The darkest, most raucous and unconventional coming-of-age love story meets mystery you will read this year. Soon to be a major Hollywood film starring Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz.
'WHAT ARE YOUR BEST AND WORST QUALITIES?'
This is the title of the essay Addison Schacht has to submit to gain a place at his chosen university. Straightaway, Addison, 18, sees an opportunity to tell his story-so-far: to unburden himself, so to speak.
And boy is there a lot to unburden.
His business - dealing pot to his peers - is booming. His relationship with Digger, his best friend (NOT girlfriend) is getting more and more 'complicated'. His classmate Kevin Broadus was murdered point blank, and now Addison can't stop thinking about who killed him, and why? And then there's the small question of the rest of his life . . . Over the course of his unorthodox application, Addison confesses his triumphs, tragedies, strengths, weaknesses, blessings and curses to his academic jury.
Fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower will love this darkly funny, truth-telling debut with Addison Schacht finding good company among American literature's cadre of unsettled, restless youth from Huck Finn to Holden Caulfield.
'A thoughtful coming-of-age story and an engaging teenage noir . . . Keanu Reeves' River's Edge as written by Camus. Munson is a writer with something to say.' New York Times
'Has the inventive, expansive flare of Michael Chabon's best writing and the highbrow-crime intrigue of a Donna Tartt book. Sam Munson's first novel justifies the hype.' Vanity Fair
'Munson is a freewheeling stylist and expert mimic, having installed in his narrator, with dead-on accuracy, the highly developed tragic sense that only an overprivileged 18-year-old can effect without irony. As a general rule, book publicists who make breathless comparisons to Holden Caulfield should be caned, but in this case [they are] on to something. Schacht really is Holden's amoral 21st-century cousin: He shares the profane slanginess and the petulant self-righteousness of Salinger's famous malcontent.' Washington Post
'a darkly funny, whip-smart coming-of-age tale' Glamour
A thoughtful coming-of-age story and an engaging teenage noir. Think of it as an existential murder mystery for the stoner pre-college set - New York Times
One of the funniest, most heartfelt novels in recent memory-a book every bit as worthy of Mark Twain and J. D. Salinger-about the goodwill and decency that sometimes shrouds itself in adolescent vulgarity and swagger - Chicago Tribune
Schacht really is Holden's amoral 21st-century cousin: He shares the profane slanginess and the petulant self-righteousness of Salinger's famous malcontent - Washington Post
A classic coming-of-age tale: getting into college, smoking dope, navigating best-friendship with someone of the opposite sex - oh, and investigating a classmate's murder - Vanity Fair
Sam Munson's debut novel, narrated by Jewish stoner teen misanthrope Addison Schacht, nails the adolescent voice perfect - Daily Beast
Combines a classic sense of adolescent alienation and a keen comedic voice to depict a bleakly funny teenage wasteland - Kirkus
a darkly funny, whip-smart coming-of-age tale - Glamour
Sam Munson is the author of The November Criminals and The War Against the Assholes. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, n+1, The Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal, The National, The Daily Beast, Commentary, Tablet, The New York Observer, The Utopian, and numerous other publications.