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Mike Gayle – Brand new friend (07-014)



Mike Gayle – Brand new friend (07-014)

Gayle writes chicklit for boys. Same intensity, same idea, only different target group. Not that there is something wrong with that, he certainly knows how to write a great story every single book, all of them hitting home with a lot of men in their thirties.

This time the main character, Rob, moves north to live with his girlfriend. He just started his own company, working from home, so that is no problem. The biggest problem turns out to be that he has no friends. So, apart from the trips back to London to see his old mates, the time he spends with his girlfriend, he is in desperate search for new friends. But after a certain age, making new friends isn’t easy.

He turns out lonely and even puts an ad in the paper. Nothing works. Finally he meets somebody who can drink with him, discuss football and politics, knows about the proper music, there is hardly anything wrong: apart from the fact that she’s a girl.

And as anybody who has seen ‘When Harry met Sally’ knows, friendships between men and women always get uncomfortable because of sex. The same dilemma for Rob. Even though sex is not a factor, how can you tell your girlfriend that your new mate is a girl?

Funny story, easy read by the former agony aunt of Cosmopolitan.

Number: 07-014
Title: Brand new friend
Author: Mike Gayle
Language: English (UK)
Year: 2005
# Pages: 344 (2163)
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 0-340-82540-5