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Twelve

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

for teens, not adults

ok for all you adults saying it was a bad book, its only cuz you dont understand it. i woudlnt recommend this book to an adult, it's way over your heads. For teens, though, it's one of the best books ever. Teens can connect to it on a totally different level than adul...
ok for all you adults saying it was a bad book, its only cuz you dont understand it. i woudlnt recommend this book to an adult, it's way over your heads. For teens, though, it's one of the best books ever. Teens can connect to it on a totally different level than adults or lil jr high kids. Also, it's got a great story line and is true to wat life is today. trust me, if you're a teen, you'll love it.

posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2003

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Dull Dull Dull!

This was quite possibly the worst book I have ever read. The characters were very flat and had absolutely no personalities. The chapters were extremely short - 98 in all and the book is less than 250 pages. The title is a bit deceiving because 'twelve' was only menti...
This was quite possibly the worst book I have ever read. The characters were very flat and had absolutely no personalities. The chapters were extremely short - 98 in all and the book is less than 250 pages. The title is a bit deceiving because 'twelve' was only mentioned a handful of times and only one character used it. I think all the praise around this book is due to the author being so young. Big deal! So he proves he's got a good vocabulary and is a bit more observant than your average teen. This book might appeal to teens and those who have very short attention spans, but for people who want a good read...definitely don't waste your time with this book.

posted by Anonymous on August 29, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    Dull Dull Dull!

    This was quite possibly the worst book I have ever read. The characters were very flat and had absolutely no personalities. The chapters were extremely short - 98 in all and the book is less than 250 pages. The title is a bit deceiving because 'twelve' was only mentioned a handful of times and only one character used it. I think all the praise around this book is due to the author being so young. Big deal! So he proves he's got a good vocabulary and is a bit more observant than your average teen. This book might appeal to teens and those who have very short attention spans, but for people who want a good read...definitely don't waste your time with this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    unimpressive

    i just read this book, and it is very, very poorly written. one would think that with all the editorial help that the author's connections get him (his parents are rich and famous in the publishing industry; hunter thompson, joan didion, and richard price are all friends of the family; his godfather OWNS GROVE ATLANTIC, the publishing house which published the book) the book would be a lot better than it is. mcdonell can't even write a creative sentence--the structure for almost every single sentence in the novel is the same. noun, verb, object. noun, verb, object. and so on. and the drug trip (in which the author neglects to mention which drug his character is tripping on, apparently because he doesn't have any experiences of his own to draw on) is spectacularly unconvincing. i have to think that hunter thompson's blurb must be slightly sarcastic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    Horrible Novel

    As much as people will rave and rave about how good of it, I know better. I've read a lot of books and this does not come close to the good ones I have read. There is no real plot, nothing to keep you guessing on where the story is going to take you next. Chacters are all over the place and very undefined. I haven't gotten to the ending yet but since there is no real plot the ending is just going to be a dead end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    Lover of Fiction

    Majoring in English, and being an avid lover of an assortment of fiction novels, I decided to purchase and read Twelve. Boy, am I sorry. I have to admit, this may be the absolute WORST book that I have ever read! Am so sorry that I wasted my time and money on this book, for it is an untalented piece and poorly written. It is actually annoying to read. A real struggle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    The way this is written sucks!

    i was going to buy this book, since id heard a lot about it, and i am a fan of hunter s thompson. So i thought id have a look on the net first> I read the intro at the bottom of the page and thought against it, it sounds like it has been written by a 10 year old. The syntax within the prose is so formulaic and dull. Is this a joke? or the whole book? also that kid who says he is going to use it to not do drugs is a wiener.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    not impressed

    this book read like it was written by a twelve year old. i was so not impressed and i really wanted to like this book. the characters were under developed and just, well for lack of a better word...stupid. this book should have never even been published, it was obviously an attempt by the publishing house to discover the 'next big thing'...sorry this is not it! If you want a good read pick up Alex Garland's The Tesseract...you won't be disappointed! In fact I think McDonell is trying to rip off the outline of that book!

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