I Just Want My Pants Back

I Just Want My Pants Back

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by David Rosen
     
 

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Now a new MTV series, from acclaimed director and executive producer Doug Liman (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith, “Swingers,” “Go,” “The Bourne Identity”)

Jason Strider is a twentysomething young man with an English degree from an Ivy League university, a very small apartment in New York, a vapid job as a receptionist at a

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Now a new MTV series, from acclaimed director and executive producer Doug Liman (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith, “Swingers,” “Go,” “The Bourne Identity”)

Jason Strider is a twentysomething young man with an English degree from an Ivy League university, a very small apartment in New York, a vapid job as a receptionist at a casting agency—and no particular idea what to do with his life. On most evenings he gets stoned and goes out, sometimes with his long-time best friend and wingman Tina and sometimes alone, if not to get laid then at least to get hammered enough to really regret it the next day and be late for work.
 
Then one night Jason has athletic, appliance-assisted intercourse with a cute girl named Jane—and ends up lending her his favorite Dickies jeans. Many unanswered e-mails and text messages later, he is reduced to the plaint “I just want my pants back.” How he does, in a most unexpected way, find those pants and how he is forced to face his immaturity—and mortality—are at the heart of this smart, raunchily comic and deeply affecting novel.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This laugh-out-loud debut reminds us what it’s like to be young, broke, lost, and randy—in the best way. Rosen’s is a stand-out new voice, and he sings beautifully throughout.”
—David Lipsky, author of Absolutely American

“David J. Rosen has written a hilarious, smart, sexy, great, completely original debut novel. It’s as if Bright Lights, Big City had been given a polish by a young Woody Allen.”
—Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy

“Jason Strider is the most well-adjusted screw-up to come down the pike in a while . . . I Just Want My Pants Back is a laugh-out-loud funny, ultimately poignant look at one very nice guy’s awakening to adulthood.”
—Kate Christensen, author of In the Drink and The Epicure’s Lament

"I Just Want My Pants Back" is a novel that deserves all the praise it's going to get—Jason is a funny character, funny ha-ha and funny sad, but the most important thing: I’d follow him anywhere."
—Ain't It Cool News

“Rosen breathes new life into the genre with his incredible eye for comedic detail.”
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Kirkus Reviews
Generic "boy" fiction, 2007-penis jokes, sneering blogosphere hipness, NYC infatuation, alterna-band lyrics as Holy Writ, verbatim emails, groundless irony, unearned weltschmerz. Jason calls his thing "Lil Petey." Not quite Noel Coward, but, with first-time novelist and MTV producer Rosen, that qualifies as wit. He also plays Karen Carpenter's bulimia, nuns, Korean cashiers, midgets, parents, children and hippies for yucks. In fact, he plays everyone but Jason, a Cornell honors grad (God help American higher education) who "works" a dead-end gig casting non-talents for ads but who is mainly-as he prettily puts it-"blinded by vagina." Jason chases Petey through bars, gulping Vicodin and Grail-questing for "Cute Post-Graduate Hipster Girls Who Love Indie Rock And Are Certified To Teach Pilates." Him? Geek-chic: "Jeans, Converse, old shrunken Izod, glasses." Obviously pop-culture punch-drunk (he confuses Brando's The Wild One and Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch), Rosen typecasts everyone. Jason's next-door neighbor? "The outfit was part Ted Nugent bow hunter, part Deadhead magic burrito maker." Her name's actually Patty, and she's a sweet bohemian in her 50s dying of lung cancer. Shamelessly, Rosen plays this plot-point for pathos. Whilst not summoning crocodile tears for La Boheme, Jason's on the trail of his favorite pair of Dickies, loaned out to a one-night stand. He's also asked by some hapless lovers to officiate as rabbi for their nuptials, requiring him to exert himself to the degree of consulting the Internet about how to defraud Judaism, just as, back in college, he used the Cliff Notes New Testament to pass History of Religion. Avoid. Unless you're drunk, self-infatuated and 21. Agent:Emilie Stewart/Anne Edelstein Literary Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767927949
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Meet the Author

David J Rosen is a writer based in Brooklyn.  He is the creator and executive producer of I Just Want My Pants Back on MTV, and also the author of What’s That Job And How The Hell Do I Get It?

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I Just Want My Pants Back 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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The sample of the book is amazing. I just want to find out what went wrong in the end :D
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Chelsea Crittenden More than 1 year ago
super funny easy enjoyable read.
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I picked Rosen's first novel up on a wim and couldn't put it back down for two days. His raw humor, incredible dialogue, and openly flawed characters are masterful. The protagonist Jason was so lively and honest. You can't help but feel sorry for him while kicking his butt at the same time. The characters are so rich, so real and you fall in love with each because they are left open and bare all to the reader. The ending was superbly written and just what the book needs. I can't wait to read more from Rosen. I feel this young talent is going to really grow into a giant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very funny, enjoyable and quick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although not the smartest or most meaningful book out there, it is undeniably an enjoyable read. I was able to finish it just in time to avoid completely losing patience with the plethora of pop culture references and snobbish hipster indiference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The bottom line for this book is that it was very entertaining and enjoyable. Read it and laugh out loud, feel good and keep smiling all day! I really recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Not only was it as hilarious and sharp as the reviews have said, but it was also surprisingly poignant. Jason Strider is an endearing character who I hope to see more of in the future, and Rosen has impeccable coming timing. Definitely recommended!