twelve by nick mcdonell

the novel, Twelve, is another book I wish I wrote.  The author, Nick McDonell penned it back in 2002 at the ripe age of 17.  gee whiz.  He grew up in Manhattan and threw down at Harvard, now he’s reporter at large and just finished An Expensive Education, which I didnt care for as much as his first effort. 

Read it before the film which is slated for 2010 (Kiefer Sutherland aka Jack Bauer stars in some capacity).

What it includes:  White Mike (brilliant character + name), Manhattan Prep School behavior, drugs, Park Avenue (baby!), sex and violence, Camus-reading + chess playing characters.  Although the ending is a bit absurd, this book should be taken in for its utter groundbreaking narrative and sharp almost crisp writing. There’s pop culture sprinkled throughout and a fair amount of name dropping labels. 

It’s a fast read…I usually read it once a year. The opening line is proof enough…”White Mike is pale and thin like smoke.”