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  • Ten Thousand Saints

  • By: Eleanor Henderson
  • Narrated by: Steven Kaplan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92

Adopted by a pair of diehard hippies, restless, marginal Jude Keffy-Horn spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy, in their bucolic and deeply numbing Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude's relationship with drugs and with his parents devolves to new extremes. Sent to live with his pot-dealing father in New York City's East Village, Jude stumbles upon straight edge, an underground youth culture powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk and a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat, and sex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trying to Get By...

  • By David on 09-02-12

Take your time.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-16

Well, I must say this book took some getting used to. First I thought I dove into a depressive text about teenage crises and deeply saddening dramas. I however emerged realizing this book was filled with depths about religion, social stigmas, identity, and individuals true quest to find themselves all while coming of age during a time where social stigmas where at an all time high. It was tough to get through only because of my own personal preference of having authors answer for me right away "what's this all about" but definitely took deep twists that was worth the wait. Very well written and touches the core of some of the challenges in the fabric of our country.