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My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park

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There are only three great loves in T.C. Keller's life: the Red Sox, his father, and his best friend and unofficial "brother," Augie. But ninth grade is the year when he falls head-over-cleats in love with Ale Perez. She's pretty, sassy, smart, and a great dancer. Ale is so busy playing hard to get that she doesn't realize that she just might be falling head-over-tap shoes ...more
Paperback, 403 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Speak (first published March 13th 2008)
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Flannery
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone whose heart is feeling a little iced over
Recommended to Flannery by: Teccc
I miss Boston. I miss walking through the Commons in the fall, drinking on roof decks in the summertime, riding the T and just getting off at random stops, shoveling my car out, pumpkin ale, my book club besties, Fenway franks, that feeling that a bar gets when a Dropkick Murphys song comes on, and perusing the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Hell, I even miss the frakking BU students who ride the green line and the 57 TWO STOPS instead of just walking. This book almost made me physicall ...more
Maggie
When Flannery first recommended this book to me with the promise of Boston and baseball, my exact reaction was, "........" The opening paragraph of her review cracks me up because what I remember most about Boston is: rats. Lots and lots of rats. Since "everywhere" is too general, let me tell you 3 specific places where I saw a rat.

1. Subway (as in Eat Fresh®)
2. California Pizza Kitchen, Prudential Center
3. My dorm room

My friends refused to walk on my left because whenever I saw a rat charging o
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Catie
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, ya, lgbtqia
3 1/2 stars

I am just not cut out for this kind of book. I am that kid that, at age six, figured out that Santa does not exist and then pressured my mom into confessing all. No, I was not upset. I was triumphant. It’s not that I don’t have a heart or an imagination; it’s just that both of these things have always been firmly rooted in reality. If I were in Mary Poppins having a tea party, that table would be made of solid granite and would be heavily anchored to the ground. No amount of pun fille
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Eh?Eh!
I haven't quite officially finished this book but I can already see that it's going to be a happy ending. Nothing bad happens! It's that perfect department store window, mannequins placed just so. It's a half-hour sitcom with laugh track. It's those people down the street you kind of hate, the perfect family with the perfect lawn and the perfect future ahead of them (not the perfection that hides eeeevil secrets, I mean the annoyingly perfect).

The book is a series of school essays (journal entri
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Minli
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has a heart
Recommended to Minli by: Allison
“If you don’t like it, just lie.”

A friend lent me her copy of Steve Kluger’s My Most Excellent Year after I said I wished there were more novels that just happened to feature characters of diversity, instead of having their diversity carry the whole book. This is not to devalue books that specifically highlight a certain experience, but so few of them are equally entertaining as they are important. When was the last time I read about a black Mia Thermopolis or a gay Percy Jackson? I’m not intere
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
5 Sickeningly Sweet Stars

T.C., Alé and Augie are high-schoolers who have been assigned an English lesson of journaling their “most excellent year”. Follow along through these journal entries, chats, I.M.s, etc. as the three come of age and come into their own.

Obviously, this one isn’t ever going to win a Pulitzer, but judging the book for its genre – it is absolutely worthy of 5 stars. I don’t care if it’s completely cliché, the characters are too mature to be 14, the plot isn’t realistic. So w
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Deeze
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Well the ride is over and I’m feeling pretty sad. I hate turning the last page when the book is so damn good.

That said I urge anyone looking for a fun trip into the minds of 3 teenage school kids (with a 6 year old and a few adults throwing their two cents), in to read this book.

This is a story about love, life and family. It is told through the Diary entry’s and various emails and IM messages that are typical of Steven Kluger’s style.

TC, Augie, and Alejandra are the main talkers in this story.
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Kristi
Jul 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, lgbtqia, romance
My feelings are kind of torn about this one. There's no doubt that the book is full of hilarious moments. But sometimes the funny felt a little forced. All of the characters are so clever and amusing and witty that sometimes I wanted to scream that real people aren't like this! (At least not where I'm from - maybe Boston is a whole 'nother world.) All of the characters of course had the exact same sense of humor, and their voices started to sound an awful lot alike after a while. And some of the ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
4 stars for being one of the most heartwarming books ever.

My Most Excellent Year is a multi-medium contemporary about three kids; high school class clown T.C., theater kid Augie, and the absolutely badass Alejandra. This book succeeds mainly because of the main three characters' interesting personalities. Each one is unique and interesting

Alejandra and T.C.'s romance is completely free of instalove. Their banter-filled relationship was so fun to read about. Kluger also does a great job with Aug
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Jaime
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not going to buy this book. I already had two perfectly good paperbacks in hand. But then I read the first sentence, and I couldn't put it down. [Note to Ms. LaFontaine: I didn't meant to give you a hard time about this assignment, but "My Totally Excellent Year" would have been like so 1995, we'dhave been laughed out of Brookline if anybody found out.] The subtitle's also a gem- 'a novel of love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park.' That's right, this book was written for you, Kelly and Dr. B. An ...more
~Tina~
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredible story!!

This book is written entirely in assignment form, e-mails, texts, diary entries and journals, so at first I thought this would be distracting since I'm not use to this style and usually don't prefer it. But, I liked it and thought the way this book was delivered was very well put together and only added to it's appeal.

My Most Excellent Year tells the tale of three people, TC, Alejandra, and Augie (and then later on Hucky) as they tell about there most excellent year
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GraceAnne
My favorite YA novel of the year so far. It pulls every single heartstring and makes you glad it did. I really did laugh and cry, and sometimes both at once. Completely over the top, and yet somehow utterly believable.
Chachic
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chachic by: Maggie and Flannery
Originally posted here.

The moment I saw my good friend Maggie of Young Adult Anonymous give My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger such a glowing review, I knew I would want to read it. I went on Goodreads and also realized that another friend, Flannery of The Readventurer, rated it highly. I wanted to grab a copy as soon as I could but since books are expensive here in Singapore, I waited until I was in Manila before buying the paperback. I’ve had my copy since December last year and only felt
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Grace Cohen
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely ridiculous book and I smiled the entire time I was reading it.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

T.C., originally Anthony Conigliaro Keller, was born into a family who loves baseball, and speaks with a very distinct accent. Like his family, T.C. loves the sport and practically knows all there is to know about baseball. It certainly helps him with his grades; if only it could help him get the girl of his dreams. With quite an odd family, a knack at frustrating those around him, making sure he only gets a B+ on everything (e
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Salma Shama
I got hooked up after reading the blurb.

“My Most Excellent Year” by Steve Kluger is an incredible book. It’s the story of three teens in their freshman year of high school, about their most excellent year. There's T.C. (Anthony) who is obsessed with baseball and anything related with baseball, his best friend Augie (Asian gay teenager), and Alejandra a.k.a T.C.’s dream girl who doesn’t return his love. Each character has a unique personality. It’s a book about a lifelong friendship and love. The
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Thomas
My Most Excellent Year is the story of three teens that are reflecting on their freshman year of high school, hence the title. They are doing it as an assignment during junior year, so the story is made up of letters, journal entries, and other writings. T.C. is in love with Ale but doesn't know how to tell her. Ale is deciding whether to pursue her own interests or to try to live up to her parent's expectations. And Augie, T.C.'s brother, is trying to figure out what true love is.

To put it mild
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Megan
I absolutely loved this book.

It's not deep, you won't be crying your eyes out, but it's wonderful. It's funny and heartfelt and very sweet. At times, it definitely strays into the "unbelievable" side of things in terms of dialogue and the total lack of teenage drama, but I think that is part of what makes this book so enjoyable and unique. I can't think of another YA book I have read quite like this one, with these engaging characters and the flow of the novel.

A bit about my thoughts on the Deaf
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Mimi
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I give the rating of two stars in its truest sense of "it's okay." This was a difficult novel to rate. I thought the writing was really good, and it was funny. But the main characters were all so incredible. They were all wealthy (or at least not poor), they all were really smart/got good grades, they were all really talented in different ways, they were all very attractive, etc. And I guess it is quite possible that three people like them would all be friends, so I don't know why I'm complainin ...more
oliviasbooks
Review in German (01.11.2008) : My most excellent young adult novel. Bitte mehr davon! My Most Excellent Year ist einer dieser Romane, bei denen alle Fäden am Ende zu meiner Zufriedenheit verknüpft worden sind und Story und Charaktere mir so sympathisch waren, dass ich sie sofort nach dem Zuklappen des Buches bereits vermisste. Der Klappentext sagt eigenlich schon viel - obwohl sie kurz ist. Ich führe etwas aus: Hauptaktionspunkt der vielschichtigen, mehrere Jahre abdeckenden Geschichte ist eine ...more
Daniel
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, lgbtq, epistolary
So... It's epistolary which is always fun. Emails, IMs, diary entries. No direct narration.

I read it in about three sittings in a single day, stayed up till 2 am finishing it. Mostly because the characters are adorable than any real suspense. The book seems pretty low on conflict to me, though I haven't read a ton of YA stuff to compare it to. It's basically two 14 year olds one straight, one gay, finding their first loves, and the biggest worries are does she/he like me. The parents are pretty
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Chelsea
I'm in love!

I'm trying to come up with a way this book could have been more perfectly tailored to my interests, and I'm failing miserably.

It's a brilliant combination of Jaclyn Moriarty's banter, wacky characters, and epistolary flair, a fully appropriate level of loathing for all things Yankee (specifically Mr. Bucky Bleepin' Dent) to complement the Carlton Fisk adoration (brilliantly discussed in The Greatest Game, for those who are interested), an absolute adoration of Julie Andrews and all s
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Kathleen
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Ik heb dit boek gelezen met een glimlach van oor tot oor. Het is geen hoogstaande literatuur, het is voorspelbaar, de personages zijn een beetje stereotiep, maar het is grappig en lief en schattig. Het is een boek dat je wil knuffelen. Het is een boek dat ik, als ik ooit met een donkere wolk in mijn hoofd zit, zeker nog eens ga lezen, want het is complete feel good en soms is dat gewoon net hetgeen wat je nodig hebt in een boek. Plus, het is een soort van briefroman met chatsessies en e-mails er ...more
Jim
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jim by: Flannery
4.5 Stars

Wonderful! Funny, insightful, obsessive but in a good way... and unashamedly, universally romantic.

Should I admit that I knew all the movie stars mentioned, and all of their movies? Oh, and Mary Poppins is still one of my favs (true for everyone in this house).

P.S. I learned about this book from Flannery's wonderful review, which I strongly recommend (along with the book!).
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Susan
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming YA book with quirky, smart teenage characters; gay and straight romantic story lines; a variety of writing mediums; heartwarming messages about love and family and community; AND a Julie Andrews cameo! Oh, and baseball for the more sports-minded reader. I'm not sure if the book would appeal to the average contemporary teenager, but this middle-aged, life-long musical theater fan found it delightful. ...more
Mauoijenn
Very cute story. The characters were life like. I enjoyed this, but felt the ending was rushed. It could have gone on for another 3-4 chapters in my opinion.
Martyn Sanderson
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-favs
honestly, this book is everything i’ve ever needed in a novel rolled into one. a character performing music and the mirror in her school talent show? another character addressing every diary entry to a different broadway diva? another character having a pen pal relationship with julie andrews? truly a modern masterpiece.

does this book have any depth to it whatsoever? not particularly. there’s some LGBT identity issues that are lightly touched on, but this isn’t a book you read because you want
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Sonia189
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best thing about fiction books is how the story can touch all our emotional buttons even if the plot is a little too perfectly described that it's almost too difficult to imagine real people could talk and act like that.
This is one of those stories but the voices of the three protagonists are so well combined and the lives they have so amazing, I just can't help but smile while thinking about what I've read.
I can see the flaws in this book but you know, I don't care, because this is a sweet
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LenaRibka

4,5 STARS!

I think all of us came AT LEAST ONCE (in month? year? life?) across a book that makes you fall in love almost from the very first page. I could have said already at 10%, I'd love it. And I did.

And HOW I did.

My Most Excellent Year is one of a very few books I know or read that has ONLY likable characters. That radiates pure happiness and joy. Hilarious and moving. That will make you laugh and cry on the same page.

Maybe.

Maybe the author made his characters a bit too adult, too mature
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Steve Kluger is an author and playwright, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1952, who grew up with only two heroes: Tom Seaver and Ethel Merman. Few were able to grasp the concept. A veteran of "Casablanca" and a graduate of "The Graduate," he has written extensively on subjects as far ranging as World War II, rock and roll, and the Titanic, and as close to the heart as baseball and the Boston Red S ...more

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