This is the title of the essay Addison Schacht has to submit to gain a place at his chosen university. Straightaway, Addison, 18, sees an opportunity to tell his story-so-far: to unburden himself, so to speak.
And boy is there a lot to unburden.
His business - dealing pot to his peers - is booming. His relationship with Digger, his best friend (NOT girlfriend) is getting more and more 'complicated'. His classmate Kevin Broadus was murdered point blank, and now Addison can't stop thinking about who killed him, and why? And then there's the small question of the rest of his life . . . Over the course of his unorthodox application, Addison confesses his triumphs, tragedies, strengths, weaknesses, blessings and curses to his academic jury.
Fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower will love this darkly funny, truth-telling debut with Addison Schacht finding good company among American literature's cadre of unsettled, restless youth from Huck Finn to Holden Caulfield.
Sam Munson is the author of the novels The November Criminals and The War Against the Assholes. His short fiction and criticism have appeared in n+1, Tablet, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The National, the Daily Beast, Commentary, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Observer, The Utopian and numerous other publications. He lives in New York City with his wife and son. For more news from Sam, visit sammunson.com
The November Criminals
Author: Sam Munson