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Twelve by Nick McDonell
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Jan 15, 2011

really liked it
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Skip the nearly straight to DVD movie with A-list actors and read this book. I'm stunned by all the negative reviews. White Mike takes a year off from his over-privileged life to defer an ivy league education and "work". Needing only a supplier, a beeper and his never-ending prep school connections, he walks the streets of New York to collect cash in exchange for drugs. Near the beginning, another dealer, much like Mike, dies in a violent and bloody deal gone bad in Harlem and the wrong guy is arrested. That deal's connection to White Mike eventually surfaces, but it's Jessica-the teen slut's first trip on Twelve, a drug she describes as a combination of ecstacy and cocaine that lends its name for the title. Taking place in the two weeks of a high school's Christmas break, you will feel White Mike's self-imposed isolation, even as he walks among the crowds in New York during the Christmas .

I was surprised to find that this dark book about a teen drug dealer was well-written, regardless of how it was published. I loved its structure, moving from vignette to vignette and leaving a loose-end only to pick it up later.
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Stephanie Fidis honestly, i saw the movie before reading this book and pictured chace crawford the entire time.

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