Elliot Allagash

Seymour isn't cool, but he isn't a geek either. He's a lonely, obedient 8th grade loser at Glendale, a second tier prep school in Manhattan. His chubbiness has recently earned him the nick name "Chunk Style" and he has resigned himself to a life of isolation. All of this is about to change. After successfully getting himself expelled from every reputable school in the country, Elliot Allagash, the arrogant heir of America's largest fortune, finds himself marooned at Glendale. Try as he may, Elliot cannot get expelled this time; his father has donated too much money. Bitter and bored, Elliot decides to amuse himself by taking up a new hobby: transforming Seymour into the most popular student in school. An unlikely friendship develops between these two loners as Elliot introduces Seymour to new concepts, like power, sabotage and vengeance. With Elliot as his diabolical guide, Seymour gradually learns about all of the incredible things that money can buy, and the one or two things that it can't. Hilarious, ingenious and tightly plotted, Elliot Allagash reminds you what your teens were like, and why growing up is so hard to do.

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By Joy (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 26, 2010
This is another book I would like to give a 2.5/5 star rating to. Not quite a 3, but extra cred for it's very funny conceit...a brilliant, disturbed, uber rich kid (Elliot Allagash) is manipulationg the protagonist, Seymour, as a kind of sport. Elliot's goal...to make Seymour, a fellow 8th grader... ...more
By CheshRCat (Edmonton, AB, Canada) · ★★★★★ · August 31, 2010
*There are some minor spoilers in this review, but not large enough ones that I felt the need to click the "this review contains spoilers" button. If you are really paranoid, don't read it, I suppose.*

I saw a write-up for this book in my city's newspaper, and based on what I saw in the review, im... ...more
By Marsha (Brooklyn, NY) · ★★★★★ · December 21, 2014
Elliot Allagash is one of literature’s unrepentant monsters like Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. Unlike Jean-Baptiste, Elliot’s machinations are fueled in equal parts by disinterest in human beings, complete and utter disdain for them and the malicious urge to crush them simply for refusing his slighte... ...more
By Andrew (Lexington, KY) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 14, 2010
SNL writer (and almost impossibly young-looking) Rich displays flashes of real comic invention, but ultimately the book's milquetoast protagonist keeps the book from biting. The details of how the obscenely wealthy Allagashes flaunt and perpetuate their wealth are delightful, but the rest can be... ...more
By Gretchen (Downers Grove, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · June 01, 2010
An evil teenage billionaire named Elliot Allagash is poised to take over his new prep school--and the world--in this hilarious first novel by Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich. ...more
By Aletha (Covina, CA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · March 09, 2015
I guess I'm being pretty brutal giving this only one star but out of all the Simon Rich books I've read this one was just disappointing. It started off interesting but by the time I got halfway through it seemed like such a chore to read. Perhaps it wasn't supposed to be funny, but I don't rememb... ...more
By Nickawgomez (Salisbury, P8, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · March 29, 2014
I fond this book to be intriguing. The concept was simple and classic high school drama but the execution was more complex. Seymour does what so many would do given the chance he did. Although, going the extra mile to perpetuate his lies without Elliot and having it last years is highly questiona... ...more
By Cody (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 01, 2014
Not sure why I tried this book. I skimmed Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations, and also Free Range Chickens. I was less than impressed by both of those books. Nothing in either of those books struck me as even slightly clever, let alone funny. This book did nothing to change my opinions on t... ...more
By Bethany (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 05, 2010
What odd little book. ...more
By Rebecca (Los Angeles, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · December 21, 2011
This was a very strange and weird YA book, that thankfully was an easy read. While easy, weird can trump all sometimes and make me not like something and this was just at the cusp. As an adult, I thought the book was pretty stupid, but kids might like its weird and craziness. A total loser/nerd b... ...more