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1.0 out of 5 stars poor, September 16, 2002
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This review is from: Please Don't Kill the Freshman (Paperback)
The prose style is limp and hackneyed. The subject matter is played out and cliche. There seems to have been a rash of books lately by self important teenagers lamenting the sorry state of their generation. A previous reviewer said it best that the contents of this book read like any highschool freshman's notebook. Trope may be a precocious teenager, but she is still a teenager, and that immaturity, and her own distasteful arrogance, is slathered embarassingly all over every page. The writing isn't bad, when the authors age is taken into account, and that's the real problem with this book. It's selling point is the author's age, pure and simple. This book would have gotten a form letter refusal from a 20 year old woman, but due to the author's connections and her precocious age it's marketable, which is about the best thing that can be said about this piece of [garbage]. The story of how Kevin Sampsell marketeered his way into this minor success should be a lesson to anyone concerned with the way small presses are being corrupted by the same things that have ruined the major publishing houses. If you want to read a good book about highschool and teenage alienation, go read Catcher in The Rye again. There is nothing new or interesting to be found here.
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