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Why is everyone angry with Jonathan? Suspended from school a week before Memorial Day, the savvy and cyber-sexed fifteen-year old is charged by his poet-father to write a history of literature in the age of Twitter. Jonathan absconds to Manhattan to care for his high-living godfather, who recently had a stroke, but the siren song of the city keeps him distracted. When he m ...more
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Published January 16th 2016 by Pfp
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Marsha
Mr. Melnyczuk gives us the semi-tortured insights of a 15-year-old privileged white boy, one who is brought face to face with the uncomfortable knowledge that he really does have it easy in this world, at least compared to some. While Jonathan doesn’t want to wallow in his comforts, he knows that he wouldn’t want to be one of the disenfranchised.

This is the voice of an adolescent male, someone who simultaneously disdains the adult world and yet knows that he’s not doing much better than the anxi
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Catherine Parnell
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review ("An Appreciation Smedley’s Secret Guide to World Literature") by Robert Gray says it all:

Smedley’s Secret Guide to World Literature is Jonathan’s chronicle of a summer that starts badly, when he is suspended from school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just before Memorial Day for what we later discover was a hideous prank on a friend. His father, a “published, neo-formalist poet” and “good big professor” at Harvard, has his own standards for cruel and unusual punishment. He condemns Jo
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Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a Goodreads win review. This is a book about a cyber obsessed teenager whose father asks him to write a history of Twitter. It is a little young for my age group nut enjoyable.
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So fun to travel with Smedley…he’ll make you laugh and has more than a few sassy and brilliant observations about the adults in his world. Loved seeing the world through his eyes.
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American writer whose publications include novels, essays, poems, memoir, and translations. Among his works are the novels What Is Told, Ambassador of the Dead, House of Widows and Excerpt from Smedley's Secret Guide to World Literature. His work has been translated into German, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. Melnyczuk also founded the journal AGNI (magazine) and Arrowsmith Press (2006).
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