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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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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 July 13, 2002

    very disappointing... don't believe the hype

    i really, really wanted to like this novel. the author was featured in entertainment weekly, and its comparisons to catcher in the rye really made me interested. now i see how undeserved those comparisons are. the things the characters do... i would say that they are out of character, but the characters are never fully developed... things just happen. i think in a few years, we are all going to see just how dated all of the imagery in the novel is... a nelly song that no one even listens to now is prominently featured, as are constant references to 'hip' clothing lines. that was the beauty of the catcher in the rye... i read it in high school (just 2 years ago), and it still made sense even though it was set in the 1950s. twelve does not make sense now, and it definitely wont in a few years... and the ending was horrendous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    Recommended for High-Schoolers Only

    Although it is impressive that an 18-year-old can get a book published to such public interest, what is not impressive, unfortunately, is the writing. Not without its (fleeting) moments, this book has three types of characters: ones who are introduced only to do nothing, ones who are stereotypes, and then, the main characters, about whom the reader couldn't care less. In addition, many of the chapters in this book (each page is practically its own chapter) have nothing to do with the story and were probably written in a tattered spiral notebook sometime between 5th and 6th periods. I will not give away the ending of the book, but rest assured it is as laughable as it is abrupt and unbelievable. I would say it was incongruous with the rest of the book, but sadly it is not so. If you are endlessly fascinated with the petty exploits of the precociously young and rich of the Upper East Side, by all means read this book. I truly believe any bookish 18-year-old with an editor could write its equal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2002

    Completely Overrated

    I can say with confidence that this book is nothing special. There are those who would laud this book, saying that it is a great accomplishment for such a young and aspiring author. While I do respect the fact that someone so young has published his first book, I would recommend that you find something better to do with your time. I found a real superficial quality to the book, which may or may not be intended, and anyone who would compare this to something like J.D. Salinger's work is seriously missing the point. McDonnell spends a great deal of time following his characters around and painting sketches, but he does little in the way of establishing a solid, meaningful plot. The last few scenes in the book seemed hastily constructed, and I put the book down feeling like the author took the easy way out. Having spent twenty or so bucks on this hardcover edition, I feel seriously cheated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    Nice try.

    A rich kids version of Columbine, except the setting was an expensive townhouse rather than a school. I have to admit I read this book in two days and couldnt put it down. That's probably because I was waiting for something to happen. But how can you be so critical of a young author, I critisize those that have hyped him to be the next Michael Jordan of novelists. He definately has the potential for greatness but let's not start hailing him as the next great novelist. It wouldn't be fair.

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