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The November Criminals: A novel

2.69  ·  Rating Details ·  362 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
A darkly funny, pot-infused novel of teenage maladjustment in the tradition of Beautiful Children from a compelling new voice in American fiction.


For a high school senior, Addison Schacht has a lot of preoccupations. Like getting into college. Selling drugs to his classmates. His complicated relationship with his best friend (NOT his girlfriend) Digger. And he's just add
ebook, 240 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Anchor (first published 2010)
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Cait (Paper Fury)
I unfortunately found this book chokingly irritating. After basically two pages, my eyeballs were closing and my brain had started up a chant of oh no oh no oh no. It's narrated by this EXTREMELY pretentious kid called Addison, who just believes he's better than everyone else and that his struggles are worse and that he is a bad person, but somehow by admitting makes him a deeper person?!?! He spouts all these long, detailed paragraphs about the meaning of everything, with metaphors and ...more
I’ve been a bad, bad boy.

There are five books on my First Reads shelf, won in contests between November '09 and late spring '10. It’s a nice number--an enviable amount, to those who've won less; a paltry number, to those with more--but to me, it’s a modest sum. A good start. Five (free!) books are nice--ten would be nicer. Fifteen, twenty, thirty would be nicer still. But I have sinned. Thou Shalt Review is the commandment, and I’ve broken it. Five books won, five books read, four reviewed. And
May 09, 2010 Kalen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
A current day Catcher in the Rye, and not in a good way. Munson could have made it less obvious by not naming a primary character Phoebe (though in his defense she does go by the nickname Digger) and by refraining from using the words "goddamn" and "crummy" so much. The plot meanders and near the end I kept asking "so what?" I hate to write negative reviews but I'm struggling to find the positive and/or constructive bits right now. Maybe in a few days....
A pesar de empezar con muchas ganas esta novela mi entusiasmo se fue desinflando poco a poco. No logré conectar con el protagonista, demasiado culto( y pedante) en ocasiones para ser un adolescente. La trama me resultó interesante y bastante original siendo algo arriesgada dándole un enfoque diferente al tema del sexo y muerte.

De todos modos es una novela muy diferente que merece la pena leer.
Danny Phanton
Mar 20, 2016 Danny Phanton marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandonado
DNF 22%

No puedo más, el protagonista, del cual no recuerdo el nombre, me desespera con su göey, cada párrafo, siento que el libro va a ningún lado, me esta aburriendo mucho y no puedo pasar, no entiendo hacia donde va la historia, si quiere saber que paso con Kevin pero con cosas que no importan a mi parecer a lo que leí, teniendo sexo a cada rato, hablando de que vende droga, si, ya lo sé, no hace falta lo diga a cada rato.

Simplemente no me gustó nada lo poco que leí, y con lo mucho que hay par
Jan 21, 2015 Yonaily marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maybe
Esta es una hermosa historia de amor entre dos adolescentes con el trasfondo de un misterioso asesinato. Esto puede terminar muy mal. De acuerdo a la puntuación que tiene, creo que lo hace.
Nina Wum
Mar 09, 2015 Nina Wum rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What's the deal with this book?
I can't possibly find any other reason to all those stellar press reviews than its in-your-face "Catcher in the Rye" vibe.

I've never liked or understood Holden Caulfield (even more so when I was his age.) I didn't like - or get - Addison Schacht either.

The writing is fairly good. Too bad that the story itself croaches forward like a stoned snail and reaches nowhere. Nothing has been solved, nothing really changed. As they call it on TV Tropes: a shaggy dog story.
So, I just found out I won a copy. Hope the book's good.


Well, I gave it a go. I read The November Criminals about halfway, then gave up. Which I feel bad for doing. I mean, I won a copy, the least I could do is read the whole thing, right? But I'm not gonna waste valuable hours of my life on a book that fails to hold my attention just because I won a free copy. Although free stuff is nice.

So anyway, my review. There's nothing wrong with The November Criminals, it just bored me to tears. Nothi
Aug 18, 2010 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Not sure how this ended up on my reading list, but I regret it. I had the Audible version, which was read by the author. Not good; terrible in fact. I'm terrible at quitting on a story, but I'm not sure I'll finish this, though I am over half way through. [return][return]The story itself isn't that great, either. A high school student gets consumed by his search into a classmates murder. I suppose the author does a decent job of writing the story in the high schooler's voice, but I actually thi ...more
What are your best and worst qualities? This is the essay question Addison Schacht has to answer to gain a place at his chosen university. Straight away, Addison sees an opportunity to tell his story so far to unburden himself. A young boy Addison Schacht tells his story. Eighteen-year-old Addison is a bad boy he was a drug dealer selling small-to-medium amounts of weed to calm rich kids. His classmate Kevin Broadus was shot. Digger Zeleny was not his girlfriend, she doesn't want a boyfriend and ...more
Juan Manuel Sarmiento
Los Criminales de Noviembre es una novela que abandona los clichés como un movimiento sabio y más que acertado. Una novela de amor, muerte, y todo lo que queda en medio.
Una historia para la que es necesario tener una visión especial, valiente y muy abierta.
Algo en lo que yo, al parecer, he fallado.

Reseña completa EN MI BLOG
Apr 10, 2015 M. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
YAWN. If you don't immediately shrivel at the thought of spending 250 pages in the mind of a misanthropic, privileged, know-it-all teenage boy, then give this a go. But if you were already pissed at J.D. Salinger for giving antisocial misfits the license to mistake their narcissistic behaviors for literary, cultural gold then I'd avoid this book at all costs.
Christopher Payne
May 03, 2010 Christopher Payne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know I am in trouble with a book when I find myself counting how many pages I have left to read in order to cross the finish line. Sadly with "The November Criminals" that was the case. I never could relate to this book, the main character or what the author was trying to convey. It reads like an egotistical kid who is so full of himself he doesn't care whether his story is worth telling or not. In several examples Addison (the main character) actually tells us we don't want to hear something, ...more
Jul 04, 2010 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The shadow of Holden Caufield falls heavy (and possibly unfairly) across this debut novel, which features a similarly disaffected and obnoxious protagonist. Here, the setting is Washington, D.C. in the fall of 1999, as teenage pot-dealer and Latin whiz Addison slogs his way through senior year of the Gifted and Talented program at his local high school (a very thinly veiled version of D.C.'s real Wilson High School). The book is written as the answer to an admissions essay question to the Univer ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, drama, crime
DNF @ 65%

Like, Addison is like, so above you, or whatever. I guess, ya know?
If this book were it basically summarizes the subreddits of r/iamverysmart r/ThatHappened r/leWrongGeneration r/justneckbeardthings and obviously r/trees. Those (apart from /trees that I have no interest in) can be funny to read in small snippets, but not in a whole book, especially not in a whole book that reads in the first person from a character I just can't stand. There isn't a single redeeming quality fo
Mar 07, 2016 Josu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-1-abril
No es un 3, pero tampoco llega al 4.

Tras un mes de lectura interrumpida, he conseguido terminar Los criminales de noviembre apenas en unas horas (hablamos de aproximadamente el 70% de la novela). Sin duda, me ha sorprendido que pese a su calidad literaria, se pudiera leer con tanta facilidad.

Lo más conseguido de la novela es, sin duda, la narración. La voz del protagonista es dura, compleja, extraña. Me recuerda en efecto a El guardián entre el centeno y el tipo de novelas que siguen esa línea,
The editors of The Wilson Quarterly have provided a casual reading list for summer, and two books caught my eye.
Megan Buskey: My recommendation is The November Criminals, Sam Munson’s debut novel. You’ll be quickly drawn into the pot-smoke-filled world of Addison Schacht, a high school senior (and nominal weed dealer) hailing from Washington, D.C., who becomes obsessed with the unsolved murder of one of his classmates. The gruff and acerbic Schacht is reflective and intelligent in spite of himse
Miriam Joy
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review but unfortunately will not be finishing the book because 52% of the way through, I still have no idea why I ought to care at all about any of it. The narrative style is frustrating with a lot of irrelevant details, and the use of colloquialisms and the word 'like' might make the dialogue more realistic, but it also makes it harder to read. There's plenty happening, but the way it's told meant I'm not engaged or interested. I've seen a ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The November Criminals is a book you either love or hate. There is no middle ground and the ratings online reflect this. I, however, loved it.

High School Senior Addison Schact and his best friend Digger become obsessed with investigating the murder of a fellow classmate, Kevin Braudus. Addison has to travel through the underworld of Washington DC to uncover the mystery.

As he delves deeper in to the underworld and the mystery, the story is revealed to partly be a thoughtful coming of age tale and
Feb 10, 2015 Shilo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Usually, I'm 100% against reading before I go to sleep. I'm a natural insomniac, and if I start reading before I go to bed do you know what happens? Suddenly it's 5AM and I've finished the book, that's what! This book, however, I purposely read before bed because it put me to sleep. It really honestly put me to sleep. I fell asleep reading this multiples times, at different times of the day, in sitting up positions, waking up with my ipad on my face, fell asleep.

What was the point of this book?
Mar 18, 2016 Jmorenocidoncha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una novela valiente y aguerrida, llena de talento literario y un finísimo sarcasmo. Sam Munson es un escritor con recursos y ambicioso en su estilo, pero también una voz inquieta y bravucona con la que no todos los lectores se sentirán cómodos. Y eso es lo bueno de "Los criminales de noviembre", que te hace sentir incómodo, porque lo que hace fundamentalmente es retratar la hipocresía de esta falsa sociedad en la que vivimos, y lo hace como mejor puede hacerse, a través del autodescubrimiento en ...more
Source: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley!
Cost: Free

Title: The November Criminals
Author: Sam Munson
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Overall Rating: 3 stars

It was okay.

That is what my overstanding and resoluting views are, it was okay and I'm not really prepared to accept anything more than that. It started with so much potential, I was really heading for a 4 star review here, but then it suddenly dropped with it's tedious details and ridiculous situations tha
Jul 10, 2010 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had an intrinsic interest in this book -- I generally love books by first time writers and the author went to Wilson High School about the time my children attended. In fact, the thinly veiled Wilson is the setting for this novel. But Addison, the main character, is such a misanthrope (and at such a young age) I was simply put off by his ramblings. This seems to be a revenge novel and he gets his digs at his long ago high school teachers and DC in general. Munson is just "too cool for school" ...more
Heather Booth
I kept waiting for the book to get good, it never happened. After the tenth chapter, I forced myself to finish the book because I had purchased it. A complete disappointment.
Obed Alexander
No se ni que decir, no tiene historia coherente -_-
Apr 26, 2016 Dolo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
Es uno de los libros mas malos que he leído
:(. Próximamente reseña en el blog.
Nov 08, 2015 Lectito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What are your best and worst qualities?

It's the kind of naff question asked in job interviews, team building exercises and, in this case, college admissions essays. For Addison Schacht—high school senior, minor drug dealer and classicist—it's also an opportunity to 'unburden' himself.

The summer before Addison's senior year his classmate Kevin Broadus—one of the few African American students in their high school's Gifted and Talented Program is shot at point blank range during his shift at Stubb'
The November Criminals
Sam Munson
Doubleday publishing co.
258 pages.

I'll try and be as direct with this as possible...

The November Criminals is told from the point of view of Addison, a drug addled, angsty teenager, lacking both parental figures and morality. Addison is the kind of person I wouldn't really want to associate with. Full of Holocaust jokes, and a condescending tone throughout the book, I found Addison to be very annoying. Getting through these 258 pages was, I'll admit, a bit
The November Criminals
by Sam Munson
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Doubleday (first published 2010)
ISBN 038553227X

On the verge of being seniors, this book is the ultimate example college essay. Although the premise for writing a college essay is to get yourself admitted and not in trouble, this "essay" will really get Addison Schacht remembered. It starts off attempting to answer the question, "What are your best and worst qualities?" but it ends up as an all out confrontation
The November Criminals

By Sam Munson
272pp. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
ISBN-13: 9780385532273
ISBN: 038553227X

When one writes a college essay, they usually want to sell their assets to the schools and make themselves stand out in the best way possible. Of course, you should be honest, but you normally wouldn't throw yourself under the bus. Addison Schacht, a senior, is all about honesty when answering, "What are your best and worst qualities?" He tells it all as it is and doesn't really hold b
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