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All the Dirty Parts

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,085 ratings  ·  474 reviews
From bestselling, award-winning author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), an eagerly anticipated, gutsy, exciting novel that looks honestly at the erotic lives and impulses of an all-too-typical young man.

Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches in a sketchbook, he jokes around with friends. But none of this quite matters, next to the allure of s
Hardcover, 134 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA
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Greg Katalin, I don't know how many women vs. how many men review books here on goodreads. I'd guess 60 (women)/40 (men), something like that. And I think …moreKatalin, I don't know how many women vs. how many men review books here on goodreads. I'd guess 60 (women)/40 (men), something like that. And I think it is true men read more nonfiction than fiction. So I think that is why there are more women reviewing this book than men. I think it absolutely rings true. Of course guys watch porn together and stuff happens, usually in twos. Back in the day, we had Playboy and Penthouse and stuff happened, usually in twos. Sometimes it did lead to relationships, but usually not. So I think Handler gets it just right, at least as far as I, personally, experienced, but not until college. I think all kids start earlier now than 3 decades ago. (less)

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What the fuck is this supposed to be?

(I know I usually lightly censor myself, but if you can't handle the word "fuck" without the asterisk instead of the u then you definitely can't handle this book.)

The main character of this book manipulates girls into having sex with him. When discussing the fact that women have varied sexual preferences, he dismisses the concept of an entire gender not being identical sexually: "[L]adies, have a conference and decide." He fantasizes about coercing women into
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

I appreciate the effort, but really if you are looking for a book about youngsters’ dysfunctional relationships, it pales in comparison to The Master.

(Bonus half star for Lemony Snicket being ever so edgy at times.)
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
[ARC REVIEW] [Spanish review at the bottom]

I don't even know how to review this book because it's... weird. Good weird, but weird nonetheless. Have you ever wondered how a horny teenage boy thinks all the time? Read All The Dirty Parts! Now, have you ever been curious about how confused can a horny teenage boy get when it comes to discovering what he likes, who he likes and why he likes either a girl or a boy? Then again, All The Dirty Parts is the book for you!

There's nothing in this book tha
Liz Overberg
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is a brief snapshot of a school year, told in snippets, dialogue, and vignettes, about a teenage boy named Cole who really, really likes sex.

I knew going into this to expect "all the dirty parts," and don't take issue with the (very, very abundant) explicit content. To me, the book just seems pointless. There is a vague sense of some lesson to be learned for Cole, but the idea could have been much better executed.

The largest issue I have is with the publisher description of a "novel that l
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This one is hard difficult to rate and review.

The writing was competent and it had a good flow with its teenagerish, choppy, first-person narration. I read it in one sitting.

but ...


It's all sex - thinking about it, watching porn, doing it, masturbating ad nauseam. The plot is somewhere in there but you miss it, drowning in the bodily fluids.

Yes, we know, teenagers are obsessed with sex ... But do I need to read an entire book about the mechanics of it? Do I need to read about it in so muc
Suanne Laqueur
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I read this in an hour, half of which was in the salon chair getting my hair cut. My stylist kept leaning over my shoulder, "My God, what are you reading?" And I was like, "I. DON'T. KNOW."

Holy crap, I don't think I know a more aptly-titled book. This is a book about sex. No ifs ands or buts. This is a horny young man in all his young horny glory and yes, it's all the dirty parts. Literally parts - it moves along in these bite-sized chunks. I d
Ron Charles
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: guys-wandering
Last month, Handler ran an ad — I mean, an essay — in the New York Times claiming that the way to encourage teenage boys to read is to give them books with lots of sex. Among the titles he devoured as a teen was Milan Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” which may tell us all we need to know about the usefulness of Handler’s advice for teachers and parents of reluctant readers.

But, as promised, he has now supplied us with “All the Dirty Parts,” a novel engineered to send young men into
Sep 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
You'd think a book dedicated to Prince wouldn't be so eager to punish its protagonist for the sex he had.

Some of the vaguest writing I've read in a while. Has Handler ever actually had sex? And, really? The exotic, oversexed Latina trope? Really?

The only interesting thing was Cole's relationship with Alec and that's mostly because I'm a romantic. Give me Beautiful Thing, and I eat that shit up.

At least it reads quickly.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to make my bias really clear here: I love Daniel Handler. I've read everything he's ever written, and I feel like I just get what he's going for when he approaches a subject, whether it's love, golems, pirates, or sexuality. So, like everything else of his, I enjoyed this, too.

However, I feel like Handler's works fall into a sort of complicated Venn diagram or flow chart (which I won't draw literally, but will sort of outline below).

If you loved A Series of Unfortunate Events, you'll pro
“All the Dirty Parts” is one of those books that you will either love or hate. I’m in the LOVE camp. Warning: Don’t buy this for a kid thinking “Lemony Snicket.” This is not a good present from Grandma, though I can promise you it would get read.

Most of us know what it’s like to wait for the dirty part in a movie, book, story your friend is telling, or even our own lives if we’re honest about it. It seems like that’s the good part. The genius of “All the Dirty Parts” is that is exactly what the
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still thinking...


Lemony Snicket author, eh? This could be interesting since it's billed as an adult book.

This is an intriguing book in that there are many questions in my mind: Because I'm old and don't really know, are today's teens that much more aware of their own sexuality and experiences? Is this a book a librarian could recommend to a mature teen? And what will younger teens think if they read it because they are Lemony Snicket fans? Since is billed as a book for adults, will it a
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Who can I complain to, if I don’t like the shape of the globe?”

That is a beautiful line.

And as I read this book, at first I was like, this is kinda cringe-y.
And then I was like, oh this is going a little deeper than I thought.
And then, as it went on, I was like, okay, okay, I get it now.
Because I’m pretty sure, sad as it is, at one point or another in my life, this book was me.
Meredith Grimm
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a book about learning. Learning about yourself, learning about people, and learning about the difference between want-need-and have.

Our protagonist is a high school student named Cole, and Cole is consumed with sex. Talking about it, watching it, experiencing it. He's accumulated a whopping 11 partners in his youth, and quite the reputation around school for "sleeping around". But then he meets a girl. the 12th girl. The girl who will show him how those other 12 may have felt, and open h
Sep 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, reviewed
Update of review: Okay, no true dirty parts circa 2017. But the thing that bothers me most about this book is that the book jacket tells us this is not a love story. But that's exactly what this book is. In fact, Handler tells us two love stories (Cole/Grisaille and Cole/Alex) from meeting, to dating, to the ending of both relationships with a number of sexless scenes. And it seems that Cole is most crushed when he loses touch with Alex then Alex tells him he (Alex) is now seeing another guy. Th ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I could have done with a lot more bumming.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5-3 STARS

I received an ARC of this novel from Bloomsbury Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

This book was very strange, from the format it was written in (to me it was paragraphs of Cole’s thoughts), to the way the words flowed across the page. While I knew the novel would be quite sexual in detail, I was not prepared for the level of explicitness it had. I think going into it knowing Daniel Handler is Lemony Snicket set me up a bit to be quite taken aback by
Sophie Elaina
As a whole this really fell short for me, I feel like I just didn't click with the style of writing. If you enjoy short books with quirky writing I think you might enjoy this book, but I just really didn't like it.

The characters were not well developed at all in my opinion, I realise that was the idea and that the book is literally 'all the dirty parts' but you still need to be able to connect with the characters or at least have a plot that you are enjoying. But I found it boring and not much
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
i picked this up as one of the books i was considering buying at the bookstore today and accidentally read the whole thing. (whoops.) i didn't realize just how short it was. not even 140 pages of large font and lots of scene breaks. the title is no lie—this novel really is, entirely, all dirty stuff, with nothing else in between. (also makes for quite uncomfortable public reading, like reading a harlequin romance on a bus.)

the writing is dazzling—handler has more than well proven that he's got a
Bert Z
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
And just like that, a new queer classic is born.

Daniel Handler is such a unique writer, as Lemony Snicket he created such a gloomy and wonderful world with A Series of Unfortunate Events, in The Basic Eight he created a story that could rival Heathers, and now with this he's created something resembling a Dennis Cooper novel by way of Roald Dahl, very strange indeed but so good.

Cole is 17, he's obsessed with online porn, he masturbates furiously every day, he gets blowjobs from his best friend,
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fare
I don't review adult books generally and that's not really going to change right now, but I would just like to point out that the publisher is marketing this as "Adult" fare. That said, there are going to be a lot of teen readers reading this. A. Lot. Highly recommend you read it too before your opinions coalesce. ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure I needed to spend 135 pages inside the mind of a sex-crazed teenage boy. Handler does it well but it will take a while for my blush to fade. There is the most beautiful and unexpected tenderness in this book towards the end so if you're uncertain early on, keep going! ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Well, this is going to be controversial! Public libraries rush out and get this as soon as it is available, school libraries, I bet this one gets you some interesting comments! I can see the lights flashing and the censors racing to ban this from every library in the land.

Someone here on Goodreads has placed a comment that it should be reviewed by males, and I can see that, after all, we are firmly placed inside the head of a teenage boy who is thinking about sex, having sex, exploring all manne
Melanie (mells_view)
3.5 moody broody confusing coming of age.

New adult? Hmm. I guess I could see that. Maybe MATURE new adult with an artsy style.

I think I have a love hate relationship with All The Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler. How to explain that. Well, the moral of this story wasn't awful. It's actually what redeemed it for me. I'm giving this book a 3 SOLELY because I liked how it ended.

Prepare to dislike the main character. You just will. If you don't. I'm not judging you. He just isn't very likable in my hon
Dec 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Yikes. Could not even finish it. It normalizes sex and everything but like...every single page?! And he’s cheating on girls & sleeping with one like every single page and of course he doesn’t get called out for it, just told in a side conversation that people think he’s being sleazy. If a girl did this, she’d be slutshamed to hell and back???

And that’s why this book isn’t important. It’s not necessary. Sex is already seen as natural and a thing guys seek and that’s considered normal but never fo
Rynn Yumako
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
How can writing so vulgar and crass be so eloquent at the same time? How can I hate a character as much as Cole and feel sorry for him at the same time?

A very powerful story, with memorable, beautiful writing and complex characters. Definitely not for everybody, and while I don't agree with most of the stuff that happened or was said in this book, it's still going to be one of the surprise hits for me this year, mostly due to its sheer weirdness.

4.5 stars.

Rachael  Fryman
Jan 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
Read Harder 2018 Challenge #15: A one-sitting book

Underwhelmed. I heard good things about this book, but it feel short for me and honestly left me a little uncomfortable. I'm not really sure the intended audience, but I don't think it was me. I can see the intent of showing an overload of sexualization in todays worlds, especially as it pertains to teenagers, but I would like to seen more development of the characters instead of literally "ALL the dirty parts."
Andrea: BookStoreFinds
I have no idea how to rate this book. On one hand, I'm shocked that it was written by Lemony Snicket but only because those are the only DH books I've read. On the other, I really enjoyed it..... so..... ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yikes! What made me choose this book? I can’t explain it, but it’s not anywhere near my typical reading taste and it is exactly as its title implies, very, VERY dirty. It made me uncomfortable and a little worried my teenage sons would ask me what it’s about.
It’s about a teenager obsessed with sex - every kind in every way with everyone. Yes, it’s also about more than that. It’s about the line that connects sex, obsession and love. And there’s enough of that for me to go up to 2 Stars, but reall
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cole is a teenager who's hooked up with a lot of girls. Then a foreign exchange student named Grisaille comes to town and really rocks his world. They have sex constantly. But Grisaille eventually gets bored and hooks up with another guy. Having gotten a taste of his own medicine, Cole ends the novel alone, staring at his blank computer screen...

If this doesn't sound like a book I (or anybody) would read, don't worry. There's clearly something else going on here.

After each hook-up, Cole shares t
Though I don't know entirely how I feel about this, Handler has transformed "smut" into a nuanced and complex look at teenage identity and sexuality. By highlighting the parts we neglect ("all the dirty parts") he is able to discuss important aspects of relationships with others and with oneself. ...more
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Daniel Handler is the author of seven novels, including Why We Broke Up, We Are Pirates, All The Dirty Parts and, most recently, Bottle Grove.

As Lemony Snicket, he is responsible for numerous books for children, including the thirteen-volume A Series of Unfortunate Events, the four-volume All the Wrong Questions, and The Dark, which won the Charlotte Zolotow Award. 

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