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I Just Want My Pants Backby David Rosen
Synopses & Reviews
Now a new MTV series, from acclaimed director and executive producer Doug Liman (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith, “Swingers,” “Go,” “The Bourne Identity”)
Jason Strider is a twentysomething young man with an English degree from an Ivy League university, a very small apartment in New York, a vapid job as a receptionist at a casting agency—and no particular idea what to do with his life. On most evenings he gets stoned and goes out, sometimes with his long-time best friend and wingman Tina and sometimes alone, if not to get laid then at least to get hammered enough to really regret it the next day and be late for work.
Then one night Jason has athletic, appliance-assisted intercourse with a cute girl named Jane—and ends up lending her his favorite Dickies jeans. Many unanswered e-mails and text messages later, he is reduced to the plaint “I just want my pants back.” How he does, in a most unexpected way, find those pants and how he is forced to face his immaturity—and mortality—are at the heart of this smart, raunchily comic and deeply affecting novel.
"Jason Strider, the slacker-hero of former ad-man and MTV series creator Rosen's screwball debut novel, is a recent Cornell grad more interested in marijuana, booze and quick lays than his boring job or romantic relationships. The carnal drought he's been experiencing is mercifully ended early in the book with a bout of athletic sex involving his refrigerator and a bar pickup named Jane, who departs after a second hook-up wearing his favorite pair of Dickies. His quest, then, to retrieve the pants occupies the bulk of the book. Along the way, Jason gets assists in the process of personal growth from his ailing next-door neighbor, Patty, and old Cornell buds Eric and Stacey, who ask Jason to perform their wedding ceremony. By the end of the tale, Jason has begun to mature and comes back into contact with his beloved pants in an unexpected yet appropriate fashion. Rosen deftly keeps the exploits of a shallow hero moving along-and more impressively, makes readers care what happens to his caddish narrator." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This laugh-out-loud debut reminds us what it's like to be young, broke, lost, and randy — in the best way. Rosen's is a stand-out new voice, and he sings beautifully throughout." David Lipsky, author of Absolutely American
"David J. Rosen has written a hilarious, smart, sexy, great, completely original debut novel. It's as if Bright Lights, Big City had been given a polish by a young Woody Allen." Darin Strauss
"Jason Strider is the most well-adjusted screw-up to come down the pike in a while . . . I Just Want My Pants Back is a laugh-out-loud funny, ultimately poignant look at one very nice guy’s awakening to adulthood." Kate Christensen
Jason Strider hooks up with a cute girl and ends up lending her his Dickies jeans. Many e-mails and text messages later, he is unable to reconnect with her. How Jason gets his pants back, and how the concepts of maturity and mortality come to enter his slackers existence, form the matter of this smart, affecting first novel.
About the Author
David J Rosen is a writer based in Brooklyn. He is the creator and executive producer of I Just Want My Pants Back on MTV, and also the author of What’s That Job And How The Hell Do I Get It?
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