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Write Naked

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  254 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Victor, a thoughtful loner who tries to live his life “under the radar,” wants to test out the saying “You have to be naked to write.” When he sneaks off with an old Royal typewriter to his uncle’s cabin deep in the Vermont woods and strips off his clothes, he expects Thoreau-like solitude. What he gets is something else—both funny and, as his high school ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Gail Winfree
Apr 26, 2014 Gail Winfree rated it really liked it

Peter Gould’s “Burnt Toast” was published in 1971. I found it by accident in the mid '70s in a used bookstore. I don't remember much about the book, though I do know it somehow left an urge in me to write. It spoke to me at a time I needed speaking to. I remember it was a magical “power vision” about a group of hippies living on a farm commune somewhere in Vermont. It reminds me of Richard Brautigan’s “In Watermelon Sugar,” which was published in 1968. Both stories combine elements of the rustic
Apr 01, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: age-ya, realistic, 2015
When Victor finds an old typewriter at a yard sale, he has never even thought about being a writer - but he lugs the typewriter up to his uncle's cabin in the woods anyway. He isn't sure what to write about, until he reads a book that says you have to "write naked." So that's what Victor does, until he looks up and there's a girl watching him through the window.

I can't remember who recommended this book to me. It was less about writing and more about Victor and the girl (Rose Anna) finding thems
Dec 29, 2012 Owen added it
This book has Vermont written all over it. Writing naked definitely seems like something someone from Vermont would do. But who knows, maybe it actually helps the creative process or something.

My main problem with this book is the nudity itself. I'm not saying that as a prude or someone that is against nudity, but I'm talking about the way it is presented. The two main characters suddenly decide to be naked together. Being naked is very personal, and being naked with someone would require an int
Jan 05, 2010 Zoe rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hippies, teen writers, Vermont residents
16-year-old Victor gets a big ol' typewriter at a garage sale and takes it to his uncle's cabin in the Vermont woods to get the story out of it. The first time he writes naked, he's caught by Rose Anna - and although it's never explicitly stated by the author, you know she doesn't shave her legs - a homeschooled girl who has also been using the cabin as a place to write.

Together they write and share their work with one another. Rose Anna writes a story about salamanders trying to save the world
Sep 26, 2008 Brittany rated it it was amazing
This was a magical yet realistic journey into the world of teenagers who just have to write and be heard(even if they think they need to stay under the radar). Victor finds a very old typewriter at a yard sale that he just happens by. The owner let's him take it for free telling him "there's a story in there". Victor hauls the heavy machine on his bike and eventually up to "his" cabin in the woods. His mother used to live on a commune and in one of her books there's a picture of a naked man and ...more
Ami E. Bowen
Jul 23, 2012 Ami E. Bowen rated it really liked it
Read this one a few years ago before I got my ereader and was going to the library for piles of print books every few weeks. I wasn't too impressed with the start but it grew on me and now I still remember it even after more than three years. Victor, I really understood, an introverted teen growing up in a small town wanting to be a writer with an old fashioned typewriter are all things I went through as a teen myself. Save that he's male, I'm female and the closest thing to writing while undres ...more
May 30, 2010 Gorfo rated it did not like it
This book was strange as the title might suggest. They didn't write naked often and I don't understand why you would write naked to begin with. The plot was predictable, I mean common certain things are bound to happen when you have a boy in a log cabin writing naked. The little story within the story was quite annoying to read because the writing level wasn't that high and I am not particurarily fond of talking salamanders. The book didn't live up to any of my expectations and I'm kind of sad t ...more
Jul 30, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: writers, nature lovers, old-fashioned valuers!
Recommended to Rachael by: sitting on Youth Services Desk, barely checked in before I snagg
Shelves: ya-fiction
Currently reading but it's very captivating. Obviously, the title hooks you. He's very poignant and imaginative. It's hard to put down!!!

Finished 7/29
THe story is really neat. It's a good Y.A. read. The inner story has a good message about the world today. It's neat to imagine that young people still care about our nation's history and the war mistakes we've made (and are making.) Victor is very free-spirited and honest. Again, you don't see much of that these days. It was...a good read!

Feb 13, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Actually 4.5...I think. Maybe somewhere between 4 and 4.5.


This has probably got to be the hardest book to rate or review yet.

Because on one hand? I was really wary about this book. And reading it, there were definitely some things I did not agree with. (Global warming-enviro-crazy stuff for one, wacky religion-y things for another...And there was also some, know. Sans-clothing moments.)

But on the other hand? There were typewriters and fountain pens, woods and thinking,
May 02, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
I read this book because of the HPA book club, and it was not what I expected at all. It felt like the book was more a set of morals that were tied together with the plot - which I thought was an interesting and effective technique.

I had a little bit of trouble following the different stories at some points, but overall it was a great book and one that I'm really interested to discuss with others (I think the discussion may be more interesting than the book on its own).
Megan M.
Mar 17, 2010 Megan M. rated it liked it
This book was good, I mean really good, until the girl comes in, then I don't like it. Usually I like little romances in the stories I read, but this one would have been much more beautiful without one.
Jun 15, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Victor can't resist picking up an old typewriter he passes one day. Deciding to write something, he takes the typewriter to his uncle's empty cabin in the woods to be alone and think. He reads somewhere you have to be naked to write well, so he strips off his clothes.

And gets the shock of his life when he see Rose Anna staring at him through the window. Together, they decide to write their own stories and share them. They grow closer together as their stories move towards an ending.

Not action-pa
This was an easy read. I really liked the voice of the narrator, but found the story-within-the-story a bit tedious at times.
Jan 10, 2010 Ariel rated it did not like it
This was a really weird book that didn't have a point , atleast that I could see . Not a book I would recommend to anyone .
Melissa Moore
Read for VSBA Committee, not very impressed.
Dec 25, 2012 Joan rated it really liked it
Elegantly told story.
May 11, 2009 Celestasaurus rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Write Naked was just about that - writing naked. Victor's parents, the hippies, once lived in a commune and had several books to prove it. One of them pictured a man, totally nude, with a caption on it: You have to be naked to write. What that means, Victor doesn't know. Does it mean baring your soul in your writing? Or does it mean that you literally have to be naked to write?

After receiving an ancient ROYAL typewriter, Victor lugs it up to his Uncle's cabin in the deep woods. Hoping for privac
Samantha Latting
Nov 16, 2014 Samantha Latting rated it liked it
This book is a story within a story. And I had a hard time reading the inner story. I found myself skimming it. Trying to skip ahead to the actual story. I know it had a point, and I know why it needed to be in the novel but I just hated how it was written. I also feel like this book could have been so much more-- I feel like I just got a sneak peak and that there is more story out there somewhere I'll never get to read.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Angie Fisher for

In a world full of technology, Victor is elated when he finds an old Royal typewriter at a garage sale. Doesn't matter that he isn't a writer.

Not one to hang out much with friends, Victor comes across an old book while going through items from his mom's hippie community living days. It recommends one write naked in order to find the "story within."

He figures he has nothing to lose...until he looks out the window to find he's being spied on. By a gir
Jan 18, 2014 Kat rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book started off with an interesting premise and a likeable protagonist. After receiving an old typewriter, Victor decides to go "off the radar" and get away from technology and society by going up to an old cabin in the woods and writing on the typewriter. It gives him a new perspective on life, writing, and the world. The first half of the book is great, but when a girl Rose Anna, a homeschooled gypsy-like girl who literally writes naked enters the picture, it quickly devolves into teen r ...more
Angie Fisher
Jan 29, 2009 Angie Fisher rated it liked it

In a world full of technology, Victor is elated when he finds an old Royal typewriter at a garage sale. Doesn’t matter that he isn’t a writer. Not one to hang out much with friends, Victor comes across an old book while going through his from his mom’s hippie community living days. It recommends one write naked in order to find the, “story within.” He figures he has nothing to lose…until he looks out the window to find he’s being spied on. By a girl.

Full of voice and innocence, Write Naked takes
Sep 01, 2008 Heather rated it liked it
I only picked up this book off the display at the library because it reminded me of a memorable moment at a writing group. However, it was actually a really fun read. I wasn't expecting the book to be that great because it was a book about people who are writing. This is usually a really bad idea. However, I found the voices of the main characters refreshing and familiar.

A few things might bother readers, such as the main character never capitalized his 'i' and Rose Anna is a huge tree hugger/hi
May 31, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book is really more of a 3.5 stars, but I decided to push it down rather than up.

What I enjoyed about this book is the idea of writing and getting it all out there and really being true to one's self. I can relate to that as someone who wants to write. Victor and Rose Anna were definitely really well defined characters and I can picture them and they seem very real. It was also fun to read a book that takes place around where I'm currently living and starting to understand the sort of Vermo
Sep 07, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
Loved this. With the exception of the "book-within-the-book" which was not really my thing. Well done, Peter! Read this years ago; can't remember when, exactly.
The language of this book was so beautiful, that I found myself reading it out loud. I loved the story within a story and the romance, but for me it was all about the words.
Jul 01, 2010 Amanda rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Noone
Shelves: teen-fiction, ugh
I didn't get it. The book was 'interesting' at best. It was also very confusing, the plot skipped all over, and the characters weren't built, especially Rose Anna. She just jumps into the story and starts writing a very VERY weird story about newts, which is supposed to symbolize have hidden meanings, but made a jumble of words instead. She is described as some wiccan, tree hugging, political 16 year old girl, and it gets old fast. I DID like Victor and his story. I think the book would have bee ...more
Dawn Rutherford
Sep 11, 2014 Dawn Rutherford rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this, but just found it kinda sappy. Good cleanish guy love story I guess.
Sep 01, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it
Despite its heavy-handedness, I really dug this book. The protagonist was so real, so sweet, so adorably goofy that I couldn't help loving him. The love interest was less real, but still believable- from Victor's point of view. There were passages near the end that took my breath away and made me remember falling in love, falling through space, at 16. The message of the book was delivered with a baseball bat, but since it's a message I can get behind, I didn't mind so much. Preachiness about con ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Katie rated it liked it
Let me start off by saying that I liked this book. I liked how it was written and I liked the story itself. With that being said, there was something missing in this story. I can't explain what it is, but I didn't really buy the relationship between the two main characters. It just seemed...odd. That, and I really got bored with the actual story that Rosa Anna was writing.
Jul 08, 2008 mia rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I was completely stoked (do people still say stoked?!) to get this book after reading the review in VOYA, which was nothing less than spectacular. While the book was a good and interesting read and a different premise than lots of YA books, it didn't live up to the review for me. Still, a good book that I will probably recommend to some of my kids.
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PETER GOULD is a youth theater director, a physical comedy performer, and a playwright whose works have been performed all over the world. He lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.
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“Have you ever been writing something when you just forgot where you were, and what time it was, and you kept diving down deeper into your words?

No, it's more like diving down through your words--past them, and way further down into someplace out.

In fact, it doesn't matter whether you're naked or not, since the next thing is, you leave your body totally behind and just go off into your mind. A whole other part of your mind.”
“They say desire is this endless loop. You can’t get out of it even when you get what you desire.”

“Why is that?”

“Because as soon as you get what you want, you’re going to want it again, or want more. And since you can never really be satisfied, you suffer. Or if you use up what you desired, you suffer even more.”
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