Shampoo Planet

by DOUGLAS COUPLAND | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0671755064 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 11/11/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, November 11, 2006
Picked this up at the used book store. It's a different cover.

From Chapters:
Shampoo Planet is the rich and dazzling point where two worlds collide -- those of 1960s parents and their 1990s offspring, "Global Teens." Raised in a hippie commune, Tyler Johnson is an ambitious twenty-year-old Reagan youth, living in a decaying northwest city and aspiring to a career with the corporation whose offices his mother once firebombed.

This six-month chronicle of Tyler''s life takes us to Paris and the ongoing party beside Jim Morrison''s grave, to a wild island in British Columbia, the freak-filled redwood forests of northern California, a cheesy Hollywood, ultra-modern Seattle, and finally back home. On the way we meet a constellation of characters, among them: Jasmine, Tyler''s Woodstock mom; Dan, his land-developer stepfather; "Princess Stephanie," Tyler''s European summer fling; and Anna Louise, his post-feminist girlfriend with an eating disorder.

Tyler''s dizzying journey into the contemporary psyche -- a voyage full of rock videos, toxic waste, french-fry computers, and clear-cut forests -- is a spellbinding signature novel for a generation coming of age as the millennium comes to a close.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, February 16, 2008
Tyler is a hotel management college student that lives in a small town in Washington. His mom is a hippie with bad taste in men, his sister doesn't do much with his life, and his girlfriend is anorexic. When Tyler comes back from his European trip, he tries to forget that part of his life, including his run in with a French girl, Stephanie. But when Stephanie calls and says she's coming to the USA, Tyler can't hide from his two worlds coming together.
Like any Coupland book, this story is more about people and relationships than about events. I didn't find the characters in this novel as weird as previous Coupland novels that I've read, and for this I was thankful. Coupland keeps these characters weird, but not to the point where you can no longer relate to them.
Not my favourite Coupland book, but definitely not my least favourite either!

Reserved to be RABCK'd!

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 06, 2008
Sent off today as a surprise RABCK!

Journal Entry 4 by sudokugirl from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday, April 25, 2008
What a great surprise! :) This has been on my wishlist for years. Thank you so much, HoserLauren!

Journal Entry 5 by sudokugirl from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday, June 06, 2008
Oh this was excellent :) Definitely one of my favourite Coupland books. Thank you so much, HoserLauren, I hope the next reader enjoys it as much as I did.

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