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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The basic story is this, one unpopular boy who pined after a girl for all his high school years decides to announce his love for her during his Valedictorian speech. This just opens the stor...more
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...more
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 (...more
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...more
April 2, 2014
By Michelle Eriksson
Do you love to have a good laugh? Well, I know I do! The book, I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle, made me smile and laugh.
What made me laugh the most is at the beginning of the book. The main character, Denis Cooverman, was going to make an inspirational speech, but really all he just said was. . . “I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER!”. I felt kind of embarrassed for him. But that definitely made me laugh a lot because usually graduation speeches are suppos...more
I found this book incredibly stereotypical...more
"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...more
My husband attended Buffalo Grove High School and...more
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...more
That being said, its awkward situa...more
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....more
There are some problems with the book, but it moves fast enough to roll past most of them. Now that I'm done, I don't remember too much of it: few lines stand out as quotable essentials, like the ones Doyle paid t...more
There must be some unwritten (or knowing the publishing industry) fully written down and stamped policy that if you are marketing a book for guys 13 to.... lets say infinity that sex has to be major player in the narrative. I'm guessing this must work to sell books or they wouldn't do it. I don't think sex can sink a good book or save a bad one. Of course I'm not their market.
I wish I could read this book as a parody of publishers' exploitative expectations for boy's YA lit and maybe the mani...more
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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.”
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.”