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Savages by Don Winslow
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Jun 15, 2012

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There's a good story here, and it's told in a blisteringly fast manner that would work really well if the author weren't so obsessed with showing how "hip" he is by making up pretend slang that no young (or non-young) person has ever used. The corny wordplay and ridiculous geographic nicknames peppered throughout the book are just painful to read. There was much cringing. It's what you would get if you put Diablo Cody's "Juno" character into a movie about a brutal drug war in which a bunch of people, including children, are killed. The quirk overload just doesn't fit.

I think this is the first crime novel I've read since, I don't know, high school? It's definitely not my genre, so maybe I'm a little out of my element. And hell, I ripped through it in two days, so it obviously entertained me. And Winslow obviously has a deep knowledge of Southern California, and he really puts you there. It just could have been so much better if the author had more faith in his story and worried less about being cute.
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Danielle Couldn't agree more


message 2: by Looloo (new)

Looloo This hits it on the head; didn't like any of the characters--seemed way beyond cliché, and the ultra-hip, nothing can really bother me coolness just saddened me. The ending was a relief to me!


Pauline West mm hmm :/ was bummed, expected better


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