Nepotism Runs Amok


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All [Chris] could think about is what it would be like to fuck Sara Ludlow and not just hook up with some drunk girl at one of his parties, like is happening in a different room on the third floor where a girl they both know named Jessica is making out with a guy from another school whose name nobody knows; Jessica and this guy, and they are reduced to really just the two of them, making out and then he comes in his pants and they stop and…


–Twelve: A Novel by Nick McDonell


 


"Nick McDonell’s Twelve is a chilling novel of urban adolescence that has caused an international sensation," reads the inside cover of the 18-year-old’s chilling novel of urban adolescence that has caused an international sensation (Grove Press, 256 pages, $23). Except that it’s far more cliche than chilling, and, considering it was just released, surely it hasn’t caused any international sensation.


But never mind the shameless corporate hype: What Harvard-bound McDonell lacks in discernable literary talent he makes up for in being fucking rich and connected. His father, Terry, is currently editor of Sports Illustrated and formerly Jann "I left my wife for a boy half my age"


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