I am a big fan of the inbetweeners show and so I was pleased when my parents bought me the inbetweeners year book for Christmas.
The book is a hard back with a good quality thick cover. The book is made to look like the Rudge Park comprehensive school year book as if it has been thrown together by the students and staff there. A clever touch here is coffee stains and creases printed in to the cover which actually look real and more than once I have attempted to uncrease a page in the book! The book has a nice sort of hand made look to it which adds to the charm of it I think.
Inside the book there are all kinds of things to read and this changes from page to page to keep you interested. There are year book profiles for the main characters, the year in photographs, reviews of gigs and roller coasters, poems, extracts from Simon's diary, musings from committee and staff meetings, work experience reports, Jay's A-Z of sex, end of year reports from the head of sixth form Mt Gilbert and much more.
I like the layout of this book and how what you are looking at changes quite quickly as it keeps your interest but it also means you can pick up the book and read a couple of pages and then put it down without worrying that you need to finish a chapter or something because it just isn't laid out like that. There are plenty of glossy pictures, drawings or little comments written in to the pages too for you look at which breaks up the text nicely I think.
There are plenty of funny sections in this book and a particular favourite part of mine is Simon's diary because if you are a fan of the show it is likely you have watched the series and will know exactly what Simon is talking about as he recalls them in his diary in his typical over the top manner which really amuses me. The sections which include Neil usually make me laugh out loud as he is so dopy that in his University application he tells UCAS he wants to go to University because he found out it is "about drinking games and because shag hungry birds go there" !
I like the fact that the book has been put together as if it were thrown together at the last minute at the school as such of course the lads have vandalised each others year book profiles and written smutty comments and such like as I think this fits well with the inbetweeners brand as a whole. Obviously if you are likely to be offended by this sort of thing is it not the book for you but I suspect you would already know this.
As much as there are some really funny sections in the book there are also some which seem to be there to pad out the 190 or so pages in the book and this is really obvious sadly and I think they could have been omitted. Sections such as Will's reviews of roller coasters fit in to this category and whilst I see why it is there as it does have links to an episode in the series it just doesn't seem to gel well with the rest of the book for me.
I do think that fans of the show will enjoy this book as it links well to the main characters in a predominantly funny way. There are always going to be sections which are more enjoyable than others in this type of book but the bulk of this one is good though I do suspect this is the kind of book you read once and then ends up on your shelf afterwards as I can't see me revisiting it now I have read it. The book has a RRP of £16.99 on the cover but is available on amazon for just £8.49 which is a much more reasonable price in my opinion.
Thank you for reading my review!