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Updated: Sep 21, 2022

That Thing I Did

By Allayne Webster

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That Thing I Did by South Australian YA author Allayne Webster is I believe Allayne’s tenth fabulous work. She has written some memorable and marvelous books, but this could well be my favourite of hers yet.

That Thing I Did is a naughty, riotous, road trip, romp which feels very familiar, like an 80s comedy movie, and yet fresh and edgy at the same time. This is a hard trick to pull off. It’s also funny, like properly funny, like snort soft drink out your nose funny. But it will also give you the feels, in all the right places, and many of the wrong places, sometimes simultaneously.

Taylor, and his neighbour, “I see dead people” Chip, are the perfect duo to lead this buddy comedy, traveling in a hearse (of course) and picking up along the way a ragtag group of memorable characters, each more brilliant than the last, and I can’t go past without mentioning a stand out–garrulous granny Daisy, an unforgettable character who will stay with me for a long time. But I must say there are things she does in this book that I cannot un-read!

That Thing I Did is like Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Porky’s. It’s like Driving Miss Daisy, if Miss Daisy lived her life as an adult film star, and still dabbled. If this review has not convinced you to read one of the funniest, freshest, friskiest books of 2022, I don’t know what will!

I give this book 4.9 Chupa Chups out of 5 (once you read the book this reference will make sense).

That Thing I Did is available NOW!


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