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Meet Oz . . . he's got a talent for trouble but his heart's always in the right place (well, nearly always).Uprooted from his friends and former life, Oz finds himself stranded in the sleepy village of Slowleigh. When a joke backfires on the first day at his new school, Oz attracts the attention of Isobel Skinner, the school psycho - but that's just the beginning.After cauMeet Oz . . . he's got a talent for trouble but his heart's always in the right place (well, nearly always).Uprooted from his friends and former life, Oz finds himself stranded in the sleepy village of Slowleigh. When a joke backfires on the first day at his new school, Oz attracts the attention of Isobel Skinner, the school psycho - but that's just the beginning.After causing an accident that puts his mum in hospital, Oz isn't exactly popular at home either. His older sister's no help, but then she's got a problem of her own . . . one that's growing bigger by the day.Oz knows he's got to put things right, but life isn't that simple, especially when the only people still talking to you are a hobbit-obsessed kid and a voice in your own head!Packed with action, heart and humour, Waiting for Gonzo takes you for a white-knuckle ride on the Wheel of Destiny as it careers out of control down the Hillside of Inevitability. The question is, do you go down laughing? Or grit your teeth and jump off?...

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ISBN : 9780192745
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Waiting For Gonzo Reviews

  • Laura
    2019-02-08 14:02

    Have you ever wanted to simultaneously smack a character upside the head AND give him a big 'ole hug? Dave Cousins has created one of the sweetest knuckleheads on record in Waiting for Gonzo. Meet the Osbourne family--Mom, Dad, Meg, Marcus (Oz), and Gonzo. Yes, like the Muppet. :) Gonzo isn’t born yet, but he is definitely in the mix already. The Osbournes just took the leap from the city to the country for a big second chance and opportunity for Mom to build her art career. A new place filled with surprises. Big surprises! Marcus’s seventeen year old sister, Meg, is pregnant. This story is told in a journal or letter like format to Gonzo from Marcus. It is so cute and naïve and hilarious. The way Marcus talks to, worries, and wonders about Gonzo will make you “aww” all over the place. To hear such a young voice talk with such honesty and emotion to his unborn nephew squeezed my heart to bits. Very sweet moments that reveal how much little Gonzo and Marcus have in common. They are both starting out in new places. Gonzo is growing, waiting to be born and Marcus is in a new school and village away from his mates and life in the city. Perhaps both are a little unsure and scared—not that either one of them would admit that though. :) Can Marcus, Gonzo, and the whole Osbourne clan find their way?Marcus finds his way alright. Haha…Into trouble again and again! He possesses a natural gift for finding and making trouble. Jokes go bad, drunken embarrassments and falling out of trees! The boy made me laugh and cringe. He made mistakes and paid for them. Said and did stupid things and tried to make amends for them. *shakes head with affection* In my opinion, Marcus Osbourne is one of the most realistic boys ever to be caught on a page. He has this way of being sweet without even realizing it. Heart-squeezingly adorable.But my favorite part of this story was the sibling battle of words between Meg and Marcus. Their banter is pitch perfect. They might poke fun and scowl at each other, but the love and concern are so loud and clear.“I sometimes wonder if we’re related,” said Meg. “Or maybe Mum inhaled too much paint thinners when she was pregnant with you.”“Nah, it’s just a reaction to a lifetime spent with you. It’s enough to send anyone round the bend.”Meg aimed a kick at me and missed by a mile. But she was still laughing and didn’t look quite so scared any more.”The whole family meshed and moved through this story in a straight forward, honest way. Honest questions and reactions filled with concern, fear and anger. There is a lot going on here. Teen motherhood, family responsibility, friends, love, and even dashes of mafia rumors and fantasy re-enactments in the woods! It all comes together in a quick paced, hilarious, easy to read fashion though.I highly recommend this book—especially for boys. They will recognize themselves on the page for sure.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-01-19 14:03

    Teenager Oz (the cover makes him look a good five years younger than the age of the character) and his family have moved from London out into the boonies so that his sister Meg is away from her boyfriend and his mother can teach at a college and work on her art career. Unfortunately, early on in the book, Oz is involved in an car accident that causes his mother to break her arm. She hires the local "psycho girl", Isobel, to help her with her sculpture, and Isobel bedevils and scares Oz... but he also grows to like her. He has trouble fitting in at school, and his problems increase when he finds out that Meg is pregnant and her boyfriend comes to the house to try to win her back. Strengths: I really liked 15 Days Without a Head, but it hasn't been available in prebind or hardcover, which is disappointing. This had some funny scenes, and Cousins has a good sense for writing about teenage boys. Impulsive behavior, bad decisions, epic catastrophes-- it's all here. Weaknesses: This is very British, and is hard to follow at the beginning. It gets better, but I find it a little alarming that in just about every single YA book where a girl gets pregnant under difficult life circumstances, she has the baby. In this case, Oz is the force behind Meg feeling connected to her fetus, which Oz has named Gonzo. This seems unrealistic and a bit manipulative.

  • Ina Vainohullu f
    2019-01-18 13:28

    Selten hat mich ein Buch schon auf den ersten Blick so derart angesprochen, wie "Gonzo". Dabei ist das Cover doch eigentlich recht unspektakulär, zeigt es nur ein Paar bestrumpfte Beine, die in violetten Doc Martens stecken.Vermutlich hat mich dieses Bild unglaublich an meine Jugend erinnert und an meinen eigenen Kleidungsstil, denn es geht nix über ein Paar anständige Doc Martens.Egal, was es letzten Endes war: Ich stand in der Buchhandlung und dieses Cover forderte direkt meine Aufmerksamkeit. Der Klappentext tat ein Übriges, wickelte mich ziemlich schnell um den Finger, weil er mir einen ungewöhnlichen und besonderen Jugendroman versprach und so landete das Buch erst einmal auf der Wunschliste....und da blieb es...eine ganze Weile. Bis zu diesem März, als es plötzlich für den Jugendliteraturpreis 2017 nominiert wurde. Da wurde mir bewusst, das dieser scheinbare Schatz noch immer auf der Wunschliste schlummert und ich ihn jetzt wohl dann doch endlich lesen müsse.Gesagt, getan, und für sehr gut befunden."Warten auf Gonzo" erzählt die Geschichte von Oz, der mit seiner Familie aufs englische Land zieht. Raus aus der Großstadt, rein in die Ödnis, genauer gesagt in eine ramponierte Bruchbude, die an diverse Gruselfilme erinnert.Für einen Teenager ist sowas natürlich alles andere als toll und wenn man dann noch wie Oz echt in jedes Fettnäpfchen tritt und es sich gleich am ersten Schultag mit der einzigen direkten Nachbarin verscherzt, der man zudem nachsagt sie sei besonders gewalttätig und Teil der Hinterwäldler-Mafia, dann macht es das auch nicht besser.Man könnte meinen schlimmer geht nimmer, doch dann kommt Oz plötzlich hinter das Geheimnis seiner älteren Schwester Meg und merkt, das seine Probleme vielleicht gar nicht die Größten sind..."Warten auf Gonzo" ist großartig. Herrlich amüsant, aber auch tiefgründig, ernst und hoffnungsvoll. Ganz so, wie ich meine Bücher mag.Das Buch ist aus Sicht von Oz geschrieben, der eigentlich Marcus heißt und sich in seiner Erzählung an einen gewissen Gonzo wendet. Er erzählt von seiner Lieblingsband, von seinen Tollpatschigkeiten, von seinem neuen Freund Ryan, der ihm zunächst nicht so recht geheuer ist, denn hey, er hat Platten von den Beatles und verkleidet sich in seiner Freizeit als Hobbit; er lässt Gonzo an seinem Alltag teilhaben und betrachtet ihn als vollwertiges Mitglied seiner Familie.Und damit sind wir schon beim Mittelpunkt der Geschichte: Familie.Denn durch Meg's "Geheimnis", das natürlich ans Licht kommt, sieht sich die Familie mit einem Problem konfrontiert, das sie alle auf die Probe stellt und für das es viele Lösungen geben mag. Meg entscheidet sich zunächst für die Falsche, doch zum Glück hat sie einen Bruder wie Oz, der unbewusst die Richtige Entscheidung trifft und sie Meg wie einen Floh ins Ohr setzt, der sie dazu bringt die Dinge von allen Seiten noch einmal gründlich zu durchleuchten.Bis dahin ist es allerdings nicht gerade ein leichter Weg, denn Meg ist stur wie ein Esel.Ich möchte nicht weiter auf den Inhalt eingehen, denn wer den Klappentext aufmerksam gelesen hat, der kann sicher ohnehin schon Rückschlüsse ziehen und da möchte ich nicht noch mehr vorwegnehmen.David Cousins schafft hier einen wirklich wunderbaren Jugendroman, der mich unglaublich gut unterhalten und zum Lachen gebracht hat, der aber auch durch ernste Themen und ein gewisses Maß an Tiefgang punkten konnte.Bei der Zeichnung der Charaktere ging mir ebenfalls echt das Herz auf, denn es gibt hier keine Helden oder Überflieger, sondern sie sind allesamt sehr authentisch ausgearbeitet und konnten mich gerade durch ihr "normales Verhalten", ihre Fehler und Macken absolut überzeugen.Fazit:WARTEN AUF GONZO ist, und das finde ich ehrlich gesagt mal wieder sehr schade, einer dieser sogenannten Nischenromane, auf den man entweder durch Zufall oder durch Empfehlungen aufmerksam wird und der sonst viel zu sehr untergeht.Deshalb: EINE GANZ KLARE LESEEMPFEHLUNG MEINERSEITS !

  • Gill Hodgson
    2019-01-19 08:13

    I enjoyed this book by Dave Cousins. I have also read 15 days without a head by Dave Cousins and this story is different. I loved the main character Oz and his relationship with his sister Meg. Even though they do not get on they have a special bond together, and how he helps his big sis go through an emotional time in her life.This is an enjoyable book and I would recommend this.

  • Adenike Onyia
    2019-01-18 14:04

    My son read it and loved it.

  • Beth Kemp
    2019-02-15 15:19

    Teen realism with humour and heart: strongly recommended for teen boys and girlsDave Cousins has done it again! I was so impressed by his 15 Days Without a Head, in which he manages to portray life for a teen forced to take on responsibilities for his alcoholic mum in an entertaining and emotionally warm way. Here again we have a teen boy centre stage as his family 'goes through some stuff'.Oz is a great narrator and main character. He tells us his story in the format of a letter to 'Gonzo', whose identity becomes clearer as the book progresses, using the past tense as he's looking back at a string of events and evaluating their impact on his life as he goes. This structure allows the writer to invest relatively minor events with considerable importance with the benefit of hindsight. I particularly like how Oz manages to see all the things that have happened to his family as essentially his fault: a chain of events instigated by a fairly minor act of vandalism. His sense of responsibility and ability to admit to his mistakes are endearing, and also show how much he's matured through the events described in the book: the Oz looking back and contextualising everything that's happened is much more self-aware and thoughtful than the Oz drawing a moustache in an inappropriate place at the start of the book.It's easy to see that Oz is a good guy deep down, if a bit hapless and - at least initially - rather selfish (what teen isn't at times?). He's in a new and very unfamiliar area - a city boy transplanted to the sticks, starting at a new school where he doesn't know the social rules and norms yet and desperately wants to make friends. Music is very important to Oz as he struggles to fit in in an unfamiliar environment, and some of the songs mentioned in the story have been created especially and can be listened to at the author's website. It's a brilliant idea, and really helps to get into Oz's world.Dave Cousin's gift is the ability to inject humour into difficult and sad situations without reducing their emotional impact or showing any sign of not taking them seriously. I think he's a particularly strong writer for boys, who may (unfortunately, in our society) find it difficult to pick up books which emphasise relationships and emotions above all. Those are the very things his writing deals with, but wrapped up in a witty and lively package which makes the emotional angles are more subtle. At the same time, his writing isn't what I would call 'laddish' - it doesn't exclude girls and the humour isn't absurdly silly or overly bodily-function-focused like you see in more cynically-targeted 'boys books'. His characters are, above all, entirely believable and relatable, and that's the key to the warmth of his writing, I think.Overall (as I think is fairly obvious!) I'd recommend this book very highly to 12 year olds and above. I'll certainly be recommending it in schools.

  • Adam Kirtland
    2019-01-26 08:13

    This book is one of the first stops on my journey to read more Y.A. books (Young Adult for those not in the know), not only because I’d like to, but also because I’ve got a column on the newly-launched Waterstones Birmingham High Street YA Blog (yabirmingham.blogspot.com). Anyway, self-promotion aside, I really quite enjoyed ‘Waiting For Gonzo’ by Dave Cousins, author of ’15 Days Without a Head’.Having not read a tremendous amount of Teenage Fiction (expect what I read when I was actually still a teenager) I wasn’t sure what to think of this at first. However, I must admit that this judgement was based primarily on the cover of the book. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I couldn’t help but be put off by the bright shiny cover, but I really shouldn’t have made this judgement, as the book is a perfect example of how Teen Fiction can be so excellent!Oz finds himself in a new village, removed from a life he once knew and removed from his best friends. After starting at his new school, he soon attracts the attention of the ‘school psycho’ Isobel Skinner, who he quickly grows an affection for. He soon ends up on the bad-side of most people and he knows that he needs to put things right, one way or another. His sister gets pregnant, his mom is involved in an accident (that he helped cause), his only friend is as geeky as they come and to top it all off he’s talking to a voice inside his own head.Books like this prove that fiction aimed at young adults doesn’t always have to follow the typical ideas of vampires, witches and wizards, etc. (that’s not to knock HP, Twilight, Half Bad etc). They can, however, deal with ‘proper’ issues that most teenagers have to come up against in daily life such as family, love and new emotions. ‘Waiting For Gonzo’ tells us that it’s okay to be different; it’s okay to not always get along with your family; it’s okay to get into trouble (sometimes, and for a good reason) and more importantly that it’s okay to stand up for what you think is best.Dave Cousins has a fluid writing style that makes reading his work effortless but not boring. This is the ideal book for fans of reading stories about realistic lives that they can appreciate and relate to. I’ll be sure to check out Cousins’ other books as soon as I’ve read the rest of my pile!

  • Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
    2019-02-06 15:29

    This review was originally published at Fluttering ButterfliesI really loved Waiting For Gonzo by Dave Cousins. I haven't yet read the author's previous book but I certainly will after I enjoyed this book so much. I wasn't sure at the start about this book, as it didn't to have much structure to it, I didn't really know where the story was going until a fair ways into it. But what kept me reading was the really believeable and humourous teenage voice and also some great characters.Right from the start, I was pretty intrigued by the title of the book and while there are some clues throughout, I didn't fully get the meaning of it until about halfway through the book. Until then, I assumed that the main character, Oz, was talking to a friend, filling him in on details of his life. It makes sense as Oz and his family have moved away from their home and friends and school to live in this small village and Oz isn't having a great time of it.In fact, Oz is pretty good at being a bit of an idiot and making mistakes and bad decisions, but he's pretty funny and incredibly likeable right from the start so I didn't hold it against him. Oz's first day of school and he incurs the wrath of a psycho girl who also turns out to be his neighbour and from there things just start to escalate in Oz's world. With new friendships and Psycho Girl's involvement with his family, a stolen phone leads to the humiliation of a new friend and that's just the start of it. It was quite fun going along with Oz on this weird journey. And while I loved Oz throughout, it was also nice to watch as he starts to see things and the people around him in new ways, even while screwing up constantly. My favourite part of the whole story is Oz's relationship with his sister. They bicker and call each other names but there's also a great connection between the two of them that I really loved.While Waiting For Gonzo is really funny, it's also quite a sweet story that touches on more serious things. I'm really glad to have this book and really recommend it!

  • Sarah
    2019-02-03 16:08

    I loved Dave Cousin's debut novel 15 Days Without A Head and he has hit the spot again with his hilarious second novel Waiting for Gonzo. Oz's life is turned upside down when his parents decide to move the family from London to the middle of nowhere. Oz and his sister, Meg, are far from happy about the move but neither of them was given a choice in the matter. All Oz wants is to move back to his old house so he can hang out with his friends and live the life he used to have but since that isn't an option he'll settle for getting through his first day at school without making an idiot of himself and for finding some new friends to make life in the sticks more bearable. When he draws a moustache and glasses on a photo displayed in the school corridor he is hoping people will find the joke amusing but he gets a lot more than he bargained for when he ends up with the school psycho on his tail. It isn't easy fitting in when you've already made a major enemy on your first day.Waiting for Gonzo is a comedy of errors, poor Oz goes from one disaster to the next as his life starts to spiral out of control. Who could have guessed that a simple moustache could cause him so many problems? As if his problems at school weren't bad enough Oz has uncovered a secret that Meg is desperate to keep hidden and he has no idea what to make of it all. Oz is such a fun character, the kind boy most of us knew as a child, one who works hard at being the funny guy but who is also kind hearted and just trying to find his place in life. I loved his developing friendship with Ryan but I think the best thing was the family dynamics between him and his sister. They fought like cats and dogs but they loved each other and Oz would do anything to look out for Meg.I love the way the story tackles some serious issues but it does it with humour throughout. 15 Days Without A Head was one of my favourite books on 2012 and Dave Cousins has definitely become a must read author for me, I can't recommend his books highly enough to anyone who is looking for a funny story with real heart and a great British feel to them.

  • Jenni
    2019-02-05 16:14

    I loved Dave Cousin’s debut novel 15 Days Without a Head so had very high hopes for this book. Within the first few pages I knew he’d done it again, creating a warm, funny and touching contemporary tale with great depth.Oz, the main character of the book, is a brilliant character – I loved how his actions were almost always well intentioned, but had a habit of going wrong. I laughed as he made his way from one scrape to the next, in between wincing at some of the calamities he created.One of the central relationships in the book is the one between Oz and his older sister Meg. Whilst they bicker and argue there is absolutely no mistaking the strength of their relationship, as an older sister who has always had a strong relationship with her younger brother I really loved this element of the book. Whilst our lives were never as complicated as Oz and Meg’s I could definitely see the similarities.I hadn’t worked out the gist of the book from the blurb and so was surprised by the direction the book took, and indeed who the titular Gonzo was. This was all to the good, the potentially tricky subject matter was handled with skill – there’s no judgement, no wringing of hands, simply practical honesty and warmth.Ryan, the hobbit-obsessed geek, who befriends Oz when no one else at school will was another favourite character of mine. I always love the addition of a geeky character who is there simply as part of the ensemble, rather than to be pointed at and laughed at, Ryan certainly had his part to play and reminded me at times of both myself and other geeky friends.This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, one that I’m looking forward to recommending to other readers old and young alike.

  • Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
    2019-01-25 12:21

    It can be hard to make friends at a new school, just ask Marcus Osbourne, better known as Oz. Uprooted from his home in London and forced to move with his family to the country. He gets off to a bad start by angering Isobel “Psycho” Skinner, the school bully, and embarrassing himself in class. As if that wasn’t bad enough, his mother, a sculptor, breaks her arm and needs to hire an assistant to help her prepare for a show. She hires “Psycho”, who (unfortunately) turns out to be his next door neighbor. The transition from city to country is hard for Oz, but it’s even harder for his older sister, Meg. Forced to leave her boyfriend behind in London, she now finds herself 17 and pregnant with his child. Terrified to tell her parents, she admits the truth to Oz, who briefly suspends his brotherly jibes to lend a sympathetic ear. Oz finds that he feels a strange bond with the baby, whom he has affectionately names Gonzo. Waiting for Gonzo is written entirely as a series of letters from Oz to his unborn nephew, and in them he shares everything: How hard it is to make friends, his feelings about his family, his love of music and how many stupid things he’s done since moving to the country. In them he shares advice along with his innermost thoughts and feelings. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, Waiting for Gonzo is a realistic view of an average family and their daily ups and downs. I recommend it for students in grades 7 and up.I received this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Laura Lieske, Youth Services, Vernon Area Public Library

  • Rosie Donson
    2019-01-28 13:06

    4.5 starsTold from the point of view of the brother of a pregnant seventeen year old, Waiting for Gonzo allows people to view teenage pregnancy and single motherhood from a different perspective, perhaps highlighting it in a positive way rather than the negative view today's society have on the issues. After being one of the first people to discover his sister's pregnancy, Oz is desperate to meet his nephew who he nicknames Gonzo or G. In the nine months leading up to the baby's birth, Oz manages to become involved with a number of things, such as breaking his best friend's nose and planning to rob the local pub. Eventually 'G' is born, however 'G' can no longer stand for Gonzo...The first 30 or so pages of this novel were boring and almost impossible to read. It took me 3 nights to read 30 pages. However, on the 4th night Dave Cousins decided to make the plot more interesting and I read the remaining 200 pages in 2 nights. I have to say, this was not at all what I expected my reaction to the book to be and I am truly surprised by how readable it became. Very unique and beautifully written through the eyes of an innocent boy, I loved the sense of dramatic irony. I would reccomend this to anyone over 12 and do not judge this book by its cover (hopefully you knew not to do that already) as it really does not show a good representation of the novel.Overall an awesome book with an awesome plot and awesomely written.

  • Emma
    2019-01-24 12:04

    This novel is an example of why I love dipping into teen novels, it's brilliantly imagined, deals with topical, important issues and isn't trying too hard to be edgy and clever. I was genuinely moved by the complex, yet accessible characters and the narrative flows effortlessly, signs of a talented, thoughtful author. I thought Oz was a delightful narrator and would loved to have been friends with a guy like this when I was a kid, he is desperately unlucky, but he is just hilarious. I laughed out loud when the poor guy ends up being hung by his belt, whilst drunk, from a work of art at his mother's art show, brilliant stuff. It is unavoidable that this guy's work will be compared to John Green's masterful novels, what's great though is that this is a worthy comparison, they seem to share a sharp sense of humour.Be warned, this isn't just a giggle fest, it's also a surprising tear jerker, Cousins has squeezed a lot of ups and downs into his novel and it just seems to work. He's a natural storyteller, whose tact is commendable as he deals with the pitfalls of teen pregnancy and bullying with commendable honesty and openness. Brilliant stuff well worth an afternoon of reading, I look forward to more from this promising talent!

  • Rachel
    2019-02-12 16:15

    Oz has just moved to the “wilds” of the country after living close to London. He must adjust to a new school with some crazy characters and a new house that is ancient and crumbly. On his first day at his new school, he pulls his sister’s underwear from his backpack AND in an effort to redeem this horrible first impression, draws a mustache on the face of a picture of a girl who turns out to have the nickname Psycho Skinner. Needless to say, Oz does not get off to the best start.The author, Dave Cousins, has created a roller coaster ride of plot twists and emotional ups and downs for Oz’s first year in this new setting. I really enjoyed all of the different characters and their personalities. Oz’s mom and dad are quirky but lovable. Ryan, Oz’s only sort-of friend, is a fantasy-loving geek. And the relationship between Oz and his sister is perfect: they love and hate each other with equal passion at various points in the story--so true to real life :)There are secrets, missteps, hurt feelings, celebrations, and love. This story is sweet and heartwarming and chuckle inducing. AND definitely worth a read. Enjoy!

  • Amy(Adventure in Bookland)
    2019-01-21 09:07

    Waiting for Gonzo, has moments of comedy, touches of friendship, and a lot of family dynamics. The family in question is the Osbournes, who have just moved to the middle of nowhere England. Son Oz, is attempting to fit in with his classmates, and in the process makes a mistake; he drew a mustache on a photo in the school hallway, of Isobel "Psycho" Skinner. Psycho Skinner happens to be a neighbor and repeatedly terrifies Oz with her giant dog. He causes a car accident which results in his mother breaking her arm. And ultimately embarrassing his only new friend. Yet, Oz's mistakes are nothing compared to what he finds out about his sister, Meg- she is pregnant. The entire story is told in letters Oz writes to G, his not yet born nephew that he has affectionately nicknamed Gonzo. He holds nothing back, the trouble he had making friends, Meg's indecision when it about how to handle the pregnancy and Meg's plans to rob a bar. These moments are retold with the sense of humor only a teenage boy could muster. For more reviews: Adventure in Bookland

  • Brandy
    2019-02-07 11:13

    Oz's family has just moved to the middle of nowhere, and on his first day of his new school, he draws a mustache on a student portrait. Because mustaches are funny! And it is funny, to everyone except Isobel "Psycho" Skinner, whose portrait has thus been altered. She exacts revenge--not all at once, but with a slow terrorism that sends Oz up a tree to avoid her dog--and then back out of that same tree, quickly, falling into the street and causing a car accident in which his sculptor mom breaks her arm. And hires Isobel as her assistant until it heals.It never ends for him. Or for his sister, whose own problem gets a little bigger every day.Oz is a realistic teen boy, in that he's endearing and an idiot at the same time, making a string of poor decisions but mostly with good intentions. He's sweet and good-natured and funny, and a boneheaded idiot who doesn't think things through. He has a lot to deal with, and his family has a lot to deal with, but they get through because they're all decent people.Worth having in teen collections.(via Netgalley)

  • Kirsty
    2019-01-30 10:28

    Waiting for Gonzo is a brilliant read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.Waiting for Gonzo is the story of Oz after he is moved by his family to live in the middle of nowhere. He has all the teenage problems that comes with starting a new school and being forced to make new friends.What I loved about this book was that Oz was just a normal teenager. I loved how underneath it all he had a heart of gold but he still messed up and got things wrong and as a consequence had to do damage control to make things right again. I particularly enjoyed the relationship he had with his sister and loved that despite all their bickering they actually had each others back at the end of the day. As I've come to expect from a Dave Cousins the book has some really brilliantly funny moments which made me giggle.A highly recommended and heartfelt tale which I enjoyed thoroughly.

  • Beth
    2019-01-25 12:11

    I loved this! Completely different from 15 Days but just as enjoyable. Oz is a cool character and i love they way every situation he finds himself in seems to go wrong. I love the relationship between him and his sister. Even though they fight and argue all of the time you can tell how close they really are and there are some great moments between them especially when they are sitting on the step at the back door in the middle of the night. I also loved how he overcame his difficulty of fitting in at his new school and community and how the girl he is both attracted to and spectacularly afraid of at the same time saves him by dealing with the school bully.I would totally pass this book to anybody as it is hugely enjoyable!

  • Marti
    2019-01-17 16:26

    Waiting for Gonzo is the first book I have read by Dave Cousins. I found the story line surprising, as I did not know what was going to happen next. His family to live out in the middle on nowhere in England has dragged Oz, the main character. He feels alone, unhappy and an accident waiting to happen. During the first time at school, he manages to bring in his sisters and mom’s dirty laundry, draw a mustache on the scariest person in school and fall out of a tree causing his mom to crash the car. The move is only one way that his family changes. Oz tries to keep up with it all, but sometimes it seems overwhelming when he can never do the right thing. This is a surprising, funny, middle school novel that is along the lines of a more mature Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  • Katy Noyes
    2019-01-30 13:29

    4.5 stars.A really engaging and funny story. Oz is a wonderful narrator.Oz and his family have moved from a suburb of London to the 'sticks'. In trying to fit in at his new school, Oz inadvertently defaces a picture of the local hard man's daughter, setting up ill-feeling. While this is getting off the ground, Oz also discovers his seventeen-year-old sister Meg is pregnant by her ex-boyfriend. It's funnier than it sounds, with an intriguing 'Dear G' letter concept, all Oz's voiceovers are letters to 'G'. The teenage voice is realistic and well-written and the story a hard one to put down.A good follow-up to the excellent 15 Days without a Head.

  • Tricia
    2019-02-16 13:20

    Loved the lightness of touch whilst dealing with some weighty subjects - including bullying and teenage pregnancy. Oz is a wonderful character full of the mixed emotions and seeming inconsistencies of the teen boy.

  • Jackie Mc
    2019-01-28 10:08

    I read this book with in 5 days, I quite enjoyed it although the first 20 pages didn't make any sense at all bt I keeped with it and found it I couldn't put it down. I'm going to read Dave's first book witch I hope is just as good and even better.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-27 12:12

    Loved this book. Laugh out loud funny but with a kick of serious that makes the funny funnier and serious hit home

  • Amy
    2019-01-25 16:10

    A fun book about a boy trying to fit in, find new friends, deal with his insane bad luck, all the while telling the story to Gonzo, who you have to read the book to find out who that is! : )

  • Raimy
    2019-02-03 15:15

    4.5

  • Alison
    2019-01-27 08:11

    Enjoyable read.

  • Charlotte
    2019-02-05 13:17

    This book is so easy to read! Fun, funny and quite an addictive read.

  • Sara Grant
    2019-02-01 10:04

    Wonderful book! I think Dave Cousins is the UK John Green or Jack Gantos. He's a gifted storyteller with characters that leap off the page. Plus his books are that rare mix of humour and heart!

  • Nikki Sheehan
    2019-02-08 13:10

    Loved 15 Days without a Head, and this lived up to my expectations. Warm and funny, but, as in 15 days there is also a serious issue to think about. Wonderful.