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Youth in Revolt (Youth in Revolt #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  8,680 Ratings  ·  855 Reviews
The hilarious, take-no-prisoners novel about a cynical, sex-obsessed teenager's pining love for an intelligent girl– now a major motion picture from Dimension Films starring Michael Cera


Youth in Revolt is the journals of Nick Twisp, California's most precocious diarist, whose ongoing struggles to make sense out o
Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Broadway Books (first published August 1st 1993)
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May 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, humor
this book will ALWAYS be in my top five. there's no doubt that reading it at age 17 solidified my appreciation for this profane, hilarious, perverted, often ridiculous and grotesque piece of work. nick twisp's rampant hyperpolysyllabicsesquapadalianism had me reaching for the dictionary more than once, but in the end the rich vocabulary and originality in his storytelling kept me hooked even though the story loses steam towards the end.
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was THE book that - cliche - changed the way I read books.

This book was MY book. For years I begged people to read it because I wanted them to feel the obsession.

It is extremely important that all teenagers/adults read this book. The characters are totally absurd and amazing, and this hefty 500 pager puts many "age appropriate" high school reading list books to complete and utter shame.

This book destroys "The Perks of being a Wallflower" and others that were a hit back in the late ninetie
Apr 14, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, hated
Oh, no. No. Absolutely not, this book is not for me and I refuse to read 400 more pages of this crap (especially not when reviews allude to it being 400 more pages of the same sort of thing). Constant boners and mocking your middle-aged mother's appearance are not funny.

But Rachel! Didn't you like Portnoy's Complaint?

Yeah. But Alexander Portnoy wasn't like "lol, my mother has blue veins!" He was like "lol, my girlfriend is ignorant and can't spell." Both mocks are mean-spirited, but at least on
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Fate. This book and I were destined to be together.

We were first brought together when I was just 13 years old, rummaging through the discount shelves at Barnes and Noble in Indianapolis. The cover drew me in, and I sat my tween butt down on the floor and started reading. I made it about twenty or so pages in, feeling my face flush at reading about S-E-X in a public place, and likely matching the color of the lower half of the title letters when my mom found me hidden in the aisle. She asked if
Erica Satifka
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fans, humor fans
Not your average coming of age novel, C.D. Payne's trilogy of short novels about the travails of young journaler Nick Twisp has a comic wit and intricate plot twists that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

This boy meets girl plot centers on Nick, a bookish, sex-crazed 14-year-old, and Sheeni Saunders, a Francophile sociopath who juggles men and has a taste for expensive clothing and jewelry. Keeping them apart are Sheeni's ultra-religious parents and four hundred miles of California coast lin
Wow, this book is amazing. It's definitely different and it is so great. I loved mostly every minute of Youth In Revolt. You will laugh, you will cry, there will be lots of moments where you will cringe, others you will cry out in surprise. Youth in Revolt is definitely not a book for the faint-hearted. But in saying that it truly is worth a read.

Just a quick warning that I would say this book should be read by 16 year olds and over. There are several scenes that aren't entirely appropriate. I m
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really a peculiar read.

It's the journal of Nick Twisp, a manipulative, cynical, sex-obsessed youth whose erstwhile (I'm using that word because the author likes it so much) good behavior is succombing to the adolescent prime imperative of losing one's virginity. He hones in on his new amour Shinee, who is willing, experienced and cooperative, though enigmatically distant and drifting. Things get in the way, obstacles made of arbitrary parental actions and decisions, space, timing, his co

If there is one thing--ONE THING--that you can take away from this book, it is this:


We are talking federal laws here, people.

And I loved every second of it.

We first get a glimpse of Nick's dry, at times wicked humor, from the opening sentence:

WEDNESDAY, July 18--My name is Nick. Someday, if I grow up to be a gangster, perhaps I will be known as Nick the Prick. This may cause some embarrassment to my family, but when your don gives you yo
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Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiona
Youth in Revolt is unlike any other YA novel. It’s crude, honest, and hysterical. Payne has painted a wonderful picture of a young boy coming to terms with himself. What sets Youth in Revolt apart from other novels in the genre – beside its frank descriptions of an adolescent boy’s mind – is an element of absurdity. Payne weaves a playfulness into his characters and their actions that makes for a story so interesting you can’t help but read to the end.

Though the novel deals with boys around the
It didn't work for me. While I understand that teenage boys think about sex every minute of every day... the main character of Nick is a grating personality that takes the fun out of sex. If his plotting only backfired on himself, I might have enjoyed it more; but the weasel victimizes his friends, his annoying parents, and completely innocent people. While I laugh and love annoying jerkish characters in many Adult Swim offerings (see: Aqua Teen Hunger Force & Frisky Dingo), those shows are ...more
I knew that Youth in Revolt is a movie but I didn't realize it was based on a book until I saw the audiobook available at my library. I have never watched the movie but was excited to try a slightly different book than I'm used to. I have to say I really enjoyed it! The book is a collection of journal entries written by the lead character Nick Twisp. I thought this book was pretty hilarious even though the entries written by a hormone-crazed, fourteen-year-old boy were a little over the top. But ...more
A modern day Confederacy of Dunces, and equally worthy of praise. Nick Twisp is a younger, leaner, sex-addicted Ignatius J. Reilly. The book is composed of Twisp's highly-literate (especially for a 14 year-old) journal entries, only Twisp uses all of his cunning linguistics (pun intended) to espouse on masturbation and the pursuit of intercourse - and what a pursuit it is. Considering the quest to conquer virginity pretty much sums up the subject matter, you would think that Youth in Revolt migh ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard
Another 14 year old boy's love song to his penis. Yes, there are hilarious parts. There are also mean-spirited, self-aggrandizing parts. The adolescent male voice rings achingly, annoyingly, gratingly true here. Sometimes I was embarrassed to be giggling at what I was giggling at, and to make me feel like that is quite a feat. Parts made me want to crawl under my bed and never ever come out. Not recommended for mothers of teenage boys, though perhaps it's the hold your nose and drink type of med ...more
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
„Buntowniczej młodości” nie udało się przetrwać próby czasu. Mogłaby to być satyra, ale nie jest. Mogłaby to być czarna komedia, ale nie jest. Mogłaby to być klasyczna parodia, ale nie jest. C.D. Payne wykorzystuje wszystkie te elementy, ale brakuje im wyrazistości, brakuje konkretnego kopa. Nick Twisp ma potencjał, potrafi rozbawić, jednak częściej wywołuje naturalne obrzydzenie, bo jego przygody i seksualne perypetie po prostu utraciły kontrowersyjny smak wraz z nadejściem nowego tysiąclecia. ...more
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who don't mind mean main characters
Recommended to Alexis by: Keri
This book took me a full month to read, but I forced myself to slog through it in light of the Michael Cera movie adaptation. (And that I paid for it and it's been sitting on my shelf for months.) I think the main problem I had with the book was the deplorable behavior of the main character, Nick Twisp.

Nick is a 14 year old boy who really only cares about himself, sex, and computers. He meets a girl on a family vacation and falls in love with her, and everything falls apart from there. His paren
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My name is Nick. Someday, if I grow up to be a gangster, Perhaps I will be known as Nick the Prick.This may cause some embarressment for my family, but when your don gives you your mafia sobriquet you dont ask questions.

So begins the tale of poor, sex deprived Nick Twisp. From that first line I was hooked completely. Nicks sense of humor and sarcasim are things to be admired. Nick's troubled life and quest to get laid has got to be one of the most entertaining things Ive ever read! Youth In Revo
Blue Milker
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit conflicted about this book.

It's clearly a brilliant piece of work. Nick Twisp is a nearly pitch-perfect representation of the self-centered sociopathy and absurd arrogance of the intelligent teenager, taken to the nth degree. What American Psycho's Patrick Bateman was to disaffected yuppies, Nick Twisp is to arrogant, neurotic high school-aged boys.

The only problem is, I hate Nick so much that I can't face rereading the book very easily.

He's such a great anti-hero, and such a potentia
Jul 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
God, this book was like soo painful to get through. It took me like 3 weeks to finally finish it. If you didn't know, this book is HUGE. It's like 500 pages. I took it with me to SF, as my old book, thinking maybe I'll make a dent in it if it's the only thing I bring (plus the awesome Jodi book). But no, I kept putting it off and finished the Jodi book in like 3 days. Anyway, I forced myself to finish it and while I feel successful in finishing something that was painful, it just brought nothing ...more
Curious about the movie of the same name, I figured I'd give the audio book of "Youth in Revolt" a chance.

Maybe it's the audio book format, but the story of Nick Twisp wasn't one that had me hurrying back or eager to continue to follow his exploits in the next books in the series. Nick is your average 14 year old teenager who is obsessed with sex and will do anything to try and rid himself to gain a girlfriend. During a summer vacation, he meets Sheeni Saunders, who he spends a week with and fal
Kat Engh
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh to be 15 and awkward again. Wait, no, actually, I'd prefer the opposite. Being a teenager is awkward, confusing, strange. Parents don't seem to understand how your needs change as you get older. They don't seem to have any idea what kind of life you really lead. If you weren't born privileged, gorgeous, or a combination of both, chances are, the pretty guy or girl at the lake isn't going to fall madly for you unless you have a few tricks up your sleeve.

This is a book for the nice guys who are
Andrea Talarico
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
14-year-old Nick Twisp is a swirling cesspool of hormones, humor, and angst. His divorced parents land somewhere on the Running with Scissors scale: self-obsessed, womanizing father; overbearing-yet-somehow oblivious mother, but neither are abusive like in Burroughs’ memoir. Nick’s best friend Lefty provides a much-needed outlet for Nick’s ramblings, but Lefty lacks Nick’s precocious intelligence, as well as his love of literature. Nick spends most of the book pining after a cute, smart girl. Yo ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little of Youth in Revolt's narrator, 14-year-old Nick Twisp, goes a long way, so it's a calculated risk for author Payne to set his main character's hyper-articulate, sex-obsessed voice loose over 500 mammoth pages. It pays off, though, as Youth in Revolt ultimately proves itself to be adolescent turmoil told on an epic (and epically funny) scale. While the overarching story deals with Nick's pursuit of the beautiful and elusive (and sadistic, in the way only beautiful and elusive women can b ...more
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp By Brianna Wiemann

Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp is an hilarious “coming of age”

novel about growing up. Nick Twisp, a thirteen, turning fourteen year old, writes

in his journal everyday, and throughout his writings, he takes us on an six month

adventure of his life, revolting through being an youth. Nick questions things like

sexual desire, girls, whether or not he likes his stepdad, going through puberty,

and life in general. It’s a very
Nov 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the title says it all
This was another book that had its memory kind of ruined for me when I met the author (not the author's fault; unfortunate circumstances). If that hadn't happened, it could well be a five-star.

I know that at the time I read this, I was thoughly convinced it was the most hilarious and entertaining novel I'd ever read in my life (though it is another long one with a somewhat anticlimactic -- hah hah hah -- ending). It's certainly up there with the classics of teenage-angst lit, and Nick Twisp is s
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nichole Marcy
YA - Humor

C.D. Payne’s Youth in Revolt will have readers snorting and giggling like an insane 14 year old throughout the entire book. Nick Twisp is the hero of his own diary and Sheeni is his leading lady. He pines for her the moment he meets her, and as his diary progresses, he manages to to get kicked out of his school, burn down Berkley, and dress like an elderly woman, Carlotta. All in the name of love. He spends most of the time bouncing back and forth between his father’s hous
Marc Maxmeister
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing short of the new standard to which all life and literature in the universe should be compared!!!! Seriously, it is hard to write something that feels authentic to a youth-adult audience and have it funny. This one nails both and has been the inspiration for countless immitation. Movie is slated to come out in 2009.

The setup: 14 year old Nick Twisp keeps a journal of his morbid, rabid, and putrid thoughts, schemes, and commentary on family, friends, and the love of his life, Sheeni. Soon
Holly Lindquist
There is no 14-year-old who speaks in such an elaborately Baroque manner, no matter how much of a linguistic genius he may be. Also, there is no teenage girl who speaks in the same ornate fashion. If those two did exist, perhaps they would actually be some kind of multi-colored tentacular alien masquerading as a human.. I could go with that. However, since they remained teenagers throughout the book their ridiculous affectations simply annoyed the bejeezus out of me.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Co je tohle sakra za blbost?!!! :DD Já teda jako nevím, jak ostatní puberťáci, ale já jsem ve svých čtrnácti nemyslel jenom na jedno a to samý :D Moc uvěřitelný se mi to fakt příliš nezdá a v podstatě se v téhle knížce nic nestalo. Ale i tak jsem se párkrát zasmál, je to celkem čtivý a Nick je vážně dobrá postava, i když opravdu musím uznat, že mě to tak trochu zklamalo. V dalších dílech už to snad všechno bude o trochu lepší :-)
Melanie Ullrich
My love letter to Nick Twisp:

My dearest Nicky,
You have wooed me with your brave but often misguided acts of rebellion! It amazes me that you can even think of me with all those angsty, love-sick thoughts racing through your pseudo intellectual brain. Although I love your flagrant disregard for authority, your incessant masturbatory habits have sent you straight to the "friend zone". I can't wait to see what else you will try just to be with me.
Hugs and friendly kisses,

ummm, i didn't really read this. only got to page 13 - or 23... no matter, i didn't like it to that point and couldn't continue on. at all.
my first - and about only - impression was that this didn't sound like a 14 year old's voice and.... the author used every single big word he had come across in his entire life within the first page of the novel.
i suspect that is NOT what he was hoping i would come away after encountering his work.
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Author and showman C.D. Payne was born in Akron, Ohio in 1949 (making him a contemporary of Richard Gere and Meryl Streep). He spent his early years in West Virginia and southern Ohio, moving back to Akron while still a mere tot.

He went to public schools in Akron, and then graduated from Harvard College, where he majored in history and participated in the annual spring riot. In 1971 he moved to Ca
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Youth in Revolt (4 books)
  • Revolting Youth: The Further Journals of Nick Twisp
  • Young and Revolting: The Continental Journals of Nick Twisp
  • Revoltingly Young: The Journals of Nick Twisp's Younger Brother
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