All the Dirty Parts

All the Dirty Parts

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches, he jokes around with friends. But none of this quite matters next to the allure of sex. "Let me put it this way," he says. "Draw a number line, with zero is you never think about sex and ten is, it's all you think about, and while you are drawing the line, I am thinking about sex." Cole fantasizes about whomever he's looking at. He consumes and shares pornography. And he sleeps with a lot of girls, which is beginning to earn him a not-quite-savory reputation around school. This leaves him adrift with only his best friend for company, and then something startling starts to happen between them that might be what he's been after all this time-and then he meets Grisaille.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017
ISBN: 9781632868046
1632868040
Branch Call Number: Fiction Han
Characteristics: 134 pages ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Nov 02, 2017

A very different kind of book from the writer formerly (and still occasionally) known as Lemony Snicket. It does tell you right there in the title that it will be dirty, so you can't really be mad at it. I would advise spiderfelt_0 below not to wash eyes at with soap. Also, it is not stream of consciousness (Sorry AL). Written in a staccato style, it is about a teenage boy who is not just obsessed with sex, but is having lots of it. He gets a "reputation," but because he's a guy it's not a big deal. However, he meets somebody he genuinely likes and things get complicated. While this generation has much easier access to pornography, I'm not sure the adolescent lust has changed all that much. I appreciate that he takes the subject seriously and is boldly explicit, but because it's told in first person, we're trapped with this somewhat unpleasant, unlikable, and very horny boy whose shallowness is both emblematic and off -putting. Oddly, the animated "Big Mouth" on Netflix is a more nuanced and thoughtful treatment of a similar subject. Is this iGen's "Portnoy's Complaint"?

OatmealThunder Oct 27, 2017

Dirty? Yes. Poignant? Also yes.

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spiderfelt_0
Sep 23, 2017

Handler is not exaggerating; this book is all the dirty parts. I need to wash my eyes out with soap after finishing that one. This is the tale of a self centered, smooth talking, callous boy who lacks any empathy for the people he uses. This is not 80s Judy Blume; this is teens living with easy access to porn in their pockets and casual hookups. As a parent of teens, it made me uncomfortable and sad. Sexuality is complex, now more than ever.

AL_SUSAN Jul 14, 2017

Edgy. This stream of consciousness-style view into a high school guy's thoughts on sex is raw, unfiltered, enlightening, and uproariously funny at times. Lemony Snicket (Handler) fans need to wait until they are older.

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BiblioMaxine
Nov 08, 2017

BiblioMaxine thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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spiderfelt_0
Sep 23, 2017

spiderfelt_0 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

AL_SUSAN Jul 12, 2017

AL_SUSAN thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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