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Youth in Revolt
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Youth in Revolt
The Journals of Nick Twisp Series, Book 1
Edition: Unabridged
Series: The Journals of Nick Twisp
Creators: C. D. Payne, Paul Michael Garcia
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Imprint: Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
Pub. date: 12/15/2008
Lib. SRP: 27.97 USD
Ret. SRP: 16.95 USD
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Lib. ISBN: 9781481565684
Ret. ISBN: 9781481565691
DRM Level: Media Operation & Rights Access License
Min. Version: OverDrive app 3.0 (Windows) / 1.0 (Mac) / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
File size: 235417 KB
Duration: 08:21:30
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Fiction, Humor (Fiction)
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Short Description:
   

Youth in Revolt brings us 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 a 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 the while vying ardently for the affections of the beauteous Sheeni Saunders, teenage goddess and ultimate intellectual goad.

Full Description:
   

Youth in Revolt brings us 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 a 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 the while vying ardently for the affections of the beauteous Sheeni Saunders, teenage goddess and ultimate intellectual goad.

Reviews:
  Midwest Book Review
      "Recommended for adults and mature young adult readers...Fans of Salinger will especially appreciate the candid voice and vivid memories of this story."
  AudioFile
      “C. D. Payne has penned a take-no-prisoners book, and Paul Michael Garcia is the perfect reader for it….Garcia has a little smirk in his tone that perfectly underscores the actions of young Mr. Twisp….”
  Publisher's Weekly
     

February 27, 1995
Told as the diary of an oversexed 14-year-old, this three-part comic-novel deals with the usual adolescent bugbears: divorced parents, rebellion, virginity. Set in the cultural wasteland of trailer-park northern California, the episodic plot involves arson, car theft, police brutality and more. Nick tries to win an even more precocious girl his age, Sheeni Saunders, by means of allusive letters and screwball schemes which eventually backfire. Payne gives his narrator an overblown literary voice that contrasts with the attendant embarrassments of his age (e.g., the problems of finding a place to masturbate privately in an R.V.), but the narrative strains for comedic effect. With its Woody Allen-like punch lines, double entendres and overall high-school atmosphere, the novel reads like YA fiction: a nihilist Daniel Pinkwater. And for all Nick's intellectual pretension and artificial speech (qualities echoed, oddly, by nearly all the teenaged characters), he seems devoid of imagination or any redeeming qualities; nor does he care about anything other than satisfying his pubescent desires. And, though in the book's final third the boy comes alive in his drag persona of Carlotta (and Payne admirably brings home his convoluted plot), it is too late to revitalize an ultimately unsympathetic hero.

  AudioFile Magazine
      Written in the form of an overlong journal entry by the witty, sex-obsessed Nick Twisp, this story relates the trials and tribulations of being a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks. With an endless supply of barbs and jokes that make him sound older and smoother than he really is, Nick recounts the details of his daily life in this often-hilarious, occasionally annoying work. The story becomes more realistic through Paul Michael Garcia's inspired delivery as he connects with the protagonist, recalling exactly what it was like to be young. The characters, each as annoying yet oddly likable as the last, are delivered by Garcia sounding true to form. L.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
Creator Marketing:
  C. D. Payne     
     

C. D. Payne is the author of six humorous novels, including Young and Revolting: The Continental Journals of Nick Twisp and Revolting Young: The Journals of Nick Twisp's Younger Brother. A graduate of Harvard, he lives in California.

  Paul Michael Garcia     
     

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.

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