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I almost stopped reading the book after the first chapter but kept wanting it to get better so continued reading.
There are many characters and plot lines (too many really) and the story of the central character, Newell, a missing 12 year-old, isn't enough to hold it together.
It is very realistic in the way it portrays the thoughts of the characters and the hopelessness and destructiveness that teenagers feel.
I don't know how anyone can recommend this book. It was trashy with no redeeming qualities. I am amazed at how some books get to be "best sellers".Published 12 months ago by LINDA CLAYTON
I came across this book after reading a review Charles Bock wrote that served as a retrospective of the emergence of cartoons designed for an adult audience. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andito Toquito
I will say this about Bock's novel: I agonized over what rating I should pick, vacillating back and forth between giving it 3 stars and giving it 4. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jesse Rose
In Beautiful Children, Charles Bock imagines a Vegas whose debauchery forces young people to lose their childhood, and innocence, much too soon. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lee Matthew Goldberg
I almost stopped reading the book after the first chapter but kept wanting it to get better so continued reading. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Philly
Twenty years ago when I flew into Las Vegas for the first time the flood of neon into the cockpit filled my mind with plastic fantasy. Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by John Van Wagner
I am amazed at al of the negative reviews about this book. I was so drawn in from the very beginning. I felt like I was right there watching all that was written about. Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Dale
When twelve-year-old Newell Ewing goes missing one night after going out with an older friend, lives are seemingly ripped from their seams. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Laurel-Rain Snow
I am an avid reader, and I will enter Barnes and Noble and exit with a bag of five books. This book has a cover to allure, and when you read the back it seems like a very... Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Cherish