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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Clear Page Productions LLC (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985143606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985143602
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,064,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout my life I've had a passion for writing stories. Writing stories from my imagination and letting my words flow through my hand on a blank sheet of paper let me create my own worlds. In 2007 I attended a fiction class at the University of Missouri. Most of the people in my class were only worried about their grades and weren't passionate about writing. My teacher quickly saw that I stood out from the class after reading a story I wrote called 'Chemicals', the story of a lost boy in a lost generation. The fiction teacher helped me pursue my talent and arranged for me to take a couple honors classes at the Pierre Laclede Honors College at UMSL. The classes I took in the honors school pushed me to create new stories each week, and also gave me the chance to read other students stories and critique their work. I loved having my writings critiqued each week; it helped me grow as a writer. There was always this calling in my heart to show my stories I created to the world. The concept of writing a book seemed impossible; I was always unmotivated by the negativity around me. When I'd tell people I was writing a book they didn't take me seriously or they figured it'd never amount to anything. I loved writing stories and creating new worlds; it was my escape from my day to day life. Even with the world around me telling me the book would go nowhere; I continued my journey and finished Gateway. Everyone has a dream of where they want their life to take them; my dream is to become a successful author.

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Very boring book.
Tara
This sounds the way my high school papers used to sound, when I had even less semantic knowledge: plenty of metaphorical phrases, but not a lot of substance.
diana&arthur
This book is just as bad as the author's personality.
Devine30

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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Anonagal on August 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
It should say a lot to any customer when every single one the listed reviewers of a publication have all ever only reviewed one thing, the book in question, and all five star reviews too! Imagine that!

This book is an effort from a first time writer that reads like it's an effort from a first time writer. It doesn't have a strong plot, or well developed characters. It's an interesting premise that isn't taken anywhere.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Tara on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dont waste ur money! Very boring book. Saw on MTV thought if check it out. The way the author talks I should have known the book was just as boring
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lisa on April 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book could not hold my attention. Had no interest to read on. My daughter wrote a more intriguing story about what she did at recess. Do not waste your time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dysthymia83 on October 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Where does one begin with this abhorrent attempt at writing? Perhaps with the nonsensical sentence I put as the title of this review. Can you understand what it means? I sure can't.

Other golden lines include: "That suspension opened my eyes to the reality of wakeup and stare at a clock until its bed time with no recreational time except eating."

*Facepalm* I have no idea. I...no, just no.

The author often has trouble with spelling, use of commas, and keeping his story in the same tense (present becomes past becomes present within a single sentence). He overuses and misuses semicolons. He constantly makes us hear the protagonist's heart going "thump thump thump" (sometimes written with commas, sometimes without) to the extent that the reader desperately wants to recommend he up his potassium intake. The author describes almost every night as being "fateful", and we're reminded that his mother is dead in perhaps every paragraph (that is only mildly hyperbolic...he reminds us of the dead mother A LOT!)

Dialogue and prose are often overly pretentious. Sample dialogue from a character who is high on cocaine and drunk on Wild Turkey: "I am no king, only a lost soul". Yeah. If any of you have ever known any drug addicts or alcoholics, you know they don't spend much time waxing philosophical like Lord Byron. The author may not have ever known any drug addicts, or alcoholics, or anyone who has imbibed alcohol, or perhaps any actual human beings capable of speech. There is no explanation for how dimwitted this book is. If the author hadn't shown himself on an MTV special, I would swear this was written by a thirteen-year-old on his WattPad account.

This book is hilariously awful in every possible way.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tj on June 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Worst book I've ever read. Shouldn't have given it a chance. I left it at work because I don't want it next to my other books in the shelf.
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Format: Kindle Edition
So the author obviously didn't use an editor. Simple words such as baggie, are written as baggy. Basic punctuation is also completely avoided. The author places the second scene of the book in The Olive Garden, yet the narrator does absolutely nothing with the gift of a prefab, corporate, chain restaurant devoid of a soul. He also includes completely trivial parts of the scene such as, paying a bill, but excludes basic descriptions that might give the reader a idea of the specific setting. All the characters are faceless, as the author didn't bother to describe anyone. What does his father look like? What does his brother look like? What does anything or anyone look like? Yet we know that the narrator's heat goes "Thump, thump, thump" even though most of the time he doesn't bother to write comas to separate the words. "Thump thump thump" seems perfectly acceptable.

This is self-aggrandizing navel gazing at it's worst. The book is an obviously self-published, vanity piece. Reading the sample on Amazon.com might garner a few laughs, although I suspect the author was hoping for a completely different reaction.

Honestly cocaine is kept in baggies...not baggys. If such an obvious mistake is left on the first page of the manuscript, very little effort was put into this...memoir?...novel?...cry for help? It's hard to say really what to call it, other than a waste of paper. It could be called Gateway: When a rich kid gets money to publish his book and epically fails.
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60 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Miss H on August 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
As the other reviewers pointed out, yes, all of the 5 star reviews are completely fabricated. Most likely by Joel himself or his girlfriend.

This book was recently featured on MTV's True Life series. Not because the book is good, but because Joel and his real life girlfriend Jessica went on an episode titled "I'm working with my ex". They were never broken up, it was just an ill conceived PR push. Strike 1.

I work in marketing, I understand that nearly every upstart author will hire someone to or pen his own fabricated reviews. That doesn't mean it's ok by any means. Good marketing and a good book will get you real reviews and real buzz every time. You've essentially tainted the book and now any legitimate 5 star reviews that come through will be taken with a grain of salt. For shame, Joel. Strike 2.

Finally, all you need to know about the story and the quality of writing can be found by reading the author's self written bio. If you watched the TL episode, you'll notice that Joel comes off very dry and unemotional. This book will have you feeling the same way. I mean look at the title, "Gateway, A story about chaotic harmony". Does that make you, as a reader, want to sit down and find out what the heck chaotic harmony even IS? Do real authors even describe their book as "a story about ________________". No, they don't. It's pure cliche fluff. Strike 3. Just pass on Gateway and wait for Joel to mature as a writer. Not even the die hard True Life fan should invest. Just check the reviews for "I Used to Be Persian" by fellow TL alum Justin Dane.

EDIT: 5/22/13

It appears Joel is at it again with his fake reviews! Several new 5 star reviews were posted in early May.
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