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Monday, February 27, 2012

Flatscreen by Adam Wilson

by Adam Wilson
ISBN: 978-0-06-209033-1
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: February 21, 2012

Description: Flatscreen tells the story of Eli Schwartz as he endures the loss of his home, the indifference of his parents, the success of his older brother, and the cruel and frequent dismissal of the opposite sex. He is a loser par excellence—pasty, soft, and high—who struggles to become a new person in a world where nothing is new. 

Into this scene of apathy rolls Seymour J. Kahn. Former star of the small screen and current paraplegic sex addict, Kahn has purchased Eli’s old family home. The two begin a dangerous friendship, one that distracts from their circumstances but speeds their descent into utter debasement and, inevitably, YouTube stardom.

By story’s end, through unlikely acts of courage and kindness, roles will be reversed, reputations resurrected, and charges (hopefully) dropped. Adam Wilson writes mischief that moves the heart, and Flatscreen marks the wondrous debut of a truth-telling comic voice

The Good Stuff
  • Totally bizarre and unique
  • Some of the dialogue (and inner dialogue) is LMAO funny
  • Good writing
  • Excellent character development
  • All of the characters feel very realistic like people you would see on the street
  • Dark and quirky - sort of reminds me of something that Apatow would make into a movie
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Eli is a loser and I just found myself disliking him and feeling uncomfortable because he was so pathetic
  • Language is over the top base and vulgar at times & I am no prude, but it just really irritated me
  • This is definitely one that men will enjoy more
  • This was not my sort of book, so its hard to review positively - but please Adam if you read this review do not be offended, its just not my bag - you got talent though
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She's a sucker for men who are the opposite of me," Kahn said. "In that I taught her well."

"She'd bought a Mercedes SUV after the divorce, but sold it later to pay medical bills when her brother got prostrate cancer. Now Ned was dead and I bet she wished she'd kept the car, as the money she'd spent on health care didn't help in the end, and the medical costs had sealed her fast as a social pariah among the wallet-conscious women of Quinosset."

"If you don't write back just know that I don't mean anything weird by this message. I'm a good soul who's gone a bit off the deep end. My brother is a nerd, my mother is a drunk, my father is an asshole. I'm trying here, I'm really trying. Please write me back."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Hate to be sexist but this is one I think will appeal to the male reader
  • Those who like something just a little bit different, this one is for you
  • Think my brother would like this one
3 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review


  1. I recently read and reviewed Flatscreen too and I generally had the same reaction that you had. You're probably right that male readers will like this more - but I think there's a generational aspect as well. I feel like I'm, at 33, too old for this book. Like it appeals to someone firmly in their very late teens or early-mid 20's. I might be wrong, but that's how it hit me. I really wanted to like this book more, but it didn't speak to me.

    Thanks again for your review!

    1. Yes, very good point. I'm 41 and that really makes sense & now feel a little sexist about the male readers comment : )