The Basic Eight

The Basic Eight am Ebook 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

The Basic Eight am Ebook 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 1988.KEY 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 from a novice author. I enjoyed the dark, intelligent humor because I gravitate towards darkness and intelligence when it comes to my entertainment. I particularly enjoyed the character of Natasha. She’s the sort of chick I also gravitate towards. Overall the novel felt somewhat realistic to me because I engaged in many ‘Basic Eight’ activities during high school such as talks about The Arts while listening to classical music over a sophisticated dinner. Unfortunately, I was a +1 to that group of adjunct friends; my own Basic Eight mainly indulged in binge drinking on our parents’ various boats. Sigh.I grew up to be a Website Developer. I make more money than you can even imagine.☻Kathy:OH MY GOD THIS BOOK MADE ME LAUGH!!! SO FUNNY! IT WAS FUNNY BUT WITH A SAD AND SORTA DESPERATE CORE TO IT, JUST LIKE ME! HAHAHAHAHA! I’M NOT SURE I UNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING BUT I LIKED WHAT I UNDERSTOOD! HA! OK I’M JUST KIDDING, I UNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING BUT SOMETIMES I PRETEND NOT TO UNDERSTAND THINGS BECAUSE, WELL, I DON’T KNOW WHY! JUST BECAUSE! ANYWAY, GOOD BOOK!I GREW UP TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER! AND A MOTHER! TO A WHOLE LOTTA RUGRATS! PLUS I FELL OFF OF A WATERFALL AND SURVIVED!☻Mike:Wow, reading this book was like reading my life story, well, not my whole life story and not the whole book either. Just the part about the gay kid, that really spoke to me, I understood where he was coming from and I admired his courage in coming to terms with it so young. But honestly, a lot of the book annoyed me, it wasn’t “laugh-out loud” funny, it was more of the sarcastic sort of humor that Marcy & Mark like so much and I think that kind of humor gets boring after a while, just the same sarcastic tone of voice over and over again, constant sarcasm which is really just being mean disguised as being funny. So I loved the gay character and I loved some of the girls, they were fierce... but I can’t say I loved the book too much.So after graduating I went on various Christian missions around the world until I came to terms with being gay. Getting it on with another closeted Christian missionary can be an eye-opening experience. Now I’m married, to a man. Life is good!☻Kelly:I have to admit that I didn’t understand many of the references in this book. Also the author mixed up Oprah and Dr. Phil and that didn't make sense. And one other thing really confused and bothered me: this is set in San Francisco? And a schoolteacher – in San Francisco – had his house burned down because he was gay? Okaaaaay. Well that would never happen. I love fantasy but I don’t love things that are set in the actual real world that don’t bother to get their facts straight. Facts are important.I grew up to be a Senior Accountant for Pacific Gas & Electric.☻Craig:The girls in this book sucked! So neurotic. Why complicate your life with so much bullshit? Sometimes I just wanted to slap them all, they were so fucking pretentious. FUCK THAT ATTITUDE. Why couldn’t they just get drunk and relax, have a regular high school experience, why be such snobs, what’s the fun in that? BORING. A boring book about boring, angsty teenagers who don’t realize that they live lives of complete privilege. And goddamnit, they should be enjoying that privilege! Kids like that should be having a good time and getting drunk on boats, not hosting boring dinner parties and whining to each other all the time about their boring lives. STUPID. Only a liberal with too much time on their hands would write something like this.I grew up to be a high school Vice Principal. ☻Marcy:I agree with Craig: these were some whiny, pretentious types who loved talking about themselves. Real twits - the sort of people that Jeff & Bill & Mark snuck off to hang out with because I guess they were just too cool for getting drunk on boats with the rest of us every weekend. What kind of teenager wants to talk about classical music, what kind of teenager prefers theatre to sports? The lame kind. But I will give it this: it has the sarcastic, nihilistic humor down pat. I loved that. I also enjoyed how it took sexual harassment seriously and I really, really enjoyed the comeuppance that one teacher experienced. I hope that scumbag stays in a coma for the rest of his life. I also didn’t mind that Adam State was beaten to death with a crochet mallet. Some guys deserve that. He was one of them.I moved to Alaska and became an Assistant District Attorney. Later, I had a change of heart and became an Assistant Public Advocate. From one side of the courtroom to the other. Funny how life turns out.☻Bill:Eh. The book was self-indulgent. It was entertaining, but by the end all of the characters annoyed me. Although I did laugh a lot. It didn’t make me think, but it did make me laugh. And laughing is good. Right? I dunno. Whatever.I grew up to be a Physical Therapist. And a Jazz Musician. ☻Mark:I quite liked this one. It was a breeze to read and I liked the mind games it played on the reader – although the tricks it played were predictable, they were amusing tricks all the same. The author perfectly conveys a certain kind of voice – sarcastic, highly intelligent, mordantly funny, angsty, insecure. Flannery Culp is a striking and surprisingly loveable creation. The book started off fun and the fun only increased as the narrative darkened. Overall: smart, lightweight entertainment. One caveat: absinthe = acid? Really? No. I've tried both many times when much younger. Very different effects. Come on, Handler.Anyway, I grew up to be a Goodreads Troll.I’m pretty annoyed with a lot of the Goodreads reviews of this book. Some people need to understand that KIDS LIKE THIS DO EXIST. For real, people, they truly do. Just because their lives are foreign to your own personal experience, it does not mean that those lives aren’t possible. Your teenage years are not everyone’s teenage years. I mean really, duh, get your heads out of your asses. My friend Greg’s review was particularly condescending in how it posited that Daniel Handler was probably an outcast in high school – and so the kids in this book live lives that the author wished he had been able to live. It is all basically Handler's fantasy of an enjoyable high school experience, one where the outsider has a clique of intellectual friends and is finally able to get back at those who supposedly spurned them... when in reality he was probably just a lonely, friendless little loser. UGH, GREG, UGH! I think that since Greg was apparently a jock in high school, it is hard for him to imagine that people who weren’t like him and his friends could ever have Basic Eight-type times in high school. That they could have even enjoyed high school at all – people who weren’t like him and his friends must have been completely miserable, right? Unfortunately that is a common jocko misperception – I remember coming across that attitude in high school. I sneered at the arrogant cluelessness of that attitude while drinking on boats with my own Basic Eight. I also sneeringly recounted the cluelessness of such attitudes over many a sophisticated dinner, in between discussing the theatre and other arts, while listening to classical music, all with my Adjunct Eight, where I was a +1. ☻Look at us all together: my Basic Eight, my Adjunct Eight, plus some models and some jocks and a duck. But no cheerleaders! Not allowed.. Flannery Culp wants you to know the whole story of her spectacularly awful senior year Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all But now, on tabloid television, they re calling Flannery a murderer, which is a total lie It s trueFlannery Culp wants you to know the whole story of her spectacularly awful senior year Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all But now, on tabloid television, they re calling Flannery a murderer, which is a total lie It s true that high school can be so stressful sometimes And it s true that sometimes a girl just has to kill someone But Flannery wants you to know that she s not a murderer at all she s a murderess.. Popular Book The Basic Eight 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, Donna Tartt's and the movie all can be summed up by Winona Ryder's line from Heathers, "Dear diary, my teen angst has a body count." They are about kids who are smarter and more cultured than their peers who end up killing someone. Add lots of other examples of books into this. Look up Karen's "Like Secret History" shelf for more examples. The obvious reason why books are continually being compared to Secret History is that it's a pretty successful comparison. Just look at, well this book was pretty hip in the early oughties, or how Special Topics in Calamity Physics did, and then there are other books that have done pretty well too but I haven't read them. It's not secret conspiracy (rim shot) that when something makes publishers money there are a gazillion knock-offs busted out in a feeding frenzy of sucking on the tit relatively limited amount of money consumers are willing to shell out on books (relative to say movies). If you disagree with me on this idea just pretend I'm talking crazy and keep on being wide eyed and innocent but don't venture outside alone too often. I'd argue that this particular sub-sub-genre of fiction is propagated by another reason. This is where Karen doesn't agree with me. I think some writers are anti-social people who have to have suffered some kind of social trauma in their younger days. Now this isn't all writers, but some. I'm guessing that in their teenage years they had ideas of their superiority to the masses of people in their, say, school and while they sat alone somewhere (say the library instead of subjecting themselves to the humiliation of sitting along in a crowded room of 500 people) reading or doing whatever they did. Or maybe they had their small group of friends, but they weren't really in. But they were smart. And in their fantasies they were part of an exclusive clique of very smart outsiders who were so above everyone else, but the violence of repression of course comes through even in fantasies and murder of those who spurned them comes eventually to the forefront. Where else except in a fantasy world such as these would someone be cool for knowing Ancient Greek, or because they listened to 18th century Opera instead of to the incessant droning guitars of cretinous rock music? In a slightly modified manner this archetype is present in Twilight. Or say in Buffy (although interestingly in Buffy the image of the fantastical is destroyed when seeing what the non-supernatural / 'real-world' thinks of The Scooby Gang.I think there are lots of writers who would like to re-write their teen years to be cooler for what they were really like. And I think that there are quite a few readers who also find something endearing about this type of narrative. Or maybe they just relate. Karen for some reason disagrees, but what does a former Prom Queen know about this kind of stuff anyway?
The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler 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. The Basic Eight A Novel Handler, Daniel The Basic Eight is a gem of a book It grows on you as you read, building eventually into a book that cannot be put down particularly toward the end of October in the narrative and it leaves you thinking about it long after you ve read the last page. The Basic Eight A Novel by Daniel Handler, Paperback May , English .In Stock Overview Flannery Culp wants you to know the whole story of her spectacularly awful senior year Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all. The Basic Eight The Basic Eight Daniel Handler Paperback May , Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all But now, on tabloid television, they re calling Flannery a murderer, which is a total lie It s true that high school can be so stressful sometimes. The Basic Eight A Novel Kindle edition by Handler Flannery Culp is , precocious, pretentiousAand incarcerated Accused of Satanism and convicted of murder, she and her seven friends the Basic Eight have been reviled and misunderstood on the Winnie Moprah Show and similar tabloid venues. The Basic Eight Literature TV Tropes The Basic Eight is a novel by Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket It is told as the journal of one Flannery Culp, a highly intelligent and sarcastic teenage girl doing a life sentence in prison for murder. The Basic Eight Lemony Snicket Wiki Fandom The Basic Eight was Daniel Handler s first novel, that he funded with his Owin Fellowship prize money in . Fiction Book Review The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler Flannery Culp is , precocious, pretentious and incarcerated Accused of Satanism and convicted of murder, she and her seven friends the Basic Eight have been reviled and misunderstood on The Constitution of the United States A Transcription A Series of Unfortunate Events

  1. 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 from a novice author I enjoyed the da [...]


  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, Donna Ta [...]


  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 story and then [...]


  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 in th [...]


  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 with the pr [...]


  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. 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 novels The Satanic [...]


  9. 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 definit [...]



  10. 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 streamlined, it would improve and elevate the story My [...]


  11. 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, which make [...]


  12. 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.


  13. 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 Sex, drugs, murde [...]


  14. 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.


  15. 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 the story to k [...]


  16. 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 haven t r [...]


  17. 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 after b [...]


  18. 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 reminiscent of Heathers including a cro [...]


  19. 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 Really d [...]


  20. 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, graphic de [...]


  21. 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.


  22. 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


  23. 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 read again j [...]


  24. Yet another book I was drawn to because of comparisons with The Secret History, though in fact, it has a lot 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 beginning and we f [...]


  25. 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 have prom [...]


  26. 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, baroque and creepier than The Basic Eight Plus, I read Secret History when I was younger as did you, probably and 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 energy and less noir.Th [...]


  27. 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 th [...]


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