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Reviews of Journo's Diary
"Journo's Diary is fresh, fun and full of beans!" 
By Bobbie Crawford-McCoy, Pinnacle: Author & Book Promotion

For the new Weekend Star cadet reporter, Rick Hughes, daily life is a drain on his already limited supply of energy and interest. Feeling rather hopeless about a successful future, Rick approaches his new job with a less then stellar attitude and concentrates on being able to pay some bills. When a New Year's Eve fling goes awry, Rick curses his alcohol-hazed memory and hopes for the best. His life is turned upside down as he struggles with massive problems in his personal life and on the job. With a peculiar, bean-eating flatmate and his own cursed bad luck, Rick chronicles the ups and downs of his daily life in his personal journal.

What can I say; I absolutely loved Journo's Diary!!! Written in a diary format, the story is easy to follow and fun to read. Rick Hughes is a single, rather indifferent, twenty-something guy with a dubious future. Why, you might ask? Well, life it seems, has dealt him a series of bad hands; he does not have luck with relationships, jobs or with much of anything. Drunken parties, low self esteem and a general lack of interest sets Rick up for recurring disappointment. He frequently gets himself into trouble and finds some interesting, if immature, ways to deal with the messes he makes. The storyline is full of comedic, but mostly believable moments...some of them had me laughing so hard that I had tears pouring out of my eyes and I could hardly catch my breath. I had to feel for Rick and I could not help myself from hoping that things would improve.

Journo's Diary is truly imaginative, thoroughly enjoyable and makes everyday life seem very dull in comparison. With well developed, unique characters and a smart, creative style, Journo's Diary is a wonderful read that will keeping you guessing and have you wondering what else could possibly go wrong. Bathroom humour, swearing and some sexuality may put some readers off though I quite enjoyed it as it lent more credibility to the plot and story development. In my opinion, the book cover doesn't do the story justice though it certainly catches the eye! Go ahead and pick up a copy of Journo's Diary; you will have a blast! Hard to put down - a hilarious read!
 "Hard to put down: hilarious read"
By Karen H. Vaughan, alibiris & (5 stars)

The book chronicles the life and misadventures of a cub reporter into it up to his eyeballs. He even realizes he has bitten off too much but muddles through his attempts of getting a story and to get lucky. He manages to do just that - get very unlucky at the hands of an elusive con artist.

Meanwhile, he muddles through his days tolerating his sarcastic, baked bean-eating roomie. I found this book to be a hilarious read and very hard to put down. Kudos to Chris for taking us through Rick's life and making us see the lighter side of a nasty predicament.


Journo's Diary a hilarious read

By Amos Lassen,

As you can well imagine from the title, this is a novel written in the form of a diary. Rick Hughes is 23 years old and getting ready to start a new job as a journalist at “The Weekend Star”, an Australian weekend paper. His life seems to be one of mishaps and adventures that are out of the realm of most people. Making daily entries into his journal take us through a year in his life and his thoughts.

Five days before he is due to begin his new job he has a sexual encounter with “Helga” who, in reality is Heidi, on the run because of armed robbery and credit card fraud. For the following year, Rick’s journal is filled with those problems that he feels have come about because of Heidi. His job becomes a struggle for him, his eating habits decline, and his sex life diminishes because he just doesn’t look for it as he used to. What he writes in his diary keeps us laughing from cover to cover.

I love the way Chris Thomas writes—it is fresh and fun to read. At times he is a bit vulgar but then so is life and while you laugh, you begin to realize that perhaps you may be laughing at yourself, Do things get any better for Rick? I am not telling but I will tell you that they get worse before any sign of getting better may happen.

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 Review by Laura Tomlinson, from the Kalgoorlie Miner

Chickens and phantom pant scrubbers

By Debra Hamel - 3½ stars

Twenty-three-year-old Rick Hughes's troubles begin five days before he starts his new job as a journalist (he is the "journo" of the book's title) at an Australian weekend paper, the Weekend Star.

His drunken sexual encounter with a 40-something "nice Valkyrie-type called Helga" leaves him walletless and plagued, for months thereafter, by his own stupidity: his "Helga" is in fact a certain Heidi Delsminka, wanted throughout Australia for credit card fraud and armed robbery.

Over the next year, while struggling in his job, eating poorly, and vaguely looking for sex, Rick chronicles the problems that ensue from his interlude with Heidi in daily entries in his diary.

At the same time he details for readers the minutiae of his life: his argument with a fast food place over the availability of Diet Coke in bottles in the restaurant; evidence that his roommate George may be having sex with chickens on the sly; his vague efforts to determine the identity of the "phantom pant scrubber," someone who spends an inordinate amount of time in the men's bathroom at work apparently scrubbing his underwear with steel wool. ("What the hell is wrong with his arse?" Rick writes.)

There is much crude talk of bowel movements and their ilk in the book and a fair number of post-Heidi drunken interludes that do not, however, end with Rick pantsless and broke. Rick also includes in his diary the text of the articles he writes for the paper, with increasing competence, on usually uninteresting small-town issues.

Journo's Diary, as its name suggests, is written in the form of a diary, and the book stops when the pages in Rick's diary run out. The book is chapterless, but its organization into journal entries segment it into bite-sized chunks. The book itself is a quick and sometimes funny read, though its pace is slowed by the inclusion of the text of Rick's newspaper articles.

These do contribute to our understanding of Rick's life as a disillusioned first-year journalist, but they are not interesting of themselves. Detailing as it does a twenty-something lifestyle--Rick's life is at least more raucous than mine has ever been (though that's not saying much)--Journo's Diary will appeal in particular to the younger crowd, and to anyone who's ever worked as a journalist.