“Take a look at my lousy life and do the opposite". That’s what Emanuel Kent Sjögren says. He is the spiritual philosopher in this book. The reader is offered Emanuel’s philosophical advice on life, sometimes humorous, sometimes black as he muddles through the autumn term in a secondary school.
The lynch pin of Emanuel Kent’s philosophy is: Lower your expectations. Full stop. If your hopes are too high and your expectations are zero you won’t be disappointed. This proves to be a reasonable attitude towards life for Emanuel Kent who wants to embrace more of life and who has higher ambitions for his teen years than just hanging out with his best, and only, friend Tore.
When Tore for once is not in school, an opportunity arises for Emanuel to make new acquaintances. The new girl and school’s uncrowned queen suddenly forms a lunch gang. A fridge magnet, a kiss and a fishing rod raise impossible expectations. Hoping to achieve his goals, Emanuel sells out Tore and will face the consequences later.
Åsa Asptjärn makes us laugh out loud! We smile, giggle and sigh, and are moved at how vulnerable Emanuel Kent is. Everyone who has read, loved and grown up with Adrian Mole will be happy to find a new friend. And those readers who have grown out of Greg in Diary of a Wimpy Kid can now read about yet another anti-hero but this time about a teenager with spots, a big nose and stubble on his upper lip.
Åsa Asptjärn is a former drama writer and writes comic sketches. She has been seen and heard on TV, radio and on stage.