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From the acclaimed author of the underground cult classic Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp comes this hilarious new "musical" novel of teenage sisters who "light a small cherry bomb" under their minister father's campaign for the Vice Presidency of the United States. While one lovely sister dallies with a picketing environmentalist, her identical twin conspires From the acclaimed author of the underground cult classic Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp comes this hilarious new "musical" novel of teenage sisters who "light a small cherry bomb" under their minister father's campaign for the Vice Presidency of the United States. While one lovely sister dallies with a picketing environmentalist, her identical twin conspires to "blow the elections sky high." The pace is hectic and the laughs non-stop as one surprising character after another suddenly breaks into "song." Cast your vote now for the wittiest, most inventive novel of the year!


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From the acclaimed author of the underground cult classic Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp comes this hilarious new "musical" novel of teenage sisters who "light a small cherry bomb" under their minister father's campaign for the Vice Presidency of the United States. While one lovely sister dallies with a picketing environmentalist, her identical twin conspires From the acclaimed author of the underground cult classic Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp comes this hilarious new "musical" novel of teenage sisters who "light a small cherry bomb" under their minister father's campaign for the Vice Presidency of the United States. While one lovely sister dallies with a picketing environmentalist, her identical twin conspires to "blow the elections sky high." The pace is hectic and the laughs non-stop as one surprising character after another suddenly breaks into "song." Cast your vote now for the wittiest, most inventive novel of the year!

30 review for Civic Beauties: A Novel with Songs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bronislava

    Payne sa pre mňa stáva autorom na istotu, že to bude zábavné, rýchle a netupé (aj napriek výskytu tupé). Tradične sa strieľa do vlastných radov, do stereotypov amerického života, americkej kultúry a politiky. – Postavy sú (zase) mladé, inteligentné, svetaznalé, sexuchtivé a celkom ľudské. – Ústredným motívom je prezidentská kampaň, takže na Amerike neostane ani nitka suchá. (Aj tak cítiť, že autor má svoju vlasť rád.) – Druhá časť sa odohráva vo vzducholodi a je to celkom milý air trip. – V českom v Payne sa pre mňa stáva autorom na istotu, že to bude zábavné, rýchle a netupé (aj napriek výskytu tupé). Tradične sa strieľa do vlastných radov, do stereotypov amerického života, americkej kultúry a politiky. – Postavy sú (zase) mladé, inteligentné, svetaznalé, sexuchtivé a celkom ľudské. – Ústredným motívom je prezidentská kampaň, takže na Amerike neostane ani nitka suchá. (Aj tak cítiť, že autor má svoju vlasť rád.) – Druhá časť sa odohráva vo vzducholodi a je to celkom milý air trip. – V českom vydaní sa nejak zamlčalo, že ide o muzikálový román. Ale dalo sa to prežiť a piesne preskočiť preletieť :) Prvá (šesť)veta: Když jsem se doslechla, že mýho otce zmiňovali jako možnýho kandidáta na viceprezidenta za republikánskou stranu, v první chvíli mě napadlo podřezat si žíly. Proč bych si takový věci neměla brát osobně? Jak by se vám líbilo, kdyby se vám nějakej děsně tajemnej agent tajný služby v tmavejch brejlích hrabal v šuplíku s prádlem a měli byste ho ve dne v noci za zadkem? Bylo by to, jako kdybyste měli navíc hnedka několikatery rodiče. Můj život byl nemožnej, už když byl otec pastor první baptistický církve a starosta Rocky Pike v Ohiu. Teď, co je senátorem Spojenejch států, se na mě kámoši dívaj jako na exota. Posledný verš: Však tak pevná jak pouto mezi dvojčaty nemůže na světě být láska žádná. Goodreads výzva 2020: 62. dočítaná kniha

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lkubicek

    Řekněme, že mě autorův styl humoru vůbec nechytl.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    While at times this book was quite funny, I don't think the "musical novel" quite translated. It was a great idea, and there were some very inventive narrative devices, but the constant switching between the character POVs was a bit poorly executed, and the "songs" were just kind of bizarre. Still, Payne's humor and use of language were able to shine at times, and that is when I truly enjoyed the book. Unforunately, I don't think there was enough of that there to make this book really hold my in While at times this book was quite funny, I don't think the "musical novel" quite translated. It was a great idea, and there were some very inventive narrative devices, but the constant switching between the character POVs was a bit poorly executed, and the "songs" were just kind of bizarre. Still, Payne's humor and use of language were able to shine at times, and that is when I truly enjoyed the book. Unforunately, I don't think there was enough of that there to make this book really hold my interest.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    While this novel has moments of C.D. Payne humor, overall it was quite a disappointment. I appreciated the 'Nick and Sheeni-esque' attributes of the dialogue, but this 'musical novel' can't come anywhere near to capturing the uniqueness of 'Youth In Revolt'. A clever idea that got more and more bizarre and illogical as the pages turned.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ira Carter

    The best of CD Payne's work is very madcap and hilarious. This novel, based on a political election cycle that pales by comparison to that of 2016 in its surreality, falls short of the best of CD Payne's work but still is an entertaining read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Gruen

    Meh. I liked the concept, but it just isn't quite executed right. Amusing but slow.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Martina Matzová

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lovehasnologic

  9. 4 out of 5

    katie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eva Fu

  12. 5 out of 5

    Martin

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tripp

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kacy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Travis Hayes

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matt D

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

  21. 4 out of 5

    Darren

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erik Clark

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amstorey2

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anna Drahna

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ondřej

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katielogic

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