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I Love You, Beth Cooper

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  6,637 Ratings  ·  1,155 Reviews
Denis Cooverman wanted to say something really important in his high school graduation speech. So, in front of his 512 classmates and their 3,000 relatives, he announced: "I love you, Beth Cooper."

It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is. And Denis, the captain of the debate team, is s

Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nov 13, 2009 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ha-ha-s
The reason I don't read 'thrillers' or 'action' books is that I don't see them as being much different from their movie form. I don't feel like I get anything more out of the book than a movie version, and I'd rather save myself some hours and just watch a movie if that is the kind of entertainment I want.

This book falls into a newly created category derived from the above. If I want to see a whacky teen comedy, I'll watch the movie instead of reading the book. The book is pretty self-aware tha
Mar 10, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It started off promising... really, it did. I'll admit it, I was a nerd in high school, so I can relate to Denis Cooverman a little bit. He uses his time at the podium during his high school graduation ceremony (valedictorian, of course) to criticize some of his classmates before professing his love for popular girl Beth Cooper.

The promising beginning didn't really go anywhere, unfortunately. Denis, who was repeatedly beaten up and made fun of during his school career, continues to be beaten up
Jun 17, 2009 EAK rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I am ashamed to admit that I suggested that my book club read this book as "a fun, summer read," since we seemed to be reading a lot of depressing books lately. I assumed that it would be a high school dork story in the vein of Freaks and Geeks. Instead, it was one of the worst books I have ever read. Yes, I gave it ZERO stars. And Larry Doyle, if you are reading this review, please contact me so I can give you my address so you can write me a check fo
May 04, 2008 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a funny book
Shelves: augie
When I read this book, I had no idea that the author, first-time novelist Larry Doyle, was an established television writer, with writing credits for "Daria," "Beavis and Butthead," and "The Simpsons," but I easily could have guessed. I Love You, Beth Cooper has the frantic pace and zany, unrealistic plot points that are necessary to keeping a television audience (especially the youthful ones of the aforementioned shows) interested for the whole half-hour. It is full to bursting with cliches of ...more
Jun 24, 2009 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
During his speech as high school valedictorian, Denis Coverman strays from his agreed upon script, taking a moment to get some things off his chest and call out certain members of the student body who have made his life miserable for the past four years. And he also takes a moment to let his secret crush, Beth Cooper, popular cheerleader, know that he loves her.

That's a hell of a hook and author Larry Doyle really makes work. The initial portions of the novel are laugh out loud funny, including
Jason Hough
Dec 04, 2013 Jason Hough rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: Ken Bibb
This book is all about making you laugh. The story is shallow, as are most of the characters.
While there were probably more moments in this that made me laugh aloud than any book since Hitchhikers Guide, it completely lacked any of the emotional or philosophical satisfaction Hitchhikers brought.
And, in an odd way, it's almost too funny. It's like the author kept going back and trying to make sure every single sentence had a joke in it. In that sense, although there are plenty of extremely funny
Aug 15, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-adult, humor, 2011
I wanted to read this book before seeing the movie and I'm glad I did (not because I've seen the movie yet and am making comparisons, but because I can't imagine the movie can translate half the humor of this book).

Denis Cooverman, aka "The Coove", aka "The Penis", decides that his valedictorian speech at his high school graduation is the perfect time to announce that he is in love with Beth Cooper, the head cheerleader, in addition to insulting several of his classmates. To his surprise, Beth a
Aug 28, 2009 Rosa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stopped reading this when I was already over halfway through, with less than 100 pages to go, something I Never do. I just kept thinking it'd get better, then I came on Goodreads to see numerous people had finished the book with similar hopes that were eventually dashed, and decided I'd sidestep the waste of my time. Incredibly tedious - 2-dimensional characterizations, deathly slow-moving plot (but with numerous unnecessarily over-the-top contrivances), highly annoying narrative style (one whic ...more
Jenny Rebecca
WHAT HAPPENED?!! I wanna know what happened at the end of the summer. Darn you Larry Doyle! This book was fun. More laughs, more good story. I want to know what happens next!
Oct 12, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Silly, ridiculous, irreverent, zany, shallow, stupid. And guess what?.,,,this book cracked me up! Never saw the movie, never will and I don't care that the reviews were not the best on GR. This coming-of-age story set on graduation night from high school made me laugh and laughter is a good thing!
Mar 07, 2011 Tintin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I have no doubt that Larry Doyle can be a humorous writer (how else could he have credits in Beavis and Butthead and The Simpsons?), but he has no business writing a novel and should have stuck to writing for the screen.

Maybe saying 'no business' is too harsh. Let me rephrase: he should have honed his novel-writing first and not just ported his script to the novel format, bugs and all.

It may not look it but my favorite genre is comedy and I Love You Beth Cooper being tagged as a romance-comedy (
Ben Babcock
I finished this book in three hours. From page one, Larry Doyle creates an eerily familiar depiction of high school, specifically that moment when you look back during your graduation and realize you're finally free and have your whole life ahead of you--and it's scary.

Doyle's wit sets us off on a one-night odyssey that originates from the single question, "What if, instead of delivering an average graduation speech, the valedictorian head of the debate team confesses his love for the head cheer
Devin Bruce
Dec 29, 2007 Devin Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: former high school nerds, current high school nerds, fans of The Simpsons
Shelves: fiction, library, humour
On the day of his high school graduation, debate captain Denis Cooverman makes his valedictorian speech. He stands up in front of the podium, and it starts off typical and boring enough. Until he says the following five words: "I love you, Beth Cooper." This declaration of love for the head cheerleader - as well as a few other choice statements - stuns the crowd, and sets into motion a series of events that turns Graduation Night into the craziest, most dangerous, and exhilirating night of Denis ...more
Mar 10, 2009 Staci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens
Shelves: 2009-reads
Honestly, reading this book is like jumping on a roller coaster, forgetting to buckle your seatbelt, and you didn't have enough time to pull the bar down. So now you're flying all over the place, screaming your damn head off, swooping over the hills, feeling like you're going to throw up, ducking your head so you don't get decapitated, and then finally you pull back into the station, look at your partner that rode next to you and say..."Dude, that was one freakin' awesome ride. Let's do it again ...more
Scott Benjamin
Sep 19, 2007 Scott Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
The beginning of this book has some of the funniest writing I have seen in a very long time. Although, as I noted to my friend, Amy, some of the humor might be lost on someone who was never an adolescent boy.

The middle does kind of drag on a bit, as the "main character constantly getting the crap kicked out of him" theme gets a bit overplayed. But it does end nicely.

I think every guy, at some point in high school, had a Beth Cooper. That's why it is so funny.

Mine was Christina Bianchi. But, inst
Dec 20, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I can guarantee that if you read this book you will
1. Laugh
2. Smile
3. Cringe

Larry Doyle writes and understands geekdom at it's finest. Denis "The Penis" Cooverman is the smart kid, the Valedictorian. He also is in love with a girl he's hardley talked to, Beth Cooper. She appears to be this All-American, cheerleader, happy, easy-going girl. "The Coove" decides to proclaim his love for her in his Graduation speech which turns into a wild night spent with Beth, her friends and his friend Rich
Nov 21, 2008 Trin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, american-lit
Rather than deliver the usual platitudes, dorky Denis decides to lay some honesty on his high school graduating class during his valedictorian speech. Among other things, this involves outing his best friend and declaring his love for head cheerleader Beth Cooper—who unfortunately has no idea who he is. What follows is pretty much a lesser Judd Apatow movie in book form. There is Zaniness. And Shenanigans. And—quite a few funny moments, too. I came to like this book more as it went along—toward ...more
Andrew Shaffer
Feb 16, 2015 Andrew Shaffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love you too, Beth Cooper.
Dalton Esbaum
Oct 21, 2016 Dalton Esbaum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a modern and funny twist on a common love story of a nerd and a popular girl. I loved this book because Dennis Covermen is a lot like me in a way. He has some of the same thoughts as me and he is also kind of a nerd. The one thing I didn't like about the book was that some stuff was way too long with way to many side comments. It got a little hard to follow, but in the end it was a great book.
Apr 25, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Basic Overview
I Love You, Beth Cooper is the literary equivalent of watching a John Hughes movie or a classic John Cusack as a teenager-in-love movie (think Say Anything). The book chronicles one wacky night (graduation night, no less) in the life of Denis Cooverman, who gets the ball rolling when he declares his love for the uber-popular and out-of-his-league Beth Cooper during his valedictorian speech. And what kind of people are valedictorians? Nerds. The book offers the classic "nerd declare
Jul 09, 2014 T. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Denis is the nerdiest of nerds, and Beth, the cheerleader and popular girl, is his unrequited love. During Denis’s graduation speech, he has the audacity to make this stunning confession, and over the course of the night, Denis and Beth, with friends along for the ride, traverse the night from one disaster to the next in a story that at times can be hilarious and entertaining, albeit that awkward, cringe worthy, can’t-watch-can’t-look-away kind of entertaining.

That being said, its awkward situa
Jan 25, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It is not entirely my fault that I read a book as stupid as this one. I knew going in that it wasn't exactly going to be Ulysses, but given that it was so popular for more than a couple of years, when it turned out to be the book version of every raunchy teenage sex comedy ever, I was surprised. I mean, try to imagine the movie Porky's, but as a book. Seems unlikely, right? That's what I thought too, but sadly I was wrong.

So the plot, such as it is, is that Denis Cooverman, Nerd, gives the valed
Jun 17, 2009 Nely rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Denis Cooverman - class valedictorian, captain of the debate team and your all-around nerd is standing on stage, sweating profusely and giving his graduation speech when he decides to live on the edge and says:

"I love you, Beth Cooper."

Yep, in front of his 500+ classmates and their relatives.

Beth Cooper - head cheerleader, most popular and the hottest girl in school has only the vaguest idea of who Denis is. They’ve been in the same classes their whole lives but Denis has always sat behind her i
Rashmi Tiwari
So I saw this on my favorite sister-in-law's bookshelf and vaguely remembered a teen movie with the same name and so OF COURSE, had to borrow it. (This all happened last night at a Halloween party.)

This book could be SO much more. Really. I love YA. I love coming-of-age stories. I love anything that falls into the category of satire, PARTICULARLY when it skewers social systems. Like high school. I was totally prepped to love the ever-loving shit of out of this book. And yet.

And yet.

It did not d
Brandon Will
I don't know. I was a dorko too, I went to high school in America, and I wanted to like this book. Some people with good taste had recommended it to me -- and they weren't wrong. This book is incredibly funny. I guess my problem enjoying it was that that's just all there is. It feels exactly like a book written by a writer for the Simpsons. And I'm not trying to put down the Simpsons here either, but, the show did lose a lot of it's depth as it went on.

I found this book incredibly stereotypical
Apr 29, 2009 Billie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found I Love You, Beth Cooper a disgusting portrayal of romance in the HS setting. According to reviews I read of this book, reviewers thought the book to be incredibly funny and a reminder of what love in HS was like and why kids can’t wait to get out of HS but how the experience is like indelible ink… you can’t leave HS memories behind. If my HS romances were like the one portrayed by Larry Doyle, I wouldn’t let my kids go through HS! I was disgusted with the immaturity and foul language bou ...more
May 24, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
Larry Doyle knows he's funny and here his sense of humor is on full display. Denis Cooverman concludes his high school career as valedictorian, declaring his love for head cheerleader Beth Cooper during his graduation speech. The night following is full of fighting, partying, breaking and entering, larceny, and all other kinds of trouble teenagers could possibly get into in one crazy night, with Denis following along with any of Beth's scheming.

My husband attended Buffalo Grove High School and
Jul 16, 2011 Pang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think many years of my husband force-feeding me boy-ish, immature movies and humor has finally cracked me open. I found this book to be HILARIOUS! I'd laugh out loud if I was reading at home, and I'd chuckled like a crazy person if I was reading on the bus.

The plot of the story was nothing new: geeky boy had a crush on a queen-bee. If you'd seen John Hughes movies or other coming-of-age movies, you'd probably read the book. Still, it was a refreshing break from all the books I'd been reading.
Jun 26, 2008 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wacky, goofy book about a sweltering graduation and the long evening which follows. nerdy valedictorian who professes his love to a popular cheerleader (Beth Cooper) in his graduation speech. Well, what if the universe conspired to let these two get to know one another in the course of some strange, crazy events that transpire in the course of the night and pepper the entire books with movie quotes and some odd sort of scary looking sketches....voila! There you have it.

Damian Rucci
Mar 20, 2011 Damian Rucci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like my writing, I like to read horror, suspense and the like but I was in the school library when I spotted I Love You, Beth Cooper. The blurb seemed interesting, so I decided to give it a read. This novel is one of the funniest pieces of literature I have had the pleasure of reading. I could easily relate to the characters and setting, as I am in high school, and the stereotypes presented are amusing. Doyle dabs at various areas of adolescent life which are evident throughout the first read an ...more
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Larry Doyle, a former writer for The Simpsons, works in showbiz and writes funny things for the New Yorker. He lives outside Baltimore with his wife, Becky, their three children, and one dog, until it dies, and then no more dogs, according to the wife.
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“I'm sorry I'm so pathetic," he thought, and then realized he had also said it.

Beth laughed, so lightly and so kindly that Denis felt it in his chest, not his stomach.

Can I tell you a secret?"

Yes, tell me all your secrets Denis kept to himself.

Beth leaned in, whispered: "All boys are pathetic.”
“Denis could think of no logical reason why he should not attempt to mate with Beth Cooper.

There were no laws explicitly against it.

They were of the same species, and had complementary sex organs, most likely, based on extensive mental modeling Denis had done.”
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