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Stato di eccitazione

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  2,802 Ratings  ·  266 Reviews
Yes, it's "that" Ethan Hawke. Ethan Hawke the actor. In this slim debut novel, he tells a coming-of-age tale of a fairly unpleasant young actor from Texas named William who lives in Manhattan and is working his way through an ugly little relationship with a singer/songwriter named Sarah.

Player of confused but adorable Gen X Romeos in films like Reality Bites and Before Sun
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204 pages
Published 1997 by Sonzogno (first published 1996)
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Whitney
Ironically I picked up The Hottest State because I thought to myself: "I haven't read any male authors lately. I'm looking to get a masculine perspective on something for a change of pace." So I start to read, and I realize "Oh, shit. This is Ethan Hawke. He has emotions and shit."

The main character falls messily in love with a mysterious curvy girl who has serious boundary inconsistencies. Readers are led to empathize a little tiny bit with the protagonist's love interests, but mostly we're stu
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Patrick
Oct 15, 2007 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly visceral, raw wound of a book, perfectly detailing everyone's experience of obsessive, passionate love that ends badly.

'I loved that stupid girl so much', he says. If you can't identify with that statement on some level, you have no heart...

A great debut from a promising author, who has far surpassed expectations as an actor/writer/artist.

A quick read that's very easy to pick up again, even if it has the effect of giving you an ear to ear grin at the start and ending with you feeli
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Karen
Jan 10, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Ethan Hawke's writing is fantastic. It flows so smoothly and effortlessly that you want to read it straight through; which is what I almost did. The story was realistic and captured my attention right away. I look forward to reading more books by Ethan Hawke.
Morgan (Turbo)
Jul 01, 2008 Morgan (Turbo) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics and fans of Ethan Hawke
I've read another of Ethan Hawke and thought he was good. So when I saw this book in the free box I couldn't just pass it up laughing that an actor actually thinks he can write too(like I could at a Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis novel). Quite contrary, Hawke has a writing voice that is simple, direct, and sometimes ingenious. Check out one of his character's resolutions: "I want to never waste energy degrading someone else. Also, I want to try not see life as a competition. If I can do these two t ...more
mia
Jun 26, 2008 mia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-lit
i honestly really enjoyed reading this book. i can remember it being mid-90s and seeing ethan hawke on tv and thinking of how much i loved him in reality bites and my young hipster literary self wanting to read this. it's gotten lots of eh reviews. but i don't care, i liked it. i think i'll catch the movie, as well.
CC
Oct 30, 2009 CC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this such a long time ago, when it first came out. It's a novella, not a novel, per se. The characters felt familiar and the angst of William loving someone who didn't even know if she "liked" him half the time much less "loved" him gave the piece an honest vibe.

However, the lack of details throughout left me frustrated. Sarah is a nanny yet never seems to work, though she still manages to afford a New York apartment. William is an actor. He's successful enough to make a living at it, yet
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Karielle
Aug 12, 2010 Karielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ethan Hawke will break your heart. The Hottest State chronicles one year in the life of young, dashing William Harding: aspiring actor and charming lover. When he first meets Sarah, a girl unlike any he's ever seen, he knows from the beginning that he's a goner. She's beautiful. She's elusive. Every little thing she does strikes William greatly. The passion the two share, the chemistry; it's all so surreal, that even he can't believe it. He knows right then and there, that she is the one, that s ...more
Rajesh Kurup
Nov 25, 2012 Rajesh Kurup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprise, surprise, surprise. Ethan Hawke can write, well. His debut novel perfectly captures the essence of being young and in love and then the pain of breakup. I felt deeply those little moments of first falling in love, the uncertainty and self doubt as you wonder what is it about me that she sees. Am I good enough, are we good enough. The story changes dramatically as their relationship turns. When Samantha decides that she isn't really ready for a relationship, Will's reaction is unhealthy ...more
Karen
Jul 25, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jen
Jan 07, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
i do not hate ethan hawke, in fact i was rooting for him the whole time i read this book. and while parts of it were beautiful, i found the characters pretty unlikable. 2 1/2 stars.
David
Jun 23, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been kind of surprised when I saw Hawke's name on books in the bookstore and had intended to check his writing out, but just never got around to it before now. I'd heard some bad things about his writing and wasn't sure what to think. As I do sooner or later most times in this situation, I looked for myself. After all, Hawke thanks Fred Leebron in the acknowledgements in this one, so I figured there had to be some good here. Having finished, I do have to say that Hawke is a better writer tha ...more
Gia
Jan 01, 2012 Gia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I saw this book at the library I picked it up, wondering if this Ethan Hawke was the actor... It was. So, I decided to read the book, just for fun and since I admire him as an actor I wanted to see if he was a terrible writer. Well, guess what, he is all but that. I was surprised about how much I loved this book. His writing is articulate and direct and while it is not difficult to read it is very interesting.
The Hottest State is a book that just completely holds your attention from the be
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Lori
Sep 17, 2007 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fricken-awesome
I bought this the day it came out... just because of the author... the cutie pie greasy haired lead guy in Reality Bites.

I read this book twice within a month of having it. and have reread it multiple times since.

Its one of those cute, heartbreaking, poor guy sort of quick reads.... I wanted to be the girl that broke this kids heart. I wanted to be the girl he pined for. I wanted to be the girl that picked up the pieces and put him all back together again.The girl that he treated like shit so i
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Elizabeth
Oct 12, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Diva Kate
Shelves: fiction
OMG YOU GUYS did you know that Ethan Hawke wrote a novel? Two novels, actually. And now you know all that you need to know about this book.
Sarah
Dec 25, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hawke should stick to acting.
Jon Weidler
In "The Hottest State," Ethan Hawke fancies himself the Hemingway of the Manhattan hipster elite, but that's not an entirely bad thing. The narrator, William, is more than a bit of a pretentious ass, but I did feel he grew as a character by novel's end. The prose, while ostentatious at times, is written in a flowing style. It's a quick read peppered with some valid observations on love, family, and the willfully ignorant pitfalls of youth.
Evey Morgan
Nota: 2.5/5
Se hace notar que es una opera prima pero se deja leer y mantiene el interés fundamentalmente por el tándem protagonista. Le falta rodaje, corrección y tramas secundarias.
Anderson
Nov 24, 2015 Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The very first thing I must say about ‘The Hottest State’ is that its author, Ethan Hawke, pleasantly surprised me. It was good! I wanted to read this for several reasons, none of which were that I like romances (because I don't for the most part), or that I thought it would be good. I wanted to read it because as a teenager I LOVED the actor Ethan Hawke, he was so handsome and cool, on screen and off, his characters were always exactly what I wanted in a boyfriend. Then I saw an ad a couple of ...more
Jenni Lou
I like Ethan Hawke as an actor. He’s quite understated, yet intense. Sensitive and self-aware. And he surely has playing the broody, conflicted man/boy down. Those character-centric qualities are ever-present in his first novel, The Hottest State, though they certainly don’t translate as well through his words as they do through his performances.

I must admit I was intrigued to read this because I had read most negative reviews of it. Why that piques my interest, I couldn’t say. I don’t typically
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Matt Graupman
Ethan Hawke is a tough guy to figure out. On one hand, he's a sensitive artist in films like "Reality Bites" and "Boyhood" and, on the other hand, he's a regular in horror movies like "The Purge" and "Sinister." He seems like a guy who's into a little bit of everything so it's not a surprise that he'd try his hand at being an author; also unsurprising is that his debut novella is similarly pulled in a variety of directions. It's a "Catcher In The Rye"-style coming-of-age story, a "500 Days Of Su ...more
Mags
Aug 13, 2010 Mags rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people wouldn’t pick up this book after reading who the author is, and with great confidence, they would say that actors should just leave literature to writers. But this is no Paris-Hilton-esque novel of egotism. American actor Ethan Hawke is best known for his lead roles in “Reality Bites,” “Before Sunrise,” its sequel “Before Sunset,” and “Hamlet,” but he decided to make room for one more skill in his biography, and that is writing.

In his debut novel, he sketches the story of William
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Taylor
Jul 16, 2007 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers
Recommended to Taylor by: my crush on Ethan Hawke
This was a lot better than I remembered it.

The story of a first love, supposedly fiction, but it reads too much like something that's intimately a part of his history, so I would say it has to be semiautobiographical.

William is a young Texan actor, recently moved to NYC. He's young (20), attractive and cocky, and has no trouble with ladies, at least as far as the bedroom is concerned. One night out he meets Sarah, seemingly his opposite, a shy woman who wants to be a singer. He's drawn to her qu
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Dan Richter
Jul 17, 2016 Dan Richter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
Hawkes schreibt diese Liebes- und Rites-of-Passage-Geschichte eines Zwanzigjährigen aus der Perspektive dessen, der sie kaum überwunden hat. Der Ton ähnelt so fast zwangsläufig Holden Caulfield. (Vielleicht trägt auch New York seinen Teil dazu bei.) Der Held William kann die Fehler, die er gemacht hat, klar benennen. Er kennt seine Flatterhaftigkeit, seinen latenten Narzissmus, seine machohaften Ausbrüche, aber es steht zu befürchten, dass er sie nächste Woche wieder begehen würde.
Durch die Pers
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Rachelr
Nov 06, 2016 Rachelr rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Alessandra
Oct 09, 2015 Alessandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non immaginavo che Ethan Hawke sapesse scrivere così bene. Per me resterà sempre il biondino timido tanto carino in "L'attimo fuggente", non ho visto nessun altro dei suoi film (credo). "Amore giovane" era uscito già nel 1997 come "Stato di eccitazione" (forse un titolo più calzante, nell'originale è Hottest State).

Will è un ventenne del Texas che vive a New York e lavora saltuariamente come attore. Una sera in un locale incontra Sarah, ragazza timida e un po' strana, che canta in un gruppo rock
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Meg I.
Jun 14, 2013 Meg I. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, while I was reading this, I can imagine Jesse (Before Sunrise/Sunset)as William. The similarities were astounding i.e. character, personality, the spontaneity, and so on.

Well, I can't say I like the book, but I don't hate it either. It's bizarre. I was intrigued with the plot (and with Ethan Hawke really, great actor that he is). But in the middle of reading it, I realized there was something off about William being too love struck with Sarah that really got on my nerves. The madness
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Donna
Feb 22, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been months since I read a novel. I was quite surprised how good of a writer Ethan Hawke is. I read this in one sitting, hence I judge it a good read. Got it from the local thrift book store for only Php 20.00 (around 50 US cents) and hoarded it for idle reading time.

Narration was good. I loved the characters. And there were pretty good quotable lines in it. An easy yet insightful coming of age read.

"He said that he didn't think anyone was stupid, that it was remarkable the kind of things
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Ryan
Jun 11, 2016 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times, the book approaches the feeling of being lost in a first love - restless jealousy, horniness, quick promises, loose commitments etc. For the greater part of the novel though there are few moments (if any) of profound inquiry or observation pertaining to these themes and this is problematic because one clearly gets the sense Hawke is trying to evoke them in subtle ways.

Few of the characters are ever fully fleshed out, outside of the narrator who is mostly just depicted as young and los
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Pallavi
Mar 06, 2010 Pallavi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone bored and who doesn't like to read that much
I feel as though I should read the American classics before really commenting on this..Every book I do read I compare to The Bell Jar and To Kill A Mockingbird because I think if you are going to write a book and publish it and make money from it, it should be as good as those two. Those were just poetic masterpieces. However sometimes given your style of writing, you can't write a poetic masterpiece. This book certainly did not come across as poetic..until the last two chapters. The last line w ...more
Oceana2602
"The love story of the 90s", was - I believe -what the review said, and yes, it does seem familiar somehow. The parties with strangers, the aimlessness of wandering through life with no idea what's going on or what one is doing there, whereever there may be.
But other than the fact that my 90s were pretty close to the characters nineties (minus the whole marriage and making movies thing), this book could be set at any time. It's a love story, and love, as we all know, is eternal.

Only, it's a ver
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Ethan Green Hawke is a four-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer and film director.

In 1988, Hawke was cast in a role in director Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society; the film's success was considered Hawke's breakthrough. He left school and appeared in A Midnight Clear, Alive, Reality Bites, Before Sunrise, Gattaca, The Newton Boys, Great Expectations, and many other movies. In 2001, he
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