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The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld

2.8  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Justin Hearnfeld is a young man just out of college who has taken a job as a high school teacher. In this hilarious and heartfelt coming of age novel, Justin takes his lumps one after another on his way to discovering who he is and the true meaning of love.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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Erin
Jun 15, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
I liked this.
Nancy
Oct 26, 2015 Nancy rated it did not like it
I read a review of this book as being chick-lit for guys. I assume that's the case here, as I had this book on my wishlist for some time before finally getting around to reading it. I only got about 10 pages in. It didn't strike me as particularly well written nor compelling. As I actually have a degree in creative writing, I feel like I can safely say that this book needed much more editing...too much "telling" and not enough showing or scenes. The author wrote this in the third person POV but ...more
Carol
Mar 28, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book was okay for passing some time, but not much else. It reads like a chick lit book, but the main character is a guy. I thought Elish tried to make too much out of mundane things. For example, the prom prank early in the book goes on and on for pages and pages and is really an annoying juvenile thing. Then there was the "intimidating" professor from the graduate program who all the students were afraid of. He didn't seem too intimidating to me, or maybe the "highly selective" graduate ...more
Liza
Oct 06, 2008 Liza rated it it was ok
This was amusing for the first 150 pages or so, but then got redundant. Maybe it's because I'm not a man, but I can certainly appreciate the male-driven satire of Tom Perrotta or Jonathan Tropper...but this was more chick-lit for boys--very little of the wit or depth of character that Perrotta or Tropper achieves.
Thomas
Aug 01, 2012 Thomas rated it really liked it
Contrary to many reviews on goodreads I enjoyed this book. It was a happy book and it always made me laugh. I felt a connection with Justin Hearnfeld and therefore got very into this book as I read it for hours at a time. I liked the plot and thought that it was very well thought out.
Beth
Apr 03, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
The blue dodge balls on the cover intigued me. Was this going to be a high school angst story or a young guy trying to get laid story? Well, a bit of both and more. I really enjoyed reading about Justin trying to find his way in life.
Lucy
Sep 18, 2008 Lucy rated it liked it
This book wasn't anything special. About the romantic life of a highschool English teacher fresh out of college. Pretty predictable.
Liz
Jul 25, 2008 Liz rated it it was ok
I grabbed it from the "hot reads" shelf at the library. It was a decent "spend the whole day reading" book, but I didn't finish it feeling encouraged or especially glad I'd read it...
Beth
Feb 25, 2009 Beth rated it liked it
This was a perfectly fine book to read when I was sick, but there was nothing special about it. I didn't like the protagonist that much so it was hard to get into.
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Sep 10, 2008 Frynsg rated it really liked it
thought this book might help me see the humorous side of teaching.
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