Elliot Allagash

Simon Rich

Elliot Allagash

Manipulative like Cruel Intentions, malicious like Heathers, competitive like Election, inept like Napoleon Dynamite, Elliot Allagash proves that everyone has a price. 3.5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
Elliot Allagash

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Children's & Teenage
Format Paperback
Pages 224
RRP £9.99
Date of Publication August 2010
ISBN 978-1846687549
Publisher Serpent's Tail
 

Manipulative like Cruel Intentions, malicious like Heathers, competitive like Election, inept like Napoleon Dynamite, Elliot Allagash proves that everyone has a price.

Read an extract from the book on the New York Times website

Reviews

The Guardian

Alex Rayner

The novel is assured, deft in its rendering of teen relationships and, perhaps more remarkably, funny without resorting to the kind of gross-out humour common in this sort of setting. All laughs and no barfs, it's a breezy read.

08/07/2011

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The Daily Mail

Tom Cox

The plot is like that of the greatest film John Hughes never made: less Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, more Ferris Bueller’s Adolescence Off ... Peppered with riotous teen angst - and effortlessly readable - this is a novel that one consumes like a pleasantly tangy packet of crisps.

24/06/2011

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The Financial Times

Adrian Turpin

This satire on ambition and filthy lucre is not particularly original; despite its geek-chic sheen, a conventional heart beats at its core. But that doesn’t stop it being the most enjoyable classroom comedy since Tom Perrotta’s Election, and one that cries out to be made into a movie.

13/09/2010

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The New York Times

Tom de Haven

If I were in the eighth grade, I’m pretty sure I’d love Simon Rich’s first novel, “Elliot Allagash.” I might even press it on my friends. (“It’s about this 13-year-old evil genius who does whatever he wants because he’s, like, a billionaire. And it’s funny. And short.”) But since more than 45 years have passed since I took up space in a middle school, I simply like it, very much — while wishing this flippant little parable about the puerility of greed had a deeper, sharper bite.

28/05/2010

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The New York Times

Larry Doyle

Mr. Rich’s novel is largely episodic and digressive, all of which would be more bothersome if the individual bits weren’t so clever and fun.

14/06/2010

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