We all need a laugh right now, don’t we? Well, I’m going to try to bring it to you today with this next review.
Don’t Worry, Everything is Going to Be Amazing by Billy Moran
Chris Pringle: simpleton, casualty or local hero?
Propped up by biscuits, benefits and a baffling faith in his plan, he lives in a world where every day is obsessively the same: wedged in his recliner, watching murder mysteries, taking notes. Until the day a serious and peculiar crime stumps the local police – and Chris announces he can solve it.
Accompanied by a loyal crew of chancers, committed to making amends, and pursued by a depressed Detective Inspector, trying to join the dots, Chris heads back to the raves of his past, where a heartbreaking personal tragedy lies abandoned. But what exactly is Chris Pringle looking for? Has he really worked out the way to find it? And what will happen if he does?
Any of you who remember the 90s will love Don’t Worry, Everything is Going to Be Amazing. The rave culture apparent in the book will be like a blast from the past and the carry on of the main characters will remind you of Kevin and Perry, Rodney and Del Boy, and the chancers of old school Eastenders. It will be hard to suppress a giggle when you read what comes out of Runcie’s mouth. Although, I have to admit that I had some trouble at times following/understanding what Runcie was saying, hats off to the author for presenting us with a fresh, exciting way of writing.
Now is the time to get brutally honest.
There was a point at the beginning of Don’t Worry, Everything is Going to Be Amazing where I really thought I was going to have to tell the author that I couldn’t finish the book. I enjoyed Runcie but he wasn’t enough and I couldn’t really tell where the story was going. Then Chris came and melted my heart.
I couldn’t see Chris as a simpleton or a casualty. I saw him on a deeper level as a man with mental health issues or learning difficulties; I’m not sure which as these areas aren’t mentioned in the book. Yet, I didn’t find myself pitying him in any way. He was content in life and also very smart and I was routing for him all the way. Chris also opened up another side of Runcie to me. Instead of viewing him as a chancer, I could see what a loyal, supportive friend he was to Chris, and therefore found a whole new level to the book that kept me going until the end. An unexpected level but one that was very welcome.
If you are looking fro a bit of comic relief but also wonderful reflections on friendship and being yourself, pick up a copy of Don’t Worry, Everything is Going to Be Amazing.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.