48 Shades of Brown

48 Shades of Brown

by Nick Earls


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618452958
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/07/2004
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Nick Earls lives in Brisbane, Australia, where he writes for both children and adults. His previous Graphia book, 48 Shades of Brown, won Australia’s Children’s Book Council Book of the Year for Older Readers. It also received the following praise:

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By eight-thirty it’s getting quite crowded.
Jacq, who at seven-thirty was pacing the empty verandahs and smoking a lot, now has champagne in one hand, wine in the other and several conversations going at once. Naomi is working on a spur-of-the- moment punch in the kitchen. Burns is gripping a beer as though it’s a mother’s hand, and looking even more out of place than me.
Phil Borthwick turns up in a tie and Burns gives me a look that suggests he feels a little better about himself. Phil (and I admire this) seems to have no idea that he’s the only person in a tie, and says, with some glee, Great, dancing, when he works out what’s going on in the loungeroom, and why the furniture is all outside.
At least he hasn’t tried anything silly with food. He’s brought a carton of full-strength beer, and there will be plenty of people here who think this more than makes up for the tie.
I don’t actually drink it myself, he says sheepishly to Jacq and me. I’ve got an enzyme thing, so I can’t really touch alcohol. But I thought I’d bring it for the party.
Thanks, Phil, Jacq says, already touching alcohol as though she and it are at least close friends, and with a smile that I haven’t seen before. A lazy, uncomplicated smile, a drinking smile, buckling under the weight of its own bonhomie. But you’d have just the one, wouldn’t you? It’s a party.

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48 Shades of Brown 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
millyh on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I read the book ¿48 Shades of Brown¿ because I heard it was a very good book. I hadn¿t seen the movie, but planned on watching after I¿d read the book, which I did, and was thoroughly disappointed. The movie is no comparison. It does the book absolutely no justice. So if you¿ve watched the movie and either been put off reading the book because of it, or believe that since you¿ve seen the movie there¿s no need for you to read the book, think again. Nick Earls¿ talent means that he makes something out of nothing, something the filmmakers failed to do.My favourite thing about this book is Dan. He is a great character who every reader will love. He tackles every situation thrown at him with courage and manages to turn even the dullest of situations into comical ones. ¿48 Shades of Brown¿ is a very funny book. The name has a little to do with one of the book¿s more comical situations- Dan memorises every shade of brown that a bird could be in order to impress Naomi- all 48 of them. The characters that surround Dan are also very memorable- his eccentric aunt, Jacq; Naomi, and his annoying friend Chris.As I said, Nick Earls does manage to make something out of nothing. You get so caught up in what¿s going on in Dan¿s brain that you lose track of what¿s going on in the actual story. You don¿t really get to know much about Dan at school, or his parents being away. After a few postcards, you find they¿re coming back again, and the books over, and when you look back on it, you realise nothing much has actually happened. Dan, however, has matured and developed, and it is his personal journey that the book is really about.`48 Shades of Brown¿, despite a lack of real plot or structure, and despite Nick Earls¿ attempting to squash almost and entire 365 day period into 288 days, is a very good book that I enjoyed immensely. Despite the movie giving it a bad name, the book really lives up to it¿s reputation. It would appeal mostly to anyone, boy or girl, in their teen years.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really didn't care for this book. The main character thought too much. I was wondering why students hadn't been reading it...I was hoping it was just a bad cover...but I can't think of anyone to recommend this book to.
kaburns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dan is quite out of his depth when he chooses to spend his last year of school riooming with a very young cousin and her roommate rather than accompanying his parents to their new home in Switzerland.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In 48 SHADES OF BROWN, Australian author Nick Earls comically portrays Dan in this coming-of-age story.

Dan, a high school student, boards with his crazy band-playing Aunt Jacq, 22, and her roommate, Naomi, an attractive pysch major at the Uni. Through his social and emotional innocence, Dan becomes infatuated with Naomi and her every movement, including her frequent sexual run-ins with her 'jerk' boyfriend, in turn devastating Dan.

Dan is very innocent, yet his sensitive and intellectual demeanor allows the reader to easily identify with him. He has intense social reflection throughout the novel, and only seems to be disrupted by his friend, Chris Burns, another inexperienced, yet porn-obsessed, friend.

The realness of the novel and the hilarious conclusion of the party allow for true connection into the complex character of Dan, along with providing for an entertaining read.

All those who have had to grow up will be able to relate. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite some of it being a bit slow at times. My only other gripe was the unfamiliar textual presentation, as the entire book consisted of Dan's introspection or what seemed to be him hearing others talk, which was put in italics, which I felt was a bit irritable at times throughout.

However, I'd recommend this one to anyone who has risen up in the sex-obsessed world we know and love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was disappointing. I didnt understand if there was a structure to the story and the ending is meaningless and sudden. I would not reccomend this book to anyone, because 288 pages written without any structure is pointless to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not great. The cover gives the illusion that it will be a thoroughly interesting read, but once I started it, I found it boring and difficult to finish. It is not easy for me to find a book that I didnt enjoy, but there is no structure to the story and the ending is meaningless and sudden. I would not reccomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was pretty good... there were quite a few parts that made me laugh out loud. Through a lot of it I just wanted to finish the book, but for the most part it was a very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a seventeen year old student I can really relate to this book. The humour, descriptions and scenarios that Nick Earls uses are very common to me and I feel as if I can relate to the main character. The humour has a certain quirkiness to it and I feel that many people, particularly younger people, will enjoy it.