Youth in Revolt follows the adventures of Nick Twisp, a 14-year-old character who plays out all of adult America's adolescent fantasies in a somewhat amoral, mildly diabolical, and satiric fashion. Nick's supporting cast includes his divorced father, who always reminds his son that the alimony payments stop once Nick hits 18; the inscrutable Sheeni Saunders, an adolescent knockout who coaxes Nick's revolt; various representatives of the Bay area law enforcement community, and a host of others. Although the book is written primarily for adults, the book's reception by high schoolers and college age students has given even the author a surprising little titty-twister. MELVIN reporter Anton Crane contacted Payne at his home in San Francisco.
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