My ambitions are as follows:
(1) To find out why my father sometimes stays in bed for days at a time.
(2) To find out why my mother’s getting surfing lessons—and probably more—from a hippy-looking twonk.
(3) To lose my virginity before it becomes legal—in just over a year.
There are other, lesser characters in the book: Jordana, my love interest; Zoe, whose only real school friend is a dinner lady; and Chips, an outstanding bully. This book might not change my life. But there is no telling how you will react.
“[Joe Dunthorne is] probably destined to be compared with Mark Haddon and Roddy Doyle.”—The Miami Herald
“This absolutely winning debut novel isn't so much a coming-of-age tale as it is a reflection on what it means to be a certain age and of an uncertain mind.”—Los Angeles Times
“A brilliant first novel by a young man of ferocious comic talent.”—The Times (London)
“[Dunthorne’s] precocious talent and cheerful fondness for the teenage male are showcased in Submarine. . . . Oliver’s voice is funny and dead-on.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Preternaturally wise, slightly devious and highly entertaining.”—USA Today