Brand New Friend

Finding friends is hard to doWhen thirty two year old Rob Brooks s long term girlfriend asks him to leave London and live with her in Manchester not only will it mean moving cities and changing the only job he s ever had, it ll also mean leaving behind his best mate in the entire world, Phil Clarke Believing in love conquering all Rob takes the plunge and convinced ofFinding friends is hard to doWhen thirty two year old Rob Brooks s long term girlfriend asks him to leave London and live with her in Manchester not only will it mean moving cities and changing the only job he s ever had, it ll also mean leaving behind his best mate in the entire world, Phil Clarke Believing in love conquering all Rob takes the plunge and convinced of his ability to make new friends Rob tries his best to sort out the situation But when six months in he still finds himself without even so much as a regular drinking buddy he begins to realise that sometimes making friends in your thirties can be the hardest thing to do With this is mind Rob begins a strategy that though risky has the potential to deliver the one thing he wants a brand new friend His strategy Advertising in a classified ad in a Manchester magazine After three excruciatingly embarrassing bloke dates Rob begins to despair But then his luck changes He finds himself a brand new friend But there s a problem Apart from knowing less than nothing about music trivia, football and supermodels vital statistics Rob s new friend has one huge flaw She s a girl.
Brand New Friend Finding friends is hard to doWhen thirty two year old Rob Brooks s long term girlfriend asks him to leave London and live with her in Manchester not only will it mean moving cities and changing the on

  • Title: Brand New Friend
  • Author: Mike Gayle
  • ISBN: 9780340825402
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Brand New Friend”

    1. Oh, I really enjoyed this book. So much so in fact, that I'm gonna give it a 4,5 instead of a 4. (I mean, yeah it was good, but I'm kind of picky about the fives now a days)I just loved how it was about friendship instead of romance. Friendship, in my opinion, should be so much more valued than romantic love anyways. It's our main source of happiness, I'm telling ya.The story was just light and fun. I mean, it did contain some surprises in the end, but mostly it was just a semi funny read that m [...]

    2. 'Do you want to hear an interesting fact?' said Jo. 'Eskimos apparently have over fifty different words for snow. Snow's really important to those guys - I suppose it's because sometimes the difference between one type and another can mean the difference between life or death.' She paused and laughed self-consciously. 'You know they've got words for dry snow and wet snow, fluffy snow and compact snow. They've got words for snow that comes down fast and for snow that comes down slow - they've tho [...]

    3. Like all of Mike Gayle’s books, this one gets a big fat 5 stars! I stayed up way too late reading this book because I just couldn’t put it down, and when I was done I could hardly sleep because my heart was aching and I was still crying.I think this one hit home for me more than others because it’s a story about a guy who moves to another city to be with his girlfriend. He has no friends there and in his early 30’s he finds it incredibly difficult to make any. He’s lonely and feels out [...]

    4. An interesting little book. Ian moves to Manchester, to be with his long term girlfriend Ashley. He leaves all of his friends behind. Now however, hes finding it very difficult to make friends as he works from home. He meets Jo, a woman at a party and subsequently 2 weeks later and they hit it off - as friends. But he doesn't tell his girlfriend that Jo is a woman and she thinks his new frend is Joe.The book is about a friendship thats lovely but becomes slightly complicated. I enjoyed the aspec [...]

    5. 3 stars.This book gutted me. I'm glad it ended as it did, but at the same time, I'm really not.Update January 24, 2015:I've reread this one twice since my first read, and I think I can say with absolute certainty that it deserves more than a 3.5. I love this book, and it's getting a 2 star bump from me. This is one that will always stick with me, because it hits so close to home. Almost two years away from the most painful part of my "terrible timing", I appreciate this book so much more. I appr [...]

    6. The thing I like about Mike Gayle's books is that all his characters feel real - like you could meet any of them at work or on a night out - and this book is no exception. Following the story of Rob, who leaves his close circle of friends behind to join his girlfriend who lives miles away in Manchester, we meet Jo, the brand new friend of the novel's title. Rob and Jo hit it off immediately but there is the slight issue that Jo is a girl There are a few misunderstandings and mishaps and at one p [...]

    7. I loved this book. It was about a guy moving in with his girlfriend, so that they could stop with the long distance relationship.By moving in he is now placed in a new city with no friends. So he goes on a search to find a new best friend, but has a hard time finding any guys he can get along with. So he ends up finding a female friend. I was interesting to read from a guys perspective on a relationship. The chapters were short and the book was divided into many parts, which added to the quirky [...]

    8. You can always count on Mike Gayle to present a unique take on life from a man's point of view, filled with funny punchlines and painfully acute observations. This book is for those who have friends-turned-lovers, those who have lovers-turned-friends and those who have platonic heterosexual friends who are still just-a-friend.

    9. “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” Elbert HubbardIn this novel the author explores friendship. Rob is having a long distance relationship with his girlfriend Ashley. When she gets fed up with the commute she gives him an ultimatum, move to Manchester and live with her or stay in London and lose her. Rob loves Ashley but finds the prospect of leaving London and his friends daunting but after much prevaricating he moves North. However, once in Manchester he stru [...]

    10. I have to admit to binge reading this book, once I'd got past a certain point. I don't want to give out spoilers but I spent time wondering which route this story was going to take and I genuinely wasn't even sure which one I was cheering for either. You know that feeling you get once you're invested in a character, and often we have our favourites who we want to get the happy ending: well this book turned this theory upside down for me. However, I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed, it's [...]

    11. Another winner from Mike Gayle. Exploring the idea of men & women being good friends without sexual overtones is an area fraught with stereotyping but I felt that it was handled well and I thoroughly enjoyed the simmering tension and the whole "will they, won't they" sub-plot bubbling away from the moment they met.

    12. A bit of a slow start, which had me doubting I'd like this book. It turned out to be a nice, easy (and endearingly mid 00's-dated) read, though, with a not-too-obvious ending. The epilogue was pretty bad, but oh well.

    13. Very enjoyable rom com. Light enough to read in a sitting but dealing with some weighty themes - are there more than one types of love/can a man and a women sustain a genuinely platonic friendship? Also as per Gayle's normal form it's funny and will make you laugh and smile. Recommended.

    14. Mike Gayle does the simple things well. He takes normal, every day situations and gives them an entertaining spin. It's no different with this book, one I thoroughly enjoyed.

    15. Read October, 2006 Mike Gayle has easily become one of my go to authours. When he comes out with a new book I am amungst the first to order it, when I am in a slump and want to read something that is sure to give me a chuckle I pick up a Mike Gayle book. His voice is always fresh and his story lines are certianly not typical and in his latest 'BRAND NEW FRIEND' he delivers all that fans have come to expect from him.Gayle has a knack for taking his readers on a laugh-out-loud funny journey into t [...]

    16. I can see why 'Lad-Lit' is thriving and safe in the hands of authors like Mike Gayle, thanks to great novels like this. It was a hugely enjoyable, simple story about a man called Rob who is loving his life in London but his girlfriend (Ashley) of two years is sick of the commute down from Manchester to be with him so she gives him an ultimatum. Either he moves to Manchester to be with her or their relationship is over. Rob makes the monumental decision to go to Manchester for one year, just to s [...]

    17. Now I am a great book lover and I have stumbled across the works of Mike Gayle. Gayle, who is better known as the brother of newsreader, Phil Gayle has been writing hit books for years but I have never gotten round to reading them. Feeling bored one day I took a browse through my book collection (which I admit is pretty huge) and I found his latest book Brand New Friend. I got right into it and have been unable to put it down. ‘Brand New Friend’ is the story of Rob, a bit of a commitment-pho [...]

    18. Brand New Friend by Mike Gayle. I’m definitely warming to Mike Gayle after having a false start with his To Do List. His novels are a million times better with a humour and warmth that is so often lacking in chick-lit (this is loosely referred to as lad-lit). This story follows Rob Brooks who moves to Manchester to be with his girlfriend leaving his circle of friends, his drinking buddies and his life behind in London. Struggling to come to terms with the fact that he needs to start afresh in [...]

    19. OK, I'll say right off, it's just plain weird reading a book in which a major character shares a name (fore- and sur-) with one of your friends. And even though this Jo bore little resemblance to my Jo, it still made it difficult to remain objective about her.I'll also say I'm glad I didn't pay any money for this, a magazine freebie. Although this is kind of a shame, as I have in my life bought two copies of 'Mr Commitment', having enjoyed it enough to lend it to someone and miss it when it fail [...]

    20. I think I'm becoming a fan of Mike Gayle. This is the third book I've read of his. Like his style. I was really interested in finding out, from a man's perspective, whether men and women can ever really be "just friends". I wasn't particularly fond of the first third of this novel. I found all the little details unimportant and boring really. Perhaps these things are more interesting to a man (it is written from a man's point of view after all). But things like old friends names, what they did f [...]

    21. I've been dying to read from a male author in romance section, n I'm gladly declare that this brilliant writer, is now one of my favorites! yeah, I get it when the writer doesn't like to be called as chick-lit author bcoz come on, his main character is a guy n from the man's point of view, it's kinda unfair to him but at the same time, generally girls or women r the group who'll read this kind of bookn for this book, I love how he keep it real, not every male n female leads should get togetherwi [...]

    22. 3.5 starsI really enjoyed this book, and it was really refreshing to have a male perspective on some of the social issues we constantly blunder into throughout life. I loved the ending, having feared it would go the way of many a chick/lad lit book, and end in betrayal and tears. Good to know that men will actually stick by you, contrary to social stereotyping. It was interesting seeing how a man might view and deal with difficulties, and the exasperation of Ashley is so common in life. There we [...]

    23. This is the third novel I've read by Mike Gayle and I enjoyed it. It was an interesting topic to focus on. I just assumed guys found it easy to make new friends.What did I like about it? I enjoyed the writing style. It's conversational funny at times. I liked the short chunky chapters. I'm happy it ended the way it did it could have gone one of two ways. And there were a few opportunities to tidy things up but Gayle didn't go there.What didn't I like about it? I didn't feel anything for Ashley [...]

    24. I have been alternating whether to give this a 3 or a 4 and went for 3. I quite enjoyed this story of Rob who decided reluctantly to move from London to Manchester to live with his girlfriend Ashley (after she had given him an ultimatum). His reluctance was due to the fact that at 32 he was sure he would be able to make friends in Manchester and did not really want to leave his London friends behind. But went he and have trouble finding friends he had, until he met Jo (first at a party then in a [...]

    25. Mike Gayle seems to have perfected the art of writing the male version of 'chick lit' (I'm sure there's a term for it, I'm just not savvy enough to know it) that both men and women enjoy. His books are very readable, witty, and filled with plausible characters (both men and women) one finds easy to identify with. Brand New Friend is my favourite this far: a story of what happens when a (straight) man in need of a new best friend finds one in a (straight) woman. How many kinds of love are there r [...]

    26. Overall, it's about the When Harry Met Sally predicament: can men and women ever be just friends? Of course there are the thoughts on friendship, the 50 words for snow, the take on relationships and love, and more importantly, the thoughts on our "self" - the loser and the winner in us. You'd have to read it. It isn't Crime and Punishment or Pride and Prejudice, but it's a good, sweet read. I do so enjoy a Mike Gayle book, particularly because I can always identify with the main characters of hi [...]

    27. Well this is the first book on my shelf by Mike Gayle!!I bought this book because of its tag line, "He doesn't fancy her. She doesn't fancy him. So what's with HER being HIS"It's the thing I have always tried to explain my friends. At first I found this book a little boring but when he moved to manchester and when he found Jo,is from where my interest started to build in this book.'Jo' and 'Ashley' are quite interesting characters and 'Rob' is kinda boring when he doesn't have anyone to eat up h [...]

    28. This was the second of four back-to-back audiobooks I listened to by Mike Gayle and I enjoyed all four.I love the twist with this book, that a man can be friends with a woman, although in Harry Met Sally-style, there are some close calls.A book works well when a reader believes that the characters are real and, although I'm a tough crowd (a writer myself), Mike's characters are utterly believable (especially the Trekkie). I lost some sympathy with Rob's situation when he was so mean to the men h [...]

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