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'The hype is all true' Sunday Telegraph Nick McDonell's electrifying novel tells the story of a fictional drug called Twelve and its devastating effects on the beautiful rich and desperate poor of New York City.From page one, this novel pulsates towards its apocalyptic climax. Twelve is cool, cruel and utterly compulsive. 'Bret Easton Ellis extraordinary assured debut' Harper & Queen 'McDonell is an authentic talent and, long after the storms of hype have died away, his novel will endure as a snapshot of his generation' Observer 'Consistently brilliant...One of the most exciting new writers around' Independent on Sunday 'A brilliant satirical debut' Time Out 'A compulsive elegy to wasted, privileged youth, lives up to the hype...lean, elegant and bleakly witty' Elleshow more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 240.41g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 184354072X
  • 9781843540724
  • 271,117

Review Text

17-year-old Nick McDonell's debut novel centres around White Mike, an upper-class drug dealer, and the days just after Christmas leading up to a New Year's Eve party destined to go down in history for all the wrong reasons. For this is New York City, and the bored, ultra-rich teenagers who roam free with seemingly no parental guidance are jaded and tough, fed a steady diet of Camus, cynicism and concealed weapons. Hunter is a nice kid who likes to play basketball in Harlem. Jessica is an athlete, popular and self-confident. Molly and Tobias are models. Sara is beautiful and famous not only in her school but all the surrounding private boarding academies. Chris and Claude's parents are never home, so their parties are legendary. Timmy and Mark are two white boys desperate to be black. Andrew's a quiet guy who has enough connections to save him from total obscurity. All these kids need White Mike's assistance at some point or another, never more so than for some Twelve, a new drug unlike anything they've ever experienced before. When at last they all come together on New Year's Eve, the drugs come out. And then the guns. McDonell has the bold and confident voice of a teenager, and his characters are clearly well known to him, as is their way of life, their speech and their conduct. However, the sheer number of characters proves a burden as, aside from White Mike, only the barest of surfaces is scratched before hastily moving on the next character's brief sketch and relevance to the plot. For all the vibrant attitude and gritty realism, the novel's not quite three-dimensional enough. Comparisons have already been made with Bret Easton Ellis, and the climactic party scene is admittedly reminiscent of Less Than Zero. But this is a new generation of wasted youth, the younger siblings of Ellis's coked up late '80s kids, inheritors of false corporate social responsibility, political correctness and September 11th. Once McDonell polishes and focuses his narrative, he'll be an important voice for the 21st-century generation drowning in a sea of drugs and guns. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Nick McDonnell

Nick McDonell is eighteen years old and was born in New York City. He attends more

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Twelve is "a beautifully tragic and unsettling story ... a reminder of how engrossing a character-driven novel can, and should, be"show more
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