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Castration Celebration

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  407 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Did you know that in imperial China, eunuchs had their testicles, penis and scrotum removed?

Olivia does. She's done the research--after walking in on her dad fooling around with one of his grad students. On her way to an arts summer camp at Yale University, she's decided to write a musical called Castration Celebration.

Max, on the other hand, is a big fan of the penis--in
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jennifer Wardrip
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Olivia has had it with men!

After walking in on her dad fooling around with a grad student, Olivia decides that she must write a musical to express her outrage at the situation. Yale University’s summer arts camp is the perfect place to craft her masterpiece. Olivia’s musical is aptly titled Castration Celebration.

She tries to sequester herself in her dorm suite and finish the daunting task put before her, but Olivia’s suite mates aren’t going to let her
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Kurz und knapp
Für alle, die keine Lust auf das 0815-Teeniedrama haben. Diese Teenager sind kreativ, witzig, natürlich ebenfalls ineinander verliebt und verworren, aber sie nehmen das ganze mit mehr Humor als für viele Mädchen glaubwürdig wäre. Trotzdem bringt Jake Wizner mit seinem erfrischenden Schreibstil so viel Schwung in die Seiten, dass das Buch so schnell vorbeirauscht wie Sommerferien.

Lang und breit
Auf Castration Celebration bin ich durch eine Empfehlung von Letter Garden aufmerksam gewo
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy, own, kindle
I had to crack open my thesaurus to find enough words to describe Castration Celebration. Here is the long list of descriptive words I came up with, crude, funny, comical, hilarious, offensive, sardonic, and sarcastic. Drug use, casual sex, and castration jokes galore, Castration Celebration is not for the easily offended.

I am not easily offended and I enjoy books that have a weird sense of humor. I absolutely loved Castration Celebration! It was one of the funniest books that I have read in a w
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Any book that quotes entire passages of "Much Ado About Nothing" and Valerie Solanas' "The SCUM Manifesto" is all right by me. "Castration Celebration" is such a book. My students think the cover looks like "High School Musical," but don't be deceived. This is, as one happy reader told me, "about a bunch of kids being really witty and sharp." Sex jokes, profanity, and drug use abound. But I don't think there's anything here that would really offend most older teens; they've certainly heard worse ...more
God, I love this book! It is so totally "inappropriate" and over the top but that is precisely what makes this such a fantastic read. I love it. I love the offensive title that seems to scare away all men. I love the subject matter. I love the openness with which Jake Wizner writes about sex and other "off-limits" topics including bestiality.

Here's an example of scene that had me laughing out loud:

"You know that book Twilight?" Max asked.

"I've heard of it."

"It's about this vampire who hooks up
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I laughed quite a bit. The lyrics for all the songs in the musicals were brilliant. The songs alone made it worth reading the book. :D

Other than that, I mean, yeah, the plot was really simple and the characters didn't have too much depth, but I don't think that was really the point of this book. I liked how there was so much crude language and the author really didn't hold back on making the dialogue of teen boys and girls realistic. Or if he did hold back, I'd be interested to see the uncensore
Mar 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is completely raunchy and bawdy and gross...and sooooo much fun. Even though I can't imagine it happening, this would make an awesome teen popcorn movie. I don't think I'd recommend it for anyone under 15-years-old: lots of drug use, blow jobs, casual sex, couple of pretty much has it all.

Worth it alone to read the scene where two characters are having a discussion about Twilight. Being set at theater camp, they immediately make up lyrics to a revised version of "Sunday Bloody
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-world, comedy
THIS BOOK IS FUNNNY. Almost as good as Spanking SHakespear it takes on a whole new life of sex, boys, and castration.
OLiva who walked in on her father getting a bj in his office by one of his students. Has gone to Yale for the summer artist program.There she begins to write a play called Castration Celebration, she meets a boy named Max who likes her on sight, but omg she's sworn off boys whats a girl to do???? Then of course there's her roomate Mimi and she's an actor who's.... well she's jus
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, young-adult, funny
Jake Wisner's first book, Spanking Shakespeare, is probably the funniest book I have ever read, so I was very excited to read this. It was clever and fun to read, though not as funny or memorable as Spanking Shakespeare. I only laughed out loud once. There seemed to be more language and mature content in this one, too. Not for young or sensitive readers.
Jan 27, 2009 added it
Outrageously funny, and in all the inappropriate ways imaginable. I want someone to stage the musical!
David Baker
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Wizner's "Spanking Shakespeare," so I ordered this from Amazon. This one's a bit dirtier, but also pretty fun. Sometimes it seems to be actually trying too hard to be dirty, but I really didn't mind. As someone who gets really tired of the standard football-and-cheerleaders view of high school, I really enjoyed the attempt here to capture arts students as just as invested in their world. Drama, band, choir and creating writing kids see their own areas of the high school experience as j ...more
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-novels
I would never have read Castration Celebration had it not been banished to the adult fiction area of our local library. Having now read the book in full, I can only disagree with their decision.

The story follows a group of teenagers attending a summer arts camp at Yale University. Just before leaving for camp, Olivia had the misfortune of walking in on her father (a university professor), being fellated by one of his graduate students. Olivia is understandably disgusted. She swears off involvem
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it

Okay, I admit- while reading this, I often gawked and tried to figure out exactly why it is a teen book. In many ways, I think Random House was ballsy on this one- no pun intended. It is lewd, crass, risque- but underneath all that, it actually does have a good plot and weaves a good story. While this isn't necessarily a book I would feel comfortable holding a giveaway for (though I did get it from a contest from Princess Bookie), I still wouldn't flat out say no, don't read it. This is one that
Laura Pratz
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Castration Celebration was one of those books that are absolutely addicting, and you can't put down. I had really high expectations for how funny this book would be because of the things I'd heard about it, and it completely surpassed them. I was literally laughing-out-loud while reading this book; I don't think I've ever read anything nearly this entertaining.

It was fast-paced, and a really quick read. The end of chapters left me wanting to read the next chapter because I just couldn't put
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Olivia is seriously pissed at guys, and with good reason. She recently walked in on her dad fooling around with one of his grad students, but at least now she has a great topic for the musical she’s writing at summer arts camp at Yale, a musical she’s titled Castration Celebration. But Olivia’s not prepared for when scenes from her play start to star her and a certain cute but cocky actor Max in real life. Even if Olivia is the least bit interested, she’s not willing to trust Max since the only ...more
I really think the saying needs to be changed to “You can’t ALWAYS judge a book by its cover.” The dogmatic assertion that appearance never reveals content is belied by the hard work of focus groups and graphic designers industry-wide; consider the initial impressions one receives from the front of Jake Wizner’s gleefully profane teen novel “Castration Celebration.” Across the bottom, a row of well-scrubbed youngsters leap with theatrical whimsy; above, in unabashed letters as tall as they, that ...more
Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Castration Celebration is a perverted parody version of High School Musical so if you don't mind seeing HSM turned into this humorous and lewd novel, you should totally read it. Of course, it's not for everyone, definitely, but it's still a very funny and entertaining novel that can bring laughter.

Though Castration Celebration is extremely pervy and lewd, it's still not as censored as some of the conversations you can hear in high school. I loved how Jake managed to combine pervy comments with h
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty much as ridiculous as it sounds. Really, it's just weird. It's the good kind of weird, but it won't be that way to everyone. Definitely do not read this book if you are easily offended or easily grossed out. The book doesn't sugarcoat anything; it's pretty crude.

Even though this book is a little crude, it's hilarious. A lot of the jokes are of the gross, teenage-boyish variety, but I still laughed. Not only is there the plot about Olivia, Max, and their friends, but also the
Katie Fitzgerald
I read this book mostly because I had read so many disparate reviews, and I wondered if it was worthy of the praise or deserving of the criticism. In the end, I have concluded that while Spanking Shakespeare definitely runs laps around this one, if you're not comparing the two, Castration Celebration isn't all bad on its own.

The setting is an arts camp for high school students at Yale University, and there are two protagonists - Olivia, a playwright who is angry with men after her father is cau
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: red-covers
My favorite parts from Castration Celebration were the scenes from Olivia's script, which included some lyrics that I really wished had been accompanied by music. If it resembles anything like Avenue Q, then it sounds like a winning musical to me. :) I think she captured the essence of girls AND boys in her scenes, and it was amusing to see how she would banter with Max and use that in her writing.

Maybe I missed it, but I wish that Olivia's "sordid" past had been explained more. I was not sure i
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Understandably bitter after walking in on her father being serviced by one of his grad students, Olivia has sworn off boys and decided to write a musical entitled Castration Celebration. While attending a summer arts program, she meets Max, an actor and womanizer abandoned by his mother. As anyone who has ever watched or read a romantic comedy can guess, Max immediately catches Olivia’s eye despite that whole “no dating” thing. But that’s just the slight foundation on which rests the real drivin ...more
Steph Su
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, writing-learn
I am still giggling and shaking my head weeks after reading this book. CASTRATION CELEBRATION is bawdy and offensive if it’s not your kind of book. Luckily, I enjoyed every minute of it.

In CASTRATION CELEBRATION, witty sexual innuendo is the name of the game. The characters’ repartee is so fast that if you don’t watch out, it might give you whiplash. Flirtatious teasing and suggestive comments fly back and forth, almost without stop. Even when Olivia and Max weren’t flirting, the characters’ dia
Sonya Huser
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really liked Wizner's first book, Spanking Shakespeare which was raunchy, funny, and even touching. I had hoped for something just as funny given the title, but I was fairly disappointed. This book, the story of highschoolers Olivia and Max and some of the friends they make at a summer arts program at Yale, has all of the raunch of Spanking Shakespeare and none of the humor.

Like Spanking Shakespeare, there is a story within a story as Wizner alternates between Olivia and friends' goings ons a
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advisory-reading
My 8th grade teacher, Jake Wizner, boy is he a writer. This book is a hilarious book full of dirty remarks and overall a very immature book, and that's why I love it. I know I say a lot of books are funny, but this is just downright hysterical. This book follows a young man named Max and a young woman named Olivia as they go to drama class to hone their acting skills. However, the love on the set spills over to reality as Max, being a player starts to feel a liking on Olivia. Max realizes this a ...more
Insightful, witty, painful, romantic, brimming with teenage angst and the discovery of love, loss and death, “Castration Celebration” is far more than the eye-catching shocker of its title. The characters are crisply defined with whip-smart dialogue zipping between them. But, while jokes subtle and gross race across the page, deeper emotions are not left wanting. As with most teenagers, absolute conviction wars with the uncertainty that comes with not knowing what it is you really want. There is ...more
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Editor's Note: I did not finish this novel.

Jake Wizner's debut novel, Spanking Shakespeare was rude, crude, and socially unacceptable--I loved it. His newest offering, Castration Celebration takes it further. Perhaps a little too far, even.

The story is that of six teens at an arts camp for the summer. The main character walked in on her father having sex with one of his seventh grade students, and now is working on a musical named Castration Celebration, complete with lyrics in the text.

The nov
What does a girl do when she walks in on her father being "Monica Lewinsky'd" by one of his grad students? Well, if she's Olivia Sands she heads off to performing arts camp at Yale University and writes the musical "Castration Celebration." Olivia has also sworn off boys for the summer but the very first person she runs into (literally) is playboy Max. He is intrigued and besotted and willing to try to get Olivia to reverse her ban on boys. Olivia and her roommates devise a test for Max that inc ...more
Maggie V
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
The crude humor did not in any way make up for the slow pacing and simple plot. There was so much potential for conflict and discussion, but the book felt like one big sex joke with some pot thrown in for fun. I felt that the character development was "surprise, you're Jewish" or "i'm cute and basically superficial". I'm possibly being too harsh since there were some potential "issues" that could have been addressed rather than mentioned and forgotten (yes, not every book has to be a "problem" n ...more
Mandi Blackburn
May 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Consider High School Musical meets Reefer Madness *if* Kevin Smith had written them both.

This book, by the author of *Spanking Shakespeare* , is rated 14+, but while the first pages can be taken for shock value as to what the young female protagonist has to say, it's fails to maintain and sort of "cuteness" as the book progresses. There are a few humorous passages, mostly concerned with literary popculture references (Trust me, even if you hated the series, you don't want to think of Twilight th
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