Wednesday, January 30, 2008
By Will Davis
16 year old Jaz (Jarold was his birth name) is British, Gay, and bitter - and he doesn't really care if you, the reader, like him.
His family's a mess (the family therapy sessions aren't helping), he's outed at his English school, and the guy he likes is too old (at 22) to be interested in a teenager.
"My Side Of The Story" won the 2007 Society of Authors' Betty Trask Prize for a first novel by a writer under 35. (the Prize was 10,000 British Pounds! Go, Will!)
And here's something really cool:
Jaz (the character) has his own MYSPACE page. Really. Check it out here. And so does his best gal-pal, Al (that's for "Alice.") Hmmm. I wonder if all 31 of their myspace "friends" know they're fictional...
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