Nick McDonell burst onto the lit scene as a teenage prodigy. Publishing the best-selling novel Twelve before his senior prom, McDonell has been lauded as this generation’s Hunter S. Thompson, a fitting title given that Thompson is the young author’s godfather. I’ve read McDonell’s third novel An Expensive Education, and enjoyed it, but there is something so raw and immediate to the writing in Twelve that makes me revisit it.
When I heard that a film adaption starring Chace Crawford was in the works, I was excited. What better actor to portray the privileged prepster White Mike than an actor who rose to prominence on Gossip Girl? Throw Emma Roberts and 50 Cent into the mix, not to mention Joel Schumacher (8mm) at the helm, and I was thoroughly intrigued. I was able to catch the last screening at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 and really enjoyed the movie. Despite a positive review from Roger Ebert, the film currently sits at 4% on Rotten Tomatoes (33% from the audience). I’m writing this review to encourage you to both read the novel and watch the film, as I found them both to be thoroughly enjoyable. For one dollar at RedBox, what do you have to lose?