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Youth in Revolt (Compilation), Part One: Youth in Revolt, Youth in Bondage, and Youth in Exile (Youth in Revolt #1)

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This compilation of the three-book set of the journals of Nick Twisp includes every adventure and misadventure of the fourteen-year-old Nick as he attempt to make sense of high school and lose his virginity.
Audio, 12 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (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
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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
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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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Other Books in the Series

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
“I have found that people who can successfully resist temptation invariably lead depressingly stunted lives.” 41 likes
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