Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp

Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp

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by C. D. Payne
     
 

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The hilarious, take-no-prisoners novel about a cynical, sex-obsessed teenager's pining love for an intelligent girl– now a major motion picture from Dimension Films starring Michael Cera

SIX MONTHS IN THE LIFE OF THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS TEENAGER

Youth in Revolt is the journals of Nick Twisp, California's most precocious diarist, whose ongoing

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The hilarious, take-no-prisoners novel about a cynical, sex-obsessed teenager's pining love for an intelligent girl– now a major motion picture from Dimension Films starring Michael Cera

SIX MONTHS IN THE LIFE OF THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS TEENAGER

Youth in Revolt is the journals of Nick Twisp, California's most precocious diarist, whose ongoing struggles to make sense out of high school, deal with his divorced parents, and lose his virginity result in his transformation from an unassuming fourteen-year-old to a modern youth in open revolt. As his family splinters, worlds collide, and the police block all routes out of town, Nick must cope with economic deprivation, homelessness, the gulag of the public schools, a competitive type-A father, murderous canines, and an inconvenient hair trigger on his erectile response–all while vying ardently for the affections of the beauteous Sheeni Saunders, teenage goddess and ultimate intellectual goad.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Debuting with this rambling, logorrheic, self-indulgent trilogy of comic novels collected in one volume, Payne covers six hectic months in the life of 14-year-old Oakland native Nick Twisp. Youth in Revolt , the first installment, chronicles Nick's transformation from a computer-hacking, book-reading teen into a rebel with a libidinous cause: the winning of Sheeni Saunders, a girl he meets while on vacation. Youth in Bondage finds Nick stuck in Sheeni's hometown of Ukiah, Calif. She has gone away to school in Santa Cruz (with her boyfriend), and Nick must live with his penny-pinching father, who treats him like an indentured servant. Nick relies increasingly on his tough alter ego, Francois Dillinger, creating a fantasy life that is the trilogy's main strength, far less tiresome than the forced humor that mars most of Nick's bizarre adventures. When the FBI turns up in Ukiah--they are on Nick's trail for a fire he accidentally set in downtown Berkeley--he flees to L.A. Youth in Exile eventually takes him back to Ukiah, disguised as a girl and re-enrolled at the local high school, where he fends off passes from undiscerning boys while plotting to get Sheeni back. The long-delayed resolution to this tedious effort fulfills every teen fantasy from great sex to independent wealth. Author tour. ( June )
Library Journal
This is the story of a precocious 14-year-old who reveals his struggles with the life, love, and libido of adolescence through his excruciatingly long and detailed journal. Bored by his mind-numbing high school and bewildered by the escapades of his wacky, divorced parents, Nick and his pals turn their attentions to the mysterious pursuit of true love and the quest for loss of virginity. Hormones rule. Nick's journal entries read like a cross between Holden Caulfield and Doogie Howser, or The Wonder Years with a dash of Philip Roth. There are a few truly funny scenes as Nick strives to outwit archrival Trent for the love of the brainy and beautiful Sheeni. Payne obviously has a vivid and ribald recollection of adolescence, but his recounting is overlong and lacking in real direction. Maybe you had to have been there. Not recommended.-Susan Clifford, Hughes Aircraft Co. Lib., Los Angeles
Gilbert Taylor
A dear-diary frame strains to contain the summer-to-winter odyssey of an aged 14 adolescent. Aged, because as the equivalent of an adult trapped in a kid's body, wiser-than-thou Nick struts his unabridged, OED-sized vocabulary, and fails to tame his excess testosterone throughout his sinuous, twisping pursuit of the Girl He Loves, one Sheeni Saunders. Such mock elevation and extended exaggeration is the name of the author's game, which courses through Nick's journey from first encounter with his Lady Dulcinea in a small California town, her exile to a French-language academy, Nick's torching of the city of Berkeley, his life on the lam, and their final, touching reunion. Bizarre diversions on the way are myriad, chronicled in Nick's positively pathological obsession to multiply words 10 times beyond necessity. Humor is the intent, and indeed "Youth in Revolt" is sophomorically hilarious, appealing to the smart aleck within. The sarcasm is hard to sustain and becomes repetitive after page 200, but since Payne's alter ego deals with fractured families and worlds out of control many patrons will surely give Payne's debut a look-see.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767931243
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Edition description:
Movie Tie-in Edition
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
1,509,889
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

C.D. Payne is also the author of the novels Revolting Youth, Civic Beauties, Cut to the Twisp, Frisco Pigeon Mambo, Young and Revolting, and Revoltingly Young. He lives in Sonoma County.

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