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Train Wreck Girl: a novel

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  8 reviews
“Sean Carswell is a wonderful storyteller. . . . Reading his stuff makes you laugh and makes you think.”—Howard Zinn

“[Carswell’s writing is] the antidote to what is so boring or safe or wrong with modern book publishing.”—Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned

Train Wreck Girl is the funny and tragic story of one man’s quest to figure out what to do with his life now
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Manic D Press, Inc.
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Karen Germain
The tag line for Sean Carswell’s “Train Wreck Girl” is very misleading. It describes the book as “One Man’s quest to figure out what to do with his life now that it’s too late for him to die young.” Sounds intriguing, but that’s really not the core of the story.

The book begins with the main character discovering the grisly remains of his ex-girlfriend. The character flees to another state and attempts to start over his life and reconnect with people from his past. He soon realizes that there is
Jason Jordan
Carswell's Train Wreck Girl rocks. The narrator is a likeable fuck-up, and while I won't delve into the storyline here (read about it above, if you like), the plots are captivating. Additionally, the novel has several unpredictable, credible twists that work well, especially since they deftly sidestep implausibility. There may be too many recurring characters on the whole, but I liked nearly all of them, so I wasn't too bothered. Also of note is Carswell's delivery. Train Wreck Girl is narrated ...more
With a twist at the begining, this book does a pretty good point of staying on point. Some plot points were telegraphed and then when we get to them, we don't get to see enough. But then, this isn't the story about delivery because life is always a journey of constantly trying to get there. Carswell is a gifted writer, developing his craft here. Recomended.
The narrator's got a pretty simple style that's a breeze to read, punctuated with an exceptional phrase here and there. He manages to create a fairly apathetic character who is somehow not passive, which is often my criticism of similar stories. I liked this one a lot, mainly on the strength of its voice and black-comic moments.
Matt Peters
Great story about a working-class hero who can't make a good descion to save his life. Engaging plot without being predicatable or absurd. The little character details, punk rock and otherwise, made this very enjoyable.
Leenda dela Luna
Really enjoyed the writing style and story. I was surprised when it ended. Not how it ended. I was just so engrossed in the story that I turned the page and was surprised I was done.
Sean is able to tie in his characters from his short stories into this book. Dude is awesome!
Girl on a shelf
Genuinely a great read. Enjoyed this one alot!
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