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Loner: A Novel by Teddy Wayne

mcumoletti's review against another edition

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2.0

This book was insane and gross and I think I hated it but I also liked it? I feel very unsure.

rwh0805's review against another edition

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5.0

The best book I've read in a while! Great entertainment but also thought provoking. The author did a great job of making the narrator relatable and then slowly unhinged. The audiobook narration was spot on. Highly recommend this book to everyone.

kutreen's review against another edition

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dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

About a child who thinks he's a man who deserves love if he tries hard enough. He becomes obsessive about a girl immediately. I was anxiously glued to the page, curious about how he would take it further and how the girl would figure out his intentions and get him to back off. I liked the girl a lot, but found her reactions to him (although very intelligent) underwhelming, because she could tell immediately that he was no good. I wish her character was developed further. She was capable of adding much more to the story. I don't think she was given enough credit. To the informed/female reader, the dark ending which was supposed to be a climax was not surprising and just disappointing.

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takumo_n's review against another edition

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4.0

Very well written and disturbing. You think the tension is going to be released and get so dark into touching the farcical, like a Hollywood movie. But what makes it so jarring is how realistic it ends up being. That adult worldview, while reading about well developed characters in their teen years, makes it very dismal and hard-headed, which punches harder than you espect.

cdubbe's review against another edition

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4.0

Wow, this was pretty terrifying being in the head of the main character. Certainly eye opening being in the mind of a stalker, and seeing how every scary, inappropriate thing they do seems to be justifiable and reasonable in their own mind. All in all a really interesting book that I really couldn't put down.

winterafternoons's review against another edition

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Okay honestly that was a lot. Really good social commentary but it fucked me up a little. The prose was very purple and the characters were not especially memorable, but the depiction of obsession was compelling. And I especially like that this was written by a man - that feels really helpful for the point he was trying to get across.

ljutavidra's review against another edition

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5.0

Kakva boleština, ljudi moji.
Nešto između [b:The Secret History|29044|The Secret History|Donna Tartt|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1451554846l/29044._SY75_.jpg|221359] i [b:What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal |13258|What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal |Zoë Heller|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1386922976l/13258._SY75_.jpg|18650]; fensi fakultet setting iz TSH i opsesija koja prelazi u sasvim dobar razlog da se neko strpa iza rešetaka.

Dejvid Federman je niko i ništa. Uspeo je da se upiše na Harvard i verovao je da će mu se život tamo promeniti. I ne da mu se promenio nego...

Ne želim više ništa reći o ovoj knjizi, jer je mnogo bolje da se čita sa minimalno predznanja. Odavno me nije nešto ovako uznemirilo i oduševilo u isto vreme. Kakva studija ličnosti - [b:Apartment|44453038|Apartment|Teddy Wayne|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1574751268l/44453038._SY75_.jpg|65195309] je bio na tragu ovako nečega, ali nije prekoračio prag onoga što se smatra društveno prihvatljivim.

cheekylaydee's review against another edition

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4.0

I had to go away and think about what to write about this book because it's certainly one that gave me food for thought.
David is a loner. Academically gifted yet socially awkward, when he enters Harvard he believes that he might finally fit in. Written from his point of view, you see him struggling socially and those that do offer the hand of friendship is usually rejected for those that he aspires to. In particular one Veronica Morgan Wells. In her he sees the perfect woman for him. Smart, though not as smart as him, beautiful and witty.
At any other time, he would never have had a chance of getting near someone like her. But this is Harvard, the start of a new life, and he believes that people will finally start to appreciate his intelligence, his wit and his uncanny ability to pronounce words backwards.
So starts an unrelenting campaign to win Veronica's heart. Those visions of marriage and children are so vivid they can't be wrong. He goes so far as to commit academic fraud whilst trying to get into her good books and what's so clever about the way this book is written is that the reader can see that this guy doesn't have a chance.
He's delusional in short. He is so focussed on winning her he doesn't seem to care that other people may get hurt in the process, that there are other people that genuinely care for him and that he could be happy with if given a chance, and what is most glaringly obvious to the reader is that this girl really does not care about him at all.
The reader sees her reactions and behaviour towards him and anybody that isn't David can see the signals loud and clear yet in his mind he will excuse her, validate her and forgive her anything to stop this vision he has of her from being destroyed. He believes that have an unbreakable bond, a secret relationship that only he acknowledges because she can't just yet.
When you're reading his version of events you have a mixture of feelings towards this guy. You feel kind of sorry for him because you know he's aspiring to something that will never happen. You get frustrated with him because he doesn't want to see things from any other viewpoint but his own, and you eventually get angry with him and in my case I just wanted to shake the guy to make him wake up.
This is certainly a book that makes you think, it lets you get into somebody else's head and the ending is one that certainly makes you question your own morality, your own sense of right and wrong, and what justice is.
A book that works on many levels and is worth a read but a word of warning, be prepared to feel emotionally exhausted!

cola410's review against another edition

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challenging dark reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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megs813's review against another edition

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3.0

I don't know how to rate something that made me so uncomfortable.