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Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: Mostly set in the Lower East Side of 1980s New York City, Ten Thousand Saints is that rare book that paints scenes so vividly you can imagine the movie in your head. I wanted to live inside its pages, where I could imagine not just the scenes themselves, but the cameras, the lights, the actors reading their lines off to the sides of the set. Main character Jude Keffy-Horn--named after a Beatles song by his adoptive hippy parents--spends his high school days in small town Vermont getting high with his best friend Teddy, waiting to turn 16, when he can legally drop out. When Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude is sent to live with his pot-dealer father in New York City. Jude soon falls in with a group of straight edge Hari Krishnas, where his commitment to abstinence in all forms--drugs, sex, meat--becomes an addiction itself. Jude struggles to create an identity amongst the extreme movements taking root downtown, while his parents struggle to understand their son’s rejection of their free love culture. Author Eleanor Henderson's meticulous research into the straight edge movement in the late 1980s has opened a door to a piece of history handled with love, care, and incredibly unforgettable characters. --Alexandra Foster
Great writing style for a coming of age story depicted in the late '80's.Published 3 months ago by L. Schulz
This story resonates deeply with me being similar in age to the main characters and that it inspired me to change my life around, and any book that can change my perspective... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emma1300
I don't know why I continued reading. Maybe I kept hoping that something significant would happen. That someone in the book would do something sane or smart. It didn't happen. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carolyn Dargevics
For me, it was just depressing and full of characters I didn't want to know or try to understand.Published 5 months ago by Vicki Ratliff
I could not put down this insightful, intelligently written novel, so evidently nurtured by painful truths. I could have kept reading...Published 8 months ago by Joan D.