Author: David Nicholls (Also wrote One Day).
Main character: Brian Jackson, first year university student. Lazy, bad spots, has a habit of making terrible jokes at just the wrong moment.
The story: Starter for Ten follows Brian as he heads off to university where he meets beautiful fellow student Alice. He is determined both to win her love and to appear on University Challenge. The everyday happenings of Brian’s life are nothing out of the ordinary but his internal monologue and uncomfortably accurate awareness of what others think of him (and occasionally, lack of it) are what made this book stand out for me.
In three words: Funny, real, awkward.
Read again: No, but I’d read more of Nicholls’ books.