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Elliot Allagash: A Novel Paperback – June 14, 2011
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Painfully shy and physically inept, Seymour Herson is the lowest student on the social totem pole at Glendale, a private school in Manhattan. But Seymour’s solitary existence comes to a swift end when he meets the new transfer student, Elliot Allagash, evil heir to America’s largest fortune. Bitter and bored with Glendale’s pedestrian surroundings, Elliot decides to take up a challenging and expensive hobby: transforming Seymour into the most popular boy in the school. With Elliot as his diabolical strategist, investor, and unlikely best friend, Seymour scores a spot on the basketball team, becomes class president, and ruthlessly destroys his enemies. Yet despite the glow of newfound popularity, Seymour feels increasingly uneasy with Elliot’s wily designs. For an Allagash victory is dishonorable at its best, and positively ruinous at its worst.
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Elliot Allagash is an entertaining and light story of an obscenely rich kid and the lengths he goes to entertain himself, hint: it involves messing with the lives of people around him.
As with Simon Rich's other books, Elliot Allagash is well written, the characters are compelling, and the story ventures into interesting spaces. Although like his previous book, I found Elliot Allagash to be a little too abbreviated. At the end I felt like I had eaten a partial meal of a book and not a full one.
There's no denying Rich's talent, and I'm sure as he continues to produce novels we'll see more and more well fleshed out ideas, and third acts which feel more deep. In all though, this is an entertaining read from a talented writer.Read more