost certainly disastrous offer of assistance from his socially inept best friend Dev, a coincidence-based, half-joking idea—What if he could track this girl down based on the photos in her camera?—morphs into a full-fledged quest to find the woman of Jason's dreams.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wallace's delightful debut is the story of the hapless Jason Priestley (no, not that Jason Priestley), formerly an uninspiring teacher of uninspirable youth, now a reviewer of, among other things, "irritatingly forgettable" restaurants with names like "AbraKebabra" and "Pizza the Action." Although he's been dumped by girlfriend Sarah, Jason can't bring himself to unfriend her on Facebook; consequently, he is forced to read Sarah's "having the time of my life" status updates, while the best he can muster is "eating some soup." He now shares a questionable flat above a videogame shop with the owner and Jason's best friend, Dev. A chance encounter with a pretty stranger on Charlotte Street leaves Jason accidentally in possession of her disposable camera, though not of her name. At Dev's insistence, they develop the photos. Thereby hangs a tale, which wends its witty way through a road trip to Yorkshire with an auto mechanic, several run-ins with an angry political puppeteer, and a foray to a posh event promoting juices with acai. A lively supporting cast, including the Polish waitress Dev pines for, helps and/or thwarts Jason in pursuit of his mysterious stranger. The combination of Dickensian plot twists and Hornbyesque humor and hope makes for a thoroughly entertaining read. Agent: Simon Trewin, William Morris Endeaver (U.K.)
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The Independent on Sunday
“[Danny Wallace is] as funny as Bill Bryson used to be.”
Daily Telegraph (London)
“Danny Wallace may well have stumbled upon the future shape of spirituality… hilarious.”
Bookseller (London)
“Another comedy masterpiece.”
The Independenton Sunday
"[Danny Wallace is] as funny as Bill Bryson used to be."
Booklist
“An amusing tale of an innocuous stalker.”
Cosmopolitan (UK)
“Unmissable... will have you laughing out loud and melt your heart, all at once.”
GQ (UK)
“One of Britain’s great writing talents.”
Library Journal
Wallace is perhaps best known for his humorous social experiments, as evidenced in the book and subsequent film adaptation Yes Man, about his agreeable year of saying yes to everything. Here, hye injects his humor into a hapless and comically named protagonist, Jason Priestly. A struggling freelance journalist for a city weekly, Jason finds meaning in life through a chance encounter with a woman and the disposable camera she left behind. Along with his friend Dev, who runs a used video-game store, Jason pieces together the clues from each photo in an attempt to discover the identity and whereabouts of this mystery woman. The chase results in fabricated art reviews, dubious ethical judgments, and elbow rubbing with London's public relations elite. Though lighthearted in tone, the novel speaks to a nostalgia for a time when photographs were authentic and unsullied by smartphone filters. VERDICT Wallace does a masterly job of transforming characters in an arrested state of development into heroic defenders of authentic experience. Readers who enjoy the work of Nick Hornby or Stephen Chbosky will enjoy this debut novel.—Joshua Finnell, Denison Univ. Lib., Granville, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062190581
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
544,492
File size:
780 KB

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Meet the Author

Danny Wallace is a writer, producer, and award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. He has written a weekly column in the U.K. magazine ShortList since 2007, and his past books include Join Me and Yes Man, which was made into a feature film starring Jim Carrey.

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Charlotte Street 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
StarryEyedHeart More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars I just wanted to start by saying this is my first book by Danny Wallace and won’t be my last! I Received Charlotte Street as a First-read giveaway, and found the synopsis interesting; the plot refreshing. After reading uncountable Sci-fi and Fantasy books for the past couple of months, Charlotte Street was a good change. To be honest I did not know what to expect of this novel; the story line of ‘boy stalk girl’ was quite new to me and it is probably also the reason why I was drawn to this novel. Usually when reading a book, there are many times when you are able to create your own version of what is going to happen further into the plot, however, that is not the case for this captivating and inspiring novel. It is also one if it’s charm. A revitalizing plot was only one of the many reasons I wished I won this book when I first saw it listed on the giveaway section on Goodreads. The characters here are REAL! From their emotions, their feelings, thoughts, to the situations that they position themselves in, are all in which everyday people think about, witness, and go through …uh … minus the stalking part. Not happening only once, but many times throughout this novel, it was as if Danny Wallace created a mind reading machine that is capable of invading my most inner thought and memories, and used the information sought to make up his characters. There was just so much that Jase and I had in common, that during the moments I was reading Charlotte Street, I became Jase … I was Jase (gender wise not included but personality, thought, and action wise). That was scary (in an intriguing way of course). As it was my first Danny Wallace novel, it is amazing to see how he was able to use the words: humor, heartwarming, and stalking in the same sentence without the book coming out disarray. I could have finished the book a lot sooner, yet, I am glad that I did not rush my way into it. I gave the ratings 4.5 out of 5 stars, only because in the beginning there were a few times where it seems as if the story was going nowhere, then again that too was in a way just a part of Jason Priestley’s life. At least, before his unexpected encounter. A wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago