A Fantastic Read: Engaging, Intelligent, Funny, Unsettling (!) Latest Review of “Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer” by Justin Sheedy
A FANTASTIC READ: ENGAGING, INTELLIGENT, FUNNY, UNSETTLING (!)
“Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer” by Justin Sheedy – Review by Karen Carpenter, Sydney, Australia
The eighties was a difficult time to live in, let alone a time to launch on the journey of self discovery. Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer, Justin Sheedy’s sequel to Goodbye Crackernight, reads more like a counselling session with the reader as the counsellor. Here, young Sheedy is exorcising his teenage demons, ready to open up the next chapter of his life. It is, for the most part, an unsettling read.
Don’t get me wrong. This is not a bad thing. Again, Sheedy has managed to effortlessly transport us in to his world. The world of the 1980s, an uncomfortable decade wedged in between the safe seventies and the naughty nineties. The author is once again in front of you, talking to you alone, yet rather than on a comfortable bike ride, it’s in a noisy, overpopulated student bar.
Teenage angst hits you full blast and for those of us who were teenagers in the eighties, the memories and feelings which are evoked throughout Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer are bittersweet. I did find this book vaguely unsettling, but only in so much as, if I was a boy, this would certainly have been my life. The places mentioned, we could have crossed paths without even knowing it. A strangely familiar story, likes and dislikes, thoughts and feelings… all very familiar, but for me a fantastic read. As always an engaging, intelligent, funny, slightly self-effacing, warm and loving account of the more difficult years of late childhood and early adulthood. I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter where they grew up.
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