I know this is a first novel, but there were some serious flaws. This is a very uneven novel - writing-wise and plot-wise. The characters are two-dimensional stock characters, but this may be on purpose since the book is written in the first person and the author may be trying to emphasize the narcissistic aspect of adolescence.
Overall, it's not a bad book - there are many bad books out there, but this isn't one of them. It just isn't a very good book. The characters are sometimes entertaining, but often unlikable. The reader asks herself, "Why should I care?"
At the end of the day, however, there are better books out there to read; so, unless you're a die-hard fan of the author, you can find better young adult fiction out there.
SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!
As many people have pointed out, the "plot twist" is pretty much "Fight Club". Also, it was executed more masterfully in "Fight Club." In "The Basic Eight", it just seems like a cop out....Continua
I didn't like the order that the book was written it. It seemed back to front.
The thing the whole book is based around doesn't happen until the last few chapters, which is kind of a let down.
It was okay to read.