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"If you liked Harmony Korine's film Kids, you'll definitely be into McDonell's story....Not bad for a by-now 18-year-old, but still far from good: McDonell should stay in school a few more years." Kirkus Reviews

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"Mr. McDonell finds an authentic voice....He gives us a palpable sense of the privileged but spiritually desolate world that his characters inhabit, without ever condescending to them, and he gives us some digitally clear snapshots of life in the upscale ZIP codes of millenial Manhattan." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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"[T]here can be little question that the sheer phenomenon of its author's youth probably has as much to do with [Twelve] finding its way into print as its literary merits....[McDonell] employs a prose style that affects pithiness and punch....We are meant to be shocked as the plot moves toward what the publisher calls its 'apocalyptic climax,' which is a lot more apocalyptic for the kids involved than for the reader, who saw it coming about a hundred pages earlier." Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

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"[A] shocker of a first novel....[T]erse, controlled prose....The final scene, at a raging New Year's Eve party, will leave readers stunned, as well as curious as to what might come next from this precocious writer." Publishers Weekly

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"[T]his novel is a Less than Zero for a new generation of disenfranchised rich kids, except it's not quite as good....But the sparse, fiercely unsentimental prose and the stark hopelessness of the teenage characters make the book a surprisingly engrossing read." John Green, Booklist

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"McDonell is an authentic talent and, long after the storms of hype have died away, his novel will endure as a snapshot of his generation as surely as Less Than Zero did of the Eighties....The voice is not original...but it is remarkably assured....[McDonell] is very good at imitating an existing narrative style. The reader can look forward confidently to the book he will produce when his voice has become properly his own." Stephanie Merritt, The Guardian (London)

Review:

"[An] accomplished first novel....[A] satirical, even playful portrait of a world that is perilous but essentially humane. It is a less original and far more likable work [than Less Than Zero]....I was impressed by the wit and commitment of this book, by McDonell's ability to write with distance and perspective about a world he's still smack in the midst of. Such qualities will serve him well as a writer of any age." Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"In Twelve, Nick McDonell displays a remarkable arsenal of gifts — wit, near poetic concision, a terrific eye and ear — all of which add up to the Great Gift: the ability to tell a story, in such a way, that once engaged, the reader will find it near impossible to put the book down" Richard Price

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"Nick McDonell is the real thing, a powerful young writer with the look of a dangerous freak and very sharp teeth. The ratio of age to talent is horrifying. His trick is he writes the truth. I'm afraid he will do for his generation what I did for mine." Hunter S. Thompson

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"An astonishing rush of a first novel." Joan Didion

Synopsis:

From a gifted and assured 17-year-old author comes a stunning portrait of his generation, set among wealthy kids in Manhattan.

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tanglehair, January 21, 2007 (view all comments by tanglehair)
Written by a 17 year old about a young man his own age growing up and attending highschool in New York City who is highly intelligent, philosophical, and a loner in his daily life. He deals marajuana and make deals with his peers and is portrayed as a cool headed leader and thinker. It tells of what life is like at this age and many of the troubles that are faced by the upperclass youth and the dangerous circumstances they find themselves in. The main character is a smooth operator who sells but doesn't partake of any kind of drugs. He is looked up to by his teachers and all his fellow classmates. In between chapters the author starts with a quote from Camus or some other philosopher or quote that pertains to the unfolding drama. It is a book that even this 62 year old couldn't put down until I finished it.
The author won awards for this book and it was a best seller in the underground of bestsellers. The author is attending a prestigeous college in England now. I would give this young man a 5 star rating for this wonderful and fast moving street novel. First rate read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802117175
Author:
McDonell, Nick
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Manhattan (new york, n.y.)
Subject:
Juvenile delinquents
Subject:
Manhattan
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
99-109
Publication Date:
July 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.52x5.70x1.00 in. .90 lbs.
Age Level:
14-18

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Product details 256 pages Grove Press - English 9780802117175 Reviews:
"Review" by , "If you liked Harmony Korine's film Kids, you'll definitely be into McDonell's story....Not bad for a by-now 18-year-old, but still far from good: McDonell should stay in school a few more years."
"Review" by , "Mr. McDonell finds an authentic voice....He gives us a palpable sense of the privileged but spiritually desolate world that his characters inhabit, without ever condescending to them, and he gives us some digitally clear snapshots of life in the upscale ZIP codes of millenial Manhattan."
"Review" by , "[T]here can be little question that the sheer phenomenon of its author's youth probably has as much to do with [Twelve] finding its way into print as its literary merits....[McDonell] employs a prose style that affects pithiness and punch....We are meant to be shocked as the plot moves toward what the publisher calls its 'apocalyptic climax,' which is a lot more apocalyptic for the kids involved than for the reader, who saw it coming about a hundred pages earlier."
"Review" by , "[A] shocker of a first novel....[T]erse, controlled prose....The final scene, at a raging New Year's Eve party, will leave readers stunned, as well as curious as to what might come next from this precocious writer."
"Review" by , "[T]his novel is a Less than Zero for a new generation of disenfranchised rich kids, except it's not quite as good....But the sparse, fiercely unsentimental prose and the stark hopelessness of the teenage characters make the book a surprisingly engrossing read."
"Review" by , "McDonell is an authentic talent and, long after the storms of hype have died away, his novel will endure as a snapshot of his generation as surely as Less Than Zero did of the Eighties....The voice is not original...but it is remarkably assured....[McDonell] is very good at imitating an existing narrative style. The reader can look forward confidently to the book he will produce when his voice has become properly his own."
"Review" by , "[An] accomplished first novel....[A] satirical, even playful portrait of a world that is perilous but essentially humane. It is a less original and far more likable work [than Less Than Zero]....I was impressed by the wit and commitment of this book, by McDonell's ability to write with distance and perspective about a world he's still smack in the midst of. Such qualities will serve him well as a writer of any age."
"Review" by , "In Twelve, Nick McDonell displays a remarkable arsenal of gifts — wit, near poetic concision, a terrific eye and ear — all of which add up to the Great Gift: the ability to tell a story, in such a way, that once engaged, the reader will find it near impossible to put the book down"
"Review" by , "Nick McDonell is the real thing, a powerful young writer with the look of a dangerous freak and very sharp teeth. The ratio of age to talent is horrifying. His trick is he writes the truth. I'm afraid he will do for his generation what I did for mine."
"Review" by , "An astonishing rush of a first novel."
"Synopsis" by , From a gifted and assured 17-year-old author comes a stunning portrait of his generation, set among wealthy kids in Manhattan.
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