May 15, 2011

REVIEW: Elliot Allagash by Simon Rich

First YA novel for author Simon Rich, screenwriter for Saturday Night Live, Elliot Allagash is a must-read novel for this May...

Meet Elliot Allagash. Heir to America's largest fortune. Kicked out of every respectable school in europe and America, Elliot is forced to attend a school in Manhattan after his father donates so much money that they won't kick him out. - Much to Elliot's disdain -.
Enter Seymour. The most friendless kid in school. 
Commence Elliot's plan to keep him amused while he is 'stuck in this hell-hole'. 
Make Seymour the most popular and powerful kid in school.

If I could describe Elliot Allagash in a myriad of words: clownish, zany, quirky, tongue-in-cheek, witty, clever and cunning.

Rich has created something that is absolutely hysterical. Brimming with one liners that will be permanently rolling around in the cavern that is your mind. The book itself moves at a leisurely pace that brings in elements that are a one off experience in the world of YA comedy.

I loved how the book progressed. Slowly throughout the book, Elliot's vindictive plan and his unnaturally abnormal approach to things were revealed to you, those moments were cleverly crafted to leave you feeling as if you were in the shoes of the main character and narrator, Seymour.
I would have to say that each character was individual and could not be compared to one another, as they were all different and quirky in their own ways.

I would have to say, one of the funniest books I have read in a long time.

Put Elliot Allagash on your must read list if you are aged 12-16.

And watch out, there's a movie in development- due to come out in 2012, from the director of Juno, Jason Reitman.

1 comment:

Jess said...

Oooh great review. This has been sitting in my TBR pile for a while now. I really should start reading it :)

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