The Basic Eight: A Novel

The Basic Eight: A Novel

by Daniel Handler
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The Basic Eight 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a teenager which puts me in a difficult situation. I loved a Series of Unfortunate Events but wasn't sure whether to go onto The Basic Eight. Nevertheless I bought it and think it's one of the best books I've ever read. The only bad thing I could possibly say about this book is that some parts were too detailed (i.e. the sexual parts) which lead me to reconsider recommending it to my friends. These scenes were a bit too descriptive for my liking but other than that, an all-round fantastic book that you can read and re-read and never grow tired of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! This is shown by be actually writing a review for it. I whipped through this book because it was so mind-boggling good. I would most definitely recomend this book to anyone who enjoys sarcasm, wit, a creative plot, and writing, and just and overall great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved every minute of it. I felt like I was thrown back into high school all over again. I can honestly say at times though, I felt the teens in this book were much older than 17 or 18, But I guess kids are maturing much faster these days! A sinister comedy,I NEVER saw the end coming! I need to read it again...soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daniel Handler is one of American Literature's shining stars. He bares his influences well, and creates such memorable literary characters. I am looking forward to what he has in store for the future.
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chocoluvazy More than 1 year ago
Definitely one I won't ever forget.
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bobbles918 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book maybe 10 min ago-the feelings are fresh in my mind & stomach. I say stomach because towards the end of the book my stomach was constantly in knots! I did enjoy this book and never felt I knew what exactly was going on. Now with the book over I feel I have questions that will never be answered. I'm not sure how I feel about Flannery at this point through out the book I had a soft spot for her but now I don't know how to explian my feelings without giving the ending away. I do have to say that I was shocked & saddened by the mayjor twist in the book. But this really was a great book. The teens are witty & I couldnt even imagine me or my friends in our mid 20's saying anything like these kids but I don't know maybe that's how kids are these days.
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I read this book a long time ago and I recently bought a copy of it. It is one of my all-time favorite books simply because it's just over the top. I love the characters and I love that the reader never really has a clear grasp on what's going on. I think that it works very well in this book with Daniel Handler's writing style. There are a lot of books out there about high school but none are as entertaining as this one. The book has the feel of a cabaret or a circus, almost. It is definitely not a book for everyone though. The style of the book could potentially grate on your nerves. Daniel Handler tends to lay on the irony really thick towards the end of the book and it gets a little detailed during certain parts of the book like during the murder scene. Overall, I would recommend this book to people who like dark humor and are looking for a different kind of high school book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I am a teenager and knew this novel is intended for adults rather than high school students, I had to read it due to my immense enjoyment of 'a Series of Unfortunate Events', wanting to move onto Handler's adult material. I enjoyed it quite a bit, mainly because it's so different from anything else I've ever read. When an author spins up a tale as original as this one, managing to combine many different elements and providing a story so satisfying yet with many unresolved issues left open for debate, it's important to take notice. Although it's known to the reader from the start that the narrator, Flannery Culp is going to commit a violent murder, the novel begins very light-hearted. Flannery is likable, has a good sense of humour and appears to be a typical teenage girl with typical teenage issues: unrequited love, distorted body image, academic struggles, etc. As the book progresses, the material gets darker, involving molestation, a potentially lethal drug overdose, and of course, murder. The novel is deliciously eerie and will haunt you for a few days, yet dark humour is present throughout the entire thing, an incredible talent of Handler's. He is skilled in being able to present a somewhat satirical story that is nevertheless quite engaging and realistic. I took off a star because I found the irony and foreshadowing was occasionally layered on a little too thick in this novel, and because personally I thought the amount of explict sexual content got to be a bit much - I didn't really find it offensive, just unnecessary. Anyone who enjoys a story that's zany, humourous and dark will enjoy this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone offended by sexual content or profanity. I also would not recommend it to anyone who dislikes dark humour, or anyone who dislikes confusing books as this novel requires patience on behalf of the reader and it's not a novel that finishes with every piece of the puzzle in place - the latter is intended by the author, and not a flaw. If you do read it, though, you should encourage a friend to read it also, it's a book that upon finishing it, you'll be desperate to discuss with someone! Anyway, if I haven't already made it clear I loved the book and I can't wait to get a start on 'Adverbs.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
A memoir written from jail about the adventure that landed her there, from an unapologetic brilliant and unbalanced character. That much reminded me a lot of Lolita, which is a compliment as it is one of my favorites. The lens is focused, in this case, on high school in all of its naivete and precociousness and swagger. Handler captures the mindset of the h.s. student so well, it brought me back to that time in my own life, and the fuzzy logic of the characters felt very true to the time. The ending was great, although I did see it coming for the last 100 pages or so, so more of a verification than a shocker for me, but a great great read nonetheless, and recommended. The clues are all there, if you read closely enough. Very well thought out, and well executed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book. I also enjoy his books for children where he uses the pen name, Lemony Snicket.