Synopses & Reviews
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.
He didn't intend to burn half of Berkeley to the ground, or create a media frenzy by faking his best friend's suicide, or enroll in high school dressed as an elderly Italian woman. However, he did. Nick Twisp started out an honor student and ended up a fugitive.
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 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 (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 goad.
He's smart, he's horny, he's resourceful, and he's on the loose. Youth in Revolt is Nick Twisp's own story.
"[F]ulfills every teen fantasy from great sex to independent wealth." Publishers Weekly
"Totally unsentimental and extremely funny....This hilariously cynical sex farce about bright teenagers combines creaky Shakespearean plot twists with real insights about growing up in the present chaos." Oregonian
"One of those rare works of incredible comic precision, like A Confederacy of Dunces." Berkeley Express
"An unstintingly hilarious black comedy...has all the hallmarks of a classic." Los Angeles Times
About 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.