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I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class... by Josh Lieb
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Oct 17, 09

bookshelves: ya-literature, fiction

The title kind of says it all, really. Oliver Watson is, in fact, a 12-year-old evil genius, complete with minions, who single-handedly runs the world (or at least several multi-national corporations, which is the same thing). But like most 12-year-old boys, his real ambition is to impress his aging hippie father, who likes to wax rhapsodic about the wonders of the democratic process. Presumably because 12-year-olds can't be United States Senators, Oliver runs for class president, but, because his father won't be impressed by anything less than a 100-percent-American-as-apple-pie-honest-to-god democratic victory, he tries to do it fair and square.

The conceit here starts to get a bit old rather quickly, but the writing is funny, the plot is engaging (believe it or not), and the photographs are pretty funny, especially the one photo essay (although I couldn't help thinking that the latter was more a function of the author's getting a bit lazy than it was a genuine attempt to be funny). And the portrayal of Oedipal tension between father and son really is very well done.
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