Sunday, January 6, 2008

Funniest book I read all year

Not saying much since I don't pound through the books like others, but the year is still young -- Spud, by John van de Ruit.

The jacket cover review states that

It’s 1990. Apartheid is crumbling. Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison. And Spud Milton—thirteen-year-old, prepubescent choirboy extraordinaire—is about to start his first year at an elite boys-only boarding school in South Africa. Cursed with embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, a senile granny named Wombat, and a wild obsession for Julia Roberts, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home.

Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes readers of all ages on a rowdy boarding school romp full of illegal midnight swims, raging hormones, and catastrophic holidays that will leave the entire family in total hysterics and thirsty for more.

It’s written in diary format, taking Spud (I won’t give away why the protagonist is nicknamed Spud) from when he enters a private boarding school in the midlands of Natal thru his first year. I think anyone who was a 14 year of boy can relate to this book, even if they weren’t immersed in a boarding school.

It’s a very quick read (about 300 pages) but will have you roaring with laughter.

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