I Just Want My Pants Back
David J. Rosen
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I Just Want My Pants Back
David J. Rosen
Broadway
Paperback
240 pages
August 2007
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Rosen's debut novel involves a young man on his own in the big city, not ready for a relationship but still desiring female companionship and the accompanying perks. He has big dreams of improving his career - just later, right now trying to ward off hangovers and make his time to work every day at a casting agency, his "temporary" place of employment. Surrounded by close friends and sweet neighbors, Jason is this generationís example of immaturity encasing an all-around good guy. While he enjoys those quick lays, he's still seeking continuance with women. I'm not used to reading too many coming-of-age novels from a man's perspective, but I found it an easier shoe to slip into than I thought. It's helped by Jason being so completely human and normal in terms of common anxieties.

The story would not have been nearly as good if not for Rosenís astounding writing and humorous turns of phrases. Hilarious touches of inner reflection match equally witty dialogue, and the refreshing style makes turning these pages a breeze. Itís easy to get lost in the world of quick IMs, late-night bar adventures, neighbor smoke-outs and quick fridge sex. His outlook on life is cute, in an adolescent drug-soaked sort of way. Even if he doesn't always make the best decisions, Jason is decently bright, cute and quirky, and just fun. While the end of the book doesnít demonstrate a blossoming development of his character, it does signify change and slight growing up.

While I did enjoy this book immensely because of the character and wonderful writing, there isn't enough of a plot to warrant over 200 pages. Time passes but without much happening in terms of new developments, other than the protagonist drifting deeper into alcohol and irresponsibility. Friends of his mature and reach the turning point more swiftly than Jason does, but that's okay, because it's clear we don't all evolve the same. The ending is sad, but in a bittersweet, promising way. Jason is just one of the characters it's easy to love; even when he's making decidedly dumb decisions, you still want to watch it all happen because it's Jason doing it. He's the type of guy you'd just love to have as a friend, though not necessarily as a boyfriend.

If you enjoy novels of this ilk, picking this one up should be a no-brainer. While it could have done with more plot development, it's still a fun thing. Deeper than it seems, but you have to consciously dig to find those layers. And just what is up with the bizarre title? It's worth reading to find out if Jason does, finally, get those sought-after pants back.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Erin Williams, 2008

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