What do you do when the doctor says you could die at any moment? That’s what the young and successful Nathan James has to consider, when he is diagnosed with a tumour. It’s not just that he’s facing up to the fact that he’s made some less than perfect life choices – he’s also fallen in love.
Which could not have happened at a worse time.
Nick Spalding’s latest book is a comedic take on a journey of self discovery and romance. Although a light read, it explores relationships, consumerism, dealing with death, and other such weighty issues. There’s also singing fruit, unwanted handjobs in a commune, a donkey with personality disorder, and a slapstick scene involving a rubber hammer outside a Primark.
He plays his jokes for laughs, and some of the humour is a bit heavy handed. The whole plotline is entirely unbelievable. But with seventeen titles under his belt, Spalding has hit on a formula that works. For easy and breezy storytelling, you can’t go far wrong with Checking Out.
I received a copy of Checking Out from NetGalley.