Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Youth In Revolt by C.D Payne

Title: Youth in Revolt

Author: C.D Payne

Published: Main Street Books, 1996

Pages: 499

Snippet: "Great wealth. It comes in handy sometimes."

Summary: The adventures of Nick Twisp of California, revolting against all the bugaboos of adolescence, from parents to the gulag of public schools. It details the capers Twisp embarks on to impress a girl with whom he hopes to score.  (Taken from Christchurch City Libraries Website)

Review: Wow, this book is amazing.  It's definitely different and it is so great.  I loved mostly every minute of Youth In Revolt.  You will laugh, you will cry, there will be lots of moments where you will cringe, others you will cry out in surprise. Youth in Revolt is definitely not a book for the faint-hearted.  But in saying that it truly is worth a read.

Just a quick warning that I would say this book should be read by 16 year olds and over. There are several scenes that aren't entirely appropriate.  I managed to overlook those scenes because the rest of the story is brilliant.

Nick is such a refreshing character.  I don't usually compare books to other books but if I had to describe Nick and his diary I would say it's like an American version of Adrian Mole with a lot more antics and 'typical adolescent behaviour'.  But in saying that, I do believe I got a lot more laughs from Nick.

While the book is 499 pages, don't let that deter you, it's split into three books.  Each book deals with a different persona so to speak.  I have to say that it did start off a little slow but once it got into the story it kind of turned into a snowball effect where the events kept growing and growing and spiralling out of control.

So many of the characters in this book are unusual and extremely interesting characters.  There are too many to name, you basically have to read this book.  It is one of the best books I've read all year.

One thing I must add about this book is that it is extremely dated, but that just kind of sets the scene a bit more and I thought it added to the comedy of the book.

I liked the ending of Youth In Revolt, it didn't leave a wide open ending and it didn't close it completely either.  I know that there is indeed a sequel and I'm thinking that I'll definitely pick it up one day.  There's also a movie based on Youth In Revolt and it's called Youth In Revolt so I'd be really interested in seeing that.

Overall, Youth In Revolt is one book that is worth the read at least once in everyone lives.

Source: Library


  1. Is this book version what the movie of the same name is based on? Just curious. I love book to movies! Sounds like a great read either way.

  2. Yeah this book is the one that the movie Youth In Revolt with Michael Cera in it is based on.


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