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Elliot Allagash by Simon Rich
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Sep 18, 2011

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This one came to me highly recommended as ‘a fun read’ and I would have to say that the description was dead accurate. it's kind of like a particularly nasty version of Cinderella, written for 14-year-old boys. There are touches of the Grimm brothers, of Clueless, and of any number of US high school films lurking in the background of this one. The title character, the eponymous Elliott Allagash is possibly one of the most compellingly revolting characters I have read in recent times. And yet, despite this, you can't help but feel a grudging admiration for the boy.

I want to be careful not to spoil this one – I don't think it's a book which will hold up to multiple readings, but I can recommend it on the basis that the 1st reading is a lot of fun. Simon Rich has created here an enjoyable and unique cast of characters, and set up a world that is engagingly quirky, suitably paced, and with just enough questions to keep you reading.

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