Whitney Pastorek
June 25, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Last One In

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Nicholas Kulish
publisher
HarperPerennial Library
genre
Fiction, Comic Novels

We gave it an A-

EW PICK

When gossip reporter Jimmy Stephens gets his paper sued for libel, he’s forced to impersonate an injured writer who shares his name and embed with the Marines for 2003’s Iraq invasion. Isn’t that the setup of Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop? you ask. And do we really need more novels about a Gen-Y guy’s redemption? But the story and hero soon blossom into something far more captivating. Nicholas Kulish, a former war correspondent, devises the perfect carrot/stick combo for our Paris Hilton-ized generation: a passionate critique of modern warfare disguised as lad lit. Last One In will sneak up on you. A-

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