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The Zeroes

4.54  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews

This is story about the dawn of the twenty-first century. About music and memory. About friends and heroes. About growing up in a world already past its prime. About what it means to follow your bliss when bliss don't pay the bills.

This is a story about shit not working out.

Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 26th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published February 4th 2012)
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John Beck
Mar 16, 2013 John Beck rated it liked it
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True story: I met Pat Roesle, author of The Zeroes, in a diner in New Jersey a couple years ago. He had worked at a Border's with my then girlfriend, now wife.

Also true: While my wife chatted about hometown stuff with the other folks at the table, Pat and I discussed William Carlos Williams' This Is Just to Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they we
Sep 23, 2016 Colton rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure how to review this novel. Despite my love for reading, I rarely get emotional responses to most novels. This novel was an exception. The characters may have been interchangeable and the plot simplistic, but the author managed to make even these flaws work towards the themes of the story. And boy, were these some heavy themes. The story got rather bleak at points, and does not end on a happy note, but rather a realistic one. I'm assuming the author based this story heavily on his ...more
Nickie Sene
Oct 09, 2012 Nickie Sene rated it really liked it
Having spent the majority of my adolescence at rural Pennsylvania fire-hall, skateboard park and bowling alley punk shows and walking endless loops around the local mall to meet the handful of misfit teens that liked the same music and "manic panic" hair dye shades as I did,I wholeheartedly feel as though this book truly captures the spirit of my generation. The thread of hope and eventual disillusionment that captivates and haunts readers long after they finish reading speaks to the fate of so ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
It's seems that the more profound a book is, the harder it is for the lay-person to understand. Not so with The Zeroes. It's an admirably well written and easy to understand book.

Describing the plot would be superfluous, it would sound like the most mundane and pointless novel ever written. However, that's where the greatness lies, it's so real.

You already know every character in this book, and there's a very good chance that this book is about you. It's about the average person, hoping to make
Jun 29, 2012 Ivan rated it really liked it
Profound and moving, Pat Roesle's treatise on our generation is nearly disturbing in its breaking down the crushed hopes and spent dreams of 20somethings without guidance or understanding of how the world chews you up and spits you out. Should be read by anyone who is, or knows, a young adult who ever wanted to be more than just a cog in the machine.
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