A fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits - violent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist James Franco.
Palo Alto is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediate sense of place - claustrophobic and ominous - James Franco's collection traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism.
In "Lockheed" a young woman's summer - spent working a dull internship - is suddenly upended by a spectacular incident of violence at a house party. In "American History" a high-school freshman attempts to impress a girl during a classroom skit with a realistic portrayal of a slave owner, only to have his feigned bigotry avenged. In "I Could Kill Someone" a lonely teenager buys a gun with the aim of killing his high-school tormentor, but begins to wonder about his bully's own inner life.
These linked stories, stark, vivid, and disturbing, are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.
©2010 James Franco (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
"It's the harsh humor that surprises in these stories - that and the observations that show James Franco to be an original and simpatico voice finely tuned to the territory. These quotable, unsettling stories stay with you; they seem to change the ions in a room." (Amy Hempel)
"Franco's talent is unmistakable, his ambition profound. He has taken the twin subjects of suburban Palo Alto and American adolescence and made them as scary and true as they must be. This is a book to be inhaled more than once, with delight and admiration, with unease and pure enjoyment. As a writer, he's here to stay." (Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story)
Palo Alto by James Franco was a weird collection of stories, but in a dark, unforgiving, this is what happened kind of way. Do I recommend it? - Depends on who's asking. Not all stories are written to 'appeal to the masses.' The snippets of different perspectives left me creating a fate for each character, which I couldn't help but doing. It was kind of like the choose your own adventure novels we all used to read as kids, except for your gut predictions formed the outcomes.
No, this was my first.
I like to listen to books!
Some of the stories r good. Some just drone on and on!!!
The last couple stories just would not end!!!
I still would recommend this because for the most part its good.
Now as for Franco as narrator, there is something tiring about his voice. It just puts u to sleep! For the most part he does well in the reading, but in some places its just so boring!!!
In conclusion I'd would recommend this book even though some stories r boring and Franco s voice at times puts u to sleep.
Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.
James Franco reveals the true graphic and brutal reality of high school.
There isn't a comparison.
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