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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 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.

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The Basic Eight
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Funny and Satirical
November 3rd, 2014
This is my favourite book. It's a great satire of 1990's Satanic Panic with pretentious teenagers and incompetent adults. Favourite features include: three layers of narration (including moralizing vocabulary and "study questions"), croquet, terribly clever writing, absinthe, glamorous best friends named Natasha, unreliable narrators, and murder. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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