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My Side of the Story: A Novel
     

My Side of the Story: A Novel

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by Will Davis
 

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Jarold, aka, Jazz, is a typical sixteen year old boy. He lives at home with his two remarkably un-divorced parents, his holier-than-thou sister, and his overbearing grandmother. Its a life straight out of a TV show. Or so it seem
The truth is that Jazzs life is anything but picture perfect. Hes seeing a shrink because his mom and dad found out hes gay; his

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Jarold, aka, Jazz, is a typical sixteen year old boy. He lives at home with his two remarkably un-divorced parents, his holier-than-thou sister, and his overbearing grandmother. Its a life straight out of a TV show. Or so it seem
The truth is that Jazzs life is anything but picture perfect. Hes seeing a shrink because his mom and dad found out hes gay; his schoolmates torment him every day; and he keeps bumping into his high school teacher at a local gay bar. To make matters worse, his best friend, Al, keeps pulling him into trouble. Jazz knows he has to keep everything together, at least through finals, so he can get away from this life once and for all. But, in his haste to leave everything behind, he comes to find out that the only thing he cant escape is himself.
Witty, sardonic, and incredibly funny, My Side of the Story is the perfectly rendered portrait of a precocious, troubled teenager faced with the awkward process of growing up and coming out.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cynthia Winfield
With an angst-ridden voice reminiscent of Holden Caulfield in J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, Jarold, nicknamed Jaz, recounts his woes of being a gay teen in an intact professional family in contemporary London. In Jaz, Davis masters the tone of egocentric adolescent discontent that is sure to resonate with teens. Supported by his friend Al (for Alice), Jaz stumbles through coming out to parents (who hope for a change of mind), being outed, enduring bullying, cruising the one gay bar that admits underage patrons, and living in a normally dysfunctional, three-generational family. Ever candid, Jaz is alternately amusing, crude, and tedious. The jumbled order of events, although realistic for speech, will frustrate readers. When Jaz is in geography class, although previously he was seen fist fighting that teacher, this reader anticipated seeing the teacher's bruises only to have Jaz toss off "this is before the whole fist fight so ho ho ho-little do I know what's coming!" Stylistic differences in punctuation detract from the story's power, yet Jaz's turn of phrase can be clever, such as when describing a character as having a "voice, which . . . sounds as if all hope's been liposuctioned out of it." Salinger fans have waited for this novel.
Kirkus Reviews
A gay British teenager delivers a sniping, witty rant a la Holden Caulfield while undergoing romantic and drug-related misadventures, followed by a mild raft of Life Lessons. Jarold, or "Jazz," as he's dubbed himself, is 16, a minor hellion whose carping, unhappily married parents ("a surreal, toned-down, middle-aged version of Sid and Nancy, minus the heroin") treat every transgression or departure from so-called normalcy as a sign of doom and an occasion for panicked speechmaking. So when his devout younger sister ("The Nun") rats him out for picking up men in a gay bar, his home life begins to unravel. And when,accompanied by his sidekick Alice ("Al"), Jazz begins running into one of his teachers at the club, and when Alice decides that the rather dumpy teacher is lonely and begins canvassing the place for dates for him, the troubles mount. It gets worse: Jazz seduces a man who has scruples about Jazz's age; in disentangling himself from a schoolgirl's crush, he accidentally outs himself and falls prey to bullies. Davis handles these early pages with sardonic wit and energy, and in a convincing, profane teen argot (no "phonies" in this lingo). And the author wisely soft-pedals the hints of vulnerability. But when a fellow misfit and former semi-friend of Jazz's named Fabian-who's graduated to knife-wielding and halfhearted neo-Nazism and showing off ink-pen tattoos to "impressionable molestables" in the schoolyard-first rescues Jazz from the homophobe tough guys and then commits suicide, the tale begins its slide into YA cliche. Suddenly, the narrative is littered with clumsy coincidences, crying jags, therapy sessions. It turns out (gasp!) that Jazz's irony is a mask, and beneath thatmask, tartness and sex and drugs aside, lurks a sensitive soul. A first novel featuring a truculent, funny adolescent narrator, one that starts well and that augurs well for the career of its young author (born in 1980), but that eventually succumbs to formula.
author of LEAVE MYSELF BEHIND and THE BROTHERS BIS Bart Yates
MY SIDE OF THE STORY by Will Davis is the best coming-of-age novel I've read in a long time. It's funny, cheeky, and smart, and a sweet, sly page-turner of a book.
From the Publisher

“A gay British teenager delivers a sniping, witty rant à la Holden Caulfield...A first novel featuring a truculent, funny adolescent narrator, one that starts with promise--and that augurs well for the career of its young author.” —Kirkus

“MY SIDE OF THE STORY by Will Davis is the best coming-of-age novel I've read in a long time. It's funny, cheeky, and smart, and a sweet, sly page-turner of a book.” —Bart Yates, author of LEAVE MYSELF BEHIND and THE BROTHERS BISHOP

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596919754
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/10/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
334,039
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Will Davis was born in 1980 and lives in London. This is his first novel.
Will Davis is the author of two novels, My Side of the Story, which won the Betty Trask Prize 2007, and Dream Machine. He has trained as an aerialist and specializes in corde lisse (rope), tissu (silks) and static trapeze. He lives in London.

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My Side of the Story: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
HGChris More than 1 year ago
This book is very hard to read, as the grammer is a unique style. There are absolutly no quotation marks. None...so dialog is just guess work. I will keep trying, but im not sure i will be able to get through it. If so and it turns out to be good, i will re write this otherwise if you are a perfectionist like me...turn away
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is wonderful. I haven't laughed as hard or felt more moved by a novel in a really long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny yet serious book. It's it possibly one of my favorites! I recommend it for ages 14+.
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