Palo Alto

James Franco


Palo Alto

Palo Alto

  • Title: Palo Alto
  • Author: James Franco
  • ISBN: 9780571273164
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback



A fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits violent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist James Franco.Palo Alto is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice Written with an immediate sense of place claustrophobic and ominous James Franco s collection traces the lives of an extended grA fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits violent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist James Franco.Palo Alto is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice Written with an immediate sense of place claustrophobic and ominous James Franco s collection traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self destructive, often heartless nihilism In Lockheed a young woman s summer spent working a dull internship is suddenly upended by a spectacular incident of violence at a house party In American History a high school freshman attempts to impress a girl during a classroom skit with a realistic portrayal of a slave owner only to have his feigned bigotry avenged In I Could Kill Someone, a lonely teenager buys a gun with the aim of killing his high school tormentor, but begins to wonder about his bully s own inner life These linked stories, stark, vivid, and disturbing, are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.


Recent Comments "Palo Alto"

i don't know why, but i really want to shove this book down my pantsoh, yeah - that's why

Utter, utter dreck. Worse than I expected, even. All the stories are the same thing -- young kids at parties, drinking and getting high. Or else they're in a car, driving somewhere at night. Sometimes they're at a party and then they drive somewhere else, usually another party. Then something depraved/violent happens, though nothing ever comes of it. There's absolutely no consequence to any of these stories or the actions that occur therein -- people being run over by cars (on multiple occasions [...]

I have read James Franco’s visionary story collection Palo Alto. It has been blurbed by such literary wonders as Amy Hempel, Susan Minot, and Ben Marcus. Franco has also studied with such authors as Michael Cunningham, Jonathan Lethem, Mona Simpson, Tony Hoagland, and others. In the collection, there is a story where a bunch of teenagers gang-rape a girl and force her into prostitution. It’s okay though because she’s Asian. In another story, to impress a girl the narrator says the word “ [...]

Palo Alto is a disgrace.James Franco writes like every C-student in a the first year of a sub-par MFA writing workshop. His metaphors are clunky disasters and his characters are formless puppets. To Franco, a bloodstain is 'ketchup randomness'. He is incapable of adapting his style beyond a 'disaffected teenager'. It is average, flat, without any distinctive emotion or style. It is pompous, contrived, blandly transgressive, like a middle schooler who has just learned how to say 'fuck'. He needs [...]

Can I give this less than one star? This is some of the most poorly-written fiction I have ever read in my life. Every single story is narrated in first person, and as none of the characters have a personality to speak of whatsoever, it's impossible to tell them all apart. They're all racist, homophobic, misogynistic jackasses.None of the stories contain any meaning beyond the petty problems of privileged suburban teens, who apparently do nothing with their time but get drunk, get high, drive th [...]

Wow, people really seem to hate this. I'm guessing that's about 50 percent because it's a collection of short stories focusing on fucked-up teenagers being violent and despairing and awful to themselves and others, and 50 percent because it's a collection like that written by James Franco, who is hotter and richer and more famous than you are. I'm divided 50/50 myself on how much it would suck to be a James Franco coming out with your debut literary effort, compared to Jo(e) Blow: on the one han [...]

James Franco! Yes, the good-looking Hollywood actor. Said to be one of the sexiest men alive. He is the author of this book!On the screen, you must have seen him as:- Harry Osborn the friend turns nemesis as Green Goblin of SPIDER-MAN- Tristan the lover of Isolde in the classic remake of TRISTAN AND ISOLDE- Saul Silver who supports his grandma in the retirement home by dealing drugs in the PINEAPPLE EXPRESS- Scott Smith the lover of Mayor Castro, played by Sean Penn in MILK- Aron Ralston the you [...]

James Franco's Palo Alto is as shocking a portrayal of adolescence as I've read in a long time. It would be easy to be contemptuous: here's a good-looking Hollywood star writing paens of teenage ultra-angst. Honest, I don't give much of a shit who James Franco is. All I know is he can write. They're tough, fractured tales almost entirely devoid of characterization. The narrators all sound the same. They toss subjects like roach butts. The stories kind of bleed into one. They never finish with a [...]

Rating: 3.875* of fiveThe Book Report: Sixteen short stories about adolescent life in upper middle class America. The author hailing from there, he's written about Palo Alto, California. It could as easily be Cedar Park, Texas, or Rockville Centre, New York. The stories are very much in the vein of adolescence itself, working the same nerve in me as adolescents do: Getting drunk, getting high, hooking up, wondering if you're the only one, being ostracized, being Too Cool for School, realizing yo [...]

I bought this book for a ridiculously low price at my local bankrupt Borders. Had it not been cheap, had it not been James Franco, I would not have even taken the time to pick it up. But, pick it up I did, and I regret it. I honestly wanted to see what all the fuss was about. James Franco was getting his English degree at UCLA at the same time I was getting mine at UCR. He, however, went on to earn his MFA and it would appear that this collection of short stories is all of that fancy higher educ [...]

I've always kinda been ambivalent about James Franco, he hasn't really occupied much of my thought-energy ; but after reading his joke-essay (what exactly was that anyway?) in the Vollmann critical collection, I'm fairly sure he's a brainless twit - why he is considered a "writer" or academic of any kind is beyond me. Why anyone interested in literature would waste their time reading a stoned actor's drivel is also beyond me.

Boy, this book gets a lot of hate. And I'm clearly in the minority here I don't even like James Franco that much, I think he's a good actor and I've seen a few of his films, most of which I liked. What led me to read this was the movie (with the same title) that is coming out soon and that I want to watch, so I wanted to read it first. So I went into this not expecting much and without preconceived ideas of what to expect. And I loved, loved, loved this book. Okay, so I see a lot of the criticis [...]

I like starting a review with a quote I enjoyed, but I guess that can't happen when there literally wasn't a single sentence that made me stop and think. This was most definitely one of the worst books I have ever read and I would recommend everyone to stay clear of it if they value their time. Palo Alto tells the story of 12 American teenagers in form of 12 short stories. What attracted me to it was the mere curiosity of whether James Franco was a capable writer or if he was one of those "celeb [...]

This book has to be a joke. This is a terrible, terrible book.Two scenariosA yes-man employee of James Franco had to have told James Franco that he is perfect and would be a great writer and James Franco being a narcissist, decided to go forth with writing a collection of short stories. OR James Franco is playing a joke on everyone and seeing how much people will praise his shitty writing just because he's James Franco.He writes worse than how I wrote when I was 7. It's embarrassing and frankly [...]

Cover-lust! This is a different form of cover-lust than my normal one. I am not attracted to that cover nearly as much as the writer. The James Franco:(Honestly, I can't even explain my attraction to him. He is at once one of the strangest looking AND sexiest men, in my opinion)Anyways, his face is not the point; his writing is. Palo Alto is a very bold collection. Franco's writing style reminds me, somewhat, of Ellis' circa Less Than Zero, which in itself is not bad. I found his minimalist styl [...]

I’m appalled by these stories though there is literary merit in them. Franco writes with exactitude in an adolescent’s voice even to the point of boredom. Some of the stories almost seem soulless. Racism, violence and misogyny are all included. The stories are interrelated with characters leaching in and out as the perspective changes. They are ugly; both the stories and the characters. And then I came to ‘April: A Story in Three Parts’. It’s just as raw as the other stories but withou [...]

LOL LOL LOL!Nejlepší nejhorší kniha, co jsem poslední roky četl. James Franco je vtipnej na kameře, ale psát umí podstatně hůř, než jakýkoliv osmák nebo sedmák. Nicméně, abysme to shrnuli:Palo Alto rovná se GUMMO + KEN PARK + EGO JAMESE FRANCA + EMOTakže tu máme iks dementních děcek, co jen kouří trávu, jezdí autem a navzájem se všichni dobrovolně nebo nedobrovolně oprcávaj. Většinou to vypadá nějak takto:Jsem na hovna. Pojedu oprcat Alici. Chvilku jsem si če [...]

Just plain awful!, I am trying to think who this would actually appeal to?ybe the younger hip generation but it's not for me, abandoned ship after only sixty five pages as just did not like the subject matter and the writing was bad, was even kind enough to give it a second chance but to no avail. One to avoid.

‘Palo Alto’ is a collection of short-stories from Golden Globe winning actor, James Franco. Franco, as well as being an actor, artist and soon-to-be Oscars host, studied writing at Brooklyn College. ‘Palo Alto’ is the accumulation of his studies, and a life spent growing up in the Palo Alto area. . .I admit that I wouldn’t have been interested in this collection of short stories if they weren’t penned by the (hunky) Franco. I've liked him since ‘Freaks and Geeks’, but especially [...]

I picked this up at the library, after puttering around and not settling on anything because, like always, there were too many good options. This was in the new fiction section, closest to the counter, so really it was an impulse borrow. I wanted to see if James Franco, he of the half dozen simultaneous graduate programs and work-til-you-drop ethic was actually as talented a writer as he seems an actor. Two things: 1. I didn't like most of this collection, and found it very flawed. 2. I don't th [...]

This collection of short stories reads like a college creative writing portfolio, and the fact that it was published at all, by a reputable publisher no less, does seem to be at least in part due to Franco's movie-star fame. It starts off with arguably the worst first line of all time: "Ten years ago, my sophomore year in high school, I killed a woman on Halloween."I can see flashes of the undoubtedly talented writer that Franco will become, but this tome just didn't seem worth the effort and ex [...]

I wasn't sure if I would like Franco's first collection of stories. An excerpt of "I Could Kill Someone" appeared in Entertainment Weekly and felt amateurish. The sentences were clunky and I didn't love the descriptive style. Still, Franco has studied in Columbia MFA writing program (how the #&$* did he get in? Were his work samples that strong?) and he's got folks like Michael Cunningham and Gary Shteyngart (who are also his teachers) vouching for him. He's gotta have some writing talent, r [...]

Teenage angst is nothing new. Presenting the entangled mess of emotions in a solid, passionate story, however, is something writers have been battling with since the beginning of time. Now, in 2010, a phenomenal new writer has emerged. Actor James Franco has entered the world of fiction, presenting his first book PALO ALTO, giving readers eleven short stories of adolescence, with the raw details and bitter reality rarely developed so well. Franco’s writing is simple, not overly convoluted just [...]

0 stars. Actually, negative infinity stars.This is, unequivocally, without a doubt the worst book I have ever read in my life. If I ever read a book that I hate more, I will personally track down the author so I can shake their hand and congratulate them because they will have pulled off a feat that I believe now to be humanly impossible.James Franco could have taken a shit on a piece of paper and it would be better than this book. He developed absolutely nothing of literary value. His stories a [...]

I picked this up from the dreaded "Popular Library" section of the LA Library, where I go when I am returning a book and am too lazy to go up to the stacks to look for something. I'm left to judge books by their covers, or in this case, by the name of author. Of course every book has some advanced praise for their author by some other authors you haven't heard of. Same here. But I figured if Steve Martin isn't a bad writer (note Steve Martin did not give any advanced praise to Franco, just namin [...]

DNF @ Part IIHalloweenMy feelings about how the dad was unbelievably blasé about their nighttime activities:LockheedThe short sentences all around the same length were so tiring to readMe when shit suddenly went down though:American HistoryUncomfortably trying to get through all the casual racism like:[image error]EmilyThis is the only one I sort of liked, but I felt bad for Emily. Her life was so depressing??CampMe trying to figure wtf was going on because his timeline was completely fucked:Ch [...]

0 starsFair warning, this is going to be more of a rant, than a review. To give you the indication of how I felt during the book this is a direct quote of a message I sent to a friendPalo altowhat the fuck! I wish i was able to be a "dnf" kinda person. Sadly for me I cannot leave books unfinished so onward I read, and in my own wordsIf i made it through Karenina I can do this .So pray tell why did I not enjoy the "literary works" of Mr Franco? Was it histerriblewriting? (some would say this was [...]

first of allفي المرة القادمة عندما يأتني فضول لقراءة كتاب سمعت الكثير من الكلام السئ عنهربما عليا الاكتفاء بالاراء . بدأت بقراية الكتابه فضول لا أكثر ، و بما أني ، كنت قد قراءت بعض المقابلات لجيمس فرانكوا التي تحدث فيها عن انه يريد الناس أن تري لعمله كأنه عمل فني و ليس ادب تجاري ، و [...]

Well, having read James Franco's opinion on a few things and his involvement in some creative projects and films I thought I could rely on him to produce writing of a tolerable standard. How wrong I was. This book is a joke. His writing is appalling for someone who has so dedicated his studies to English and creative writing. It feels like something I could have written at the age of 11.He confuses me greatly because even as I type this I am wondering was that the point all along? Did he want to [...]

If you know me, then you probably know I love James Franco. I loved James Franco before it was cool to love James Franco (and certainly before it was not cool to love James Franco). Admittedly, if this book wasn't by James Franco, I probably wouldn't have read it. More importantly, it probably wouldn't have been published. As a writer struggling to get her first book published, I'm one of the first to voice frustration when a celebrity like Franco (or Jewel) get a book published just because of [...]


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