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Book Title: Sexy|
The author of the book: Joyce Carol Oates
Date of issue: 2006
ISBN 13: 9780060541514
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 371 KB
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Reader ratings: 5.4
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My first book by Joyce Carol Oates, Sexy is a rather minor work marketed toward the YA crowd while retaining themes that are relevant to adult readers, such as the dangers of groupthink and peer pressure.
Darren Flynn is a popular teenager: he is good at sports, and he is attractive. He also feels awkward in his own skin; he does not make the best grades. A chance encounter with one of his teachers changes Darren’s life forever, and not for the better — it is because of this event that Darren, and the rest of the town in which he resides, will have to come to terms with themselves and their morality.
This book is written in a minimalist fashion, almost reminding me of Hemingway . . . if Hemingway had written for teens. That means not a word is wasted, but it also means I could not get close to any of the characters. Especially Darren. I knew of him, but I never felt like I got to know him. Same for his friends and family, all who were rather underdeveloped.
As well, there is a plot hole that just can’t be denied: at one point, photos cut out from magazines are believed to be Polaroid photos. This is crucial to the events in the book — to say more would be spoiling things. I’m sorry, that just didn’t work for me. No one in their right mind, especially the person this trick is pulled on, would believe such an obvious falsehood.
Overall, I had a good time with this book and am eager to jump into the adult releases by this author. She has been publishing since 1963, so I am a little intimidated!
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Read information about the authorJoyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly.
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