All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler

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Read All the Dirty Parts Online Free - From bestselling, award-winning author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), an eagerly anticipated, gutsy, exciting novel that looks honestly at the erotic lives and impulses of an all-too-typical young man.

Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches in a sketchbook, he jokes around with friends. But none of this quite matters, next to the allure of sex. Let me put it this way, he says, Draw a number line, with zero is, you never think about sex, and ten is, it's all you think about, and while you are drawing the line, I am thinking about sex. Cole fantasizes about whomever he's looking at. He consumes and shares pornography. And he sleeps with a lot of girls--girls who seem to enjoy it at the time and seem to feel bad about it afterwards. Cole is getting a reputation around school--a not quite savory one--which leaves him adrift and hanging out with his best friend. Which is when something startling begins to happen between them--another kind of adventure, unexpected and hot, that might be what he's been after all this time. And then he meets Grisaille.

A companion piece to Handler's Why We Broke Up, the bestselling Michael J. Printz Honor novel, All The Dirty Parts is an unblinking take on the varied and ribald world of teenage desire in a culture of unrelenting explicitness and shunted communication, where sex feels like love, but no one knows what love feels like. Structured in short chapters recalling Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation or Mary Robison's Why Did I Ever, the novel gives us a tender, brutal, funny, and always intoxicating portrait of an age in which the whole world is tilted through the lens of sex. "There are love stories galore," Cole tells us, "and we all know them. This isn't that. The story I'm typing is all the dirty parts."

Title : All the Dirty Parts
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ISBN : 1632868040
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 144 pages


Isa rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2017

[ARC REVIEW] [Spanish review at the bottom] I don't even know how to review this book because it's... weird. Good weird, but weird nonetheless. Have you ever wondered how a horny teenage boy thinks all the time? Read All The Dirty Parts! Now, have you ever been curious about how confused can a ho...

Ron rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 22, 2017

Last month, Handler ran an ad — I mean, an essay — in the New York Times claiming that the way to encourage teenage boys to read is to give them books with lots of sex. Among the titles he devoured as a teen was Milan Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” which may tell us all we need to...

Robin rated it ★★★★☆

March 06, 2017

Still thinking... Update: Lemony Snicket author, eh? This could be interesting since it's billed as an adult book. This is an intriguing book in that there are many questions in my mind: Because I'm old and don't really know, are today's teens that much more aware of their own sexuality and experi...

Morris rated it ★★★★★

September 03, 2017

“All the Dirty Parts” is one of those books that you will either love or hate. I’m in the LOVE camp. Warning: Don’t buy this for a kid thinking “Lemony Snicket.” This is not a good present from Grandma, though I can promise you it would get read. Most of us know what it’s like to wait for the dirt...

Liz rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 27, 2017

This is a brief snapshot of a school year, told in snippets, dialogue, and vignettes, about a teenage boy named Cole who really, really likes sex. I knew going into this to expect "all the dirty parts," and don't take issue with the (very, very abundant) explicit content. To me, the book just seem...

Betsy rated it ★★★★★

April 23, 2017

I don't review adult books generally and that's not really going to change right now, but I would just like to point out that the publisher is marketing this as "Adult" fare. That said, there are going to be a lot of teen readers reading this. A. Lot. Highly recommend you read it too before your...

Meredith rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2017

This is a book about learning. Learning about yourself, learning about people, and learning about the difference between want-need-and have. Our protagonist is a high school student named Cole, and Cole is consumed with sex. Talking about it, watching it, experiencing it. He's accumulated a whoppi...

Greg rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 18, 2017

Update of review: Okay, no true dirty parts circa 2017. But the thing that bothers me most about this book is that the book jacket tells us this is not a love story. But that's exactly what this book is. In fact, Handler tells us two love stories (Cole/Grisaille and Cole/Alex) from meeting, to da...

hayden rated it ★★★☆☆

August 29, 2017

i picked this up as one of the books i was considering buying at the bookstore today and accidentally read the whole thing. (whoops.) i didn't realize just how short it was. not even 140 pages of large font and lots of scene breaks. the title is no lie—this novel really is, entirely, all dirty st...

J.P. rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 05, 2017

You'd think a book dedicated to Prince wouldn't be so eager to punish its protagonist for the sex he had. Some of the vaguest writing I've read in a while. Has Handler ever actually had sex? And, really? The exotic, oversexed Latina trope? Really? The only interesting thing was Cole's relationship...

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