The basic eight

Daniel Handler

Book - 2006

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New York : Harper Perennial 2006.
1st Harper Perennial pbk. ed
Item Description
First published in the U.S. in 1999 by Thomas Dunne Books.
Physical Description
380 p.
Main Author
Daniel Handler (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A satire of teenage life follows cynical soon-to-graduate Flannery Culp on a raucous journey through high school in the 1990s, covering SATs, college applications, friends, boyfriends, tabloid journalism, and TV talk shows. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Flannery Culp wants you to know the whole story of her spectacularly awful senior year. Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe -- Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all. But now, on tabloid television, they're calling Flannery a murderer, which is a total lie. It's true that high school can be so stressful sometimes. And it's true that sometimes a girl just has to kill someone. But Flannery wants you to know that she's not a murderer at all -- she's a murderess.