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Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
Submarine is narrated by Oliver Tate, a teenager living with his parents in south Wales. Oliver is obsessed with losing his virginity before legal age, loves using obscure words, participates in bullying a girl at school while sending her instructions on how to fit in better, and tracks his parents' sex life by monitoring the dimmer switch in their bedroom. He knows his parents are going through a troubled time and guesses it's been a few months since they were intimate. Even though he's self-assured of his own cleverness and skills of deduction, his teenage myopia means that he's not always seeing the whole picture. Joe Dunthorne's debut novel has received positive reviews with The Observer saying, "Most ventriloquism of teenage years doesn't capture the giggling fits that get you through the routine boredom of school and home, but Dunthorne can, at times, make you laugh like you did during double physics on a wet Wednesday afternoon."