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Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

These are 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 self-described transformation from "brown-nosing honor student" to "modern youth in open revolt."

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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: 11/3/2009
  • Edition description: Movie Tie-in Edition
  • Pages: 544
  • 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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    Great Book! Read!

    This may be my favorite book, it was hilarious. Nick Twisp is a great character, to whom you cheer for and cringe at. I never laughed out loud by reading before, until I read this. There are many crazy turns and right now im reading the second book "Revolting Youth" and its just as wonderful as this one. If you aren't sure on buying it, take in a couple of pages at B&N the first page is def. good enough to draw you in.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    hands down

    this is the funniest book i have ever read. there were times i had to put the book down because i was laughing so hard. everyone should read this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    So crude that I had to love it

    I would have to say that this book chronicals what would happen if a teenage boy tried and tried hard to fufil his erotic dreams with his sweetheart. Nick's ordeals and affairs with every charactor in the book is dark-humored and outrageous and is a must read for anyone who doesn't mind what actually goes on in the teenage mind. Fair warning goes out to you if drugs, sex and illegal scandals easily offend. If you hate to see the loving nerd become the bad boy once again skip this one. If you are seeking an outrageous, promisquous, and hillarious read, you have found your match.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

    One of my favorites!

    I picked this book up about 15 years ago (my copy doesn't have Michael Cera on the cover, though), and instantly fell in love with it. Definitely one of the funniest books I've ever read. I would have never thought that teens with large vocabularies could be so endearing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    The best book ever

    I love this book :-)))

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Ehhh

    It was amusing but didnt quite live up to my expectations...

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    i will buy

    as soon as they change the cover. i don't want Michael Cera staring at e from my nook for the rest of its reasing career

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Recommended- insanely addictive!

    This is possibly one of the funniest pieces of literature that I have ever read. With a delightfully disturbed character like Nick its hard to even put this book down! While reading I caught myself having to pause for my own laughter.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    clearly amazing!

    I loved every bit of this novel. C. D. Payne really laid out a slew of great characters. The book is about Nick Twisp who goes away to a camp ground on "vacation" with his mother and her boyfriend and meets a young girl who he falls completely in love with. He tries everything to try to get her to sleep with him, to no avail. He goes through completely hilarious escapades trying to win over this girl, but when he leaves to go home is when the craziness continues. The book keeps you guessing and constantly laughing. All the characters have such strong hilarious attributes that make this book impossible to put down. Nick gets into tons of trouble, and gains multiple personalities at every turn of the page. Genius. One of my favorite novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    ehh

    the first part of the book was good and i couldn't put it down but then the second part starting getting ridiculos and then i didn't even finish the 3rd part. this book is also very..explict it has opened my mind to the mind of teenage boys.

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  • Posted February 12, 2010

    Youth in Revolt is a winner!

    This book is ridiculously funny! The plot just keeps thickening and twisting you feel so bad for poor Nick, but you can't help but laugh at his misfortunes. He meets and/or befriends so many geeks and freaks it gets a little hard to remember all of them, but all the quirky characters work so well. Some parts of the story are just for fun while others could have been cut and some parts are just to gross you out...all in all, it makes for a wild and sexually frustrated ride! I highly recommend it =)

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    WOAH .

    Aaahmzing book. I can re-read this over and over again. I spent eery hour of my day reading this book. I got to know each and every character and felt like I could relate them to my life in many ways. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an adventorous time. Michael Cera<3 I can't wait to read the sequel and while I wait for it to be mailed to me I will definitly be re-reading this one. I was somewhat surprised by the large amounts of sexual content, although it probrably explains why the mvie was Rated R. I would still recomment to any teen female or male. Adults..not so much.
    MUST READ.
    Woah factor 102%

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Adrian Mole Diaries are so much better

    I do not understand how other reviewers could rate this 5 stars! It is a blatant Adrian Mole Diaries clone, with much more verbage and less wit. Why not just read Adrian?
    I am angry that I bought it, and even more disappointed that I completely read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2010

    Great Book!

    This is a great novel. I recommend all the books of this novel(Youth in Revolt, Revolting Youth, Young and Revolting, and Revoltingly Young). Absolutely one of my favorite books I've had the pleasure of reading!

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    iagree

    what they said^

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2009

    um. best cover ever?

    i'm giving this 5 stars just for how hilarious i think the cover is..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    You won't regret reading this book!!

    This is one of my absolute favorite books I have ever read(not including the sequels). I find this book ultimately great for recommendation. Every friend I have lent it to loved it and wanted to read more. You should definitely get this book and then don't stop there. Get the squels too. You won't regret it!!!

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

    Youth in Revolt Funniest Book You'll Ever Read

    Do you like to read a book that has explosions, adult affairs, and running from the law that is all combined in a teenage love story? Youth in Revolt has all of these actions and more suspense, laughter, and those parents who just don't get that teenage mind. It is the first of the Diaries of Nick Twisp series. C.D. Payne is a comical genius, she will literally have you "laughing out loud" while reading this novel.

    The protagonist Nick Twisp has a reputation of being a bit of a geek, sent out to the unknown world of public education after years of being in a high paid private school. Luckily an unexpected vacation keeps his mind off the mediocre education he will soon receive. He meets Sheeni an intelligent and very popular girl, you can make the argument of her being the queen bee of school. To Nick Sheeni is perfect in almost every possible way and he is willing to do anything to have her in his arms, even creating a fire in a major city that forces him to go in hiding so he can be with his love Sheeni. Even though Nick performed these actions he isn't in jail.for now.

    Nick is the typical teenage underdog that every reader roots for him to get his main objective. As the audience we really get to know Nick in depth, of course this is Nicks personal diary we are reading. The story has a ton of dialogue , Nick has the average talks with his brain dead parents, and also has those very explicit teenage conversations. If you aren't into deep conversations then I'll save you some time telling you that you'll be reading 499 pages of pure dialogue with only mild actions. Of course, of you are familiar with these types of novels then you will be quite pleased with the in depth conversations, I find it quite pleasing.

    The author didn't show much foreshadowing but to heighten the readers enjoyment she caused a lot of suspense by not knowing when Nick would "gain the affection" of a girl and how many obstacles he will endure. She also gives us enjoyment in reading by the provocative texts she writes. Setting wasn't too major in the story we only used it for the main purpose to tell us where Nick is and how far is it from the previous location, we must know this information quite a bit. The book was for the most part very easy to follow because the way Payne writes is very hard hitting and very interesting which will draw in the reader.

    If you enjoy teenage stories that are filled with comedy and you are able to handle the explicit detail then this is definitely your type of book. The book is really a page turner and I'll gladly give it two thumbs up. Youth in Revolt is a master of black comedy.
    Read it, and Nicks actions clearly tell us never give up, never surrender.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2009

    Love the book, hate Sheeni!

    I think Nick doesn't get treated right by Sheeni! Most of the books are about him trying to get in her pants but I think he is just getting played by her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    my all time favorite.

    i read this book when i was 13 and since then, it has been my most favorite book ever. nick is such a spontaneous, witty young man who in my eyes, if i was 14 today, he seems like the type of boy that i would have liked. HILARIOUS. the story is so fascinating, you will NEVER want to put it down.

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