Vernon God Little

Vernon God Little

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by DBC Pierre
     
 

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When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff's office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday's underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople,…  See more details below

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When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff's office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday's underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople, the cable news networks, and Deputy Vaine Gurie, a woman whose zeal for the Pritikin diet is eclipsed only by her appetite for barbecued ribs from the Bar-B-Chew Barn. So Vernon does what any red-blooded American teenager would do; he takes off for Mexico.

Vernon God Little is a provocatively satirical, riotously funny look at violence, materialism, and the American media.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
If Huckleberry Finn were set on the Mexican-American border and written by the creators of South Park, it might read something like this.
Joyce Carol Oates
…[An] unexpectedly moving first novel…Pierre has a flawless ear for adolescent-boy speech.
—The New Yorker
Sam Sifton
…a dangerous, smart, ridiculous, and very funny first novel…Pierre renders adolescence brilliantly, capturing with seeming effortlessness the bright, contradictory hormone rush of teenage life.
—The New York Times Book Review
Jonathan Lethem
"Read [this book] not only for its dangerous relevance, but for the coruscating wit and raw vitality of its voice."
The New York Times Book Review
"Pierre renders adolescence brilliantly, capturing with seeming effortlessness the bright, contradictory hormone rush of teenage life."
The New Yorker - Joyce Carol Oates
"An unexpectedly moving first novel ... Raucous and brooding, coarse and lyric, corrosive and sentimental in about equal measure."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753171691
Publisher:
ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
Large Type
Pages:
336

Meet the Author

DBC Pierre is the pen name of Peter Finlay, who was born in Australia in 1961 and divided most of the first twenty-three years of his life between Texas and Mexico City. He lives in Ireland.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Ireland
Date of Birth:
1961
Place of Birth:
Reynella, Australia

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Vernon God Little 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Felt it had a lot of gratuitous bad language and sexual content. A real downer with nothing redeeming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, disgusting, and completely truthful, Vernon God Little shows us what the media has warped our minds into and how it can make the guilty innocent and the innocent accessories to murder. Vernon Little lives with his mother, who believes that money is everything. When his best and only friend shoots 16 students at their school and then himself, he is accused of being a party to the murders. Things go from bad to worse, so he sets off for Mexico. The second half of the book is much more solemn and sad than the comical first part, but I was never so satisfied by an ending than with this one. It's a wonderful book all around.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book refreshing and hilariously funny. The main character is a true anti-hero, struggling to survive in an unjust Kafkan world. Tough to read 'cause you both laugh and cringe. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a painful book to read because it's just so painfully real. Love the language. Love to incredibly dark sense of humor. I'd recommend this book for people who can take tough love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because it seemed to be an interesting premise and the price was right. However, I was very disappointed and nearly did not finish the book. The first half of the book is very difficult to get through. It fails to captivate and the language used, which is a regional dialect by a teenager from a small Texas town peppered with profanity, makes it more difficult. The story is fairly predictable with stereotypical characters, none of whom are very interesting. The story picks up after the second half of the book (the language becomes much more clear), but none-the-less it is too little too late for Vernon God Little.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, as a teenager really liked this book. It was blunt and realistic. Vernon thought similar to any teenage boy and it showed how arrogant adults can be sometimes. The way everything happened in the book could happen in real life. I really really enjoyed reading it and i did laugh out loud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hm... well, 'Vernon God Little' is a very different kind of book. I thought it was a bit disgusting, and the writing style kind of irritated me and was difficult to read. I do give the author credit though for writing something really different. I like that. This is not your average teen romance novel thing. It may involve teens, but it's a grossly different tale. I thought the book was okay. It was funny in some, and just disgusting in others. Not recommended for people with no sense of humor, no sense of imagination, or low tolerance for odd things. I'd give this book more of a 2.5, but I'll just round up and say '3'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that the beginning of the book was dragging. The writing seemed to ramble on and I couldn't stay focused. At the pivotal point of the story, though, I couldn't put the book down. It was worth getting through the beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Selected as the monthly read by the nine members of our Book Club, and found by all to be extremely disappointing. Not only did we not find any humor in either the story or the characters, we also felt the writing left much to be desired, and most reluctantly trudged through the story, just trying to get to the end. The characters had no redeeming qualities and it was exceedingly hard to come close or anywhere near trying to identify with them. In fact, several readers said that they actually 'didn't even care what happened to Vernon' in the end -- push the button! Too bad so many trees had to be cut down in order to print this crass piece of writing. A complete waste of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will not be disappointed! This book is a riot! The main character is so real and so hillarious. The author, DBC Pierre, incredibly transformed himself into the voice of quirky teen with all the attitudes of a somewhat illiterate and not quite street smart 15 year old. Finding himself caught up as an accessory to murder, 15 year old Vernon Little unwhittingly decides that it is better to dissapear than to confess what he knows of the crime. Fate somehow continuously thwarts all his attempts to flea the small, stiffling, Texas town of Martirio where everyone is related or knows everyone else. What a tangled web he weaves when he gets snagged in a web of deceit and grafts committed by himself and by a newly arrived con artist who has plotted to take advantage of the bored and horribly pretentious towns women (including Vernon's mother). Vernon's adventure is what is slowly giving him a 'learning' in street smarts. I don't want to give away too much so I'll just say that yoo need to read this book. The speech is so hillarious. I can't wait for another book by this author. A definite must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe I expected A Confederacy of Dunces.