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Windows 96

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This novel reminds me of the movie Office Space, except the protagonist is a teenager, and the industry he works in is door to door sales. The movie is much funnier, but that's in a silly way and there's a lot of smart wit here. Set in England in the 1990s, the book has a melancholy vibe. Alex is not necessarily a likable character, but he's relatable. Anyone who has worked a dead-end job, or found themselves trying to fit in with and shady crowd just to be liked, will relate to him and his situation. While there are many redeeming qualities here, I simply couldn't figure out what the point of the story is. The middle felt long and rambling. I suppose it's a coming of age tale, but I found it generally unsatisfying.
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I didn’t really finish this one it was not for me but I am happy that I got the Arc thanks so much to. Netgalley and the publishers for this one
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I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I liked the main character and felt he was very relatable. By the end of the book it felt like I truly knew most of the characters. I also liked the plot and found it very amusing at times. Another good aspect was that it was set in the 90s which I loved. 

The only thing that I didn’t like in this book was the romance, it just felt false to me. It didn’t completely spoil the book for me but it did cause me to lose interest in a plot that I otherwise really enjoyed.
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I love the cover for this book and the fact it is set in the 90s. This book starts off well and is quite humorous however it fell a bit flat after that.  It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't for me.
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Windows 96 takes place in the 1990s. I was a 90s child, so I enjoyed that part of it. The story was good overall. Characters were interesting. The plot was engaging and moved quickly. A fast read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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There were certain aspects of this book that I really liked! For example, the fact that it was was set in the 90's was a plus! I really like books that are historical/or in the past (or before modern day), so this book was very appealing. I also liked the main characters experiences. They were very easy to relate to- although I couldn't related to his personality, but his thoughts were very his age, if you get what I mean. It also was a very fast read, meaning that it pulled me in- mainly because it was so truthful and genuine. I think it gives a good outlook on what others can and do go through. 
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!
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This book was definitely outside of my usual read but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It vaguely reminded me of The Wolf of Wallstreet movie, which I enjoyed, and the pace was great. It was hard for me to connect with Alex, the main character, in the beginning because he was usually in the background. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I’d recommend it to fans of strong character development and anyone looking for something a bit different to read.
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Growing up in the 1990's myself, I did experience a sense of nostalgia as I read this title. Some of my child-hood memories came flooding back.
I disliked the protagonist and found the character progression rather slow and un-moving.
I liked the writing style, very easy to read and to settle into, the pacing definitely helped with that. 
A good read!
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Two of the best things about this book are:

1. the timing which is set in the nineties and which also means that the characters' lives are NORMAL and half of a YA story need not be devoted to him checking or not checking his social media etc.

2. it really reads like something that's been written by a teenager. His thoughts are often jumbled, feelings jump from exaggerated rage/confusion to mellow I-don't-give-a-shit. 

This was a fast page-turner mainly because of those two aspects. But also I felt like I couldn't put it down because of its fragility, the authentic teenage spirit that flickers like a precious candlelight all the way through it. At times I thought he might blow up into a real fire, and at other times I felt like crying seeing how easy it actually is (at least in theory) to put out that fire within someone when you're so young and know so little about life.

And nobody who's reading any YA book can leap into the pages to tell the main protagonist that he will grow up, that life will get better once he is older and wiser. And really, nobody can know that for sure even in real life.

This book was both serious and eye-opening, and also wildly entertaining.
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I couldn't really get into this one, though I tried really hard. It is a solid character study and I like the protagonist, Alex, but I couldn't connect with him. 

Also some parts of the plot confused me but it might be because it was hard for me to remain interested so my mind wandered.
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A mostly character-driven coming-of-age story that takes place in the 90's; Holmes' prose is flowing, whilst both the plot and the time period in which it unfolds bring forth the element of nostalgia.
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