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3.11  ·  Rating details ·  233 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Cedar Rivers is on a strange errand. A doctor sidelined into the strange world of the first dot-com boom, he has come to Albany, New York, in between business in Iceland and home in Silicon Valley, to meet a woman he hasn’t seen in twenty years. Then a Chuck Taylor–shod proto-Goth with chipped black nail polish, Kat is now a literary up-and-comer who needs Cedar to vet her ...more
Published (first published August 25th 2009)
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Aug 29, 2009 rated it liked it
boudinot! boudinot! gosh, that's fun to say... maybe that's why he name-drops himself in the middle of this sounds like he is one of my people, so we will allow such behavior. so this book - imagine the highest three you could ever imagine. that's what this is. i really liked it - it does everything a good book should do as far as originality and developing characters and creating atmosphere. but when it was over, i wanted more, a little. it was rrrrrr to me. because it is practically a ...more
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Attention Karen: I believe this book to be fantastic.

I read this book two weeks before it is out!!!

Do not let the jacket confuse you this book is not terrible. Although nothing on the outside screams Ryan Boudinot (it screams Chbosky honestly, which is not so enticing [although the harkaway paperback also looks crap so maybe it's a fad:]) the first sentence is the Ryan that we know and love from littlest hitler, "I was suspended in the eighth grade for bringing my semen to science class." It ju
Sep 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
First line: "In eighth grade, I was suspended for bringing my semen to science class." Hooked!


Well, it kinda went downhill from there, though. Here's why I wanted to read this book. From the review: Turning the last page of Misconception, you'll be certain that you love Seattle author Ryan Boudinot's style. Oh, you'll like the story fine. It sends readers bouncing into long swoops and back again, the volcano-boarding of this year's literary fiction. In other words, the fun kind of
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I had to stop myself from reading this all in one sitting because it's definitely a book worth savoring. My faith in fiction is restored.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
was habe ich grade gelesen?! war das erste was ich mir dachte als ich das Buch beendet hatte. Ich war auf eine Komödie eingerichtet gewesen aber dieses Buch ist alles andere als lustig. es ist ein Familien Drama, irgendwie düster und ich habe nur die ganze Zeit mit dem Kopf geschüttelt. Ich weiß nicht mal wirklich wie ich dieses Buch bewerten soll. aber ich würde es weder ein zweites mal lesen noch weiter empfehlen.
Lisa Roney
I read this book in two and a half hours this morning, and I was disappointed in it. I've read short stories by Boudinot before and enjoyed them much more, though in retrospect they show the same tendency toward a kind of exaggeration that rings false. I loved his short story "The Littlest Hitler"--the idea of sending a kid to school for Halloween dressed as Hitler was hilarious and brilliant. But even that story goes too far when another elementary student shows up in the same class dressed as ...more
Spoiler alert.

This book was okay, not great. The whole hook is that the narrator's first girl friend is writing a memoir about their relationship and wants him to read it before it's published to assure her that he won't sue. The hook with the memoir - story within a story- is that she writes chapters as if from his point of view.
I found this confusing in that there were chapters where I wasn't sure if the narrator was talking, or it was the girlfriend (Kat) pretending to be the narrator. It's
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My review from back in 2009:
"LOL" is an overused expression, but over and over again while reading Ryan Boudinot's "Misconception," I found myself laughing out loud and having to read passages to my husband. This is a short book and a quick read, and despite falling down a tiny bit in the last act, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.

The humor of "Misconception" is sharp and crass. The dialog is impeccably naturalistic. This is how people talk! I love it when an author man
Brandon Will
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, first-novels
This is a fantastic book, told with great humor and pace, using a scenario very believable in today's memoir-saturated moment, to get to the heart of what telling stories is really about, wether they be a tell-all memoir or a bar-stool yarn: processing the past, coming to terms with what you've done, and what those around you have -- and maybe, if you're lucky and open -- why they did it. It's about catharsis through acknowledgment and intensely scouring one's memories, looking at one's past -- ...more
Dec 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ryan Boudinot is the author of the novels Blueprints of the Afterlife and Misconception, and the story collections The Octopus Rises and The Littlest Hitler.

Ryan received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Bennington College. He also holds a BA from The Evergreen State College. Born in the US Virgin Islands, he grew up in Skagit Valley, in Washington State, and now lives in S
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