Book Review: PALO ALTO

By Anniedora Etiobi - 23.8.17

Palo Alto book synopsis

Palo Alto is a collection of short stories written by James Franco. These stories are told from the perspectives of troubled teenagers living in the city of Palo Alto, California.

I love that its not like your everyday teen books where the protagonist learns a lot about himself and the story ends up on a happy note. If you're all about happy endings this is not the book for you. These stories are written from a very realistic point of view and ironically things don't always go the way we want or hope it to go.

In Palo Alto, James Franco's characters struggle with growing up while being exposed to negative vices. These teenagers struggle to find inner peace with themselves, their family and friends, they end up being subjects to self destruction.
My favourite story has got to be April In three Parts, which follows the lives of Teddy and April. Teddy is in love with April but she's dating his friend and he can't understand how she doesn't realize that he loves her even when he told her. April is being fooled by a teacher who claims to be "in love" with her and asks that she "babysits" his son. April's idea of love is left distorted as she deals with self loathe and is confused when Teddy says he cares about her.

In 'I could Kill Someone' a lonely teenager buys a gun with the intentions of killing his high school bully but then begins to wonder about his bully's humanity and the war he may be fighting on the inside.
The heroine in 'Lockheed' (another fav) has her summer holiday turned upside down as she witnesses a gruesome violent attack at a house party.

I would have gone into the details of this book but I'm holding back on all the amazing tea this book has to offer just so you get so riled up and go read it for yourself. Its an amazing read, James did well on this one. So go get it.
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