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ISBN13: 9780060733865
ISBN10: 0060733861
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It's first semester senior year, and Flannery Culp needs her friends more than ever. Her homeroom teacher is a tyrant, her biology teacher is a pervert, and in a few months the Winnie Moprah Show will broadcast vicious lies calling her a Satanic murderer when they really mean murderess. Flan needs Kate, even though she gossips incessantly. She needs Gabriel, even though he has a scarcely requited crush on her. She needs V_____, whose name has been changed to protect her wealthy family. She needs Douglas, who can get absinthe. She needs Lily, she needs Jennifer Rose Milton, but most of all she needs Natasha — beautiful, brave Natasha — who is turning her calculus teacher's advice — do something — into a formula for panache. Flannery needs all of the Basic Eight, because high school can get so stressful, you just want to kill someone.

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"Handler's confident satire is not only cheeky but packed with downright lovable characters whose youthful misadventures keep the novel neatly balanced between absurdity and poignancy." Publishers Weekly

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"Handler's writing is witty and perceptive....Recommended..." Library Journal

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"The Basic Eight is both a delicious entertainment and an unsettling statement on the irrationality of adolescence." Max Winter, Time Out New York

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"Imagine being young, messed up, and too smart for your own good. Flannery Culp is all three. I followed her adventures with admiration and envy because Daniel Handler is one of the sharpest, funniest, and best writers around." Kit Reed, author of Weird Women

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"Dazzlingly funny...covertly lyrical, and absolutely without parental supervision, The Basic Eight manages to be amoral and humane simultaneously." Mark O'Donnell, author of Let Nothing You Dismay and Getting Over Homer

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"Flannery Culp is Holden Caulfield in drag, forty-five years later." Peter Lefcourt, author of The Woody and Abbreviating Ernie

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"If you can resist Daniel Handler's hell-raising powers, fair warning: A wicked young century starts here — without you." Lois Gould, author of Mommy Dressing and Medusa's Gift

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"A funny, unique novel that single-handedly returns high-school revenge fantasies to their rightful owners." Joanna Torrey, author of Hungry

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"Like no other book, The Basic Eight demands to be read twice. Do." Stephin Merritt, lead singer of the Magnetic Fields

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Daniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight and Watch Your Mouth, and as Lemony Snicket, a sequence of novels for children collectively entitled A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Synopsis:

Flannery Culp wants you to know the whole story of her spectacularly awful senior year. Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe — Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all. But now, on tabloid television, they're calling Flannery a murderer, which is a total lie. It's true that high school can be so stressful sometimes. And it's true that sometimes a girl just has to kill someone. But Flannery wants you to know that she's not a murderer at all — she's a murderess.

About the Author

DANIEL HANDLER is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth and, as Lemony Snicket, the bestselling collection of childrens novels entitled A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold more than sixty million copies worldwide, has been translated into thirty-nine languages and was adapted into a feature film starring Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep.

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Gypsi, June 6, 2010 (view all comments by Gypsi)
The Basic Eight takes a morbid theme--high school student bruatally murdered by heart broken peer--and turns it into one of the funniest black comedies I've ever read.

Flannery speaks to us through her journals and the little inserts she adds as she's editing them, and tells us "how it really happened". Things that have no business being funny had me rolling on the floor. The dark humor that Handler uses in his children's books was out in full force in this, his first novel. If black comedy offends you, well, you'll be offended so stay away, otherwise, read it and find yourself laughing even though at times you might not be really sure why!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060733865
Author:
Handler, Daniel
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Daniel Handler
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7.79x5.40x.98 in. .67 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060733865 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Handler's confident satire is not only cheeky but packed with downright lovable characters whose youthful misadventures keep the novel neatly balanced between absurdity and poignancy."
"Review" by , "Handler's writing is witty and perceptive....Recommended..."
"Review" by , "The Basic Eight is both a delicious entertainment and an unsettling statement on the irrationality of adolescence."
"Review" by , "Imagine being young, messed up, and too smart for your own good. Flannery Culp is all three. I followed her adventures with admiration and envy because Daniel Handler is one of the sharpest, funniest, and best writers around."
"Review" by , "Dazzlingly funny...covertly lyrical, and absolutely without parental supervision, The Basic Eight manages to be amoral and humane simultaneously."
"Review" by , "Flannery Culp is Holden Caulfield in drag, forty-five years later."
"Review" by , "If you can resist Daniel Handler's hell-raising powers, fair warning: A wicked young century starts here — without you."
"Review" by , "A funny, unique novel that single-handedly returns high-school revenge fantasies to their rightful owners."
"Review" by , "Like no other book, The Basic Eight demands to be read twice. Do."
"Review" by , Daniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight and Watch Your Mouth, and as Lemony Snicket, a sequence of novels for children collectively entitled A Series of Unfortunate Events.
"Synopsis" by , Flannery Culp wants you to know the whole story of her spectacularly awful senior year. Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe — Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all. But now, on tabloid television, they're calling Flannery a murderer, which is a total lie. It's true that high school can be so stressful sometimes. And it's true that sometimes a girl just has to kill someone. But Flannery wants you to know that she's not a murderer at all — she's a murderess.
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