Loner

Loner

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"A new novel about a troubled young college freshman who becomes dangerously sexually obsessed with a classmate"-- Provided by publisher.
"For fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, a propulsive literary novel about sexual obsession in which a meek Harvard freshman becomes dangerously infatuated with a classmate. David Federman has never felt appreciated. One of the most painfully forgettable members of his New Jersey high school class--yet the only one accepted to Harvard--shy, witty David arrives in Cambridge fully expecting to embrace, and be welcomed by, a new tribe of like-minded peers. But at first, beyond the friendly advances of a plain-looking girl named Sara, his social status seems devastatingly unlikely to change. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Instantly infatuated, struck by both her beauty and her brains, David falls feverishly in love with the woman he sees as a charismatic goddess. Determined to stop at nothing to win her attention and a coveted invite into her glamorous Upper East Side world, David begins compromising his own moral standards, tossing everything aside for this one, great chance at happiness. But neither Veronica nor David, it turns out, are exactly as they seem ... A darkly comic and riveting portrayal of psychosexual obsession from one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, Loner also turns the traditional campus novel on its head as it explores contemporary gender politics and class--and discovers just what we're capable of when our greatest enemies turn out to be ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2016
ISBN: 9781501107900
1501107909
9781501107894
1501107895
Characteristics: 203 pages ; 24 cm

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prljmlove
Jan 19, 2017

I loved it. I thought it was creepy, but not a stereotypical story about a sociopath and his helpless and/or clueless victims. The characters in the story were engaging (though not particularly likable) and multidimensional. I thought it was an interesting viewpoint as told through the stalker's eyes. There was little violence or sex, just suspense. (in my opinion.) It left me feeling a little disturbed and a little bit dirty.

AL_MELISSA Jan 05, 2017

This seemed promising, but I could not get past the first several pages. The writing, unfortunately, is just not very good. Sentences are awkwardly constructed, dialogue is dry and unconvincing, attempts at humor are contrived, and descriptions are extraneous and unimaginative.

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stephaniedchase
Nov 15, 2016

Ugh. Like we need another book about a white boy (at Harvard, no less) with an overinflated sense of his own importance, or another book about a loner obsessed with a girl way above his league, or another book about the ways in which men repeatedly violate the boundaries and space women have set up. Even worse: when all three are in the same book. No thanks.

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Pisinga
Oct 29, 2016

Conclusion - Still waters run deep. The book is full of too fancy phrases and sayings unclear about what are they; descriptions of sexual experiences of freshmen; unnecessary, in my opinion, descriptions of certain physiological deficiencies, for example - "dried snot in the nostril, that flaps when breathing, or - blackhead that was undergoing careful scrutiny after it was extruded.” Yuck.

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abcDena
May 30, 2016

What a great book! Loner by Teddy Wayne tells the tale of anomic Jewish boy, David Federman. David, 18, socially awkward, heads to Harvard with the hopes of carving out a fresh identity amongst the elites, leaving behind the lonely march of his high school years. One of the first nights on campus, David encounters -- from a distance -- beautiful Veronica Morgan Wells ("VMW"), the daughter of a New York socialite. David pays less and less attention to his budding group of friends as his obsession with VMW grows and he makes a clumsy reach for her by dating her bookish and attainable well-meaning roommate, Sara.

I picked this for a few reasons:

1. It's one of the shortest novels currently on my reading list, 192 pages.
2. I'm reading 3-4 other books, so I wanted something I thought was light and quick. It was a quick read because it was too good to put down, but not what I'd call light.
3. The short, punchy title was appealing.
4. I gravitate towards stories set on college campuses.

I was at first really put off by the first person perspective. But once I got used to the style, I took on David’s gaze and got lost in the story.

Loner definitely has some of the same elements as a thriller. The pacing will be familiar to fans of the genre. But, Loner is not a thriller (nor a teen novel, for that matter). It's adult fiction, the sobering character study of a spot-on stand-in for the emotionally stunted “Y” Generation. Teddy Wayne takes a risk by telling this story almost exclusively from the unreliable narrator's perspective, but a key glances from the other side help paint David not as the fearsome stalker caricature of popular drugstore thrillers, but an excruciatingly lonely boy whose misguided attempts to get close to one person go terribly awry.

Love-loved this book.

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Jan 19, 2017

prljmlove thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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