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Jay Hauser, the Dartmouth freshman narrator of film director/writer Williams's uneven debut, has a mean streak, a salesman's heart and a case full of knives to hawk to his family and friends. As summer break approaches, Jay is offered a spot on the varsity football team and tapped for the most exclusive fraternity on campus, but he can't get his mind off of his crush, Isabelle, and her accusation that he is not charming enough to be her boyfriend. (Never mind that Isabelle is less hot than hometown girlfriend Brooke, a silicone-breasted baby-talker.) Isabelle's insult gets under Jay's skin, and to prove his charisma he takes a summer job selling expensive sets of Bladeworks knives. Jay develops a selling formula and becomes the top seller in the country. Setting his sights on becoming the best salesman internationally, a hard-drinking Jay, blessed with a natural talent for sales and bereft of ethical sense, gets sucked into a vortex of pride and rage against his parents, friends and customers. Though somewhat enriched by its exploration of knife selling—a peculiarly popular occupation among college students—the novel leans heavily on casual cruelty and facile frat-boy antics. The story moves briskly, though not much happens below the surface. (Sept.)
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In his debut, screenwriter and director Williams illuminates the college summer job du jour, selling knives door to door. Dartmouth freshman Jay Hauser takes the job on a dare, after the girl of his dreams tells him he isn't charming enough to be successful as a salesman. Ruthlessly cashing in on family connections near and far, Jay breaks a company sales record, but this only serves to fuel his ambition. Maniacally obsessed with becoming a knife-selling master, he even stoops so low as to offload an expensive item on his family's low-paid maid. As his drinking escalates and his sense of ethics completely evaporates, Jay finally begins to wonder where his sense of competitiveness is taking him. Williams' humor ranges from grossly funny to just plain gross, and his attempts to deepen his material by including frenetic scenes with Jay's dysfunctional family are erratic at best. He does, however, get props for his original and flamboyant portrait of the obscure world of knife-selling. Wilkinson, JoanneSee all Editorial Reviews
Knifeboy is amazing. What a great writer...enjoyable novel front to back. The story is super entertaining and well told. Anyone of any age/gender can relate and have a fun read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by msg773
This book is terribly written and has created a lot of animosity among the barely disguised people it portrays in the community where I grew up and went to school. Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by R. Strickland