I picked this book up on a recommendation of a friend and did not put it down for a week. It captivated me as a 20-something year old reader and I felt personally connected with the story. Not to mention it's written with it's tongue firmly in cheek, but that doesn't mean that it took any brevity from it's more emotional scenes. This book for me, was the first Australian work of modern fiction that didn't have me cringing through out it. The unfortunate truth about most Australian books is that they are terribly Australian, or perhaps they over compensate in their attempt to make it. Steve Toltz's work seems to recreate effortlessly the Australian characters and ethos that actually exists within the country. In terms of an modern fiction novel that deals with modern Australia, this book is on point.