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The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale

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"A tale of indulgence and camaraderie that ultimately proves moving." - Kirkus Reviews

In the last days before the real world, six college friends prepare to take a bow in epic fashion.

After Sunday there’s just Harry, the future business owner; Justin, the medical intern; Trent, the hapless wanderer; and Clarence, soon to don the badge and blues. But now they have years of
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published July 25th 2019 by M & S Publishing
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Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, humour
The story is fast-paced and unusual. I like the narration but didn't like the depiction of genders. The characters are highly unlikeable, and I don't think if anyone can connect with them. Their whole objective is to get drunk and laid, and at some points, it feels way too much. The last two chapters were intriguing, and I wished that the whole story was like that, but it is not.

For me, this book didn't work. I think that the author stretches the story too much, and it lost its purpose amid sex
Aug 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thank you to author Neal Cassidy for providing me with a copy of his novel in exchange for this honest review.

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If you follow my reviews or any of my social medias there are probably a few things you already know about me. First and foremost, I'm a feminist. I am one of those crazy people that believes women are human beings and should be tr
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
* A copy of the ebook provided by NABC in exchange for an honest review

This was an interesting book. The writing style will either delight you or confuse you but definitely surprise you. I have to admit that I was the latter group of readers. Overall, it is a very messy book, what with past and present storyline, random switch in point of view, and erratic introduction to the characters I was grasping the plotline until the very end.
And just when I thought this is so and so New Adult book, the
Khyati Gautam
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale by Neal Cassidy is a coming-of-age story centered around six youngsters who prepare to graduate. Their lives intersect with that of their favorite professors, Goodkat, and what follows thereafter forms the plot of the story.

The book chronicles the contemporary lifestyle and thoughts of the younger generation. It takes into account the final days of the youth before they step into the real world. The conflicting thoughts, the emotional moments, the discontent, and
Heena Rathore P.
The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale by Neal Cassidy is a very unique novel with an abstract theme and seemingly vague plotline. I think I might have liked it better if the book had been a bit shorter as the abstractness of the book started to feel somewhat overwhelming after a certain point and I think that it could have been easily avoided by reducing the length of the book. Nonetheless, it's not that I regret reading the book; it was a new kind of coming-of-age story which, I'm certain, would be ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is meant for readers above 18 years of age.
Six friends decide to have a lot of crazy fun during one weekend before leaving their college days behind and entering the real world. This is a story about what happens during that weekend. There is friendship, lots of partying and sleeping around and some underlying themes like racism, LGBTQ+ rights and bullying. Some parts made me laugh while others were a bit too raunchy for me to digest. The overall vibe of the story is sexually suggesti
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
The Final Weekend A Stoned Tale

It is a gripping tale of six friends who are about to enter into a real world. They all gather around for the final weekend where they drink, party, discuss about their lives and various aspects of it in the form of dark comedy. Author has very well kept themes like friendship, racism, LGBTQ etc. These bunch of friends live like there is no tomorrow, completely living in the moment and chilling oblivious to the outer world.

This book takes time to develop each and e
I won the Kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I thank the author and the publisher.

Told in an interesting way using multiple view points, this books is a raw, unflinching, and yes, sometimes raunchy look at the last week of college before a group of young adults venture into the world. I am not sure the world is ready.

If you are sensitive to profanity and sexual exploits, this book is most definitely not for you. If you want to live vicariously through a final week of college
Aly is so frigging bored
This has been a very weird book for me. If I didn’t have a review copy, I wouldn’t have finished it. If I started a new book, to take a break from this one, I wouldn’t have finished it.

The story was all over the place and maybe it was late at night or maybe I wasn’t in the mood, but I struggled a lot to understand what was happening. There were multiple POVs so I couldn’t connect with any of them, and besides that, none of the characters were likable to me. It seemed that all of them were only t
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hahaha What the fun. Now now, blunts(I didn't count exactly how many times but enough to make me long for one for sure) crossed almost every chapter I read and every monologue played out in such a casual, distinctive vogue that I fancied a stoned weekend for myself and wished I had one too after reading this book. 

The sculpt of the book is laid back, focusing on lives of six crazy, impulsive and Sex driven youths with youthful slangs and just a vibe which I have only found in pot flicks. There w
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Review

A well written, humorous and one of a kind read, author Neal Cassidy does an amazing job of defying expectations by telling a wonderful story of friendship, memories and honoring a significant period of one’s life through a series of pranks, partying and alcohol-fueled nostalgia.

The story takes readers through an ever-shifting narrative as the perspective changes between each character throughout the novel, giving readers a chance to really understand and see the motivations and thoug
Meg Orton
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: this novel was sent to me by the author Neal Cassidy in exchange for an honest review.

If you're in your thirties as I am you have probably spent a considerable amount of time remembering your twenties with a mixture of both sweet nostalgia and dread. Every day is singular and there is almost nothing you cannot accomplish, and that's only if you have the foresight to have even considered accomplishing anything at all. Consider waking up and being in your early twenties again, and this
Stéphanie Louis
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a story about six young adults that just finished college and have to enter the adult world. We follow their P.O.V's and get to know more about whether they are ready to face the working life or not. However, we also get to read Professor Goodkats thoughts who still behaves like a college student himself.

I had some problems getting used to the writing style, which is why I gave it "only" a 3-star rating. Just to clarify some things: 3 stars is still a great rating for me as it means tha
Erik McManus
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a unique one. I say that because, for the most part, it was a pretty average read....until I got to the end. Then it took a shocking turn that I was never expecting in a million years. Which leaves me at a point where I don't know what to rate it.

It had a lot of characters so there were a lot of perspectives to follow and they each had their own quirks to them which was fun. It centered a lot on the use of marijuana which is something I have only dabbled in a bit and am not that fa
Toya (the reading chemist)
I’ll be honest, you definitely need to go into this one with an open mind and be prepared to embark upon a wild ride since it also features lots of satire and sex of course.

The Final Weekend is that weekend when six college friends say goodbye and embark on their final hurrah before they have to enter the real world for good. That being said, don’t look for overly likable or relatable characters here because you won’t be quick to find them.

You’ve got Goodkat the professor who is vain and sleeps
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is something about being young that makes us wild, free, sometimes unethical until we get our life straight. 
Neal Cassidy's 'The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale' is a perfect example of my above saying. A tale of six young spirited lives, who are going to get graduated and enter into the real world.  Professor Goodkat has their back and is one of their favourite amongst the college.  It's contemporary, coming of age novel that focuses on young mindsets and how easily they get manipulated with
Bhairvi Bhardwaj
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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Very Different

The Final Weekend - A Stoned Tale written by Neal Cassidy is a story of six friends who are about to graduate and decides to enjoy the weekend to the fullest. All the characters were not really likable to me. I don’t know why but this book was a little weird for me because I haven’t read anything like that before - this book has sex, alcohol and so many drugs. No doubt the book has comedy also.

The book has so many twists and turns which made it a little bit interesting. The book fo
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
'The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale' by Neal Cassidy is a book which makes you feel back to the college days of casual approach towards things and an exuberant lifestyle. With varied characters and different behavioral traits to each of the friends, the book is sure to pamper the readers with humour and subtle content which becomes humongous that certainly can be treated as erotic.

The book has many different characters, Goodkart being one of the most obnoxious of them. The fondness of this twiste
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is shelved as comedy and satire. And it is but also shows the college frat life with sex, partying, the yolo life and more sexual exploits. I had to roll my eyes at the character jokes and laughed at other moments. Such a mix bag for me personally. The title is structured with multiple POV. It jumps between about 5 characters. I liked some better than others but I would never want any of them to be in my live. Character aren't always to be liked but they are spoiled college kids. If profani ...more
Sanjana Das
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it

This book revolves around the life of six college friends surviving in this contemporary world. They are trying their best to fit in, each having their own struggles. The author provides each of the characters a chance to narrate their side of the story so the character traits are best expressed. The description is in details. One thing that I liked is that there are no noticeable typos in the book. The themes of racism and LGBTQ are also covered in the story.
However, the character of P
Bunny Cakes
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This totally didn't end the way I thought I thought it would. I'm a bit shocked but I would read it again and I want more story! ...more
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Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story is quite a roller coaster and is at times almost extravagant hysteric and the suffering becomes difficult to endure even to the readers. However, the author tries to mok the system and finds humor in these sorry situations. A lot of times novels come along that match the times and this book is the perfect narrative of this era’s anxiety, friendship, sex, drugs and love affairs. It almost makes you think how this has now become a norm to youngsters across the world.

This book stands out
Sex, Alcohol and a lot of Drugs.

The story follows several different groups of individuals who are all interconnected in some way, shape or form. There is the "cool" professor who seems to be a little too into his students; the two roommates, Ling-Ling and Courtney, who just love to get high and among other things, have a great connection with Courtney's sexually-active and "rich" Grandmother; the four roommates, Trent, Clarence, Justin and Harry, who seem to have a love of sex, drugs and a
Tavleen Kaur (Travelling Through Words)
The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale by Neal Cassidy is about the time in our lives where we must say goodbye to our carefree youth and the people who we spent it with. It’s about a group of college friends who are about to go their separate ways. It’s a unique coming-of-age story.

The book follows a wide range of characters that are very different from each other. Goodkat is a professor, who much like his students, isn’t quite out of the college boy mindset yet. He sleeps with his students and does
Matt McAvoy
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one of those books which isn’t really about anything (though, the ending is genuinely staggering). Set over the course of a weekend, it tells, from a multi-person viewpoint, of the everyday lives of a group of young twenty-somethings – and a few peripheral others – who appear to live for nothing but smoking weed, drinking shots and getting laid. Despite its excellent writing, it didn’t really appeal to me; in fact, in the main, I think this book is probably more suited to an audience of ...more
Swati Thalod
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing read

We present to you the Amazon US Bestseller: Humorous Dark Comedy, Fiction Satire and Amazon India Bestseller!

Yes , it's the book ' The Final weekend: A stoned tale ' written by Neal Cassidy . It's an contemporary fiction .

In the last days before the real world, six college friends prepare to take a bow in epic fashion. 

After Sunday there's just Harry, the future business owner; Justin, the medical intern; Trent, the hapless wanderer; and Clarence, soon to don the badge and blues.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
We are often distracted in our teenage or say in our college life rather than being focused. We are so much in found of love, relationship, and most importantly the friends. In our friendship, we sacrifice and we fight for the shake of our friends. Also, there are various bumpers in that time zone but despite that, we come up high and life turns the table. As I quote, I read exactly something like this on the past weekend.
The book I am talking about is “The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale by Neal
Bookish Jen
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you combine the movie St. Elmo’s Fire it it was directed by Quentin Tarantino, with a script written by David Mamet and influenced by the movie Reefer Madness? You’d probably get Neal Cassidy’s novel The Final Weekend: A Stoned Weekend.

First, meet six college pals, Clarence the soon to be cop, Trent the screw up, Justin the medical intern, and wannabe business owner Harry.

Rounding out are besties who couldn’t be more different, Courtney and Ling-Ling who lives in an apartmen
Msrinivas goud
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale
by Neal Cassidy.
ABOUT AUTHOR:- {Neal Cassidy is an American writer who grew up in Forest, Va. An ex-tennis pro, he also spent his winters competing in Big Air & Slopestyle competitions on skis. After many years of an undiscerning lifestyle, he decided to put his experiences into his first novel,}

=>This novel was so good that it prompted me to write my first review on any website. It was an unexpected joy to read.

=>The writing flowed
Simran Bhatia
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it

"I think of how amazingly enamored of her I was, the joy and sensations of life she’d brought me that I’d forgotten, that I didn’t know I missed."⁣

~ the final weekend: a stoned tale by Neal Cassidy⁣

With 'the final weekend: a stoned tale', Neal Cassidy makes us bounce with festivities and rejoice, soaking within us the flavours of college life and the American culture with an unaltered twists. Written with humour and turns of friendship and the land onto the final weekend makes the
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Neal Cassidy is an American writer who grew up in Forest, Va. An ex-tennis pro, he also spent his winters competing in Big Air & Slopestyle competitions on skis. After many years of an undiscerning lifestyle, he decided to put his experiences into his first novel, The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale. He does his best writing at home while listening to Tchaikovsky at a low volume, with a hot black tea ...more

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