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Publisher's Summary

David 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 An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. But, initially, 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 falls feverishly in love. 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.
©2016 Teddy Wayne (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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By Amazon Customer on 03-18-17

Creepy Inner Dialogue of a Psychopath

What did you love best about Loner?

I certainly didn't love this book, but instead found it fascinatingly intriguing. The shift from first person to second person narrative gave depth to the character's deepening obsession.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were no favorite characters.

What about David Bendena’s performance did you like?

He did a good job conveying the main character's inner dialogue.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It definitely creeped me out.

Any additional comments?

This book provides a chilling glimpse into the compulsion of a psychopathic personality on a college campus.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful


By W Perry Hall on 09-30-16

Well-Crafted, Caffeinated Rush


LONER is a well-crafted, caffeinated composition about a volatile, socially-impaired Harvard freshman from New Jersey and his poco loco fixation on an upper crust co-ed from Manhattan's upper East Side, who is not quite as transparent as she seems. Teddy Wayne builds this relationship slowly at first, then deftly manages a sort of whitewater rush where I kept looking for the next dangerous rocks.

The last 30 pages were like watching a long fuse burn toward a powder keg, or seeing another neurotic, introspective Hahvahd freshman Quentin Compson browse around Cambridge before diving into the Charles River--with Wayne's nod to Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, as near the novel's end the anti-hero David sees the plaque that is actually now on the Anderson Memorial Bridge above the Charles which reads

"QUENTIN COMPSON
Drowned in the odour of honeysuckle.
1891-1910"


This highly clever fireball of a relatively short novel has an explosive ending with a few unexpected surprises. Wayne also toys with our expectations based on gender and socio-economic status. I highly recommend this if you like psychological character studies.

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46 of 54 people found this review helpful

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