Girls Like Funny Boys



[Reading] ➶ Girls Like Funny Boys ➽ Dave Franklin – E17streets4all.co.uk Part coming of age story, part exploration of the maddening nature of dreams, Girls Like Funny Boys is a potent mix of sexual obsession, guilt and fame Gina crouched, resting on her haunches to contin Part coming of age story, part exploration of the maddening nature of dreams, Girls Like Funny Boys is a potent mix of sexual obsession, guilt and fame Gina crouched, resting on her haunches to continue the conversation Her legs were too far apart There was a hole in her black tights just above the left knee Johnny felt a hot urge to poke a finger in it He wished she d leave him alone Girls Like PDF or He wished she wasn t wearing tights He stared at her lopsided mouth and the way her fat lower lip jutted out It was so red it bordered on purple, the colour of strawberries on the turn Meet Johnny Goodwin He s grown up in a quiet Brisbane suburb with loving parents, a faithful dog and an unrequited yearning for his teenage sweetheart Angie Everson Now in his last year at school, he s finally caught her eye by starring in a teacher baiting pantomime Dreams are already taking shape of a career in entertainment, perhaps with Angie by his side And all he s got to do is pass his exams, get to uni and keep away from Gina Wood, that weird girl who once let him touch her.Girls Like Funny Boys

Born in Wales, Dave Franklin published his first story in a fishing magazine at the age of sixteen He emigrated to Australia in and made his living as a reporter, earning the distinction of being sacked twice by the same Perth based newspaper group He then spent nearly three years teaching English in Korea, during which the mortality rate of the children under his care remained at an impressive zero He now teaches Girls Like PDF or ESL to adults in Brisbane, helping among others Thai Lady Boys get to grips with their past participlesThe major theme of Dave s small, character driven stories is alienation, the symptoms of which include male immaturity, misogyny, dysfunction, religion, violence, self destruction and a childish glee in winding up the politically correct There are no car chases or explosions in his books instead he prefers graphic, outlandish sex scenes while focusing on exasperated loners full of doubt People who like his work tend to see its black humour and disdain for his own characters whereas his harshest critics take everything at face value Indeed, some observers would suggest that the highlight of his writing career, which has seen him produce eight novels, remains being published in a fishing magazine.

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  • ebook
  • 420 pages
  • Girls Like Funny Boys
  • Dave Franklin
  • English
  • 06 October 2019

10 thoughts on “Girls Like Funny Boys

  1. says:

    Dave Franklin can actually write In fact, he infuses a great deal of personality and energy into every sentence and so I m actually sad that I had to give Girls Like Funny Boys only a two star rating Even Franklin s abilities can t save the story from being a wirlpool of groan image error The biggest problem is that Franklin wants you to know that this is Australian in the 1980 s AND HE WON T EVER LET YOU FORGET IT In fact, there was a reference to either the location or the time period in a Dave Franklin can actually write In fact, he infuses a great deal of personality and energy into every sentence and so I m actually sad that I had to give Girls Like Funny Boys only a two star rating Even Franklin s abilities can t save the story from being a wirlpool of groan image error The biggest problem is that Franklin wants you to know that this is Australian in the 1980 s AND HE WON T EVER LET YOU FORGET IT In fact, there was a reference to either the location or the time period in almost every second sentence From the name dropping of bands, to hair styles, clothing styles, cars and the painful rendition of the Australian accent and slang, to the Aussie locations and pubs used in the novel It felt like Franklin was screaming in my face THIS IS AUSTRALIA IN 1986 WOOOOOOT The main character, whilst crying and sniffling over his poor dead dog was also drunkenly molesting a young woman at a party Then he d cry about his dog some Then he d think about sex Then he d whack off to a porn video He kind of lost me very quickly I know we re exploring adolescents here but strangely I wasn t in the moood for reading a dude making tissue babies to a graphic porn movie You can leave SOME mystery to your character, you know I mean, I ve got quite a few Goodreads friends and followers who I almost NEVER update about my sex life Yet strangely they still read my reviews Wait, SHOULD I be adding saucy details about intimate moments here Will this get mereaders Will I then be considered gritty and real Maybe notI think this book had a good concept and Dave Franklin has a natural craft with words but I think he had a great deal of difficulty bringing the concept into a readable and enjoyable story

  2. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book is very stop start When it s good, it s very funny and enjoyable, and there were times when I laughed hard But unfortunately the times in between are very slow and dragged out, and I couldn t help but wonder what that was all about The book starts slow We meet Johnny, 18 and in his final year of high school, having had to repeat a year after getting Ross River Virus It s the late 1980s, and he has two girls interested in him and little self control Also, he drinks beer A lot Di This book is very stop start When it s good, it s very funny and enjoyable, and there were times when I laughed hard But unfortunately the times in between are very slow and dragged out, and I couldn t help but wonder what that was all about The book starts slow We meet Johnny, 18 and in his final year of high school, having had to repeat a year after getting Ross River Virus It s the late 1980s, and he has two girls interested in him and little self control Also, he drinks beer A lot Did the boy ever drink anything else And then he goes and rapes a girl Good going, Johnny A move there.Only a hundred pages have gone past, and the blurb on the back is gone Enter stage right 300 pages of a very dislikable character doing dislikable things with dislikable people No mention of the rape is made again, although Gina the girl who was subject of Johnny s attack comes back, gets a massive head wound, and then is kicked off a shed and mauled by a dog Oh, and Johnny gets hooked into some kind of drug deal and blackmailed.The character I did like most was Jen, or should I say Wrath, an ex Gladiator You know, the TV show She was a horrible, horrible person, yes, but she was hilarious and got herself into all sorts of trouble Like kicking Gina off the shed and subsequently allowing her to be mauled by a dog.Unfortunately, there weredown moments than up There were good parts, but Johnny et al were some unlikable that I just wanted them to all go away Gina never got a good ending, I didn t see the point of the epilogue with Angie, and I can t help but wonder if Franklin wasn t sure how to end the whole saga Were we meant to feel sorry for Johnny And what of Jen I also feel that Franklin and his publishers have a tough time coming with a title, cover and blurb Maybe the title is okay, but the cover should offer , and should, I feel, be a bit darker And the blurb needs to be changed, too It only talks about the first hundred or so pages What of the fact that the rest of the novel has nothing to do with finishing school What about Jen, and the gym, and the fact that there s a bunch of bikies going about blackmailing people Wouldn t that beto do with the book Look, this book does have funny parts, but it lacked momentum

  3. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The first thing I should mention is that the blurb on the book leads you to believe that the book is about Johnny getting through all the trials and tribulations of his last year of high school, however most of the book is actually written 20 years later when Johnny is in his late thirties and dissatisfied as his life hasn t gone as planned With that said I found this book to be a well written enjoyable read.The character of Johnny was likelable, I felt myself feeling sorry for the situation he The first thing I should mention is that the blurb on the book leads you to believe that the book is about Johnny getting through all the trials and tribulations of his last year of high school, however most of the book is actually written 20 years later when Johnny is in his late thirties and dissatisfied as his life hasn t gone as planned With that said I found this book to be a well written enjoyable read.The character of Johnny was likelable, I felt myself feeling sorry for the situation he found himself in and could understand all his frustrations with the Australian entertainment industry producing the same programs over and over again and not making anything that is new and a bit different However, the character of Jen, the gladiator, was my favourite I found myself either laughing or cringing whenever she was in the book She was so self absorbed, most of the book she is either talking about when she was in Gladiators or possibly being in a new remake of Gladiators.I liked how some of Johnny s friends from high school reappeared later in the book enabling the reader to find out how their life turned out which I found interesting.I found myself wondering what happened between Gina and Johnny in the park as it seemed to be a pivotal moment in the book for Johnny What happened between the two is not really explained until the very end of the book when Gina reappears in Johnny s life and leaves the note Even though only a small part of the note is mentioned in the book you get the idea what happened and why Johnny couldn t stop thinking about his past and wasn t able to forget the people he went to school with

  4. says:

    I didn t even want to finish this book Johnny starts the book as an immature, sex obsessed guy but he is a teenager, so his character didn t worry me too much The descriptions of his sexual fantasies, exploits and so on, seemed utterly unnecessary to me reading it felt awkward, like I was reading an adult author s fantasies on paper rather than scenes in an imaginary character s life.The book moves on past Johnny s awkward youth, and the rest of the book is honestly a lot better.Johnny bec I didn t even want to finish this book Johnny starts the book as an immature, sex obsessed guy but he is a teenager, so his character didn t worry me too much The descriptions of his sexual fantasies, exploits and so on, seemed utterly unnecessary to me reading it felt awkward, like I was reading an adult author s fantasies on paper rather than scenes in an imaginary character s life.The book moves on past Johnny s awkward youth, and the rest of the book is honestly a lot better.Johnny becomes an evendislikeable person, though While he was young, his self centredness and awkwardness seemed plausible once he was a man verging on his forties, I found Johnny s cowardice contemptible any sympathy I had for the teenage Johnny s issues immediately disappeared, especially when the nearly forty year old man starts fantasising, again, about 17 year olds But it s a lot less cool when the character isn t 17 himself any .As a woman in her mid twenties, I m probably the wrong demographic for this book It disgusted me instead of intriguing me, and I got bored where I was probably meant to feel suspense I m not sure what the right demographic would be possibly a single man who has wasted his life to date and wants to read about a peer.I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone, though The main character is utterly unlikeable, and the book was wholly depressing

  5. says:

    Franklin s effort really does deserve an extra half a star, but I just could not bring myself to up to it to 4 The storyline is at times quite good, most characters are well developed and Franklin is clearly a gifted writer Sadly it just doesn t jell together for me.The attempts by Franklin to give a distinct Aussie voice are over the top, particuarlly in the school days of 1986 when Franklin was according to his own bio at least still in Great Britain.I belive the way the story was told doe Franklin s effort really does deserve an extra half a star, but I just could not bring myself to up to it to 4 The storyline is at times quite good, most characters are well developed and Franklin is clearly a gifted writer Sadly it just doesn t jell together for me.The attempts by Franklin to give a distinct Aussie voice are over the top, particuarlly in the school days of 1986 when Franklin was according to his own bio at least still in Great Britain.I belive the way the story was told does not really suit the scope of the book As another reviewer hear on Goodreads points out, the blurb on the back seems like it was written by someone who only read the first 40 or so pages, not that I d entirelly blame them

  6. says:

    This is an odd book the contents don t match the blurb on the back It s not so much about Johnny growing up, going to uni, but rather him in his late thirties, making a hash of it all There s some teenage angst and romance, blokey moments and some serious action.The narrative tends to jump around a bit from situation to situation and different times I liked the character of Jen, the Gladiator the best she was hilarious The book is well written, but I would have like to see less plot lines This is an odd book the contents don t match the blurb on the back It s not so much about Johnny growing up, going to uni, but rather him in his late thirties, making a hash of it all There s some teenage angst and romance, blokey moments and some serious action.The narrative tends to jump around a bit from situation to situation and different times I liked the character of Jen, the Gladiator the best she was hilarious The book is well written, but I would have like to see less plot lines and time periods

  7. says:

    I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway so I must thank Jon from Baby Ice Dog Press in Brisbane for this copy I was going to give a 3 1 2 stars for the book, but I d rather err on the side of generousity Dave Franklin can tell a good joke, probably better than his character in this story, Johnnie Goodwin I certainly liked this book a lotthan English Toss on Planet Andong , and at times I really did have a few good LOL moments As a born and bred Brisbanite, I really felt at home with h I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway so I must thank Jon from Baby Ice Dog Press in Brisbane for this copy I was going to give a 3 1 2 stars for the book, but I d rather err on the side of generousity Dave Franklin can tell a good joke, probably better than his character in this story, Johnnie Goodwin I certainly liked this book a lotthan English Toss on Planet Andong , and at times I really did have a few good LOL moments As a born and bred Brisbanite, I really felt at home with his descriptions of the nightlife and the landscape at the time But when will Dave learn to leave the ex pat Brit at home rather than adding him to most of his characters I mean GET IT RIGHT DAVE In Aussie we never call a guinea pig a HAMSTER, and only Poms say weren t half or doesn t half We WILL say that someone will go off half cocked or did something half arsed , or even got half pissed We also never call girls cheeky little minxes and girls never call guys old man unless referring to someone s father I also don t understand his music references, as NO ONE ever listened to Sweet and certainly not Gary Glitter So why does Dave think that Aussies sound like half baked Pommies Especially when he can get so much of the culture and climate so very right Although to my mind, school formals were never held in licensed premises the private schools may have done this, but certainly most drinking was done at the after formal parties, often held on acreages where under age drinking is less likely to be noticed by police However, all the pickiness aside, one couldn t help but like the silly schoolboy Goodwin, who never really seemed to grow up much, and didn t ever retain the heights of glorious acclaim that he won in high school for his comedic talents So many of us who grew up in those times can relate to the antics whether on or off campus, and certainly there have been close calls of the date rape variety for many a young girl, or boy whether really or just accused One can t help but find some affinity with Goodwin s frustration and cynicism of the entertainment industry as well, having been one of the plebs served up the same TV dribble for decades although while he may have some truth to his scathing remarks, I do feel he failed to mention some of the great tv and films that have been made herebut that is Johnnie s prerogative isn t it We are introduced to some hilarious characters in this tale, including Johnnie s hapless parents, but the most outstanding has to be the horrid girlfriend Jen ex WRATH of Gladiator fameHA Did anyone EVER watchthan two episodes of that trash If only it were she who wore the Rock A Cizer for a helmet Or at least got ahealty dose of those mysterious cookies Between her obsession with resurrecting a career that never really was, and her obvious testosterone levels, Jen s character can only make one feelfor the luckless Johnnie.We finally learn what really became of his interaction with the weird but strangely attractive Gina, nearer the end of the book, and while I would love to have seen Johnny win at least ONE of the girls, Dave did find a fitting ending for the story Makes you wonder what will be when Angie comes back to AustraliaSo Dave, either write about ex pat Brits, or set the next story in the UK, or do your research a little better and make sure the dialogue fit the characters The only Aussies with some of those expressions, either had a Pommy parent, or emigrated themselves Otherwise a bloody good read and a bit of a laugh once you get past these annoying inconsistencies

  8. says:

    I will confess to being a fan of Dave Franklin s earlier novels but when asked, I ve only ever been able to describe or classify them as rant novels , which, incidentally is a good thing I was very pleased to hear there was another book out, but GIRLS LIKE FUNNY BOYS surprised me Very much Sure there s a tiny bit of rant in there, but this book is considerablyGIRLS LIKE FUNNY BOYS is the story of Johnny Goodwin Growing up in a quiet Brisbane suburb, with loving, if not slightly b I will confess to being a fan of Dave Franklin s earlier novels but when asked, I ve only ever been able to describe or classify them as rant novels , which, incidentally is a good thing I was very pleased to hear there was another book out, but GIRLS LIKE FUNNY BOYS surprised me Very much Sure there s a tiny bit of rant in there, but this book is considerablyGIRLS LIKE FUNNY BOYS is the story of Johnny Goodwin Growing up in a quiet Brisbane suburb, with loving, if not slightly batty parents, a faithful dog and a big crush on his teenage sweetheart, Johnny is just a normal sort of an Australian kid Who dreams of a career in show biz, maybe a life with Angie, and some way to dodge that weird Gina Wood, even though she once let him touch her.This book is very much a coming of age tale I d suspect it s the story of a lot of teenage boys getting older, balancing peer pressure, with family life, a desire for the love and safety of the known, balanced against the longing for adventure, risk, and let s face it sex, drugs, booze, rock and roll, fame and notoriety, and excitement Johnny is an absolutely wonderful character an open, caring, kind, faithful teenager, he grows up into the entertainer he always wanted to be, playing the part he always wanted the big, famous comedian, with the gorgeous ex Gladiator girlfriend He becomes the ultimate example of don t wish for what you want, because you just might get it Seemingly with everything he s ever desired, he s still searching, still fighting against the machine, still longing to be that young suburban boy, with the faithful dog whose death he s never quite come to terms with , still secure and safe and still with Angie.Johnny s supported by a great cast of characters his parents, loving, vaguely distant An older brother alternatively worshipped and hated There s also his school friends, many of whom fall by the wayside as Johnny s career takes off, some of whom he seeks out as his life takes a weird turn and he finds himself acknowledging that what he wanted, might not be what he needed All the teenagers in this book boys and girls are wonderfully real and present throughout the entire story Even Johnny s live in lover Jen, the ex Gladiator and major league nutter is a fantastic character, as is Gina Wood the weird girl, the subject of much lust and considerable disquiet in Johnny for a large part of his life.GIRLS LIKE FUNNY BOYS wasn t what I expected it to be and that s simply not fair as Dave Franklin s not meant to be writing to a formula But I really didn t expect to find this as engaging, as involving and quite as emotional as I did find it I loved Johnny, rode the waves of his life every step of the way with him I laughed out loud at points in this book, and find myself sniffing back tears at other points I felt for Gina, and was scared of Gina, I worried about that lunatic Jen and what on earth she was going to do to Johnny Most of all I just loved this book

  9. says:

    After reading the blurb on the back I found that it didn t describe the book at all It started out promising, a teenage boys trials and tribulations after turning 18, but I soon found out this book wasabout a middle aged man and his very feeble attempts at life Another thing that irritated me was to overly enthusiastic use of Aussie language slang it seems the author was intent on helping prop up the worlds stereotype of the Aussie male Onething was that the cover should have been After reading the blurb on the back I found that it didn t describe the book at all It started out promising, a teenage boys trials and tribulations after turning 18, but I soon found out this book wasabout a middle aged man and his very feeble attempts at life Another thing that irritated me was to overly enthusiastic use of Aussie language slang it seems the author was intent on helping prop up the worlds stereotype of the Aussie male Onething was that the cover should have been much darker, not reflecting the story inside at all In defense of the book I don t exactly fit the demographic, I m sure it would be muchenjoyed by a middle aged Aussie male which I am most certainly not

  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Overall I was disappointed in the story It started off very well, I could relate to the characters finishing high school and wandering what they were going to do next But as the story progressed I started to loose interest with the main characters, felt sorry for the female characters, no empathy for them I did not like the ending, it seemed rushed almost and a bit far fetched.I did like the many Australian references and how it brought attention to the lack Australian movies and television.

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