Loner by Teddy Wayne

imageDavid Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. Initially, however, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity.

Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by her beauty, wit, and sophisticated Manhattan upbringing, David becomes instantly infatuated. Determined to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, he begins compromising his moral standards for this one, great shot at happiness. But both Veronica and David, it turns out, are not exactly as they seem.


Reading this is like rubbernecking at a car accident, equal parts horrifying and fascinating.  David is incredibly smart, egotistical, a fantasist and completely off his rocker!  He is obsessed with Veronica, so much so that he will use any body and do anything to get her to notice him.  To me she is vain and as dumb as a bag of rocks. She is only in Harvard because her folks have money. She parties, doesn’t do her assignments and plays around with Davids head, when she feels like it.

Because it’s told mostly through David’s thoughts you get an insight to just how creepy he is.  As much as reading it in this way annoys me because of the incredible details he uses about Veronica, even before she sees or talks to him, it’s interesting to see just how nuts this guy really is.

But neither is as they seem, Veronica isn’t anyway and as for David, well you will have to find that our for yourself.

While David was interesting to read, his vocabulary and some of his mannerisms aren’t that of an 18 year old. They seem to be of an older man.  It dragged in parts, but in saying that it kept me reading.  While I did enjoy it there was something about it that seemed to be…. I don’t know, I can’t put my finger on it. Was he annoying, yes he was.  He was always the one on the outside looking in and he thought that he would somehow transform himself into a man about campus and Veronica would fall at his feet.  Delusional comes to mind.  He just couldn’t fit in and felt somehow superior to those around him.

It’s different I’ll give it that, it seemed much longer than it’s 225 pages. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.  If you are looking for something different give it a try.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

3/5 stars



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