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Flannery Culp wants you to know the whole story of her spectacularly awful senior year. Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe -- Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all. But now, on tabloid television, they're calling Flannery a murderer, which is a total lie. It's true that high school can be so stressful sometimes. And it's true that sometimes a girl just has to kill someone. But Flannery wants you to know that she's not a murderer at all -- she's a murderess.

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061860317
List price: $9.99
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High school can be quite difficult. No one knows this better than Flannery Culp in this incredible novel by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snickett). Spanning from drugs, alcohol, and sex this book encompasses it all. Although the final plot twist was predictable this book is still worth reading.read more
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Who among us (people who are teenagers, and were once teenagers) can say that they haven't had fantasies of murder? Of course most of us can say that we haven't acted on those fantasies, Flannery Culp however can't make that boast, which is why we love her.read more
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It took me a while to slog through this. It was well written and somewhat interesting but for some reason just didn't grab me. I loved the reminder about being pretentious in high school though; I think this is the only time in one's life when being pretentious is charming.read more
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High school can be quite difficult. No one knows this better than Flannery Culp in this incredible novel by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snickett). Spanning from drugs, alcohol, and sex this book encompasses it all. Although the final plot twist was predictable this book is still worth reading.
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Who among us (people who are teenagers, and were once teenagers) can say that they haven't had fantasies of murder? Of course most of us can say that we haven't acted on those fantasies, Flannery Culp however can't make that boast, which is why we love her.
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It took me a while to slog through this. It was well written and somewhat interesting but for some reason just didn't grab me. I loved the reminder about being pretentious in high school though; I think this is the only time in one's life when being pretentious is charming.
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Ahhhhhh.... who didn't experience unrequited love in high school? Well, I'll bet few of us turned scorned advances into murder as Flannery Culp does in this darkly humorous foray into the trials of adolescence, insanity, loyalty, and amourous tirangles. Written by the man also known as Lemony Snicket (never read him under that name), some may dismiss "The Basic Eight" as a juvenile book. Not quite. As a sucker for characterization and quirky writing style, Mr. Handler appeals to my weaknesses with his tragically hip, yet ultimately flawed teenagers who possess a penchant for fine dining, absinthe and croquet. This novel is a fun read of witty banter and unusual twists. Even I didn't see the big one coming.
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Daniel Handler (the "representative" for Lemony Snicket, of Series of Unfortunate Events fame), spins a satire drenched, blackly comic tale of high school hijinks. Flannery Culp loves Adam State, but Adam is more than he appears... and it turns out, so is Flan. Rife with absinthe, teen sex, murder, hysteria, sexual harassment, angst, dinner parties and kleptomania, this is a really funny, really fun book. It parodies Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil and adult "experts" mercilessly. My only quarrel is that the final revelation is a little predictable/unoriginal. Otherwise, a fabulous bit of darkly snarky fun.
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It started out great, but then about halfway through I began to hate it. I never did finish it, so maybe it got great again. I doubt it.
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