What is your bish bash bosh potential? That is the overriding concern for the main protagonist in Gotta Get Some Bish Bash Bosh. And what is this bish bash bosh stuff? It’s slang for self-confidence and swagger among the boys across the pond. As the narrator says, keeping a girl is “flipping hard and soaks up all your dosh.”
Dosh is money. I know this because Allen’s book has a glossary at the back. The glossary is useful—and needed; and that is the only real negative I have about the book. Having to look up the meanings of the words stopped the reading process. Had the book been less well-written I might have stopped reading, but the narrator’s voice is hard to resist. Allen opens the story with a strong voice and keeps it going right to the end. The story is entertaining, and the author has done a great job in flipping the usual teen romance and giving us the story from the guy’s perspective.
Now, I would tell you the narrator’s name but it’s never given. Another small irritant that might have proved fateful had the story not been so strong. The gyrations this fourteen-year-old boy goes through to win his girl back after he’s been dumped include a new haircut, a new diet, a new go at sports, even a new girl. This is a fun book. The narrator is witty and moves the story along at a fast pace. There is real power in his voice.
The book, written by a mother-son writing team in the U.K., was originally released in the U.K. in 2003. This is the first U.S. printing. I enjoyed Gotta Get Some Bish Bash Bosh. I think it will appeal to its intended readership. The only drawback is the slang but the glossary does help and, I confess, it’s fun to find out what bangers, berks, bog rolls, buttys—not what you think—and pongs are. Telling you whether our hero finally achieves “It Guy” status would not be playing fair. You’ll have to buy the book and find out for yourself.
I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
–vikk simmons, Down the Writer’s Path