Down the Shore

Down the Shore

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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"Down the Shore has it all: handsome prep-school guys, drugs, power brokers behaving badly, and sexcapades from Seaside Heights to Scotland." —Cosmopolitan "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...
Publisher: 2014.
ISBN: 9780698137707
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource ( pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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courtneyshannon
Sep 03, 2014

This book was just "meh" - not good, not bad. The writing itself is okay, but most of the characters are pretty flat, uninteresting, or cliched. Stan Parish's short NYTimesMag "Lives" piece is thoughtful and enjoyable but "Down the Shore" feels more like an excuse to reminisce about his year between boarding school and college and how much money he and his friends spent on drugs and overpriced booze. Also, most of the book takes place in Scotland, not the Jersey Shore so the title's a bit misleading.

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