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Vivid, but does not ring true for millenials
on 9 May 2016
The book deftly serves up a slice of 80s superficiality with a side of impending doom. Do not expect any character depth or progression, storyline or dénouement -- that's just not what this author is about. That's fine. The problem is that the book suggests the youth are on an ineluctable drug-fuelled journey to immorality and perversion. Yet wealthy millenials are now more likely to be obsessed with eco-travelling than cocaine; with gender identity rather than partying; and with "building their dreams" rather than sleeping by the pool until 3pm. The image of cool, bored, youths chain smoking cigarettes, doing lines, and driving expensive cars all day is outdated. Morality and conscientiousness (or rather the Instagram appearance thereof) have become powerful status symbols.