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The Genius of Little Things

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Tyler’s big dream of becoming a top immunologist could come crashing down if he doesn’t manage all of the little things right now. But when this obsessive-compulsive science geek confronts a school election, a demeaning job, needy tutees, a first girlfriend, and the possible extinction of honeybees, there are suddenly too many things to manage.

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Kindle Edition, first, 235 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Beso Books (first published January 13th 2013)
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Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a pleasure this book was to read! I received it from Read-4-Review and just loved it.

Larry Buhl has taken the typical awkward high school senior and raised him to the next level. I did not expect this character at all. I found myself alternately laughing and shaking my head throughout the story.

Tyler, the main character, is fascinating because he is such an odd combination of things. Many authors address the Foster Care system in a sappy, analytical, or disparaging way. But here, it is simp
Tahlia Newland
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a quiet book of elegant prose and deep characterisation. It's beauty is in the character of Tyler, a seventeen year old kid who has been shunted around by the foster system since his mother died four years perviously. Despite the hard reality of a life living with people who care only about the pay check they get from the government for looking after you, Tyler is a good kid. He keeps his emotions in check, not willing to open up because it only results in you getting hurt or at least be ...more
Dannalie Diaz
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic writing by this indie author. Moving, witty, darkly humorous-- everything a mature contemporary YA novel about growing through the awkward and embracing the unexpected should be.
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Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include THE GENIUS OF LITTLE THINGS by LARRY BUHL in the library of Awesome Indies' Badge of Approval recipients at ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of character-driven books, fans of contemporaries
Shelves: ebook, r2r
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through one of the Goodreads groups in which I'm a member in exchange for an *honest* review.

Rating = 3.5 stars
(Yet again, I wish that we were allowed to give half stars - there is so much room between 3 and 4 stars! - because I'd really rate this book at 3.5. However, since we can't, I prefer to round up than to round down, as it just seems more fair to the author.)

When I saw this book listed in one of my Goodreads groups as a "read for review" option,
Angie Taylor
May 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book started out so promising, but went down hill pretty fast for me. The main story line was great. Tyler, an orphan, and placed in a foster program for the last 4 years, living with a new set of parents who lost their biological son to a drug overdose, and who are trying to redue their parenting skills from the past with their first foster son. The main character is a total nerd/genius, who is endearing, quirky, and funny and trying to find his place in this world, and especially trying t ...more
Stuart M
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by a friend & I’m pretty glad that I decided to read this one.

As a kid bouncing around from one Foster family to another over the years, (coined as the “Foster-go-Round” in the book), Tyler has had to rely on himself a lot while growing up. But now that he’s almost 18, he has a plan to fix everything: attending the prestigious Cal-Tech University. We start off seeing him devote his entire life to achieving this goal, using multiple jobs, extra credit assignments,
Brandy Nacole
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Genius of Little Things is a fun YA book!

The main character, Tyler, is a hoot. After the death of his mother, Tyler is put into foster care. Unlike most stories that are told about kids who are put in foster care, Buhl depicts Tyler in a different perspective. Tyler is a 'nerd' and as he sets his eyes on a dream of his, going to a high end college, the world around him dissolves as he focuses on his goal. If you're a Big Bang Theory fan, at times during this novel I pictured Tyler as a youn
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
If I could, I'd give this a 2.5. It had a lot of potential that fell to the wayside by the end of the novel. I thought they'd delve into the biological mom more or develop the relationship with the foster parents more, but much like the completely random speed addiction Tyler develops and then gets over with no consequences, these things weren't explored. One of my biggest issues was that, even though it was intentional, Tyler felt too detached and, thus, I never felt very invested in him or the ...more
Betsy Sullivan
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love love love this book. Full disclaimer: Larry is a dear writing friend, and I was given the joy to watch/hear him write Genius. And it IS genius. Tyler, the main character, is such a cool, weird, funny, angsty teenager that I sometimes physically cringed when I read of his shenanigans. The book's got a great bittersweet humor, so one minute I would be busting a gut and a few pages later I'd have a lump in my throat.

In terms of writing style, think Perks of Being a Wallflower, David Sedaris,
I received this as an ebook for Read 4 Review.

I found The Genius of Little Things to be well written but I just couldn't get into it In fact I felt as though I had to force myself to keep reading.

I experienced the beginning of one of those uncomfortable emotional swarms. Suddenly, the car was too small. I felt trapped. I couldn’t breathe.
-Tyler, The Genius of Little Things.
Bill Engerson
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Found Tyler to be hilariously literal and quite insightful for his age. Some of the scenes had me laughing aloud. Also, I'm a huge fan of lists; so those in the book kept me entertained.
Geoffrey Rose
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written coming of age novel that was often as moving as it was sprightly and (very) funny. Buhl does an excellent job of bringing his quirky "genius of little things" 17 year old narrator to life in a memorable way. Highly recommended.
Erin Forson
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Funny and poignant. Think Napolean Dynamite with OCD and anxiety.
jenn reads fiction
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reading
I'm working on the review but just so you know, I loved it!
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I'm a journalist, screenwriter, and playwright. I'm a longtime regular contributor to Art & Understanding magazine and Yahoo News. My writing has appeared in Written By, Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Liver Health Today,, Career Builder, New York Daily News, The Advocate, and others. He has reported for KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles and for Free Speech Radio News.

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