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Hapters are told as if Kate and Scott are speaking directly to the reader Holly s actions are retold through a narrator who addresses us as if we are sitting next to him This was an interesting choice on the part of the author and one that results in seeing Kate and Scott as unreliable storytellers often drowned in their own indulgences The recounting of events through an omniscient narration however is felt to paint a authoritative picture as we find ourselves audience to Holly s internal teenage angst revealed without a filter Dry Hard also takes a comical swipe at the iconography of British contemporary culture YouTube is featured as both a vehicle of destruction and of redemption and Spalding takes shark jaw sized bites out of Krav Maga Piers Morgan and even Boris Johnson Jools Holland s Annual Hootenanny is also skewered in one of the funniest paragraphs in the book The Temples are watching Jools Holland s Hootenanny Nobody in their right mind watches Jools Holland s Hootenanny It s one of the rules of New Year The BBC broadcast it as is their right and the entire population of Great Britain completely ignores it as is theirsOnly those suffering severe infirmity or suicidal loneliness have ever sat through Jools Holland s Hootenanny To do so under any other circumstances would just be plain wrongIn the end Dry Hard does devolve into a bit of banality but the trip there makes this novel deserving of a read and worthy of high praise Well written with a focused plot no extraneous filler and loads of laughs Dry Hard may be destined to take its place among the funniest books written this year Spalding will most certainly widen his fan base with this release and rightfully so The book definitely made a fan of this reviewerThanks to NetGalley and Publishing UK for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Well this was a shocker I didn t like this one Usually Nick Spalding can make me laugh until I hurt myself Dry Hard really didn t work for me though because I think that Spalding left out some things that could have rounded out the book We hear about how badly Kate and Scott behave when they drink And there s even references to their families realizing it and avoiding them I think it would have been realistic to have the parents and siblings back up Holly their daughter about how they behave when drinking Instead Spalding seems focused on showing why YouTube stars are a problem unless it s his characters reaping the benefit Dry Hard follows Kate and Scott who though are happily married wish that they had time together When both et stressed they like to drink Unfortunately when they drink they don t have a stop button and it causes both of them trouble at work When they finally turn into boozy messes on Christmas their daughter Holly films them and then posts it on her YouTube channel in order to The Pavement Arena get her parents to realize they need to stop drinking So that s what Kate and Scott pledge to do For a whole year no drinkingOf course we are supposed to laugh about themetting into scrapes and both wishing for a drink but I didn t find it very funny Both characters are alcoholics full stop Every description of them thinking about drinking Drinking Til They Black til they black and the remarks made by friends and family shows that they are not seen as sobercompetent Unlike with the other couples Spalding has introduced us to over the years I couldn t warm up to Kate or Scott Them deciding to chronicle their non drinking on YouTube seemed out of character and also stupid Spalding does this to tie together the whole YouTube culture thing and it doesn t work at all I
get we are supposed to be rooting against someone but the Kate we are supposed to be rooting against someone but the Kate Scott were hot messes The other characters Dungeon get very little development Even though we switch to Holly at times I think Spalding could have included of her issues with her parents drinking Weet mentions of why she never invites friends to stay over You think her parents would realize that and also really really apologize for it The therapy session scene we Rabiosa get once again sucks The book wasn t that funny to me I mean at first I was smiling and then cringing the whole way through Probably because I have a brother who used to drink to the point he would black out and wake up and accuse everyone around him of all sorts of things I also had an ex who was a functioning alcoholic I just couldn t find the book very funny I think I would skipped over this if the synopsis hadn t made it seem as if Kate and Scott don t really have an issue with drinking they just over drink a bit andet caught in a viral moment The ending was so unrealistic I think we re supposed to cheer on how things end up But I already have issues with so called YouTube stars using their platforms and how it can leave bad impressions on teens and adults I am not Sculpting Making a Toddler Doll going to lie I will watch a video on how to snake a toilet or fix a sink However based on all the articles about BS influencers and how some people selling products are pretty much blackmailed intoiving these stars money or Soldados del Multiverso: Guerreros del pasado (Guerras del Multiverso n 2) get bad reviews I just have a bad taste in my mouth about the whole platform 35 rounded up to 4 starsA lighthearted fun read that was aood change up On Disgust genre for me Kate and husband Scott are drinkersBIG drinkers functioning alcoholics to say the least They can be outlandish when they drink and therefore some parts of this book were showing a serious issue in a downplayed manner When their daughter Holly uploads an embarrassing drunken video of them on social media itoes viral and they are forced to address their issues I really enjoyed how modern day social media involvement was brought into this story The alternating point of views from both Kate and Scott helped show the struggle both individuals went through which made you understand each character better I was cheering for Kate and Scott s sobriety had some laughs and really enjoyed this read Special Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. O the world they’re than just boozy idiots Kate and Scott uit alcohol completely But with Holly’s er ‘help’ what begins as a family promise soon escalates into a social media phenomenon #DryHardWith the eyes of the Internet upon them can Kate and Scott stay teetotal and save their marriage in the process. ,
E I don t need it Prove I can uite easily A Dirty Wedding Night: A Dirty Rockstar Romance Collection (Dirty, Book 2.5) get through life without alass of something fun in my hand Easy peasyAnd funny her husband Scott has been thinking the same thing about himself It s a horrible thing to admit but when life New Menopausal Years gets difficult or trying for me I tend to jump into a bottle of something nice to make it all betterBut it takes an embarrassing viral video uploaded to YouTube by their teenage daughter to really set this pair on the road to total temperance Soon Scott and Kate are living an alcohol free life and finding out that staying sober can be a little sobering It s just SO MUCH HARDER to cope with every day annoyances without that pleasant buzz in the background And what on earth should they talk about when they re alone together Why they re almost like strangers Could it be that their marriage is not as strong as they thought it wasNow though I m deathly afraid that the foundations of our marriage are actually pretty damn weak and made out of emptyin and wine bottlesNever fear Turns out nothing unites a pair of married strangers like having a common enemy And sweet sweet revenge tastes better than even the sweetest wineSpalding takes a serious topic and Faja (Naslouchač, gives it a humorous spin You really care about his likable characters wincing when they screw up and cheering for their triumphs Recommended to anyone looking for a light comic novel This book has a strong beginning if you like cringing moments with your humour and a strong endingIt sagged for me a bit in the middle but works as a social commentary and a uick funny read CommitmentIenuinely have moments in Nick Spalding s books where I laugh out loud I have since his first books learned NOT to read them in public as it avoids embarrassing spontaneous outbursts of laughter snorting when trying to control the outbursts and dribbling tears and saliva out my eyes and mouthAs we have come to expect with Nick Spalding he cleverly mixes serious life changing events with such slap stick comedic scenes that it is not understated to say the reader s experience will be an absorbing rollercoaster ride of emotions Dry Hard involves the Temple family husband Scott wife Kate and 17 year old daughter Holly Scott works for a Gin brewery with easy access to alcohol and Kate works for a PR agency that often means nights out and dinner with clients Both Scott and Kate have always enjoyed alcohol and they seem to live jovial pleasant and relaxed lives Holly has watched their constant displays of drunken antics that are often lewd foolish and offensive hidden to them behind a forgetful boozy mist of altered reality Life is full of choices and decisions some feel small and manageable while others feel so monumental that we fear to make mistakes Each decision however has an impact not only on our own lives but on those around us and acutely on our families Scott and Kate are confronted by a video of their drunken antics at Christmas captured by Holly and accompanied by a threat to post on YouTube unless they stop Unwilling to do so or unbelieving that Holly would actually follow through they suddenly find themselves the focus of a video that has one viral with the hashtag DryHardScott and Kate are initially humiliated and ashamed of their behaviour but eventually come to a decision that the
video should be kept online as a huge motivation to stop drinking The constant reminder being all should be kept online as a huge motivation to stop drinking The constant reminder being all persistent and the horrible realisation of how drinking was affecting their daughter are the main incentives to commit to a year without alcohol Holly also commits to this endeavour providing a regular online update to a rowing number of subscribers that put her in a uniue category of bloggers that can enerate financial rewards This uniue category of bloggers that can enerate financial rewards This the attention of others that have made millions with their own YouTube channels and are always looking to capture new opportunitiesThese multiple threads are well woven into a Hearts Farthings good fast paced story which is an easy read The storyline proceeds as expected the moments of lapse and its repercussions thereedy online social media stars wanting to manipulate a young na ve The Mount Shasta Mission girl and the expected relationship issues now their view of the world has been resetI didn t feel this was asood as previous novels from Nick Spalding It felt convenient at times and obvious in the plotting I lost interest in Scott and Kate s endeavour at various moments and Holly s actions with regards her parents were a little off for my appreciation I would rate the book 35 stars but with Nick s comedic scenes and his conclusion to the story laying out our challenges in making decisions and how we can appreciate life and accept its failings are important messages so I would happily round up to 4 starsMany thanks to Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC version of the book in return for an honest review Dry Hard is a hysterically funny novel that chronicles one couple as they move through the stages of addiction recovery From their manic highs in the throes
Of Drunken Oblivion To Their Lows Of drunken oblivion to their lows of rock bottom author Nick Spalding infuses enough humor to make the journey one in which the reader fully engages cheering for the characters to make it to full sobrietySpalding s Little Darlings genius here is in his ability to make us laugh even whilst we simultaneously wince Kate and Scott Temple both in their forties areiven voice in alternating chapters the first several of which detail their drunken behaviors in separate high profile awkward situations The farcical nature of their retelling of events will cause even the most cynical of readers to truly laugh out loud but not without an underlying feeling of unease and perhaps even a bit of Greenwich guilt over finding the couple s alcohol induced actions amusing This tightrope is walked throughout we snort at their slapstick antics then silently follow Kate and Scott as they explore the depth of their self deception and fight to recover The other character here that plays heavily into the plot is the couple s sixteen year old daughter Holly While her parents Xing drinks have become crutch than comfort and the couple have almost forgotten how to talk to each other soberThen their teenage daughter Holly uploads a video of their humiliating drunken escapades whichets picked up by YouTube superstar PinkyPud and oes horrifyingly viralIn a last ditch attempt to prove Find all of my reviews at Hard left me in a bit of a conundrum I knew oing in this was a book that wouldn t be for everyone since it was about a married couple who were functioning alcoholics so I was really expecting some dark humor What I wasn t expecting was the first 25% to be full of over the top slapstick comedy such as Deciding it would be a Your Name Here good idea to DRIVE A TRACTOR while having zero experience as a farmer through a wedding reception Deciding it would be aood idea to OPERATE A PROFESSIONAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY while not even being a closet pyromaniac let alone a licensed professional Pretending to boff the Christmas tree and then adorning the lingerie purchased for the Mrs in an attempt to prove it wouldn t make her look like a prostitute as she suggested The last one served as the catalyst via a viral video that made the duo decide to try and Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, give up drinking for a yearIt s also where the book took a strange turn and went from this To this Didn t see that one coming Yes the underlying tone of this book most certainly is one that attempts to inform the masses that social media You Tube and its vloggers in particular may be what eventually leads us to There s a veryood chance readers will need to see Shelby in order to pick up Don t forget to fill them out in triplicateI think I need to ive this author s other book a shot to see what I really think about his stuff because this one was a mixed bag for me Good news is it costs zero dollars on Kindle Unlimited so if you have that you won t be out anything by picking it up ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you NetGalley This was a light read about a serious problem alcoholism Kate and Scott Temple are an English middle class couple in their forties They have a teenage daughter and both are working long hours in their respective jobs Drinking has become a crutch for when bored upset stressed etc Denial is their middle name until their daughter posts online a video of her parents drunk and acting stupid Sobering Dry Hard was a very uick read I don t know if it s because I don t find drunks funny but truth be told I ot irritated with our protagonists and their first world problems At times I found them whinny and irritating even when some of their struggles issues rang true I also thought that the author was trying too hard to put a funny spin on things It didn t uite work for me 3 stars I ve received this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review As you would expect with a Nick Spalding book this is really funny In fact I don t think there is a chapter that doesn t involve an embarrassing incident drunken shenanigans the sublime or ridiculous leading to everything from A Fairly Honourable Defeat giggles to full on belly laughs I mean you wouldn t think one couples attempt toive up alcohol for a year would be so funny but it is Yet within the humour there are clearly important modern social issues touched up There is a lot about the whole YouTube fame culture and features assorted YouTuber there is a young adult who just wants her parents to drink less and as a result videos them over Christmas and ends up with a viral video
From Which Everything Spirals Yet which everything spirals Yet before Christmas we meet both Kate and Scott in individual chapters where they both have a rather ridiculous drunken mishap One involving a tractor and a wedding and the other involving fireworks and a Fucking Trans Women gin distillery Then Holly s chapters felt like they were written from an omniscient point of view but also fly on the wall documentary tone It felt like the voice was all knowing but at the same time it really was highlighting very key issues that could resonate with readers This is actually a very clever novel I thoroughly enjoyed whizzing through the pages and really didn t want it to end Dry Hard had uite a different feel to it than other books I ve read and I think it would translate perfectly into a sitcom with each chapter being a different episode Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily If you ve seen the movie A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga there is one particularly cringe inducing thing that Bradley s character does while intoxicated that even though you re watching what you know to be fiction causes you physical pain That s what reading about the characters in this novel do while under the influence that is not funny it makes you wince Most often if a loved one doesn t realize on her own that she might have a problem with alcohol a person will stage an intervention In this case Kate and Scott s daughter uses her phone to record their wild antics on Christmas Day She shows the video to them and though they are mortified they protest that they just like to let off a little steam every now and again Then Holly posts it online itoes viral and her parents admit maybe they do have a problem and should stop drinking This is when the books stops being painful and starts being enjoyable There is some humor with the use of language but it s rarely laugh out loud funny They try to stay sober through willpower but I don t know any people who identify
as alcoholic who would say that willpower will sober them up In this book that alcoholic who would say that willpower will sober them up In this book that is rarely used but Scott or Kate might acknowledge they have an addiction to alcohol After all if a person could will herself sober she could also just will herself to stop at a drink or two Sobering up puts other challenges in Kate and Scott s path like what do they talk about without liuid lubrication I do love stories where characters have a challenge and do their best to overcome it and Slavery Reborn grow as human beings and in that way this delivers For reviews please visit nothing seems entirely impossible when you re three sheets to the wind does itAfter Kate Templeets bombed at a client s wedding and has a disastrous encounter with a tractor she s forced to admit that maybe just maybe her drinking has You Can Make Anything Sad gotten a little out of hand I should probably uit drinking At least for a while Prov. From the bestselling author of Fat Chance and Checking Out comes a hilarious story aboutiving up but definitely not Life Leverage giving inKate and Scott’s marriage has always been a lot of fun with alcohol at the heart of it After all what’s entertaining than aood laugh and a large drink or sixBut recently those rela.