I love this book so much. Not only is it funny and exciting and all kinds of fun, it's got this excellent feminist theme. Some of the more satirical e...moreI love this book so much. Not only is it funny and exciting and all kinds of fun, it's got this excellent feminist theme. Some of the more satirical elements are a bit over-the-top, though funny, but all the scenes with the girls on the island trying to survive and getting to know one another are so real and rich. What I especially love is the way that some of the girls seem really stereotypical at first but become more and more three-dimensional the more you get to know them. Love it!(less)
I decided to read this book on an impulse while I was trying out my library’s e-book collection, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. I quite...moreI decided to read this book on an impulse while I was trying out my library’s e-book collection, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. I quite enjoyed it and I think it will appeal to fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. It’s similar in that it has cartoons mixed in with the text, and the main character is a somewhat unpopular fourteen-year-old boy.
Larkin Pace has plans to be a famous film director, and he has the entertaining but largely useless talent of remembering both facts about and large chunks of dialogue from all of the many movies he’s seen. He desperately wants a camcorder, but his father insists that he earn the money to pay for it. Larkin looks for ways to earn the money, while also trying to win back his girlfriend/best friend from the bully who torments him.
The Accidental Genius of Weasel High was written by Rick Detorie, creator of the “One Big Happy” comic strip, which was one of my favorites as a kid. I hadn’t realized that until I started reading and recognized the drawing style, so that was an unexpected bonus. I liked all of the characters and thought they were very realistic, and I really appreciated the ending as well. It’s a quick read and a humorous one as well, recommended for fans of realistic fiction and teen boys, especially.
One of the most interesting things about this book for me was the fact that it takes place in my home town. I imagine that people who live in big citi...moreOne of the most interesting things about this book for me was the fact that it takes place in my home town. I imagine that people who live in big cities like New York experience this more frequently than most, but this is the first book I’ve read (at least since I’ve been old enough to appreciate it) that takes place in Albany, NY. It adds a whole new dimension to the story when you can visualize the streets and landmarks. When Seth drove through Washington Park or turned from South Lake onto New Scotland, I knew exactly where he was. It was a fascinating new experience.
On the worst day of his life, Seth Baumgartner gets dumped by his girlfriend, loses his job, and sees his father on a date with a woman who isn’t his mother. Struggling to deal with his loss of faith in love, Seth starts a podcast called the Love Manifesto, in which he discusses his mission to get his girlfriend back and his search for information about his father’s mistress. Meanwhile, he spends his free time at the golf course where his best friend works, preparing for the big father-son tournament, which suddenly seems like a greater challenge given what he now knows about his father.
Despite the fact that I have very little interest in golf and my attention tended to wane during the golf scenes and discussions, I found this book to be wonderfully engaging and entertaining. The characters are all well-developed and believable, and the writing is virtually flawless. I tend to be very nit-picky about sloppy writing and poor exposition and the like, and I found nothing at all to complain about with this book. I will certainly be reading more of Eric Luper’s work.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the story of two teens, both named Will Grayson, and the events surrounding their meeting, particularly their relationsh...moreWill Grayson, Will Grayson is the story of two teens, both named Will Grayson, and the events surrounding their meeting, particularly their relationships with a boy named Tiny Cooper, who is not, in any way, tiny. One Will Grayson is Tiny’s best friend and tries to live his life as painlessly as possibly by following two rules: Shut up, and Don’t care. After the two Wills meet, and the other will grayson (he only speaks in lowercase letters), who is dealing with depression, starts dating Tiny, the first Will feels left behind. Both Wills have a tendency to use apathy to avoid getting hurt, and Tiny, who is the opposite of apathetic and gets hurt constantly, tries his best to break them of the habit.
This is an excellent story, well written and thoroughly engrossing. It’s both funny and painful, light-hearted and serious. It’s a story about friendship, acceptance, and love and should be relatable to almost anyone, particularly those of us for whom high school was (or is) a difficult thing to get through.