Jack Samsonite is back. Its been two years since his messed up week and his life has been pretty normal. However, it’s Thursday, and now 17 year old Jack has until Monday to complete his coursework and complete his personal statement. But 17 year old Jack has other things on his mind. His film coursework needs a kissing scene, and he needs to be the one to deliver it. Because he needs to lose his kiss virginity. Or his actual virginity.Now to find the girl for the job…
I remember laughing my head off at the first Jack Samsonite book. So I expected great things from this book. And it didn’t disapoint. I’m not going to write the whole title out throughout this review I’m afraid, but Jack Samsonite 2 was just as hilarious and cringe as Jack Samsonite one. And even if it did explore more grown up topics, Jack hasn’t changed one bit.
Jack find himself if ridiculous situations and responds ridiculously. It’s honestly so true to life from what I remember 17 years old boys being life (from when I was 17 and from when my stepson was – not so long ago) that I couldn’t help but she it come to life in my head. Everything that happens in this book I can imagine happening to any teenage boy I’ve met. And the thoughts that run through his head, well just to say I’m glad I don’t have another male child to get through puberty.
The cover quote from the Daily Fail (story but can’t call it by its proper name) says it all. If you are or have an older teenagers who loves the Inbetweeners or Friday Night Dinner, this is for you. You can’t help but love the characters for all their ridiculousness, and root for Jack in his quest for the film, the girl (even if he does keep changing his mind about which one he wants based on which shows him attention) and the personal statement.
Definitely pick this book up when you want something to take your mind off the state of the world, because it really will work! Thanks Tom for another brilliant read.
One Seriously Messed-Up Week-End in the Otherwise Un-Messed-Up life of Jack Samsonite was published in 2013 by Atom Books. My copy was purchased on a trip to London during that year – a fact I only know because it had a receipt in it! Sorry it took me so long to read and review!