Book - 2016 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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Shy, witty David Federman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to embrace, and be welcomed by, a new tribe of like-minded peers. But at first, beyond the friendly advances of a plain-looking Sara, his social status seems devastatingly unlikely to change. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by both her beauty and her brains, David falls feverishly in love and is determined to stop at nothing to win her attention and a coveted invite into her glamorous Upper East Side world. David begins compromising his own moral standards for this one, great chance at happiness. But neither Veronica nor David, it turns out, are exactly as they seem....
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501107894 (hardcover)
1501107895 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC WAYNE
Characteristics: 203 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 09, 2020

You get the sense of what is coming through the whole book aka the climax is not a surprise. The MC is highly unlikeable (it is clear he's supposed to be), which makes for an interesting read. More entertainment than anything else.
I liked Apartment by the same author MUCH more.

May 03, 2020

This is like gossip girl and you in one. It's ironic that Penn Badgley is one of the central characters in both.

AlishaH_KCMO Apr 20, 2020

Loner is told through the narrater David Federman during his first semester at Harvard and his immediate infatuation with other freshman, Veronica and his stop at nothing attitude to be with her.

Teddy Wayne did a good job at making David more and more spine chilling as the story goes. At first you feel sorry for him and want him to succeed, but then you begin questioning his actions and reasoning. The way the author uses "YOU" in replacement to Veronica gives the reader the all more creeped out vibe.

I don't want to give out too much more because I feel like I will. The book was good, definitely not something I would read often since it did such a good job at making me so uncomfortable, but it is a subject manner I feel like isn't touched on often. Wayne's writing makes you question why you still feel sorry to a character who is doing things he absolutely shouldn't be doing.

Jan 19, 2017

I loved it. I thought it was creepy, but not a stereotypical story about a sociopath and his helpless and/or clueless victims. The characters in the story were engaging (though not particularly likable) and multidimensional. I thought it was an interesting viewpoint as told through the stalker's eyes. There was little violence or sex, just suspense. (in my opinion.) It left me feeling a little disturbed and a little bit dirty.

ArapahoeStaff7 Jan 05, 2017

This seemed promising, but I could not get past the first several pages. The writing, unfortunately, is just not very good. Sentences are awkwardly constructed, dialogue is dry and unconvincing, attempts at humor are contrived, and descriptions are extraneous and unimaginative.

Nov 15, 2016

Ugh. Like we need another book about a white boy (at Harvard, no less) with an overinflated sense of his own importance, or another book about a loner obsessed with a girl way above his league, or another book about the ways in which men repeatedly violate the boundaries and space women have set up. Even worse: when all three are in the same book. No thanks.

Oct 29, 2016

Conclusion - Still waters run deep. The book is full of too fancy phrases and sayings unclear about what are they; descriptions of sexual experiences of freshmen; unnecessary, in my opinion, descriptions of certain physiological deficiencies, for example - "dried snot in the nostril, that flaps when breathing, or - blackhead that was undergoing careful scrutiny after it was extruded.” Yuck.

May 30, 2016

What a great book! Loner by Teddy Wayne tells the tale of anomic Jewish boy, David Federman. David, 18, socially awkward, heads to Harvard with the hopes of carving out a fresh identity amongst the elites, leaving behind the lonely march of his high school years. One of the first nights on campus, David encounters -- from a distance -- beautiful Veronica Morgan Wells ("VMW"), the daughter of a New York socialite. David pays less and less attention to his budding group of friends as his obsession with VMW grows and he makes a clumsy reach for her by dating her bookish and attainable well-meaning roommate, Sara.

I picked this for a few reasons:

1. It's one of the shortest novels currently on my reading list, 192 pages.
2. I'm reading 3-4 other books, so I wanted something I thought was light and quick. It was a quick read because it was too good to put down, but not what I'd call light.
3. The short, punchy title was appealing.
4. I gravitate towards stories set on college campuses.

I was at first really put off by the first person perspective. But once I got used to the style, I took on David’s gaze and got lost in the story.

Loner definitely has some of the same elements as a thriller. The pacing will be familiar to fans of the genre. But, Loner is not a thriller (nor a teen novel, for that matter). It's adult fiction, the sobering character study of a spot-on stand-in for the emotionally stunted “Y” Generation. Teddy Wayne takes a risk by telling this story almost exclusively from the unreliable narrator's perspective, but a key glances from the other side help paint David not as the fearsome stalker caricature of popular drugstore thrillers, but an excruciatingly lonely boy whose misguided attempts to get close to one person go terribly awry.

Love-loved this book.


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