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C. D. Payne

Author of Youth in Revolt

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This book continues the madcap adventures of Nick Twisp.

In the beginning of this book, Nick and his girlfriend Sheeni, are happily living in a rented house after the success of Nick's invention. However, their respective sets of parents soon confiscate all the cash and this forces Nick to run away and plot his reunion with Sheeni, who is playing him the whole time like in the first book.

Payne is a modern comedic genius. I place this book and its predecessor in the same class as John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces. The pacing is manic and the action nonstop. Just when you think that it can't get any zanier, Payne pulls another trick out of his hat.

This, and Youth In Revolt, are the funniest books I've ever read.
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reenum | 1 other review | Nov 1, 2020 |
I honestly can't believe I forgot about this book for so long--it was so important to me as a bookish teen and I'm a little scared to revisit it and see how it holds up. Rating to be updated when I come out from behind my hands and reckon with my teen feels.
 
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mmsmcetc | 29 other reviews | Sep 17, 2020 |
The first half of this book was great but about half way it gets a bit TOO wacky and the characters became somewhat repulsive to me.
 
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jocelynelise_ | 29 other reviews | Aug 10, 2020 |
If I had read this thing around the time I sprouted my first wiry, reddish pubes, who knows? I may have loved it. Back when I jerked off as often as Nick Twisp, it could've been hilarious to read about....uhhh...Nick Twisp jerking off. Sadly though, I didn't. So I'm now 27, my pubes are in full, glorious bloom and I'm about a decade and a half past virginity, so 'Youth In Revolt' is dumb and boring. I'm actually surprised I even finished it.

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Reading reviews, I see quite a few Confederacy of Dunces comparisons. Absolutely ridiculous. You people are tasteless. Tasteless.… (more)
 
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Adammmmm | 29 other reviews | Sep 10, 2019 |

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