The Basic Eight

The Basic Eight

Daniel Handler / Oct 19, 2019

The Basic Eight Meet Flannery Culp a world weary high school senior She is primed to take on the few remaining obstacles that stand between her and the rest of her life the SAT college applications the fall semest

  • Title: The Basic Eight
  • Author: Daniel Handler
  • ISBN: 9780312253738
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet Flannery Culp, a world weary high school senior She is primed to take on the few remaining obstacles that stand between her and the rest of her life the SAT, college applications, the fall semester.Mercifully, there are a few distractions 1 her friends, the Basic Eight 2 Adam State, the object of her affections If only things hadn t gotten out of control IfMeet Flannery Culp, a world weary high school senior She is primed to take on the few remaining obstacles that stand between her and the rest of her life the SAT, college applications, the fall semester.Mercifully, there are a few distractions 1 her friends, the Basic Eight 2 Adam State, the object of her affections If only things hadn t gotten out of control If only Flan had stayed away from the absinthe Then she wouldn t be a topic on daytime talk shows, or incarcerated, or have time to edit her journals.

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      • Daniel Handler

        Daniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs and, most recently, the Michael J Printz Honor winning Why We Broke Up, a collaboration with noted illustrator Maira Kalman He also worked with Kalman on the book Girls Standing on Lawns and Hurry Up and Wait May 2015 Under the name Lemony Snicket he has written the best selling books series All The Wrong Questions as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold than 60 million copies and was the basis of a feature film Snicket is also the creator of several picture books, including the Charlotte Zolotow Award winning The Dark, illustrated by Jon Klassen His newest picture book is 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy illustrated by Lisa Brown.Born and raised in San Francisco, Handler attended Wesleyan University and returned to his hometown after graduating He co founded the magazine American Chickens with illustrator Lisa Brown with whom he soon became smitten , and they moved to New York City, where Handler eventually sold his first novel after working as a book and film critic for several newspapers He continued to write, and he and his wife returned to San Francisco, where they now live with their son.Handler works extensively in music, serving as the adjunct accordionist for the music group The Magnetic Fields and collaborating with composer Nathaniel Stookey on a piece commissioned and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony, entitled The Composer Is Dead , which has been performed all over the world and is now a book with CD Other Snicket titles include the picture book 13 Words also in collaboration with Kalman , as well as Lemony Snicket The Unauthorized Biography, The Beatrice Letters, Horseradish Bitter Truths You Can t Avoid, and two books for Christmas The Lump of Coal and The Latke Who Couldn t Stop Screaming a Christmas story His criticism has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle, Chickfactor, and The Believer, where he is writing a regular column exploring the Nobel Prize in Literature titled What The Swedes Read He has worked as a screenwriter on the adaptation of A Series Of Unfortunate Events, as well as the independent films Rick and Kill The Poor Current projects include a commission from the Royal Shakespeare Company on a stage musical in collaboration with songwriter Stephin Merritt, and a fifth novel for adults titled We Are Pirates Feb 2015 He is also working on the continuing Snicket series, All The Wrong Questions, of which the newest is File Under 13 Suspicious Incidents The next book in the series will be Shouldn t You Be in School September 2014.


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    1. The "Basic Eight" are a group of teenage friends. Flannery Culp is our neurotic narrator. The novel is about love and murder and friendship in high school. This review of THE BASIC EIGHT features my very own Basic Eight (minus two or three) from Los Alamitos, Orange County. Photos circa 1988Y WORDS:REALISTIC ☻ PRIVILEGE ☻ SARCASM ☻ SAN FRANCISCOUNREALISTIC ☻ PRETENSION ☻ FRIENDSHIP ☻ GREG☻Jeff:On a technical level the novel is somewhat impressive, given that it is a first novel fro [...]


    2. Karen may disagree with this theory, but I came up with it while reading The Basic Eight and I'll expound on it here. I was going write a second part to this review, but it was going to be chock full of spoilers, and I kind of hate spoilers. And some book reports. This book is part of the Secret History tradition of contemporary literature. But, as the cover of this book would seem to allude to for anyone who grew up in the late eighties, it also points towards the movie Heathers. This book, Don [...]


    3. How do I love "The Basic Eight"? Let me count the ways. I love the delicious untrustworthiness of the narrator. I love the cheerfully horrifying violence. I love the snarky questions for the reader at the end of each chapter, textbook-style, that don't just remake the points but cleverly further the plot. I love the dizzying revelations at the end and I love the physical descriptions of the clothes, the disastrous party, the drunkenness. I think I'll go read it again right now.


    4. Well, damn, this book is smart. I'm not talking about the ending (I don't actually think all the mechanics work out perfectly) so much as Flannery herself, in all her glorious unreliable narrator-ness. The book is her diary, which she's editing for publication from prison - the treatment of time is beautifully messy and fun. You've got (1) traditional diary-style storytelling, (2) annotations at the original time of writing (i.e. Flannery giving her friend her journal instead of telling her a st [...]


    5. OH MY GODSo many people have compared this to Donna Tartt's THE SECRET HISTORY, and definitely there are lots of similarities. In THE BASIC EIGHT, an exclusive group of friends who are super rich and pretty pretentiously into high culture enter their senior year of high school. There are crushes, drinking, drugs and teachers involved, and yes finally a murder (not a spoiler). I love the whole unreliable-narrator-editing-her-own-diary-after-the-crime format and mode. It's been done a lot, but not [...]


    6. Before I read this, I thought it might be like the movie Heathers (not that I've seen it). But because I enjoy Handler's (and Lemony Snicket's) humor and morbidness and wit and his narrators being pedantic language snobs, I read it. It's his first novel for adults and despite this being about high school kids, it's definitely for adults (and maybe the oldest of teens).I like the not-subtle-at-all skewering of pop-TV-psychologists, and the narrator's merging of the past of her journal entries wit [...]


    7. This book had me thinking back to the film Heathers (1988). Comedic, darkly surreal and utterly unforgettable, The Basic Eight is as lovable as it is morbid.



    8. Poorly written, thinly-veiled satire of my high school. A friend claimed that this was brilliant, so I slogged through it.


    9. A friend recommended this book to me, and while I usually trust and agree with her literary opinions, I hated this book so much. It was so pretentious (the narrator constantly corrected her sentences ending in a preposition. for example. Just write it the right—correct—way in the first place!). I think it tried to be funny, but it was hard to tell, and it wasn't funny anyway. There were digs at the reader's intelligence and ejaculations of "Dear reader!" (that only works in like, classic nov [...]


    10. So if I had read this in high school I can guarantee you it would have been my favorite book at the time. It is an incredibly mean spirited high school drama with a sick twist, revolving around a clique of outcast/precocious/uppity/self-involved intellectuals, much like myself (or the self I thought of myself as) in high school. I can see myself at 15, reading The Basic Eight outside a coffee shop, listening to the dead milkmen on my walk-man and smoking clove cigarettes oh so very cool. It's de [...]



    11. This book, I see, is being compared to 'The Secret History' by Donna Tartt and 'Special Topics in Calamity Physics.' I disagree strongly. Both Ms. Tartt, especially Ms. Tartt, and Marisha Pessl are not only better writers, but they both are far superior in execution of a story.Not that 'The Basic Eight' lacks merit. I found it to be an interesting read. My complaints are two-fold. I thought the execution was rather clumsy. I think if this had been a bit more streamlined, it would improve and ele [...]


    12. This book was a thoroughly enjoyable 4-star read to begin with. Fun characters, dark humor, deliciously written sentences. This kind of thing: "Natasha arrived, bearing cleavage and brie, and immediately fell into a squabble with Gabriel over how to bake it properly. Kate and I sat basking in the pretentiousness of it all." It's so self-aware it's ALMOST annoying, except that it rings so completely true. Apparently the author drew quite a bit from his own San Francisco high school experience, wh [...]


    13. It's obvious that this is a first novel. If you've read any of the Lemony Snicket books, you'll see where they came from. Despite its gimmicky plot, horribly precocious teenagers, and its overall grimness, I found myself entranced and enchanted about this book. The Basic Eight are who I wished I was in high school (hell, I wish I were like any of them now), and they're painted with an alternatingly endearing and maddening world-weary hopelessness but with just enough innocence to be likable.


    14. It took me a little bit to get into this book, and after I got about half way I couldn’t put it down. It was intense, interesting, and dark. This book will blow your mind! While reading it, I couldn’t figure out just how it was going to end, and then when the ending came I realized that I knew the ending all along! Landta. This book is doing things to my brain. I can’t think properly. I think I shouldn’t have read I am the Cheese right before this one.Rated: PG-18, this book has it all. [...]


    15. when the unreliableness of the narrator is so blatantly clear but like it's still so twisty. loved the characters. loved the style. love love lvoe. it was a delicious meal of a book.


    16. This was fun to read, but not quite the most wonderful book you will read in your life, contrary to what many of the reviews on would like you to believe. If itisthe most wonderful book you've ever read, might I suggest broadening your horizons?On the plus side:• The voice of the first-person narrator (and murderess), Flannery Culp, is irresistible - smart, irreverent, quirky (OK, maybe a little insane as well), and highly entertaining.• Handler is a good writer, and knows how to structure [...]


    17. I couldn't put this book down. It's similar to The Secret History- high school clique, someone they murdered, you read to find out how on earth and why it happened. I've been reading mystery cozy after cozy and never care who did it or why, but this story intrigued me. And when Handler gets to that, he doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed the format of Flan's diary, and I actually feel like I spent the weekend back in high school (except I didn't murder anyone in high school). Comments to skip if you h [...]


    18. 3.5I wanted to give this 4 stars, but I couldn't? Don't get me wrong, I loved many many parts of it, Flannery's unreliable POV is one of the most hilarious I've read and the pretentiousness of the gang was amazing to me, and most importantly I thought the whole style/conceit of the book was incredibly engaging and creative. But when it was winding down to the end, Handler lost me during the pages and pages of describing the garden party - 99% of which was way too absurd for me to accept even aft [...]


    19. Welcome to Flannery Culp’s lovely, black, leather bound journal. On these pages she will capture all the memories of her senior year with her best friends “The Basic Eight”. She’ll share all the good, bad and ugly details – including a little tale of murder. Absolutely DELICIOUS. I don’t even know how this book made it to my “to read” list*. I’m so thankful is here to help prod my senile mind along. I was completely thrown into the way-back machine with this one – it was rem [...]


    20. Reads like a witty Christopher Pike novel (high schooly, murdery), but with Handler's beloved self-conscious presence in the narrative and with generous helpings of black humour. The story is related in a way that anyone who has woken up the morning after drinking far beyond their limit and begins frantically scanning their brain for possible horrors of the previous evening, which return to them in disconnected pictures, often with conversation or context erased can disturbingly relate to. Reall [...]


    21. 'May we generally be happy, generally be witty, generally be honest, but above all always be interesting.'I've seen The Basic Eight described as Heathers meets The Secret History which fits this novel perfectly: it's messy, daring, genius. The main character was terrible; and that's part of why I loved it so much. I had a few small issues with the narration sometimes, and I might lower my rating just, but overall this was so good.(trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[sexual assault, body image, g [...]


    22. As soon as I finished this book I turned back to the beginning and read it again. I loved it. It has all the silliness of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but reworked for an older crowd. Yeah, I knew what the twist was going to be long before it was revealed, but the reveal was still great.


    23. I finished this book last night and I loved it!!!! The amazingness and whack of the whole book blew my mind and I don't know who's side I'm on and the ending was SO SURPRISING I neverrrrrr saw that coming!!! I encourage you to read it to find out what I'm talking about ;)


    24. But for Flan, her strife has only just begun;She kills the boy October thirty-one.Ohoho, this was delicious y'all! A little bit Heathers, a little bit Secret History, a little bit Fight Club, but all Daniel Handler wit & charm. I officially think this particular subgenre of school slice-of-life + murder + an unreliable narrator is my favorite genre in all of contemporary literature and this particular reiteration checks aaaalllll the boxes. It's devourable and instantly leaves you wanting to [...]


    25. Yet another book I was drawn to because of comparisons with The Secret History, though in fact, it has a lot more in common with Special Topics in Calamity Physics - not least the fact that it has a somewhat annoying protagonist with a stupid name. Flannery Culp (!) is our narrator, and at the beginning we learn that a) she's in prison and b) her high-school friendship group, the Basic Eight, has become notorious. True to the usual form of this type of book, the story then flips back to the begi [...]


    26. In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have read this so soon after reading The Secret History. After expressing my disappointment with it, I was told that The Basic Eight was similar but better. Unfortunately, I simply could not force myself to like this. I did not care for the proclaimed "cleverness" of the novel; on the contrary, I thought it was anything but. It wasn't funny--and this is coming from someone who lives for sarcasm and dry humor--and although the whole unreliable narrator bit did [...]


    27. I really dug this book, late as I was getting to read it. It’s not The Secret History, don’t listen to anybody who says it is. I loved The Secret History, but that was denser, more baroque and creepier than The Basic Eight. Plus, I read Secret History when I was younger (as did you, probably) and more impressionable. If The Secret History is the Dead Poets Society of high school murder novels, all elevating, meaningful, emotional and shit, The Basic Eight is, I don’t know, Brick, with more [...]


    28. I'm glad there are a lot of people who can see similarities in this book with the 1989 movie Heathers, whether it would be the use of croquet in both mediums, the rich self-titled cliques that are Heathers and the Basic Eight, the narrator that shares Veronica Sawyer's subtle wit, sharp observance, and intelligence, or the murders that take the lives of people of the high school. I always thought I made outlandish comparisons, just so that when I talk about the book, I have some sort of ground t [...]


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