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 (in triplicate), 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 god.
©1993 C. D. Payne; (P)2007 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Sophomorically hilarious, appealing to the smart aleck within." (Booklist)
"Recommended for adults and mature young adult readers....Fans of Salinger will especially appreciate the candid voice and vivid memories of this story." (Midwest Book Review)
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I am 55 years old, a professional, and I am happy to tell you that I loved this book. But I liked American Pie (though I didn't think it was right that they put the Czechoslovakia girl on the net) and other idiotic, immature, and lowbrow stuff too. It is for a person who can let themselves go back to age 13 and re-experience the mindset and erection set. I wonder, maybe my mindset hasn't changed in 42 years and I am not going back.
"Love the book, hated the reading"
This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I had the idea that maybe revisiting it in casual audiobook fashion would be a great way to reconnect with the piece...WRONG.
Paul Michael Garcia (the voice) sounds like a Computer reading words one at a time, over annunciating the wrong points and rolling words like he is in a bad Shakespeare in the park play...
This story is ALL Nick Twisp... and it was necessary to find a person who embodied this confused, vulnerable and evolving character. This readers speak and spell reading style is not the correct casting.
"It was bound to happen…"
As they put Michael Cera’s face on the cover, shouldn't they have had him read this? While the narrator did a good job, I wonder if the punch lines would have hit better if Cera read this as he had played Nick Twisp.
I was greatly disappointed in how I didn't find this as humorous as the movie adaptation of the book. There are no plans for me to read the other books in this series.
If you have not seen the movie, I suggest you do so, but only AFTER reading the book. It has always been common for me to enjoy a movie and then research if there was a book (not a novelization) available for me. Once I’ve read the book, I’ll sometimes go back and mentally fill in the story gaps. But that is mostly due to the book being so much more than the movie ever could be. In this case, I don’t suggest reading the book after seeing the movie. You might be as disappointed as I am.
I loved the movie and the book while good has been changed a great deal. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it but not quite as much as I enjoyed the movie, which in my opinion was better thought out.
I purchased this because i love the movie and books are normally better than the movie. But not in this case. do yourself a favour and watch the movie and forget the book. It was completely lost of me and the ending sucks.
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