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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
for teens, not adults
posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2003Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
Dull Dull Dull!
posted by Anonymous on August 29, 2003Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.