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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Contains the books YOUNG ADULT NOVEL and DEAD END DADA. Says author Daniel Pinkwater of this novel of sociological import: "I honestly don't remember writing this. Are you sure there hasn't been some mistake?" ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by T. Doherty Associates
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Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dada, 2020
A short compilation of Pinkwater’s work, including Young Adult Novel, the stories ‘Dead End Dada’ and ‘The Dada Boys in Collitch’, as well as Kevin Shapiro stories sent in by fans and several pictorial stories featuring graphics made on a very early home computer, possibly pre-Commodore 64. In Young Adult Novel, a group of teenage Dadaists known as the Wild Dada Ducks attempt to waken their high school classmates from the slumber of conformity, with largely failed results. When they discover amo ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, reread2017
If you like Don't Care High by Gordon Korman, you will probably love this. I like parts of it still, but overall it's not one of my Pinkwater favorites. It does have a true sort of anarchic, rebellious spirit to it, I appreciate that. ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Funny. Of course a group of high school student will adopt the goal of bringing Dada to the peers. Of course they aren't really schooled in the subject. Other than the weirdly female-free world they inhabit, I enjoyed it enormously. Anyone who went around publicly reading Rand or Kafka or Hesse should be able to relate (yup, all three at different times). The teen and early twenties may be the only years when your average person really thinks about philosophy at all, let alone tries to spread on ...more
Randy Russell
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Adults may have been the first Danial Pinkwater book I read. It's a hodgepodge of stuff, including a short novel, called Young Adult Novel, and a couple of followups to that, and a lot of great computer art by Pinkwater—all very funny. When I first read it, in the Eighties, I remember being pretty amazed by the “Young Adults” sagas—which are stories about a group of misfit boys in high school who have a club called the Wild Dada Ducks. I think I was amazed at how closely he echoed my (and ...more
Marshall Müller
I’m sad to say that the follow ups to Young Adult Novel just don’t hold up as well as the first. The goofy lightheartedness of the first two becomes more grounded which ruins the goofiness. Luckily there’s a collection of fan made Kevin Shapiro stories that are hilarious and worthy additions.
Greg Kerestan
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It turns out that Pinkwater's oft-anthologized novella "Young Adult Novel" is actually the first third of a never-finished novel, "Young Adults." Each third follows the five high school outcasts and would-be intellectuals as they attempt to reinvent themselves based around a barely-understood philosophical principle: first Dada, then Zen, then (in the unfinished third section) Mozart worship. Along the way, they encounter (and often create) obstacles and eccentric antagonists, as their quasi-nih ...more
Phil Jensen
Comprising the original Young Adult Novel, a sequel, and one chapter of a third book.

Not my favorite flavor of Pinkwater. The Kevin Shapiro stuff seemed ghoulish and mean spirited. I get that it's a satire of pointlessly depressing YA books, but it had a meaner vibe to it than Pinkwater typically does. Still, I liked the chaotic and deliberately counterintuitive decision process of the Wild Dada Ducks.

My favorite bit was actually the last chapter about them going to college. It seemed like they
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so amazing.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Dumb. the story of the Young Adult Novel kids in college. The joke is over and this book is dumb, as well as kind of dirty as the boys discover sex. It's nothing horrible, but Pinkwater's young audience from other books could easily grab this thinking it's like his other work, or like his awesome book with the same title almost: Young Adult Novel.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pinkwater's homage to dada, the YA novel, and fan fiction, before most people knew what any of these things were, is even weirder than the rest of Pinkwater's stuff. I love the idea of a gange of teenaged Andre Cordrescus, though I doubt he was ever this uncool. If there is any semblance of a moral--unlike the majority of phoney YA novels, Pinkwater does not try to impose an moral--it's that no philosophy, no guru, no method, is going to help with learning to be yourself. ...more
Margaret Rosen
The premise was amusing enough in the first story, including their ongoing fiction about Kevin Shapiro and their Dadaist behavior, but I was already tired of it halfway through. Might have struck my funny bone more if I'd read more about Duchamp etc. ...more
Jul 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has a sequel to Young Adult Novel and a third uncompleted sequel that will probably never be finished. I enjoyed the adventures of the Wild Dada (Dharma) Ducks a whole lot and I think if anyone finds this particular edition, you gotta snap it up right then and there.
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, pinkwater, fiction
The primitive computer illustrations in this edition are lovely.
Brandi Johnson
Feb 06, 2015 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Yeah.. no.
Brianna Bohnsack
3.5. Strange...but in a good way....I think.......
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fiction
Strange, strange, strange. But kinda funny.
This collection of mini-books about the Wild Dada Ducks (devotees of Dada, and Zen, and Mozart) is really out there. But I enjoyed it.
Benjamin Brown
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more

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