- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (August 6, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763615676
- ISBN-13: 978-0763615673
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,330,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It looked to be a love story for the ages. They first met as she was handing over his order of a Big O sandwich, six-piece nuggets, small fries, and a medium chocolate shake. He had exact change. They spent a magical night together with a gang of young rebels, traipsing through town on a mission to correct grammatical errors in street signs and graffiti ("Drive Slowly"). But just when it seemed things couldn't be better, tragedy struck. Anthony caught his beloved Diana making out at a party with another guy. And what's worse, he was a high school graduate from the neighboring town, hailing only by his last name: Turner. Now Anthony must devise a vengeful plan by which he can humiliate his humiliator and win back his girl.
M.T. Anderson, author of the darkly comic suburban vampire tale Thirsty, here turns his attention to the of-this-world horrors of high school romance and minimum-wage drudgery. The result is a hugely funny, fast-paced romp through teen angst. Passages describing the O'Dermott's experience (the fast-food joint where Turner works and where Anthony gets a job as part of his evil plot) are spill-your-soda hilarious--obviously the words of someone who has lived the nightmare. Anthony laments, "It was hard not to feel ugly. Crusty. Doped. My fingernails were black. My shirt was stiff. My hair hung flat. My skin was shellacked with ambient lard." Not to mention the fact that he works side-by-side with his nemesis, his two best friends have fallen in subverbal saccharine love with each other, and his only hope is teaming up with Shunt, the vegan, anarchist grill cook. As Anderson clearly understands and as Anthony notes (while mustering the courage to kiss his archenemy's girlfriend), "There is a certain ferocity you need, to be a teenager in America." Indeed. (Ages 13 and older) --Brangien Davis --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
When Anthony's girlfriend dumps him for a guy who works for a fast food chain, he devises a complicated plan to get her back by working for a rival restaurant. "Anderson's witty tale of a lovelorn boy and his corporate antagonists is both a tasty read and a stinging satire. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)n
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He gets hired at a burger joint (like McDonalds) to be closer to Turner (the jerk) but ends up getting tied in a whole bunch of knotted relationships that are much more complex than he believes them to be.
It is short and to the point= but maybe a bit too much to the point. I didn't believe the whole infatuation with Diana (the ex-girlfriend) I had barely met her before they were already breaking up because she was cheating on him.
I didn't understand the "revenge" part either. If the kid had any sense, he'd be angry at Diana, not Turner. He frustrated me, but I guess that's what teenagers do.
The only redeeming character was Shunt. He was a misfit who wanted to bring down the entire burger conglomeration- that they were abusing the animals before they were cut up. Shunt's character was believable and almost entertaining- and even interesting. The rest of the people were flat and didn't have much of a story.
And Shunt only took up about 10 pages. He wasn't in the story much until near the end.
If you liked MT Anderson's style of writing in this book (repeatedly saying "like" and run-on sentences) then you will probably like "Feed". It was a much better book of his and had a great plot.
5 stars and an order of fries!
This novel is humorous and fast-paced. Also, I don't read enough books with male main characters, so this was a nice change in my reading habits. And after reading this, I'll think twice about what goes on behind the counters at fast food restaurants. Who knows what drama ensues beyond the uniforms and grease.