Charlotte Street is Danny Wallace's debut fiction novel after finding massive success with his previous non-fiction works such as Awkward Situations for Men and Yes Man.
Jason Priestly is the unlikely romantic/stalker of this tale and for those who remember the Beverly Hills 90210 heart throb of the same name, no...there are not any 1990's sex symbols included. This Jason Priestly is a guy down on his luck. Living in a flat with his best friend Dev above a computer game shop, recently dumped by his girlfriend and working for a newspaper that could go under any day, things aren't really going to plan. But one day, on Charlotte Street in London, he helps a beautiful woman into a taxi as she struggled with her bags. As the car pulls away, he realises he's got something of hers still in his hand. A disposable camera. Could this camera hold the identity of the beautiful woman? Could she really be as perfect as she looks? Could they end up living happily on a farm and making cheese together? Or is developing a strangers pictures illegal? All he knows, is that stalking definitely is. His friend Dev brushes over Jason's worried and insists the photo's are developed. They show what appears to be a random collection of images with no direct clues to who the woman is but Jason is on a mission, he has something to aim for at last.
How easy is it to find a stranger in London? Who is the man in the photographs? Even if Jason found her, would she find his efforts romantic or cause to dial 999?
Charlotte Street is a real heart-warmer of a novel. Please don't think slushy though, this never delves into that area, it just leaves you feeling brilliantly uplifted, with a smile on your face. Due to being a bit of a geek, I loved the references to old school computer games such as Golden Eye on the N64 and the relationship between Jason and Dev, with their loving sarcasm and 'bro love' is captured perfectly. Danny Wallace's ease with writing also comes across in this novel, it flows effortlessly and draws you in until you NEED to know how it all ends. If you are looking for a laid back, quirky and fun novel with a heart, this is perfect!
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