PositiveFinancial TimesHis follow-up, A Long Island Story, wants entrance to the \'Great American Novel\' genre. It doesn’t quite make the cut, but is nevertheless an engrossing read ... It is a tale of the disaffected middle class (I was reminded of Richard Yates), and the narratives of what might have been. Most of all, it’s an authentic portrayal of a particularly captivating time and place.
RaveFinancial TimesVlautin’s prose is deceptively simple, his clipped descriptions loaded with meaning. The narrative is as unsparing as Hopper’s fights, but what stays standing is a profound sense of hope, a hope that drives society’s downtrodden and provides the theme for much of Vlautin’s work. With his alt-country band Richmond Fontaine, Vlautin has also produced a cracking soundtrack — sure to be used in the film version that will almost certainly follow.
RaveThe Financial TimesIn this unflinching coming-of-age tale, gone is childhood innocence: the kids are all grown and obsessed with sex and porn … There is a profound sincerity in these passages; Handler is evidently concerned by the hyper-sexualised world inhabited by today’s youth. There is humour too, the laugh and the cringe typically hand in hand.