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Jason Priestley (no, not that Jason Priestley) is in a rut. He gave up his teaching job to write snarky reviews of cheap restaurants for the free newspaper you take but don't read. He lives above a video-game store, between a Polish newsstand and that place that everyone thinks is a brothel but isn't. His most recent Facebook status is "Jason Priestley is . . . eating soup." Jason's beginning to think he needs a change.

So he uncharacteristically moves to help a girl on the street who's struggling with an armload of packages, and she smiles an incredible smile at him before her cab pulls away. What for a fleeting moment felt like a beginning is cruelly cut short—until Jason realizes that he's been left holding a disposable camera. And suddenly, with prodding and an almost certainly disastrous offer of assistance from his socially inept best friend Dev, a coincidence-based, half-joking idea—What if he could track this girl down based on the photos in her camera?—morphs into a full-fledged quest to find the woman of Jason's dreams.

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"Wallace's delightful debut is the story of the hapless Jason Priestley (no, not that Jason Priestley), formerly an uninspiring teacher of uninspirable youth, now a reviewer of, among other things, 'irritatingly forgettable' restaurants with names like 'AbraKebabra' and 'Pizza the Action.' Although he's been dumped by girlfriend Sarah, Jason can't bring himself to unfriend her on Facebook; consequently, he is forced to read Sarah's 'having the time of my life' status updates, while the best he can muster is 'eating some soup.' He now shares a questionable flat above a videogame shop with the owner and Jason's best friend, Dev. A chance encounter with a pretty stranger on Charlotte Street leaves Jason accidentally in possession of her disposable camera, though not of her name. At Dev's insistence, they develop the photos. Thereby hangs a tale, which wends its witty way through a road trip to Yorkshire with an auto mechanic, several run-ins with an angry political puppeteer, and a foray to a posh event promoting juices with acai. A lively supporting cast, including the Polish waitress Dev pines for, helps and/or thwarts Jason in pursuit of his mysterious stranger. The combination of Dickensian plot twists and Hornbyesque humor and hope makes for a thoroughly entertaining read. Agent: Simon Trewin, William Morris Endeaver (U.K.) (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Unmissable...will have you laughing out loud and melt your heart, all at once.”
—Cosmopolitan (UK)


Danny Wallace is a British writer, producer, and award-winning journalist whom GQ (UK) calls, “One of Britains great writing talents.” The man who gave us Yes Man (basis for the Hollywood motion picture starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel) makes a grand foray into fiction with Charlotte Street, a sweet and sharp romantic comedy about finding love, growing up, and making your own fate that fans of the novels of Nick Hornby and David Nicholls are going to adore. With this charming, slightly twisted comic novel about an endearing losers convoluted plot to turn a brief chance meeting into a once-in-a-lifetime love affair, Wallace proves he has ample heart to go along with the humor.

About the Author

Danny Wallace is a writer, producer, and award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. He has written a weekly column in the U.K. magazine ShortList since 2007, and his past books include Join Me and Yes Man, which was made into a feature film starring Jim Carrey.

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lilianxcheng, November 22, 2012 (view all comments by lilianxcheng)
Being swamped in a towering pile of projects and midterms, it took me over a week to finish Danny Wallace’s new novel, Charlotte Street. For a brief moment I considered the ramifications if I didn’t finish reading the book in time for the blog tour; I’d probably either have to make some lame excuse like me accidentally dropping the book over my balcony, or I would have to piece together a glowing review from other people’s thoughts and pretend I knew what I was talking about. How ironic it would be to write a “fake” review for a novel about a guy that writes reviews for a pizza he hasn’t eaten, and a film he didn’t watch. Fortunately, I was able to finish the novel with nineteen days to spare and you are reading a review from someone who actually finished all 400 pages.


Summary in a Nutshell:
Jason, is a middle-aged journalist who starts brooding when his ex-girlfriend is engaged. He finds himself with a girl’s disposable camera and decides to develop her pictures�"determined to find The Girl.

Plot:
The tagline claims that this book is a “heartwarming tale of boy stalks girl.” I was interested in the disposable camera storyline, but the story kept diverging until it was in a mix of sub-plots where I kept wondering if the author forgot about the who disposable camera thing.

Voice and Pace, Jason Sounds Like Danny Wallace:
One of the reasons I wanted to be on the Charlotte Street blog tour was because I read one of Danny Wallace’s nonfiction works, Friends Like These: My Worldwide Quest to Find My Best Childhood Friends, Knock on Their Doors, and Ask Them to Come Out and Play, which was about Wallace adventures to find all of his childhood friends. I was curious to see what Wallace’s foray into fiction would be like. However, I found Charlotte Street to be a similar formula, instead of hunting down friends from a box of childhood memories, Jason is hunting down a girl from a disposable camera. And like Friends Like These, Charlotte Street’s pace was uncomfortably slow at times (and filled with unrelated stuff), with all these side revelations on the side. I also found Jason to be similar to Wallace with his dry humor.

But while I could connect to Wallace’s sentiments in Friends Like Us, I couldn’t connect to Jason. I was ambivalent towards him, and at times I thought he was just a generically hopeless loser�"he was one of those guys that tries too hard to get people to like him, the kind spends too much time comparing himself to others.

The Girl’s Blog:
At the end of a few chapters, there are blog posts from The Girl. I am still not so sure what the significance of those posts were; I didn’t feel they added anything to the girl’s character at all, besides her sharing Jason’s interests and letting the reader know she wasn’t in a relationship. I hoped that her blog posts would be like a novel with dual perspectives, and her life would coincide with Jason’s�"but they didn’t. How disappointing.

The Ending:
Before I got to the last chapter or two, I was set on giving this book a “meh, borrrinnng” rating, but I did find the ending sweet, albeit also predictably cheesy. But sweet nonetheless. I have to admit that the ending was super fast; all those loose ends that was plodding by in the last twenty chapters suddenly resolved magically in a page or two�"like the writer approaching a word count limit or something.

Overall, a sweet casual read that’s like a chick-flick in a guy’s perspective.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062190567
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Wallace, Danny
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Humorous
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20121023
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 in 10.4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wallace's delightful debut is the story of the hapless Jason Priestley (no, not that Jason Priestley), formerly an uninspiring teacher of uninspirable youth, now a reviewer of, among other things, 'irritatingly forgettable' restaurants with names like 'AbraKebabra' and 'Pizza the Action.' Although he's been dumped by girlfriend Sarah, Jason can't bring himself to unfriend her on Facebook; consequently, he is forced to read Sarah's 'having the time of my life' status updates, while the best he can muster is 'eating some soup.' He now shares a questionable flat above a videogame shop with the owner and Jason's best friend, Dev. A chance encounter with a pretty stranger on Charlotte Street leaves Jason accidentally in possession of her disposable camera, though not of her name. At Dev's insistence, they develop the photos. Thereby hangs a tale, which wends its witty way through a road trip to Yorkshire with an auto mechanic, several run-ins with an angry political puppeteer, and a foray to a posh event promoting juices with acai. A lively supporting cast, including the Polish waitress Dev pines for, helps and/or thwarts Jason in pursuit of his mysterious stranger. The combination of Dickensian plot twists and Hornbyesque humor and hope makes for a thoroughly entertaining read. Agent: Simon Trewin, William Morris Endeaver (U.K.) (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , “Unmissable...will have you laughing out loud and melt your heart, all at once.”
—Cosmopolitan (UK)


Danny Wallace is a British writer, producer, and award-winning journalist whom GQ (UK) calls, “One of Britains great writing talents.” The man who gave us Yes Man (basis for the Hollywood motion picture starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel) makes a grand foray into fiction with Charlotte Street, a sweet and sharp romantic comedy about finding love, growing up, and making your own fate that fans of the novels of Nick Hornby and David Nicholls are going to adore. With this charming, slightly twisted comic novel about an endearing losers convoluted plot to turn a brief chance meeting into a once-in-a-lifetime love affair, Wallace proves he has ample heart to go along with the humor.

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