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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
After falling for the new guy at school, sixteen-year-old Tierney uncovers the truth surrounding the drug-fueled death of her best friend, Jeremy. Random, a contemporary expose of teenage life in Los Angeles, begins with a not-so-innocent truancy and builds - through complex, interwoven relationships - to a shock ending that sets Tierney up as a young female noir protagoni ...more
Kindle Edition, First, 226 pages
Published January 26th 2012 by Kindle
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First Impressions: Random is not the type of book I would usually pick up and read. Although the blurb for the book did sound pretty interesting and while if I may be honest I did not really care for the book cover. After reading Random I still am wondering what the cover has to do with the story itself. With all that said I was really not excepting Random it be something I would like to read, but WOW, was I wrong! It turn out that I
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Apr 22, 2012 Charong Chow rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
More Than Zero...Teen Love and Loss in Contemporary LA, December 20, 2011

By Alexander Chow-Stuart "Also known as: Alexander Stuart"

This review is from: Random (Kindle Edition)
Charong Chow's Random is a thrilling read: a dark noir-influenced mature teen love story that captures adolescent disenchantment and danger in the midst of LA's suburban landscape, with a precision that echoes the raw unfettered vision of Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero, thirty years on.

Tierney is a sixteen year old high
Jun 28, 2012 Shelley marked it as to-read
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Alexander Chow-stuart
Sep 08, 2012 Alexander Chow-stuart rated it it was amazing
I think Random is an exceptional book, written as a contemporary teenage noir novel, but dealing with very relevant and serious issues: gay sexuality, homophobia, depression, drugs, early death.

The book benefits enormously from Charong's own experience of losing her closest friend to an overdose under the worst possible circumstances.

She has written with deep feeling about characters and a world she knows well. Random is entertaining but also cautionary, as well as being a heartfelt tribute to s
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Charong Chow is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. Her debut novel, Random, was inspired by her best friend's death.
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