High School Boy tries to Chat Up Older Woman

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High School Boy tries to Chat Up Older Woman

1AuthorSSD
Editado: Nov 29, 2023, 5:36 pm

The Plot:
After he finds out his girlfriend was cheating on him (I think there was a line about her cheating on him with his best friend behind a church), high school boy gets revenge by chatting up women online and in the process, he develops a relationship with an older woman (a relationship based on a lie, because he's lied about his age and everything that entails). That relationship only gets more complicated when she wants to meet him in person - and toward the end of the book they do. I don't remember the actual ending or anything else plot-wise... I think the plot and any attempt at a message wasn't meant to be intentionally problematic with the boy trying to seduce and meet up with an older woman, I think it was meant to be a very uncomfortable style of humor, and meant to show how idiotic some teenage boys can be; the absolute misery they bring unto themselves, etc.

The Cover:
It was bright yellow. On the bottom of the cover there was a black and white humanoid in a crude doodle-looking style. I remember the humanoid figure being slumped over, one leg might've been bent, knee in the air - might've had a cigarette in his hands? Maybe not. That part I can't remember, but think: doodle of a male laying on his side, looking emotionally defeated.

Other details I vaguely remember:
- I THINK this might've been British young adult or new adult fiction. Granted, I say that in hindsight because I've had British friends, and I think I remember the prose of the book being more British than American (in terms of slang, which confused me at the time - think that was my first introduction to the term "slag").
- Alternatively, if it isn't British, it might be Australian? But that's just a wild, somewhat educated guess...
- There are no straight up sex scenes in the story, but it does dip into uncomfortable territory what with the whole "high school boy lying about his age to interact with and meet up with an older woman" thing; I remember that being skirted around a lot in-story with technology related excuses as to why the main character couldn't talk to, or interact with the woman he talks to. I think it was purposely meant to be uncomfortable just to emphasize how much of an idiot he is, and how he didn't think about the rabbit hole he was getting himself into.
- The main character's girlfriend cheated on him, I believe with his best friend, I think there were mentions of them 'doing it' behind a church - but there was also a party that was mentioned; so I think she cheated on the main character multiple times and he only knew about one of those times, only to find out she cheated multiple times (possibly from someone else?).

Overall, I read this book a long time ago, having borrowed it from my local library. I'd search for it in my borrowing history there BUT when the library updated it's systems, all of my borrowing history was lost - including this book's title.

I mainly wanted to check it out again because I can't remember the ending for the life of me, but also because - if this book was indeed British - it would've been the first (and so far, only one of two) British books I've read, and I'd like to read it again to remember the uncomfortable style of writing and the weird situation the main character puts himself in again since I don't remember much else about the story.

EDIT: I made a mock up of the cover from what I remember here: https://www.librarything.com/pic/10402905

2beyondthefourthwall
Nov 29, 2023, 2:56 am

If Australian, it might be something by Nick Earls.

3AuthorSSD
Nov 29, 2023, 5:20 pm

>2 beyondthefourthwall: Looking at his bibliography on both LibraryThing and Wikipedia, I don't think that's it sadly...

4AuthorSSD
Nov 29, 2023, 5:37 pm

Edited the original post, including a mock up of the cover I made in MS Paint!

For safe keeping, I'll also include the link to the cover mock up here https://www.librarything.com/pic/10402905