Checking Out
What do you do when the doctor says you could die at any moment? Well…after you’ve made a cup of tea, of course.Nathan James is young, successful and has the world at his feet. Unfortunately, he’s also about to die—which ruins things somewhat. And now he’s staring imminent death in the face, Nathan is having to rethink some of his life choices very hard.This means embarking on a hectic journey of self-discovery that includes, amongst other things, losing his dignity to an inescapable bean bag, suffering screaming nightmares about a monstrous potato, and getting up close and very personal with a bipolar donkey.All of which is fine, but then Nathan falls in love with a charming girl called Alison, which is a really stupid thing to do. Because how can you give your heart to someone when it might be about to stop?From Nick Spalding, the bestselling author of Fat Chance, Bricking It and Mad Love, comes a comedy about dying—which is easy—and living, which is most certainly not.

Checking Out Details

TitleChecking Out
Author
ReleaseMar 22nd, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
ISBN-139781612185941
Rating
GenreFiction, Humor, Funny, Adult

Checking Out Review

  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    Please note that I got this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating of this book.So I have pretty much loved about every Nick Spalding book I have read. There have been two misses for me, but for the most part he is always enjoyable. In his latest we follow 33 year old Nathan James who though he has about everything to live for (has a fat bank account and a hot girlfriend) is told that he is an inoperable brain tumor.Spalding has Nathan going through some of the stages that you would s Please note that I got this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating of this book.So I have pretty much loved about every Nick Spalding book I have read. There have been two misses for me, but for the most part he is always enjoyable. In his latest we follow 33 year old Nathan James who though he has about everything to live for (has a fat bank account and a hot girlfriend) is told that he is an inoperable brain tumor.Spalding has Nathan going through some of the stages that you would see someone go through if someone died (hello Mr. Anger) as well as him trying to find meaning in his life by trying to find those left fortunate than him (the donkey sanctuary scene had me in hysterics). Ultimately though, Nathan realizes that no matter what he does, he eventually is going to die, he just needs to determine how he plans on living until that occurs. I adored Nathan. Usually Spalding's book has a double POV. For this one we stay firmly in Nathan's head the whole time. What works though is though you may realize that Nathan is a little bit superficial (okay a lot) there is no maliciousness in him. So when he gets his diagnosis you do feel as much grief as the character does. When Nathan goes around breaking the news to his family and girlfriend, Spalding still manages to mix the absurd with the tragic so you will find yourself torn between tears of sympathy and laughter while reading. The secondary characters were really good. Nathan's mother and her sculptures sounds like the stuff of nightmares. And heck at least Nathan realizes that his girlfriend though hot is terrible. There is another love interest in this one that I really did enjoy and thought worked well. I do wish that we had been able to spend more time with Nathan's cousin and her son, there seemed to be a lot going on there. Maybe Spalding will follow up with a second book since there are still some loose ends to follow up on in this one. The writing was great. I had tissues nearby due to some sniffles, but also because I laughed so hard I cried three times while reading this book. The flow was great. Spalding tops off the top of each chapter with the month so you know how much time has passed. That is important cause a doctor Nathan sees initially mentions 6 months for him to live.The book takes place in England. There are some mentions of Trump and his terribleness in this one, so apparently taking place in our current timeline. I did have a question about something though. Spalding via Nathan mentions at one point downloading the Uber app to his phone. I didn't think Uber could operate in England?The book ends on a bittersweet note. I like that Spalding didn't try for some third act deus ex machina. Please note that I read this book for The (Mostly) Dead Writer's Society 52 week challenge: March 12-18: Green cover.
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  • ✨ Kaira ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Plot - 2Writing style - 4Characters - 1 Romance - 1 I have high hopes for this one but unfortunately, it failed to live up to my expectations. For starters, the main protagonist is a douche. Sure, he has a brain tumour but geez, he is a misogynist. I am sorry. Regardless of all the good things he did at the end, he is still a douche for me. I never thought I'll hate a lead this much. He kept comparing his previous relationship to his present which is a big no-no. Just freaking movw on, okay? The Plot - 2Writing style - 4Characters - 1 Romance - 1 I have high hopes for this one but unfortunately, it failed to live up to my expectations. For starters, the main protagonist is a douche. Sure, he has a brain tumour but geez, he is a misogynist. I am sorry. Regardless of all the good things he did at the end, he is still a douche for me. I never thought I'll hate a lead this much. He kept comparing his previous relationship to his present which is a big no-no. Just freaking movw on, okay? The fact that he views his ex-girlfriend so low makes my blood boil. Sure, she surely was not girlfriend material but goodness, no need to say harsh things behind her back. However, truth be told, I find the novel quite entertaining at the very beginning but it all changed as I get to know the male lead. Plus, all these dreams of his are totally not my cup of tea.
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  • Abigail Caulton
    January 1, 1970
    This was totally unexpected. So, this book isn’t normally something I would read, but I wanted to try something new, and I’m really glad I did. Even though this book was about a man called Nathan, who has just been told he is going to die and at times it’s really upsetting as you can imagine that doesn’t take away from the humour in the book. I found myself laughing at how funny the situations Nathan got himself into on the road to discovery.I have never had as many emotions while reading until This was totally unexpected. So, this book isn’t normally something I would read, but I wanted to try something new, and I’m really glad I did. Even though this book was about a man called Nathan, who has just been told he is going to die and at times it’s really upsetting as you can imagine that doesn’t take away from the humour in the book. I found myself laughing at how funny the situations Nathan got himself into on the road to discovery.I have never had as many emotions while reading until I picked up this book.It was fascinating seeing how both Nathan and his loved ones dealt with the news of his illness.I really did enjoy this book a lot. It was easy to follow and the story had lots of different things going on. I would recommend this book to people who don’t mind a sad story and enjoy humour 🙂I haven’t read any of Nicks other books but after reading this I’m defiantly going to be adding some to my TBR shelf ASAP!
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  • Misfits farm
    January 1, 1970
    Nathan has a headache- one that won’t go away. When his words are not quite what he expected and no alcohol is involved, he decides he needs to see a doctor. It turns out that he has an almost unpronounceable brain tumour and may have anything from six minutes or 6 months or maybe even longer to live - or not. This is about how this affects his relationships with those around him- as well as of course how others deal with him- one refusing to believe his diagnosis- as well as how he is dealing w Nathan has a headache- one that won’t go away. When his words are not quite what he expected and no alcohol is involved, he decides he needs to see a doctor. It turns out that he has an almost unpronounceable brain tumour and may have anything from six minutes or 6 months or maybe even longer to live - or not. This is about how this affects his relationships with those around him- as well as of course how others deal with him- one refusing to believe his diagnosis- as well as how he is dealing with things himself. I didn’t quite know what to expect from this book in that it’s a sensitive subject- and found that it is very well dealt with indeed. A book that makes you think about life and how fragile we can be, whilst at the same time dealing with things with a smile and seizing the moment. Some very philosophical words, and so very true. Very well written, very enjoyable and one I would recommend. Carpe Diem and One life- live it.For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/or follow me on Twitter @nickijmurphy1
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  • Cristi-Lael
    January 1, 1970
    I will read everything this guy publishes. I just enjoy his writing so much
  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    Achievement‘Checking Out’, as its name implies, is about Nathan who is only 33 years old and has an inoperable brain tumour and a very poor prognosis.Quite contrary to the first statement, ‘Checking Out’ is also a hilarious, side-splitting comedy, with extremely clever observations and a really witty dialogue. The pace is relentless and at every turn, Nick Spalding is creating another hapless and amusing situation.If you love slap-stick funny then you’ll absolutely cherish this!In this book you’ Achievement‘Checking Out’, as its name implies, is about Nathan who is only 33 years old and has an inoperable brain tumour and a very poor prognosis.Quite contrary to the first statement, ‘Checking Out’ is also a hilarious, side-splitting comedy, with extremely clever observations and a really witty dialogue. The pace is relentless and at every turn, Nick Spalding is creating another hapless and amusing situation.If you love slap-stick funny then you’ll absolutely cherish this!In this book you’re not going to get poetic, lyrical writing. What you will get are vivid and observant descriptions of antics and situations that are just genius. The scene with Nathan and his new girlfriend in his home-recording studio is one the funniest scenes I’ve ever read. I haven’t laughed that loud and hard since watching ‘Something about Mary’. My wife and kids came running to see what was happening me and I just couldn’t get the words out to explain. Don’t read this book on public transport or anywhere in public as you may get locked up as an uncontrollable slobbering idiot. Sudden explosive bursts of laughter are to be expected!The last third of the book takes a gear change and the atmosphere alters to a more serious tone. Not sad, just more searching and reflective. Nathan needs to come to terms with his situation and the fact he wants to leave a legacy. In a book with so much laughter, there is also a serious life lesson to be emphasised – we all make a difference, we all leave a footprint, we all matter!
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  • Lindsay Nixon
    January 1, 1970
    That was great! What a fantastic Sunday read. Highly recommend for fans on The Rosie Project! This emerging genre (“chicklit told from a male narrator/his life”) is becoming my go-to when I want a fun, change of pace. I was grabbed immediately and looooved the narrator. This book has that perfect balance of page-turning curiosity as the drama unfolds with perfectly sprinkled LOL breaks. I actually laughed out loud! The humor is self-deprecating which only makes our narrator more endearing. I enj That was great! What a fantastic Sunday read. Highly recommend for fans on The Rosie Project! This emerging genre (“chicklit told from a male narrator/his life”) is becoming my go-to when I want a fun, change of pace. I was grabbed immediately and looooved the narrator. This book has that perfect balance of page-turning curiosity as the drama unfolds with perfectly sprinkled LOL breaks. I actually laughed out loud! The humor is self-deprecating which only makes our narrator more endearing. I enjoyed this book so much.
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  • Teena in Toronto
    January 1, 1970
    Nathan is 33 years old. He's just sold the rights to a show he had created for a lot of money, his girlfriend is a gorgeous but vain model (and he's okay with that) and he's trying to figure out what to do with all his money. Then his doctor tells him he has a brain tumour and there's nothing that can be done. He could pass away at any time. Not the kind of news he wants to receive.Unexpectedly he meets Allison and they fall in love ... except Nathan hasn't told Allison that he could drop dead a Nathan is 33 years old. He's just sold the rights to a show he had created for a lot of money, his girlfriend is a gorgeous but vain model (and he's okay with that) and he's trying to figure out what to do with all his money. Then his doctor tells him he has a brain tumour and there's nothing that can be done. He could pass away at any time. Not the kind of news he wants to receive.Unexpectedly he meets Allison and they fall in love ... except Nathan hasn't told Allison that he could drop dead at any second. He wants to find something worthwhile to do with what life he has left so sets out to figure out what that is which has interesting results.This is the fourth book I've read by this author and I liked it. I liked the writing style ... it was funny and sarcastic. Despite the subject matter, the book is a comedy. It is written in first person perspective in Nathan's voice. The author is English and the story happens there so some of the references aren't common to North Americans. As a head's up, there is a lot of swearing and some adult activity.I look forward to reading other books by this author.Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2018/03...
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    absolutely loved it, some bits made me laugh out loud (a precious authors talent) thank you Nick Spalding!
  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    I have no idea how this book has accumulated a rating over 4 stars. It has caused me to lose a little faith in my fellow readers. This is ridiculous drivel.
  • Izzy
    January 1, 1970
    Note to self. Books that cost £1 on Kindle Daily Deals are unlikely to be any good. Utter drivel.
  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    Very unexpected story, all of Nick Spalding's normal humour is there and on the whole this is an incredibly fun book, but at the heart of it is a more serious medical condition, and a character, Nathan who has no idea how to deal with this life changing news. For Nathan has been told he has a condition that means his death could he imminent, or he may be fine for ages. There is nothing the doctors can do, for him and he just has to try to get on with his life. However this is not a deep emotiona Very unexpected story, all of Nick Spalding's normal humour is there and on the whole this is an incredibly fun book, but at the heart of it is a more serious medical condition, and a character, Nathan who has no idea how to deal with this life changing news. For Nathan has been told he has a condition that means his death could he imminent, or he may be fine for ages. There is nothing the doctors can do, for him and he just has to try to get on with his life. However this is not a deep emotional story, there is plenty to keep you smiling and laughing. He is the creator of a children's music sensation The Foodies who play their part, and we get to see some of their songs too.The majority of the most memorable scenes involve sex, and not in a hot and steamy way, ina pure I can't believe Nathan is getting himself into these situations sort of way. There are some fabulous characters, Alison who is a lovely girl and potential girlfriend, Eliza, his cousin and Calum her kid, who were really heartwarming, there is Alison's grandfather who although only a small part is easily very memorable. However my absolute favourite character and scene that had me a laughing my head off is Pipsqueak, and that is all I am saying on that, if you want to know read the book yourself. I absolutely love this author and Checking Out is no exception. It may have had deeper elements to it than I was expecting but still with Nick Spalding's excellence for comic timing, lightening the mood and generally fun storytelling. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Connor McCarthy
    January 1, 1970
    This book is honestly one of the funniest things I have read in a long time, which is a strange thing to say about a book that tells you the main character is going to die pretty much straight away. How Nathan deals with his condition and the road he takes to his revelation at the end is hilarious and thought provoking. This is my first Nick Spalding book but definitely not my last.
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  • Laz the Sailor
    January 1, 1970
    This is a quirky, funny, light-hearted, serious look at the possibility of dying before we're ready (and who is ever ready?). Full of delightful vignettes, all aspects of grief are explored with such open and off-beat humor that it is difficult not to chuckle aloud.Love conquers all.Read this.
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  • Georgina Wyatt
    January 1, 1970
    oh my god what an amazing book, honest, emotional, funny and just brilliant! the ending was unexpected but amazing! I almost wanna read it again straight away!
  • Canadian With Books
    January 1, 1970
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  • Rupali
    January 1, 1970
    A hilarious take on a 30 something guy dealing with a terminal illness. Loved it! Reminds us that life is short and we must collect moments.
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    I would give this 2.5 rather than 3. Very funny at times, a good pace , and a good message. About 60% in or felt forced, like the author wasn’t sure how to get to the ending he wanted. Must be read with an English accent ;)
  • EruditeAF Literary Symposium
    January 1, 1970
    'Wake Up, Sir!' by Jonathan Ames is one of my favorite books of all-time. In it, Alan Blair, the main character, gets himself into a number of bizarre (and completely hilarious) situations while attempting to leave some of his personal demons in the past. This book, 'Checking Out' made me think about Alan Blair because its main character, Nathan James, also gets into several unfortunate, yet laughable, situations while trying to deal with his own issues. Nathan James is the famous creator of a c 'Wake Up, Sir!' by Jonathan Ames is one of my favorite books of all-time. In it, Alan Blair, the main character, gets himself into a number of bizarre (and completely hilarious) situations while attempting to leave some of his personal demons in the past. This book, 'Checking Out' made me think about Alan Blair because its main character, Nathan James, also gets into several unfortunate, yet laughable, situations while trying to deal with his own issues. Nathan James is the famous creator of a children's show called Foodies, which I imagine to be similar to Yo Gabba Gabba in obnoxiousness, but with food-based characters. He is in a shallow relationship with a shallow girlfriend, living a shallow existence. That all changes when he is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor which leaves him questioning his entire purpose in life. He is left without a sense of accomplishment over his whole 33 years of life. In order to ease his discontent over his pre-tumor life, he sets out on a number of different 'adventures' in search of fulfillment. Despite the sad and depressing diagnosis and timeline of Nathan's illness, Nick Spalding creates a book full of laugh-out-loud hilarious moments, clever writing, and witty dialogue. I haven't laughed so much with a book in a long time. Nathan James is one of the most well-written main characters I have encountered, with a total relatability and realness about him. I thought the supporting characters were well developed, with bits of humor entwined with their struggling acceptance of Nathan's illness. This book easily ranks within my top 3 books of 2018. Nathan James will remain a memorable character for me, much like Alan Blair has. There are not many books that I read twice-over, but I know I would find enjoyment whenever I picked up this book again in the future. **I was provided with a free copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for my review.
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  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    Nathan James, creator of The Foodies, a group of food characters who sing mind numbing children’s songs, is diagnosed with a brain tumor that is incurable and unpredictable. Nathan is given anywhere between 6 minutes and 6 months to live, or possibly longer.From here on out we follow Nathan’s story as he takes a long hard look at himself and his life and starts making changes. Ditching his shallow, gorgeous girlfriend Sienna, meeting Alison and trying to do something worthwhile with the short ti Nathan James, creator of The Foodies, a group of food characters who sing mind numbing children’s songs, is diagnosed with a brain tumor that is incurable and unpredictable. Nathan is given anywhere between 6 minutes and 6 months to live, or possibly longer.From here on out we follow Nathan’s story as he takes a long hard look at himself and his life and starts making changes. Ditching his shallow, gorgeous girlfriend Sienna, meeting Alison and trying to do something worthwhile with the short time he has left.This story sounds like it could be a doom and gloom journey of self discovery, but as it is written by Nick Spalding, it isn’t.This book is so funny! There are laugh out loud moments such as Nathan’s encounter with Pipsqueak the donkey, and his experience at Light Havens commune. The way that’s it’s written means that it is not a depressing story and it is filled with plenty of hilarious characters such as Cleethorpes the self help guru and Mr Chippy the clown.Although there are plenty of funny moments, it doesn’t make light of the serious situation Nathan is in and it is interesting to follow how his brain tumor affects his life and relationships.Final ScoresIf you like previous Nick Spalding novels, this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s filled with his usual style of witty one liners and comedic scenes. If you haven’t tried one of his books yet then this is a good starting point although the “Love…” Series will always be my favourite!I give this book a 4 star review and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a light hearted read that doesn’t take itself too seriously.*I was gifted this book in exchange of a full honest review. All opinions are my own.find more of my book reviews on my blog https://ridiculouslyordinary.wordpres...
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    Superb!I won this book as part of a giveaway on Goodreads. Having never read this author, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Well, I ripped through this book in no time and I can say it's exceptionally good.Nathan is a man who seems at first glance to be a bit of a jerk. Thanks to his creation, The Foodies, he's a man with all the material comforts he could imagine - nice house, fast car, overly sexual model girlfriend. Then his life is thrown into a tailspin when he learns he's now a man who c Superb!I won this book as part of a giveaway on Goodreads. Having never read this author, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Well, I ripped through this book in no time and I can say it's exceptionally good.Nathan is a man who seems at first glance to be a bit of a jerk. Thanks to his creation, The Foodies, he's a man with all the material comforts he could imagine - nice house, fast car, overly sexual model girlfriend. Then his life is thrown into a tailspin when he learns he's now a man who can die at any moment and likely will do so in a short amount of time.After learning of his diagnosis, Nathan endures a series of hilarious adventures as he tries to make sense of what to do with the rest of his short life. I can honestly say that I've never laughed as hard as I did during the allergic reaction scene. I even had to stop, find my husband, and read it aloud to him. On top of this, Nathan has some cheeky British moments which are so endearing.Of course, this leads to him meeting Allie. She's exactly what he's really needed in his life except for that pesky problem of his impending death. We get to experience it all with him and yes, there were rib aching laughs but also some touching moments which caused more than a tear or two in my eye.I loved this book and will gladly seek out other books by this author.
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  • Donna J
    January 1, 1970
    Nick Spalding Books always make me LAUGH OUT LOUD or Cry..I knew right away I was going to love “Checking Out” because I’ve read & listened to ALL of Nick Spalding books. Sure I’m British too, so it helps with the ‘British Humor’ too. Yes it’s sad because it’s about our heroic character, Nathan that has been diagnosed with a tumor in his brain, but he doesn’t just want to sit around and feel like he’s disappearing before his own eyes. He wants to do things, adventures, sex on bean bags😂😂😂, a Nick Spalding Books always make me LAUGH OUT LOUD or Cry..I knew right away I was going to love “Checking Out” because I’ve read & listened to ALL of Nick Spalding books. Sure I’m British too, so it helps with the ‘British Humor’ too. Yes it’s sad because it’s about our heroic character, Nathan that has been diagnosed with a tumor in his brain, but he doesn’t just want to sit around and feel like he’s disappearing before his own eyes. He wants to do things, adventures, sex on bean bags😂😂😂, and the best line that I actually quoted in twitter was “I’m being molested by an Orange creature with a personality disorder. Now I know what it feels like to be a woman locked in a room with Donald Trump.”! OMG😂😂😂😂👏👏👏👏I was reading/listening in bed with my ear plugs and my husband thought I was laughing in my sleep! I actually had to stifle laughing in so many chapters!! It’s just that kind of book! And crying because we will all die one day..Nick just makes dying that will happen to all of us one day, another day of exciting happenings. Like Nathan says “All we have are moments..moments in time”....Now that did make me 😢 but I loved it!! Please read/listen...you will never laugh/cry so hard! And if you don’t laugh at a grief counselors ‘name’ you have no sense of humor🤣🤣 Recommended for all‼️‼️ 5+++++++stars 💋💋💋💋
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  • Cary B
    January 1, 1970
    I'm in two minds about this book. I've liked some of Nick Spalding's books quite a lot, but I don't think this is one of his best. However, it was enjoyable in places and I thought the last third of it was very good. I warmed to the central character, poor Nathan, who flailed around trying to reconcile himself to the the rather tough hand that life had dealt him. But unfortunately, I did find some of the situations Nathan found himself in were very contrived and a bit cliched and felt Nick Spald I'm in two minds about this book. I've liked some of Nick Spalding's books quite a lot, but I don't think this is one of his best. However, it was enjoyable in places and I thought the last third of it was very good. I warmed to the central character, poor Nathan, who flailed around trying to reconcile himself to the the rather tough hand that life had dealt him. But unfortunately, I did find some of the situations Nathan found himself in were very contrived and a bit cliched and felt Nick Spalding was trying too hard to create slapstick situations to play them for laughs. There were some rather overdone and predictable disasters in the section where Nathan visits a commune and his experience at an evangelical church has been rather done to death in other contexts. Also the use by writers of what I consider poor grammar is rather irritating. Saying "I was sat", which is a colloquialism, rather than the correct form "I was sitting" in a first-person narrative, drives me a bit insane and I have to make a real effort to ignore it. However, there were some touching moments and genuine insights and comedy which saved the day for the book and the characters were very easy to relate to, so that made it still a worthwhile read.
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  • Sarah Knight
    January 1, 1970
    Nathan James is successful, wealthy, dates a model girlfriend and has an unpronounceable brain tumour which is killing him. Finding out about his terminal diagnosis at the point he signs a major business deal (selling child orientated The Foodies singing group over to a large company) throws the rest of his life into turmoil. In an attempt to deal with his diagnosis he turns to a self help guru called Cleethorpes, tries joining a commune, searches for a charitable cause to leave a legacy (bringi Nathan James is successful, wealthy, dates a model girlfriend and has an unpronounceable brain tumour which is killing him. Finding out about his terminal diagnosis at the point he signs a major business deal (selling child orientated The Foodies singing group over to a large company) throws the rest of his life into turmoil. In an attempt to deal with his diagnosis he turns to a self help guru called Cleethorpes, tries joining a commune, searches for a charitable cause to leave a legacy (bringing him into close contact with an orange cross eyed donkey who has a personality disorder) and dabbles in herbal remedies. Along the way he manages to fall in love and begin to appreciate the important things in life. The moments between him and his cousin's six year old son are poignant and funny in equal measures. The humour in this book is well timed and relies on everyday observations which are easily relatable, if not exaggerated, for comic effect. Not as hilarious as Nick Spalding's Fat Chance, but able to produce good few laughs.
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  • Patricia Bello
    January 1, 1970
    It's been awhile since i last read a book from a Brit, a male brit to be exact. And I forgot how enjoyable it could be.Nathan finds out that he has a tumor in his brain, in a spot that makes it very difficult to remove. And with this discovery, his world is turned upside down and realizes his life has been to date, shallow and superficial.This is the story of his journey to accepting his fate and trying to leave his mark in the world before his time is up. Hahaha. Remembering the donkey and the It's been awhile since i last read a book from a Brit, a male brit to be exact. And I forgot how enjoyable it could be.Nathan finds out that he has a tumor in his brain, in a spot that makes it very difficult to remove. And with this discovery, his world is turned upside down and realizes his life has been to date, shallow and superficial.This is the story of his journey to accepting his fate and trying to leave his mark in the world before his time is up. Hahaha. Remembering the donkey and the commune... I liked this book a lot! Nathan's shallow but finds his depth soon enough. His mother is such a character as well. And I was rooting for Allie to the end to knock some sense into Nathan. I think I'll be checking out other books of Nick Spalding later.Thanks NetGalley and publisher for the copy!
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  • Jean Creighton
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book through a giveaway that was posted through Goodreads.I wasn't sure what to expect when I entered the giveaway - but I'm so glad I did, and that I won a copy of this book.Nathan was successful in his career, had a model girlfriend, and had just sold his creations, "The Foodies", over to a production company. Everything was looking good until he finds out he has an inoperable brain tumor. Thus begins a Nathan's journey - This book doesn't dwell on his diagnosis, rat I received a copy of this book through a giveaway that was posted through Goodreads.I wasn't sure what to expect when I entered the giveaway - but I'm so glad I did, and that I won a copy of this book.Nathan was successful in his career, had a model girlfriend, and had just sold his creations, "The Foodies", over to a production company. Everything was looking good until he finds out he has an inoperable brain tumor. Thus begins a Nathan's journey - This book doesn't dwell on his diagnosis, rather it takes you along for a ride where you'll find yourself laughing at some of the predicaments he gets into, while looking for something to help him deal with his diagnosis, and his look on life.Thanks again for the copy! It was a fantastic read!
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  • STEPHANIE MARKHAM
    January 1, 1970
    Aww this was a great read that took you down lots of funny twists and turns. Without giving the plot away the main character is shallow and pretentious but something happens to change the way he looks at he's life. I have been fighting cancer myself so thought this would be a nice light read, and it certainly was i really could see the funny side of things.Nick is a brilliant writer he just has you there in the scene. The only thing i was not keen on was the rhymes that kept cropping up for the Aww this was a great read that took you down lots of funny twists and turns. Without giving the plot away the main character is shallow and pretentious but something happens to change the way he looks at he's life. I have been fighting cancer myself so thought this would be a nice light read, and it certainly was i really could see the funny side of things.Nick is a brilliant writer he just has you there in the scene. The only thing i was not keen on was the rhymes that kept cropping up for the foodies (you'll need to read to see what thats all about) me personally i found that a bit unnecessary but thats just my opinion.I was sad when the book came to end and will definitely look into Nicks other books now.
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  • Fiona Mccormick
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely brilliant! I love Nick Spalding's books, I 'get' his sense of humour and I love his style of writing. Checking Out is just a fantastic read, Nathan is a very rich man who is the creator of The Foodies, the biggest thing since The Teletubbies, leads a hedonistic lifestyle but his his gas is put at a peep (one of my favourite Scottish sayings!) when he finds out he has an inoperable brain tumour.There are some laugh out loud really funny scenes in this, I particularly liked Nathan's all Absolutely brilliant! I love Nick Spalding's books, I 'get' his sense of humour and I love his style of writing. Checking Out is just a fantastic read, Nathan is a very rich man who is the creator of The Foodies, the biggest thing since The Teletubbies, leads a hedonistic lifestyle but his his gas is put at a peep (one of my favourite Scottish sayings!) when he finds out he has an inoperable brain tumour.There are some laugh out loud really funny scenes in this, I particularly liked Nathan's allergic reaction to the herbal tea - you have to read it! Also very sad, I could identify with Nathan's mother and her reluctance to accept the severity of his diagnosis. I am a huge fan of Nick Spalding and would recommend his books to everyone.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I am obviously a big fan of Mr. Spalding's irreverent humor. In this story, Nathan, the founder of a food-based version of Teletubbies, finds out he has a brain tumor. This throws cold water on his horribly decadent life with his ditzy super model girlfriend, Porshe 911, and plans once he has sold The Foodies concept. Luckily for us, Mr. Spalding has the ability to infuse both humor and compassion as Nathan comes to terms with his condition. I never thought I would enjoy reading about someone dy I am obviously a big fan of Mr. Spalding's irreverent humor. In this story, Nathan, the founder of a food-based version of Teletubbies, finds out he has a brain tumor. This throws cold water on his horribly decadent life with his ditzy super model girlfriend, Porshe 911, and plans once he has sold The Foodies concept. Luckily for us, Mr. Spalding has the ability to infuse both humor and compassion as Nathan comes to terms with his condition. I never thought I would enjoy reading about someone dying so much!A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    I guess you’d call this ‘Lad-lit’. It’s an enjoyable romp with the prototypical plot whereby a feckless self-centred young male ‘waster ‘is redeemed through the love a good woman. There’s a bit of a twist here as the redemption was bought about by a combination of the aforesaid ‘good woman’ with a seriously life-shortening brain tumour.Despite the rather gloomy premise, it’s a relatively painless comedy novel and I quite enjoyed it. I thought it might have been better if some of the rather more I guess you’d call this ‘Lad-lit’. It’s an enjoyable romp with the prototypical plot whereby a feckless self-centred young male ‘waster ‘is redeemed through the love a good woman. There’s a bit of a twist here as the redemption was bought about by a combination of the aforesaid ‘good woman’ with a seriously life-shortening brain tumour.Despite the rather gloomy premise, it’s a relatively painless comedy novel and I quite enjoyed it. I thought it might have been better if some of the rather more surreal, cartoon-ish fantasy scenes (usually presented as dreams) had been either omitted or shortened.
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