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By: Oliver Phommavanh

Johnny Khamka has a problem. Actually he has more than one but the biggest one is how to get his childhood bestie, Josie, to take him out of the friend zone and into something more. Johnny is a funny guy though and that has to count for something , doesn’t it? Than a comedy competition for class gives Johnny his best opportunity yet. Surely if he nails it Josie will see him in a different light.

With a little success under his belt Johnny decides now is the time to take his comedy more seriously. His dad though, is acting strange about it all and things are changing with his mates. Comedy is a treacherous minefield though and just when he most needs to be on the top of his game he may be in danger of bombing out and not being funny at all.

This is a book that touches on one of those awkward moments of growing up, bridging that friend to dating gap. Johnny is an appealing character, his uncertainty is universal and very believable. Phommavanh capture not only the awkwardness of that age, the situation and the feel of a big extended family environment. The tension between Johnny and his father through this is a nice touch. The other characters ground Johnny’s story, giving it a wonderful depth. If you are looking for something very entertaining with more than a dash of humour, then pick this up and give it a go, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised.

Suggested reading age – 12+

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 21 March 2012

Format: Paperback 204 pages

Categories: Fiction, Humour

ISBN 13: 9780143306511

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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