Elliot Allagash

Elliot Allagash

Simon Rich / Sep 20, 2019

Elliot Allagash Simon Rich dazzled readers with his absurdist sense of humor in his hilarious collections Ant Farm and Free Range Chickens Now comes Rich s rollicking debut novel which explores the strangest most t

  • Title: Elliot Allagash
  • Author: Simon Rich
  • ISBN: 9781400068357
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Simon Rich dazzled readers with his absurdist sense of humor in his hilarious collections Ant Farm and Free Range Chickens Now comes Rich s rollicking debut novel, which explores the strangest, most twisted, and comically fraught terrain of them all high school.Seymour Herson is the least popular student at Glendale, a private school in Manhattan He s painfully shy, phySimon Rich dazzled readers with his absurdist sense of humor in his hilarious collections Ant Farm and Free Range Chickens Now comes Rich s rollicking debut novel, which explores the strangest, most twisted, and comically fraught terrain of them all high school.Seymour Herson is the least popular student at Glendale, a private school in Manhattan He s painfully shy, physically inept, and his new nick name, chunk style, is in danger of entering common usage But Seymour s solitary existence comes to a swift end when he meets the new transfer student Elliot Allagash, evil heir of America s largest fortune.Elliot s rampant delinquency has already gotten him expelled from dozens of prep schools around the country But despite his best efforts, he can t get himself thrown out of Glendale his father has simply donated too much money Bitter and bored, Elliot decides to amuse himself by taking up a challenging and expensive new hobby transforming Seymour into the most popular student in the school.An unlikely friendship develops between the two loners as Elliot introduces Seymour to new concepts, like power, sabotage, and vengeance With Elliot as his diabolical strategist and investor, Seymour scores a spot on the basketball team, becomes class president, and ruthlessly destroys his enemies Yet despite the glow of newfound popularity, Seymour feels increasingly uneasy with Elliot s wily designs For an Allagash victory is dishonorable at its best, and ruinous at its worst.Cunningly playful and wickedly funny, Elliot Allagash is a tale about all of the incredible things that money can buy, and the one or two things that it can t.

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        Simon Rich born 1984 is an American humorist whose first book, Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations, was published by Random House in April 2007.Rich is an alumnus of The Dalton School and a former president of The Harvard Lampoon, and the son of The New York Times editorialist Frank Rich He received a two book contract from Random House prior to his graduation from Harvard University in 2007.His first book, Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations, has been described as a collection of giddy what if scenarios Excerpts of the book were printed in The New Yorker s Shouts and Murmurs column His second book, Free Range Chickens, was published in 2008 His first novel, Elliot Allagash was released in May of 2010, followed by What in God s Name and most recently, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, a collection of short stories about love.He is currently a writer for Saturday Night Live.


    1. 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 conceita brilliant, disturbed, uber rich kid (Elliot Allagash) is manipulationg the protagonist, Seymour, as a kind of sport. Elliot's goal make Seymour, a fellow 8th grader who is extremely unpopular, into the most popular kid in school. Some of the parts are funny, but the novel as a whole is too thin and uneven to work as well as it should.

    2. I read this book based on a glowing review, and though I can't now recall the source, I was sufficiently moved to place a hold on it at the local library, and to consider buying it online in case I couldn't wait.It was a welcome enough diversion (and thankfully arrived at the library before I was forced to purchase it), and the speediest of reads: I finished it in a single afternoon. I didn't think it was terribly funny, although there were certainly some creative bits. I think I would probably [...]

    3. *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, immediately became desperate to read it. When I finally got my hands on a copy, I was not disappointed. Elliot Allagash tells the story of Seymour Herson, a chubby boy in grade eight who is the lowest of t [...]

    4. I loved this book. Everyone should read it. It's a brilliant concept. I'm not going to say more than that. Because something else has been on my mind since I read it. There was a strange quote on the cover of my copy. Something like, 'Funniest book about teenagers since Catcher in the Rye' which befuddled me greatly because I thought there was nothing funny about Catcher in the Rye. In fact, I thought it was an utterly depressing portrait of a lonely, maladjusted teenager who right up until the [...]

    5. 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 remember laughing at anything. Maybe I was expecting the humor that I found in the other Rich books I've read.I didn't like any of the characters, Elliot the most and Seymour especially toward the end. I agree [...]

    6. 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 found in almost any other comic novel set in high school. (And there are a lot of those, esp. lately.)

    7. This was an odd book. I liked the basic idea of it - it reminded me of one of my favorite films, Election, due to the setting and the general plot. It would have made a better short story or novella. There's just not quite enough "there" there to fill a whole novel, and it seems padded/repetitious. Not bad - but could've been better.

    8. 3.5 Stars.This was a quick, easy, amusing and enjoyable read. Got me thinking about my own time in high school. It was interesting to see how the main characters interacted with each other right through to the end.

    9. 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.

    10. This book seems a bit divisive on GoodReads, but I found it to be a worthwhile and fun read. Criticisms appear to fall largely into 2 categories. The first is expectation. His earlier books are composed of brief, 2-3 page unconnected humorous scenarios which are frequently laugh out loud funny. This book's humor is much more broadly satirical which was probably disappointing to anyone who came into this expecting the laugh at every page. The second, and in my opinion, fairer criticism is the lac [...]

    11. I was recommended "Elliot Allagash" by a fellow teacher when I was looking for something to read on the bus ride home. She told me that while, for adults, "Elliot" is a bit divisive (she loves it, another colleague hated it), it seems that boys of a certain, middle school age, love it unconditionally. I can see why. The book is as close to standard wish-fulfillment as you could get for a teenage boy and still be found in a school library. Elliot, the character, is basically a boy's version of th [...]

    12. “He just sat there, writing. Sometimes he ripped a piece of paper out of his notebook, crumpled in up and tossed it onto the floor. And once in a while he snapped his fingers before jotting something down with a flourish.” From the minute you start reading this book you can tell that Elliot is not a normal boy. He’s introduced by Seymour telling his parents that Elliot had pushed him down the stairs, and Seymour’s parents throw this comment away by telling him that Elliot was rich. It wa [...]

    13. I felt really sorry for Seymour to begin with. For starters, the way he introduces his parents to Elliot is by telling them that he pushed him down the stairs. I was kind of glad, but a bit worried, when Seymour and Elliot became friends. If you can call it friendship anyway. As the two start to spend more time together, it is quite clear that Elliot is walking all over Seymour, even if Seymour cant see that. Seymour does start off well though, questioning Elliot’s choices in his schemes and p [...]

    14. The character of Elliott is so so interesting because I don't remember the last time I saw an intensely unlikable protagonist who stays unlikable until the very end, but also ends up being well-dimensioned and kinda fun to follow.

    15. Che libro!La cosa positiva, e più importante, di questo libro è che non ne puoi trovare uno identico, con una trama uguale o simile: è unico nel suo genere.Simon Rich, con “Il compagno di banco”, ha fatto un bellissimo esordio… e ho troppa voglia di leggere qualcos’altro che sia uscito dalla sua penna d’oro.Questa è la storia di due ragazzi di quattordici anni, Seymour e Elliot, che non potrebbero essere più diversi.Lo stesso Seymour, cominciando a raccontare la storia, si stupisc [...]

    16. 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 slightest requests. This attitude of his is fed by an over-abundance of wealth, a competitive, unloving father and the illness that may be killing him.But Mr. Rich refuses to let us feel sorry for Elliot, j [...]

    17. On the whole, I did not particularly enjoy this book. This is in part due to some suspect marketing. The blurb likens it to a modern day 'Clueless' for boys, or a John Hughes film. However, whilst I can vaguely grasp what they were getting at, overall the promise was not fulfilled. In summary, the story centres on Elliot Allagash- a cold, Chuck Bass meets Malfoy-esque character- and his protegee, Seymour. Elliot uses Seymour to entertain himself in the form of elaborate schemes developed under t [...]

    18. Rich’s books of humorous sketches—especially Free-Range Chickens—totally cracked me up. However this, his debut novel, disappointed me. The plot sounded promising: Seymour, an unpopular nonentity at his New York private school, is befriended/falls into the clutches of rich, deeply fucked up con artist Elliot Allagash. Sounds sort of like The Great Gatsby if Gatsby were evil, or The Catcher in the Rye if Holden had the emotional energy to scheme. (Note: I said sort of.) I usually love that [...]

    19. I read Elliot Allagash in one three-hour sitting. It was mildly entertaining, and I remember laughing once or twice, but ultimately it's a remarkably slight novel that felt like a padded novella with pretensions of more. However, it's a quick, easy read, and I finished it before it could lose my interest or outstay its welcome. The book charts the transformation of one Seymour Herson from chubby high school outcast to aloof popular kid cheating his way through life. His ascendancy comes thanks t [...]

    20. Elliot Allagash sat on my bookshelf for quite a long time suffering from several afflictions: I could not remember who recommended I read this book. It has a dreadful cover. It has an awkward title. And, so, it sat for quite a few months before I finally decided to just pick it up and start reading to get it over with.Lucky for me, the book quickly eliminated any reservations I had about reading it, and got me turning pages very quickly. In fact, I read it over the course of just a couple sittin [...]

    21. Seymour Herson is a Jewish boy looking back at the past five years of school, in which he formed an unholy alliance with Elliot Allagash. The latter is a Machiavellian scion of a family that made money by accidentally inventing paper. Seymour attends Glendale (an alternate form of Dalton, which author Rich attended) and, until he befriends Allagash, has no redeeming characteristics, in fact few characteristics at all, save for ubiquitous victimhood. Allagash takes it as a challenge to make this [...]

    22. 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 becomes friends with a fellow loser but rich kid who because of his money can manipulate anyone anyway he wants. I found this annoying, especially in today's society, it still teaches kids that the more m [...]

    23. I'm a fan of Simon Rich's writing and it's been nice to see him make the leap from short stories, like in his break out novel The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories to full length novels. I liked Simon's first full novel, What In God's Name, and so I was interested to see what he'd do with Elliot Allagash.Elliot Allagash is an entertaining and light story of an obscenely rich kid and the lengths he goes to entertain himself, hint: it involves messing with the lives of people around [...]

    24. This one came to me highly recommended as ‘a fun read’ and I would have to say that the description was dead accurate. it's kind of like a particularly nasty version of Cinderella, written for 14-year-old boys. There are touches of the Grimm brothers, of Clueless, and of any number of US high school films lurking in the background of this one. The title character, the eponymous Elliott Allagash is possibly one of the most compellingly revolting characters I have read in recent times. And yet [...]

    25. What do you get the boy who has everything? A loser.That's the premise of Simon Rich's Elliot Allagash, the story of social misfit Seymour Herson, who becomes the pet project of the title character, an incredibly wealthy teenager who has been kicked out of every prep school in Manhattan. Bored by the scene at his new school, Elliot uses his vast family resources to transform chubby duckling Seymour into a basketball-playing, class-election winning, Harvard-bound swan. Elliot's diabolical schemes [...]

    26. Entgegen der Anpreisungen ist das Buch nicht zum Schreien komisch (obwohl ich an einer Stelle wirklich einen Lachanfall bekommen habe - der unsportliche Seymour soll Basketball lernen und damit er auch genügend Trainingspartner hat, gründet Eliot eine ganze Jugend-LIGA für ihn - göttlich!) Je weiter das Buch voranschreitet, umso tragischer wird die Geschichte. Die Stories und Betrügereien von Elliot und seinem Vater sind teils unterhaltsam, aber oft mit einem unangenehmen Beigeschmack verbu [...]

    27. I bought this book at Barnes & Noble and now I do not even want to look at the back of it to see how much it cost, simply because I was so disappointed that I am certain to regret the purchase. I found it in the Best New Paperbacks section, and from reading the blurb, I was under the impression that it would be a darkly funny adult novel that was about high school. Such things exist, and it is likely that that is how the shelvers classified it upon placing it in that section. But it was shel [...]

    28. Simon Rich tells a witty, entertaining, and creative tale of two teenage boys. Elliott Allagash is filthy rich, descending from the inventor of paper. He is also difficult, brilliant, and a con-artist. He plots to help Seymour - the narrator, an unpopular, picked-on nobody to become the most popular kid in school. The book tells wild stories of Allagash's family schemes, and also of Seymour's unorthodox rise to the top of his high school. The book is very short and a page-turner, which is good, [...]

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