The November Criminals – Sam Munson

The November Criminals

by Sam Munson
Doubleday; April 20, 2010
278 Pages; $24.95

Munson’s debut novel is an interesting story of a teenage boy’s (Addison Schacht) high school and internal struggles with alienation, relationships/friendships, and personal demons.

Addison tells his story in the form of a college admissions essay, where he unloads the story of his life in a gritty and aggressive manner. Addison comes across as a narcissistic, self-absorbed, know it all, with a tough as nails exterior. Slowly the story starts to reveal the human side that makes Addison more and more compelling to the reader.

Addison’s story involves drugs, death, sex and all the teenage angst of a young man who’s mastered self alienation and self sabotage only to have an unexpected epiphany that will bring him to understanding himself better.

Munson’s writing is forced. Often trying too hard to make the character “sound” young in his dialog. Instead Munson makes his character sound unintelligent which is clearly not the case with Addison. In spite of this, I found that the story was interesting enough that even when I was frustrated with the writing at times, I kept picking up the book wanting to read more of the story.

A solid debut novel by Sam Munson.

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9 Responses to The November Criminals – Sam Munson

  1. Tea says:

    I would like to read about Addison. He sounds “real.”

  2. thisismynewmoon says:

    Awesome review. Definitely adding this one to the list.

  3. Zee says:

    This sounds like something I’d enjoy… I like gritty anarchy-ridded stories. Nice stuff. I’ll add it to my goodreads list. Keep up the good work Jason!

  4. deesseDiawl says:

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    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!


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