Creating a sensation around the world when it was first published, Twelve established it's seventeen-year-old author as a powerful voice of the new millennium. The chilling novel follows prep school dropout White Mike through the week between Christmas and New Year's 1999, as he takes a year off to deal an alluring new drug to his privileged peers on Manhattan's Upper East Side. But Twelve is not a coming-of-age story, because its kids never had a childhood--their parents are off on holiday in Bali or business in Brussels, leaving hired help to look the other way as the kids stay home alone in their multimillion-dollar town houses, partying with drugs and sex and, in the end, much worse.
As fast as speed, as relentless as acid.” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Nick McDonell is the real thing, a powerful young writer with the look of a dangerous freak and very sharp teeth. The ratio of age to talent is horrifying. His trick is he writes the truth. I'm afraid he will do for his generation what I did for mine."Hunter S. Thompson
An astonishing rush of a first novel, all heat and ice and inexorable narrative driveA pleasure to read, a horror to contemplate, a real achievement.” Joan Didion
McDonell is an authentic talentHis novel will endure as a snapshot of his generation as surely as Less Than Zero did of the eighties.” Stephanie Merritt, The Observer (London)
[McDonell] renders Manhattan’s cosseted Upper East Side with both the casual authority of an insider and the wry distance of an observer.Impressive.” Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review
McDonell, like the young Jim Caroll, displays a frightening acuity in his astonishing debut.” Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair