A cute, quirky read…

Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace

I know that they say you should never judge a book by it’s cover, and that’s true. But what’s also true is that a books cover is what catches your attention. That’s what happened to me a few weeks ago while I browsed the shelves of Hodges Figgis in search of a new read. The art work of Charlotte Street certainly stood out among the masses of Fifty Shades of Grey and dull, drab covers. At €15.99 (gulp!) it wasn’t cheap, but the premise of the book drew me in…

It all starts with a girl… (because yes, there’s always a girl…)
Jason Priestley (not that one) has just seen her. They shared an incredible, brief, fleeting moment of deep possibility, somewhere halfway down Charlotte Street.
And then, just like that, she was gone – accidentally leaving him holding her old-fashioned, disposable camera, chock full of undeveloped photos…
And now Jason – ex-teacher, ex-boyfriend, part-time writer and reluctant hero – faces a dilemma. Should he try and track The Girl down? What if she’s The One? But that would mean using the only clues he has, which lie untouched in this tatty disposable…
It’s funny how things can develop…

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the book, although I’ve been reading it slowly. It’s definitely a must read if you’re in to quirky stories with a ton of pop culture references but what I most enjoyed was the idea of disposable cameras. I don’t think I’ve used a camera that required developing since a 2004 Busted concert. I enjoy Instagraming and my Nikon SLR but I’ve never gotten anything developed, which is a shame. All my photos are hoarded on my Mac and pimped out on Facebook. I couldn’t shake my liking for a disposable so today I took the plunge and spent a grand €6.99 on a Fuji disposable with plan to get snapping the old-school way. I shall report my adventures with the archaic camera form in a few weeks!

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