So there I was, roysh, class legend, schools rugby legend, basically all-round legend, when someone decides you can't, like, sit the Leaving Cert four times. Well that put a focking spanner in the works.
But joining the goys at college wasn't the mare I thought it would be, basically for, like, three major reasons: beer, women and more women. And for once I agree with Fionn about the, like, education possibilities. I mean, where else can you learn about Judge Judy, laminating fake IDs and, like, how to order a Ken and snog a girl at the same time?
I may be beautiful, roysh, but I'm not stupid and this much I totally know: college focking rocks.
The funniest book of the year.
I don't regard the musings of O'Carroll-Kelly as being essentially humourous. I regard them as straight reportage, journalism of a very high order, which holds up a mirror to a way of life, a whole breed of men...
Declan Lynch, Sunday Independent
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Erica Walsh, Trinity News
‘In The Teenage Dirtbag Years our dim rugger-bugger anti-hero explores third-level education. This lad makes Beavis and Butthead look like Harvard graduates.’
Ferdia MacAnna, Sunday Independent
'Howard is the author of a superior account of life in Mountjoy and is the comic voice for the next decade.'
Eoghan Corry, Andersonstown News
Original O'Brien Press cover