Knick Knack Paddy Whack
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Patrick Scully is a security guard in Dublin. He doesn't like Dublin because they are rude and not at all like the friendly folks in his hometown of Castlecock. When he comes home for a visit, he has a memorable experience that will affect his life and relationship with his on again-off again girlfriend Francesca. The reader is drawn through Scully, Francesca, and Xavier's lives, emotions, decisions, and outcomes.
Mr. O'Hanlon's story captures the struggling emotions youth experience when changing from teen to young adult. He captures their lack of faith in life, and lets the reader hear it through their brash, colorful words. It was an interesting read.
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Francesca returns to her hometown to visit her mother. Balls and Patrick also go home to their village. Though he believes overall that he is an honorable and faithful person, Patrick picks up a girl at the local pub and shares sex. He desperately tries to bury his guilty feelings involving what he has done to Francesca. All Patrick wanted was his relationship with to continue, while the growing more independent woman wanted to end it.
KNICK KNACK PADDY WHACK is an interesting characters-driven look at a young adult trying to grasp onto anything that will stop him from drowning in society's hypocrisy. The plot is clearly Patrick's tale even though the absence of Francesca adds to the excitement. Patrick uses humor to defuse his growing dark feelings and to survive in a world that he loathes. Ardal O'Hanlon scores with his debut novel that focuses on the dichotomy of feelings and disenchantment that late teens feel as they step into the realm of adulthood.
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I am a big fan of the TV show 'Father Ted' that Ardal was on so I decided to check this book out. I LOVED it. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2005 by Natalie
Oh it had potential, it really did! If only he had gone through it a bit more, cleaned up a bit of the grammar and etc., we'd have quite a good piece before us. Read morePublished on June 28 2003 by David M. Roberts
When I started reading this book I found it hard to put it down...picking it up at every free moment I had and continueing to read on. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2001
This was a horrible book. I didn't care about any of thecharacters, so when the alleged "shocking conclusion"happened I didn't bat an eye. Read morePublished on May 8 2000
I'm usually extremely tolerant of the books I read, and always try to give authors the benefit of the doubt in my reviews. Unfortunately, I just didn't like this book. Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Frank J. Konopka
Just plain wonderful. Interesting characters, vivid settings, beautiful writing throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it highlyPublished on Feb. 22 2000