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Palo Alto: Stories

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Beware the Mind Slime

Replace the 80s time period with the 90s; swap the coke for booze and pot; then trade the hip LA setting for a milder (yet still surprisingly debaucherous) one; and you have James Franco's "Less Than Zero." And that's cool, because channeling Bret Easton Ellis is a fine...
Replace the 80s time period with the 90s; swap the coke for booze and pot; then trade the hip LA setting for a milder (yet still surprisingly debaucherous) one; and you have James Franco's "Less Than Zero." And that's cool, because channeling Bret Easton Ellis is a fine achievement in my book. There's also a distinct Holden Caulfield-esque "Why do I exist?" vibe going on. And while the multiple narrators were a bit more confusing than revelatory, there's certainly no doubt that The Franc can write. My favorite line: "I can feel their mind-killing slime thought rubbing on me and corroding me, and killing me."

posted by Scully_Mac on November 28, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Wtf

This book is all over the place. Poorly written and a waste of 149 pages

posted by Anonymous on June 15, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    so so

    although the story kept me reading it was all over the place..i felt confused a lot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    I want to love this but...

    Well I did not hate it but it was not a book that I would read again for the fun of it. I am glad I read it and I will watch the movie because I love james franco on screen. The stories remind me of teens from my youth maybe not specific ones but little pieces of many. Some of the stories sound like the narrator is trying to use big words and pretty descriptions to narrate their life.. maybe to make it seem more poetic or grand. I'm not sure if that was to show how that teen saw his world personally or what. Some of the stories did suck me in in a good way while others I just read with passing amusement. The charactors and stories may not be pretty or even decent but they could be real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    There is defiantly a Catcher in the Rye feel to this book, if yo

    There is defiantly a Catcher in the Rye feel to this book, if you like that then you'll enjoy this very much. I was never a big fan but I would say Palo Alto does have some good qualities. Not my favorite. 

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

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    Paging Clay & Blair

    Replace the 80s time period with the 90s; swap the coke for booze and pot; then trade the hip LA setting for a milder (yet still surprisingly debaucherous) one; and you have James Franco's "Less Than Zero." And that's cool, because channeling Bret Easton Ellis is a fine achievement in my book. There's also a distinct Holden Caulfield-esque "Why do I exist?" vibe going on. And while the multiple narrators were a bit more confusing than revelatory, there's certainly no doubt that The Franc can write. My favorite line: "I can feel their mind-killing slime thought rubbing on me and corroding me, and killing me."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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