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Down the Shore #2020

Down the Shore A GQ Best Book of the Month A New York Post Must Read Book A Flavorwire Book of the Week A New York Daily News Can t Put Down Novel Parish has got chops and a feel for dialogue and is a talent in th

  • Title: Down the Shore
  • Author: Stan Parish
  • ISBN: 9780670016426
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Down the Shore By Stan Parish, A GQ Best Book of the Month A New York Post Must Read Book A Flavorwire Book of the Week A New York Daily News Can t Put Down Novel Parish has got chops, and a feel for dialogue, and is a talent in the making Bill Buford, The Wall Street Journal Read this book in a beach chair A worldy and propulsive debut GQ An exhilarating novel of reinvention,A GQ Best Book of the Month A New York Post Must Read Book A Flavorwire Book of the Week A New York Daily News Can t Put Down Novel Parish has got chops, and a feel for dialogue, and is a talent in the making Bill Buford, The Wall Street Journal Read this book in a beach chair A worldy and propulsive debut GQ An exhilarating novel of reinvention, friendship, and ambition from the Jersey Shore to St Andrews in Scotland Tom Alison has it all within his reach He s smart, handsome, and about to graduate from a prestigious East Coast boarding school After that it s off to the Ivy League and then a job on Wall Street, alongside the power brokers he s been watching from a distance as the working class son of a single mom And then the very life his mother worked so hard to escape catches up with him when he gets busted selling drugs Lucky for Tom, there are places for boys and girls with ruined reputations First, he returns to his roots on the Jersey Shore, reconnecting with a hard living crew and cementing a bond with his new friend Clare Savage the son of a recently disgraced financier The two boys spend their summer surfing and partying When fall arrives, they head to St Andrews University in Scotland, a haven for Americans in need of a second chance and a favorite of the British rul ing class Tom and Clare escape to Scotland together, but it s Tom who discovers a world shaped by even powerful forces of greed and am bition than the one he left behind Sucked into a maelstrom of sex, drugs, and status, Tom learns what it takes to break the rules and how we can be broken by them Driven by a cast of young men and women living in an age of riotous prosperity, Down the Shore is an unflinching and unforgettable story of youth steeped in excess Stan Parish has crafted a gripping novel that masterfully captures the lives of fallen financiers and the people they bring down with them and reminds us that not even an ocean can separate us from our fam ily, our friends, or our past.

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    1. I am a sucker for a book about youthful excess if it s written well Down the Shore scratches that itch The tale of Tom Alison, the scholarship student at a fancy boarding school, on probation for selling drugs, with a life and friends that intersect many different social strata A random encounter at a party brings him into a friendship with Clare Savage, the rich son of a Wall Street financier whose parents have absconded with ill gotten proceeds leaving Clare adrift on the tide Together they ve [...]

    2. If you enjoy reading about recent high school grads college freshmen getting high all the time, then this is the book for you The backstory is, the author grew up in my town, and this is his debut novel We went and got a book signed you know, trying to do a good thing for the local guy The action takes place down the shore and at St Andrew s University in Scotland Truly, not much happens in this book other than the lead characters getting high on various drugs, occasionally surfing, and hopping [...]

    3. This book was a surprise for me A good one I was not quite sure if I would like this book However I did While Tom and Clare are not the most loveable guys and at best likeable can be a stretch but they were honest This is what I liked the most about the book The raw honestness that the author wrote in telling Tom and Clare s story Despite all the drugs, alcohol, and women Tom and Clare were good friends I don t know what it was about reading about Tom and Clare hanging out together made me think [...]

    4. I grabbed this one at Dollar Tree because I loved the cover, and it was a pretty quick read Super anti climatic if we re being totally honest, but if you like teen angst and foreign college stories, this one s for you.

    5. Finished Down the Shore by Stan Parish NON Spoiler alert this book does NOT revolve around surfing although the cover suggests otherwise Take some well to do suburban kids who have their future hedge fund lifestyle cut short after being busted for selling weed their HS Senior year They then proceed to a private school in Scotland to party their college days away Story went no where Characters were unappealing Plus I had to keep re reading paragraphs because there are too many people in each scen [...]

    6. Parish creates a pounding character driven story of high society meets blue collar fueled by champagne and cocaine When no one is watching the boys go wild and it seems no one is ever watching Parish s character and setting descriptions are lovely and he has an inventive use of language I would have liked to have known what happens to Clare his story line simply stops Tom s friend Casey usurps his place in the story when he arrives in Scotland and Clare becomes a mere suggestion of a character I [...]

    7. The protagonist and narrator of Down the Shore, Tom, is a high school senior whose college plans just fell through A few months before his narrative begins, Tom is busted and charged with selling pot Harvard revokes his admission He s on probation, and since he can t deal any, he s largely on his own He has never met his father His mother is a loving and endearing character, but she s very busy as operator of her own catering business Tom helps his mother out, serving dinners and drinks to local [...]

    8. Stan Parish shows great promise in this debut coming of age story that jumps from 2003 New Jersey to St Andrews Scotland Tom Alison s Ivy League academic hopes are thwarted by a drug arrest, classmate Clare Savage s by the massive fraud perpetrated by his financier father Going to school in Scotland is meant to give them distance from their problems they re too young to realize you can t usually run away from anything While the characters may seem preternaturally mature or overly narcissistic to [...]

    9. Disclaimer I won this book in a Giveaway Another case where needs 1 2 stars.An okay young adult book The characters were all unloveable, narcissistic and had very little redeeming value as human beings That said the writing was good enough to keep the flaws of the book somewhat in check The main reason I gave the book the rating I did was because the ending was a big disappointment In the last 30 pages there were several ways that the plot could have goneny interesting and exciting ways than th [...]

    10. Wow, I just could not finish this book Which is pretty unusual for me The characters were completely unlikable and so full of themselves, I couldn t make myself read than about 60 pages The partying was excessive, and I really just didn t care what happened to any of the characters The writing itself isn t so terrible that I wouldn t try to read something from him again, but if I do I ll definitely be borrowing it from the library.Edit I take it back I just looked through this and the sentences [...]

    11. A great read I enjoyed following Tom and Clare around NJ and across the ocean to Scotland.i was routing for them in all their hijinks,and kept hoping they would learn their lesson about drug and alcohol abuse, but they always escaped that Tom talked about his arrest, so he wouldn t deal any , but he and everyone it seemed, used a lot, all the time with no consequences At the end, I felt cheated seemed there should have been an ending that really accounted for the characters.

    12. So, reading this book was an accident I was searching the library catalog for something else and this entry came up instead completely unrelated but it captured my attention I REALLY like Mr Parish s writing style and his use of words The story itself is interesting and reading the back flap makes me wonder how much of it is the author s first or second hand experience as he attended those schools A little coarse at times, but the story is about boys and partying so

    13. Tom Alison is smart, handsome, and about to graduate from a East Coast boarding school followed by an Ivy League college and a job on Wall Street And then he gets busted selling drugs To salvage his life, he heads to St Andrews University in Scotland, a haven for Americans in need of a second chance and a favorite of the British rul ing class What follows is drugs, drugs and drugs This book, while highly recommended, is a story of self indulgence and excess A waste of time

    14. Sometimes I just like a well written book despite the lack of complex plot or characterization This is such a book I liked all the scenes in New Jersey because that s where I live I usually despise high school and college kids with unlimited funds, no moral compass and no consequences for bad behavior, but this is the exception Enjoyable, fast paced read.

    15. I was a lucky winner of this book here on I found the writing to be decent liked the various characters but the story just didn t flow the way I like them to Not a bad readbut not one that I would likely read again I would like to read another book by Stan Parish sometime to give him another chance.

    16. I didn t read this right away because I thought it was about surfing It really isn t It sort of reminded me of The Goldfinch, but in a good way I have no idea how to describe this book It s very good and a very quick read.

    17. This kind of book about the idle, reckless rich and those who aspire to be them is a guilty pleasure, even so when the people and places referenced ring true I especially enjoyed this book as a New Jerseyan and Scotophile at probably isn t a word.

    18. Giving it two stars bc i actually finished it Was intrigued bc it was written by a GQ writer, but its characters were awful.

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