Wednesday, January 3, 2018

DNF Review: All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler

From bestselling, award-winning author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), an eagerly anticipated, gutsy, exciting novel that looks honestly at the erotic lives and impulses of an all-too-typical young man.

Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches in a sketchbook, he jokes around with friends. But none of this quite matters, next to the allure of sex. Let me put it this way, he says, Draw a number line, with zero is, you never think about sex, and ten is, it's all you think about, and while you are drawing the line, I am thinking about sex. Cole fantasizes about whomever he's looking at. He consumes and shares pornography. And he sleeps with a lot of girls--girls who seem to enjoy it at the time and seem to feel bad about it afterwards. Cole is getting a reputation around school--a not quite savory one--which leaves him adrift and hanging out with his best friend. Which is when something startling begins to happen between them--another kind of adventure, unexpected and hot, that might be what he's been after all this time. And then he meets Grisaille.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
Daniel Handler is one of my favorite authors. I've read every book he wrote and loved all of them, including the ones he wrote under the pen name Lemony Snicket. Therefore, I was excited when I got the chance to read his newest book, All the Dirty Parts. However, I found the book to be disappointing. I couldn't even make it through the whole thing, which is sad because it's less than 200 pages. I ended up dropping it at around ten percent.

Daniel Handler's books usually have a great sense of humor that keeps me coming back time and time again. However, this one was boring and bland. There was no humor in it. It was just a description of a teenager's day to day thoughts regarding sex. I didn't mind how lude the book was. My problem with the book was that Daniel Handler usually has a captivating way of writing a great story, and that was completely missing this time.

Typically I love Daniel Handler's books, but I hated All the Dirty Parts. It was missing the usual magic web that his words weave. It didn't pull me in at all. He is one of my favorite authors, so I will continue to read his future releases. I just don't foresee myself giving this book another chance anytime soon.

I give All the Dirty Parts: 1/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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