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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (July 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741434172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741434173
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

C.D. Payne is the author of six humorous novels, including his cult-favorite first novel Youth in Revolt, which is now in development as a movie by Dimension Films. Another novel, Frisco Pigeon Mambo, has been purchased by Twentieth Century-Fox for an animated feature film. Payne’s novels have been translated into many languages and are popular with European readers. He also has published a collection of short humor pieces, Cut to the Twisp. His first play, Queen of America, recently premiered in San Jose. He is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in California. Selected works by this author: Young and Revolting: The Continental Journals of Nick Twisp Revolting Young: The Journals of Nick Twisp's Younger Brother

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California writer C.D. Payne is the author of a dozen humorous novels that have won a large cult following around the world. His best-known work, "Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp," was the basis of a 2010 film. From Weinstein Films, it starred Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi, Justin Long, Ray Liotta, and Jean Smart. Payne's latest novels include "Son of Youth in Revolt" (book 7 in the Twisp series), "Invisibly Yours," and "Helen and Brenda" (which incorporates two novels: "Helen of Pepper Pike" and "Brenda the Great"). These are also available separately for Kindle. His newest novel, "Cheeky Swimsuits of 1957," is also available now. He is a native of Ohio (born in 1949 in Akron) and a graduate of Harvard College.

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A bit repetitive and boring at times.
Andy
Absolutely one of my favorite books I've had the pleasure of reading!
J. Garcia
The last chapter read like the ending of Dragnet.
Lisa

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2009
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Really, it's best to stop with the original three (in one) books. Then the story makes a perfect Quest narrative. It's also the funniest part. The first sequel, Revolting Youth, is unnecessary but still entertaining... but this one undermines everything that came before it.

It still has some good entertainment value and is still not so easy to put down, but unless you're a serious fan I'd recommend skipping all of the sequels. If you do read this one, take heart: the next (and so far last) book, Revoltingly Young, breathes some fresh life back into things.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on February 24, 2008
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I adored the earlier Nick Twisp books-- yes, they're silly, raunchy, and excruciatingly overwritten, but that's all part of their charm. Young and Revolting, however, fell far short of its predecessors. This installment in the series jumped the shark to some extent, in that it violated the form that the earlier books had set. The previous books felt like lighthearted adventures; in contrast, this one had a dragging pace and a weirdly dark tone. There were strange discontinuities (didn't the first book take place in the mid-90's? so why are they using Euros?). Worst of all, Payne did a crude and lazy job of tying up the central plot lines that we've been following through all these books. The last chapter read like the ending of Dragnet. Despite these major flaws, it's probably worthwhile reading for fans of the Twisp series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zelie Nic on August 16, 2007
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This book started in a choppy style that's not seen in the previous books... and there's some scenes that really, really drag on longer than they need to. A lot of people have been disapointed by this book, but I wasn't one of them. If you read the first book, I can't see how you could resist reading the second, and of course this one, regardless of the outcome... its really a three... but... like I said, I found it to be required.

*** After watching "Breathless", a film often cited in this series (Sheeni's favorite), I realized that this third book is very similar to the movie. Therefore I assume that this last part was written to be a homage of "Breathless" or perhaps, to create a full-circle, foreshadowed effect from the first book, to this finale.
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CD Payne has an interesting style, and if you're reading this review, I can only assume you've read the original "Youth in Revolt" which is an utter classic.

Nick Twisp begins life as an over-sexed nympho-like 14 year-old. He's older in Y&R but that doesn't mean he's matured. That's a good thing. Because what keeps this book enjoyable is the fact that Nick will always and forever be a fourteen year old sex addict. His outlook on life doesn't change drastically, and if it did we probably wouldn't like him nearly as much. Nick's always going to be a terribly misguided youth and that's his charm. His adventures are still vastly amusing, but nowhere near as madcap as his first adventure. Quite frankly, I miss François and Carlotta who appear briefly only. Payne gives it his best, but the ending is not that satisfying. It's more like an afterthought and that's short-changing the readers. Still this is a welcome return to the Land of Twisp.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rigel Xandegar on August 16, 2006
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I ultimately found this concluding entry depressing. While the other books in the series were filled with some hopeful moments, and the disasters were written to be laughed at, in Young and Revolting, it's emotionally dark. Nick turns into an angry grumpy A-hole, even to his wife (I won't even get in to how much that relationship has been radically changed from Book 4). The ending, which leaps ahead 13 years into the future leaves you with a feeling that the bulk of the entire story was for nothing. There are still some damn funny moments, but they are few and far between. Like the other reviewer says, be warned this series do not end the way we think it will, and for me personally, this ending entry wasn't for me.
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Well. . . I loved the first two books in this series, and I love Nick and all of his friends and family, however, the writing in this book was slow and it was hard to get as excited about reading it as I did the first two books. I usually can't put down Nick's journal, but this time, I would let it sit for a few days.

I kept reading - I had to go on with the series, and I will say the book did pick up a little here and there. About the ending? I don't know really what to say, it was interesting, maybe not exactly what all of Nick's fans and followers wanted, but it wrapped up some loose ends. Note that I say "some" -- because, well there's one more book.
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This book is a continuation Revolting Youth, which means of course, you shouldn't read this book unless you've read the previous. I agree, it started off great but 2/3 of the way it started to get really dull. I found myself not reading that part 100% just because it seemed very repetitive. Thats why I only gave it three stars, because a large section of the book moved verrryy..sllooowwwwlllyy...However! I'm satisfied with the ending. Even though some fans may disapproved, it ended righteously. I recommend it if your a fan of hese novels, for sure.
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By John on March 17, 2014
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the first half of the book picked up right where the others left off. the second half of the book, im scratching my head at why its even there. I was not expecting a traditional ending to this great series but it does drag on like others stated and could have been greatly shortened to achieve similar feelings for the reader. depending on the relevancy of the second half of this book to the 2 books that have been published since, i either give it 2 stars or 4... youth in revolt and revolting youth both are 5 star books imo.
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