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Confessions Of A Teenage Baboon

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  468 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old misfit Chris Boyd moves with his mother, a practical nurse, from one live-in job to another. Lloyd Dipardi, himself a misfit, points the way to manhood for Chris by teaching him to take responsibility for his own life. "Zindel has a caustic comic touch...and a talent for spotlighting bizarre and dramatic scenes."-- "Kirkus Reviews."

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Published (first published January 1st 1978)
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Spider the Doof Warrior
I don't even know what went on in this book. What Lloyd a molester of teenagers? Did this kid's mother kill her patient? WTF went on?! I just don't even know! It seems like more disturbing things happened than I thought or maybe my imagination is over active.
Jan 29, 2015 J.P. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up at a paperback exchange in a public library. I hadn't thought of Paul Zindel in years; he was a big deal among kids when I was in junior high/high school. I'd loved "The Pigman" and always meant to read this one. Well, 30 years after the fact, I finally got the chance.

"Teenage Baboon" is a half-baked souffle. It ain't bad, but it's clearly missing something. The narrator is cut from the Holden Caulfield mold--- he's a streetwise, smartassed kid telling his story directly to
I'm re-reading all my tattered Paul Zindel YA paperbacks, starting with this one. Man, they are dark. Paul Zindel was my favorite writer as a young tween. He wrote about weird, ugly, awkward, fucked-up, lonely working class kids in bad situations, with lots of gritty detail. This is the saddest of them all: a misfit teenage boy and his widowed live-in nurse mom move in with her patient, a dying old lady with dementia and a lewd streak and her adult son prone to sadistic mind games, violent alcoh ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Lynai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
I first encountered Paul Zindel in his famous novelette,The Pigman, and though I have a faint recollection about the story, I strongly remember how I liked it then. So, seeing a copy of this book at Booksale, I cannot pass up the opportunity to read another one of his novels.

Confessions of a Teenage Baboon is a coming-of-age story of sixteen year-old Christopher Boyd who has to live with his nurse/caregiver mother caring for a demented old lady named Carmelita Dipardi. Carmelita has a 30-year ol
Aug 27, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Zindel's books have received widespread acclaim, and for good reason: he's an excellent writer. He's an adult who writes for adolescents and understands their motivations, hopes, fears, and dreams. I was first introduced to his work when I was assigned to read "The Pigman" in my ninth grade English class. I've read (and re-read) most of his work since then. This book deals with 13 year old Chris Boyd, whose mother, Helen, is a live-in nurse/caretaker. When she receives an assignment, she an ...more
Ryan Pirro
great book really made me feel like a was part of the book i would recommend this book to anyone who like a lesson learned kind of book.
Mar 01, 2009 elscorcho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 1993
I don't know what it was about this book, but I think this had to be my fav book of my teen years. I found this book when i was going through a box of my old stuff still at my mom's house, and it took everything I had not to sit on the floor of my old closet and read this book for old times sake, though i do plan to read it again soon... just to see if it is the same as i remember. 15 years later or more
Oh, this is one of Zindel's darkest stories. I can't say that I enjoyed it. A 16-year-old boy, Chris, and his mother, a nurse, move into 30-year-old Lloyd's house to care for his ailing mother. Lloyd is a complex and disturbing character, and I while I support the writing of complex characters in general, I kind of wish I hadn't read it.
51/60 tbr box.
This book was the first time I exposed my Zindel habit to the world with a book report: My English teacher approved, my mother did not.
Probably one of Zindel's hardest books: I finished it feeling confused and let down by everyone with the impression that most adults make crappy role models.
Despite such a gloomy outlook it is a well written and worth reading.
Jun 26, 2009 Joyzi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Weirdos who love to read classics
Recommended to Joyzi by: Just pick it up
So I just pick this book up in the library and I remember really liking the first chapters but when it get in the middle, the book got draggy and then I'm not been able to finish it because I simply lost interest.
Pamela Mikita
The book reminded me of Michael Jackson. Anybody?
Stace Leza
Jun 17, 2011 Stace Leza marked it as the-best-children-literature  ·  review of another edition
great story about the imperfect world of teenagers struggling between childhood and adulthood
I always loathed the titles of Zindel's books but for some reason I read them anyway.
Feb 03, 2016 Lise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, humour
Funny coming of age story
Sep 21, 2007 elissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't remember a thing about this, except that I loved reading it. I can also remember the summer that I read it.
Nov 11, 2007 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really kind of brutal and totally my kind of young adult novel.
Oct 26, 2012 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very humurous and funny. Great book recomend it to young adults.
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Paul Zindel was an American author, playwright and educator.

In 1964, he wrote The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, his first and most successful play. The play ran off-Broadway in 1970, and on Broadway in 1971. It won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was also made into a 1972 movie by 20th Century Fox. Charlotte Zolotow, then a vice-president at Harper & Row (now Harper-
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