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Syrup: A Novel (movie tie-in) [NOOK Book]

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Now a major motion picture starring Amber Heard, Shiloh Fernandez, Kellan Lutz, and Brittany Snow

Scat (formerly known as Michael Holloway) is young, underemployed, and trying to make it in Los Angeles. When he comes up with the idea for the hottest new soda ever, he’s sure he’ll become the next overnight sensation, maybe even retire early. But in the treacherous waters of corporate America there are no sure things and Scat finds that he has ...
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Syrup: A Novel (movie tie-in)

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Overview

Now a major motion picture starring Amber Heard, Shiloh Fernandez, Kellan Lutz, and Brittany Snow

Scat (formerly known as Michael Holloway) is young, underemployed, and trying to make it in Los Angeles. When he comes up with the idea for the hottest new soda ever, he’s sure he’ll become the next overnight sensation, maybe even retire early. But in the treacherous waters of corporate America there are no sure things and Scat finds that he has to fight to save his idea if his yet-to-be-realized career will ever get off the ground. With the help of a scarily gorgeous and brilliant marketing director named 6, he sets out on a mission to grab hold the fame and fortune that, time and again, elude him. This sharp-witted novel is a scathingly funny satire of celebrity, the pop culture machine, and the length to which a guy will go to get ahead—and get a date while doing it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101153697
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 146,362
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Max Barry
Max Barry is the author of Jennifer Government (2003), Company (2006), and Machine Man (2011). His latest book is Lexicon (2013). He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Fun, witty and full of characters you'll never forget. You'll never look at advertising the same way again after Syrup. Company and Jennifer Government are also great reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    MUST READ!!!

    Very entertaining !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    Decent, but not great...

    While it was an easy and relatively entertianing read, I had a problem with the characters. They are so shallow, materialistic, and self-absorbed that the entire time you're reading the book you are in anticipation of them getting what's coming to them at the end. I mean, the characters were so selfish that I couldn't wait for them to have some epiphany...or some bad karma, at least. But they never get their comeuppance, which seemed to pull the rug out from under the entire plot. I guess after reading Max Barry's other two books (which are AWESOME), I was expecting a bit more. All in all, it was still a decent book, just a little disappointing.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Officially Unofficial Review of Syrup (Including a link to this blog entry)

    http://michigansmissingglove.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/our-syrup/

    Follow this link to read my full review of Maxx Barry's Syrup.

    I enjoyed the plot of the novel, and while I found Barry's characters to be a bit lacking in the development department (the love story didn't hold my suspension of disbelief), they were not distracting to the point that I couldn't enjoy this satirical look into the world of carbonated beverage marketing.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Excellent Satire on Marketing

    This is another brilliant book by Max Barry who is one of the best satirists out there regarding office and business situations. This time he pokes his wit at the Marketing Industry. The main character who calls himself Scat (because it is a cool name) claims that every individual can come up with three million dollar ideas per year. Scat has his first; coming up with a revolutionary name for a new Coke drink. He tries to pitch it to a young marketer called "6." Immediately Scat is intrigued by 6 and falls in love with her even though she has made it clear that men are not her thing.
    Scat's idea is a big smash but unfortunately it is undermined by his roommate, aptly named Sneaky Pete. The book moves rapidly with Scat coming up with great idea after another hoping to be rich and land 6 to boot.

    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more work by Mr. Barry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Brilliant Satire on Marketing!

    This is another brilliant book by Max Barry who is one of the best satirists out there regarding office and business situations. This time he pokes his wit at the Marketing Industry. The main character who calls himself Scat (because it is a cool name) claims that every individual can come up with three million dollar ideas per year. Scat has his first coming up with a revolutionary name for a new Coke drink. He tries to pitch it to a young marketer called ¿6.¿ Immediately Scat is intrigued by 6 and falls in love with her even though she has made it clear that men are not her thing. Scat¿s idea is a big smash but unfortunately it is undermined by his roommate, aptly named Sneaky Pete. The book moves rapidly with Scat coming up with great idea after another hoping to be rich and land 6 to boot. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more work by Mr. Barry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    Hands down - One of the best books I've ever read.

    I loved this book. I started it one evening on the subway home from work...and didn't put it down until I finished it. I read it in 6 hours. It is PHENOMENAL. The storyline, the writing, the humor, the situations... everything. I love it, and would highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    The most engaging book I've read this year

    This book was fantastic. I read it in two days, couldn't put it down, and smiled the entire time. I would recommend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2004

    i'm no longer a virgin

    a friend of mine is a literary critic and - if it needs saying - avid book lover. and She's more than once spoken of literary characters with whom She's fallen in love, and expressed surprise that i've never fallen in love with one. but i hadn't. and now i have. i think about 6 - i long for Her, i miss Her, i feel i need Her - while i'm washing dishes or playing computer games. it's a good, if somewhat sad, feeling. i loved this book - i'm sure largely, though not solely, because i was falling in love with 6 while reading it. i plowed through its 294 pages in all of two days, which is unusual for me. i found it funny - i laughed out loud a number of times, which is definitely a mark in its favor - and smart and intriguing, and unlike one reader who gave it two stars - something about people not throwing hash browns (?!) - i also found it compelling and intriguing and i did very much care what happened with Scat and 6. its tone reminded me of Microserfs, by Douglas Coupland (i see that another of his books is listed as one of the 'people who liked this book also bought' titles), but not such that i think it a rehash or anything. i haven't read another book like this one. my only (and very minor) complaint about it is that i feel Mr. Barry needs to expand his store of adjectives. he mentions 6's 'midnight hair' and 'dark eyes' too often; adjectives like these should be used no more than once if the description is to retain its power. but that's the only thing i felt called for improvement. i thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    one of the best books I have ever read

    I finished this book literally shaking with anticipation for each next page. I felt like I was in Scat's body. I hated Sneaky Pete so much. I desperately wanted to have sex with 6. I still do, actually. The book had amazing feeling and intensity, and I find its black humor to be some of the best that I have ever read. If Max Barry does not continue to write books, or at least make a movie of 'Syrup,' I will personally fly to Australia and beat the stuffing out of him. Thank you for this piece of art, Mr. Barry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    Took me two days to tear through this novel.

    Absolutely the best novel I have read in quite some time. I could not put it down; it actually made me want to put my computer away for a bit. If you work in a corporate environment, get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    This book is OUTSTANDING

    This is the first book that I have read from start to finish in one setting. I have never picked up a book that I could not put down to take care of other business. TWO THUMBS UP. I think that it could be because I work for Coke that I find this so interesting and so true in many ways. I look forward to reading anything else Maxx Berry decides to write. I highly encourage everyone to read this book!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    Syrup is a Sweet Read

    Barry is ingenious. Syrup is hip, young, smart and absolutely fresh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    A Comedic and surprising Masterpiece!

    I may only be 12 but have I got some news for you. I know a good book when I read it and Maxx Barry's Novel, Syrup is a great book for ADULTS. Some content may not be suitable for children under 16. Scat, a marketing executive with only one thing in his mind, money, gives his Idea to Coke-Cola, a multimillion dollar Idea for a new Cola. He goes down to register only to find out that his sneaky room mate, Sneaky Pete has stolen his Idea. He then works with a long time Coke Employee to make a new Coke Summer Campaign. I suggest reading 'Syrup' By Maxx Barry Today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Write one true simple declarative sentance

    This novel was too tricky. I got past that early because Sneaky Pete and his silence compelled me into the story. And I liked 6. I thought she was hot and felt I was in for a bangtail story with people slinging hash browns off balconies at the end. But it never happened. The story falls apart as soon as the movie making aspect come into it. The characters begin as cartoon figures and remain so. There's no backstory. The continued use of the screenwriters most tooled prize--setting deadlines to increase the tension--is the only engine that drives the story through the second half. By the end I didn't care what happened between 6 and Scat, felt the story dying on the vine, and only finished it because I'd bought the book. Too tricky. Disappointing

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