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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,883 Ratings  ·  914 Reviews
Family Guy meets Election in this hilarious young adult debut! Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson's got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich. Or so everyone in Omaha thinks. In reality, Oliver's a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he's used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then Oliver's father-and archnemesis-makes a crack abou ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Razorbill
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Mike Mullin
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's fix Jon Stewart's cover blurb. Here's what he said, "If War and Peace had a baby with The Breakfast Club and then left the baby to be raised by wolves, this book would be the result." Here's what he should have said, "If Artemis Fowl had a baby with Diary of a Wimpy Kid and then left the baby to be raised by the Dursleys, this book would be the result."

Five stars of funny. One of my favorite bits: when Oliver defines Machiavelli as "An Italian who wrote an early self-help book."
Monica Edinger
Not sure quite how to rate this one so I won't. I thought most of it was hilarious, inventive, and fun to read, but I was confused by the ending and what young readers are suppose to come away with. Is it pure fun or is there a moral within all that dark irony?

At first I thought it would be most appreciated by younger adults, Daily Show fans, who would remember well the horrors of middle school and get a kick out of how Oliver manages to pass by and over them. It is completely over the top and
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Ana Rînceanu
An evil mastermind with daddy issues plans to become class president and I swear I've not read anything so hilarious, heartwarming and politically conscious ever before.

Ollie is such a memorable and intriguing kid that I wish this book had a sequel so we can see the teen and/or adult versions o this character. He reminds me of a young Gru from Despicable Me.

I warmly recommend giving this to kids since the scheming, manipulating diabolical parts of this book and the crazy characters will keep h
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Sean-Wyn
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 6th-grade, reread
Can't believe more people don't know about this book! It's hilarious and has a main character with a secret life that every kid wishes they could have. 4.5/5 stars because the ending was a bit contrived.
Michael
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twelve-year-old Oliver Wilson isn't the most popular kid in school, but he is the most powerful. Turns out that while he pretends to have the IQ of a grilled-cheese sandwich (his favorite sandwich), he's actually an evil genius with a vast empire that can control just about every aspect of his daily life. He's got special devices in the water fountains to he'll get chocolate shakes when he pushes a certain button, he's got a vast evil empire that can make all of his day to day problems seemingly ...more
Moza M.S.T
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cartoon lovers, lovers of comedy, lovers of hidden-meaning
Recommended to Moza by: My little sister
Shelves: lmao
My sister has been begging me to read this book. Every few minutes she told me that she felt sorry for me because I've deprived myself from reading the amazingness that is I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President. And she was right. so right. I've been deprived, actually deprived of the comedy, deprived of the hidden depth hidden in each character. I actually regret not tearing this book out of her hands the moment she offered it to me.

Oliver, is without a doubt,
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Jackie Doty-abbott
Oliver Watson is an overweight, dim witted, 12-year-old boy whose only joy in life is coming home to his mother's grilled cheese sandwiches. Actually this is just the cover that he uses to mask the fact that he is a malevolent genius and the third richest man in the world. Oliver runs his evil empire, unbeknownst to his parents, from a secret lair under his house. During school he is guarded by specially trained operatives that invisibly dispatch bullies, "motivate" the principal, and harass tea ...more
Abby
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, funny
Okay, this book gets an extra star just for its awesome title alone. It earned those other 3 stars by making me laugh harder while reading than I've done in a very long time.

By all appearances, Oliver Watson is just another dimwitted, overweight middle-school loser. But in fact, he is an evil genius who happens to be the 3rd richest man alive, has an army of minions to do his bidding, and has remodeled the school to suit his needs (i.e., an out of order toliet stall is actually a hidden movie t
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Becca
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a quote from John Stewart on the cover of this book that says, “If War and Peace had a baby with The Breakfast Club and then left the baby to be raised by wolves, this book would be the result. I loved it.” Quite an endorsement for a debut novel, I thought. Then again, author Josh Lieb is an executive producer for The Daily Show. Intrigued, I decided to find out for myself whether Stewart’s praise rings true.

I must say, although in the end I found the book’s humor to be a bit too mean-
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Andrew Hicks
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I'm pretty sure I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil And I Want To Be Your Class President has the most words in the title of any novel I've read. Look at what a clunky acronym it makes: IAAGOUEAIWTBYCP . From now on, it's just gonna be GOUE , for Genius of Unspeakable Evil .

This is one of three books I've read by "Daily Show" alums. (The others are Sons of the 613 and Neil Patrick Harris's Choose Your Own Autobiography , co-authored by David Javerbaum.) All three are worth reading, but
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Martha Davis
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I don’t read much contemporary young adult literature. Honestly, I can’t remember any I’ve read in the last couple of years. I read some along with my daughter when she was young but stopped as she got older. I couldn’t bring myself to read the “Twilight” series because the brooding vampire thing doesn’t really do it for me. The last brooding vampire I read about was Lestat and I lost interest in him after “The Vampire Lestat”. I would have read along with my son but he went from “Capta ...more
Jodi Papazian
Apr 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-reads
Oh dear. I really did not like this book. Yet another 2012 Nutmeg Nominee, this one grabbed my attention over some of the others because of the crazy title and the blurbs on the cover. It is not often you see a YA book with a glowing review from none other than Jon Stewart!! However, it became quite clear within the first few pages that this book was not for me.
I am not quite sure who it IS for to be honest with you. If I had to pick, I would say it is for kids who have been bullied and like
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Jodi
May 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear. I really did not like this book. Yet another 2012 Nutmeg Nominee, this one grabbed my attention over some of the others because of the crazy title and the blurbs on the cover. It is not often you see a YA book with a glowing review from none other than Jon Stewart!! However, it became quite clear within the first few pages that this book was not for me.
I am not quite sure who it IS for to be honest with you. If I had to pick, I would say it is for kids who have been bullied and like to
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Sesana
(Read this as a 3 1/2 star review, please. Curse the lack of half stars!)

Sometimes, I see a book and the title interests me enough that I read it without question. The title of this book demanded that I read it.

Essentially, what we have here is an exercise in middle school level humorous sociopathy. That's not a value judgement, because it actually is pretty funny. I am absolutely not ashamed of how much amusement I got out of Oliver's use of the Electrolyzer, or the cigarette messages. But thi
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Mike B
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Jennie
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
I liked this book, but I didn't love it as I thought I might when I was only a couple of pages in.

What I liked:
*Oliver, the anti-hero who lives mostly in a make believe (but is it really make believe?) world he has created for himself where he only appears dumb and socially awkward to cover up the fact that he's really a super genius who rules most of the world. Honestly, some of the things he could do in his world, like hit a secret button and have the water fountain dispense soda instead of w
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Amy
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any bullied kid who fantasizes about comeuppances
Recommended to Amy by: Jon Stewart
Shelves: 2010-resolution
To the idiots who surround him at Gale Sayers Middle School, Oliver Watson is just a dumb little fat kid who puts strawberry jam on his baloney sandwiches. But in reality, Oliver is a malevolent supergenius with an underground lair, a love for Captain Beefheart, and the ability to overthrow foreign regimes on a whim. He's also a boy after my own evil heart:

The fact is, when I ascend to my throne -- and I will ascend to my throne -- life for the average person won't be much worse than it is now.
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Meghan
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, humor, favorites
Oliver is a super-genius seventh grader, one of two billionaires living in Omaha, Nebraska. Because he is twelve, though, he has to hide his assets and appear unassuming. He disguises himself as a half-witted, fat, unpopular, dork. Little does anyone know that he has the ability, through secret technologies and spy networks, to make anything happen in his school at any time. From secret restroom stalls manned by butlers who serve refreshments, to an attempt to change the life of his English teac ...more
thewestchestarian
A wonky little piece of supposedly juvenile fiction. This is an odd little 12 year old megalomaniacal fantasy of massive wealth, mammoth power and grilled cheese sandwiches. Oliver ”Ollie” Watson is a super-genius inventor, businessman, social engineer child prodigy with homicidal daddy issues. The character resembles the Family Guy television show character of Stewie in cadence, behavior and outdated references (musical shout-outs are made to Captain Beefheart, Lynryd Skynyrd and Cream). His de ...more
Lyndsay
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the back of this book, there is a blurb - courtesy of Judd Apatow - that almost chides the reader to concede that this book is a brave piece of work. I have news for you: it's not.

It is funny.
It is clever.
It is engrossing.
It is sincere.
It is intelligent. (Don't let "young adult" discourage you.)
It is a wonderful picture of middle school, with cringe-worthy descriptions of acne, farts, and projectile vomit.

But brave it is not. Most of the characters fit stereotypes and do not deviate from t
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Mark
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh . . . this one was certainly not as good as initial hype had led me to believe. The book does have some very funny parts, but overall the humor gets old after a few chapters, and the story really isn't anything to write home about. Oliver Watson is an overweight, unpopular middle school student, but that's just his cover. In reality, he's an entrepreneurial mastermind, who is one of the world's richest people at age 12, and runs a number of multinational corporations, runs secretive operatio ...more
Alice
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, humor, ya-mg-kids
I was disappointed in the payoff of this book. You're clearly supposed to dislike the main character throughout, and await his downfall with glee.

And yet, he never realizes how wrong he is, despite the intelligence of which he is so proud. He never questions his beliefs; he revels in locking in opinions that close him off to the rest of the world.

I suppose that's all part of the "evil" thing, but it robbed me of any chance of connecting with the character.

And then, at the end, it actually tries
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Laura
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 h ...more
Megan
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: Caris
Shelves: kid, fiction, teen, courier, 2010
Caris told me that he knew I would like this book, and he was right. I knew Oliver was my kinda guy as soon as I started reading it. Who, if blessed with the same genius and financial ability as our young psychopath, wouldn't use their power to make the water fountains dispense chocolate milk and root beer, or have a secret underground lair inside their house? I mean, come on.

I have to admit, though, I though Ollie was more cute and cuddly than psychopathic and evil, but that might be because he
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Barbara A.
The 1st YA by the Emmy Award winning Executive Producer of the Daly Show. Funny. Cruel, Smart Ass. Ironic and wonderfully improbable. Rather than act as a spolier--I will just say that younger adult book buyers (20's and 30's) will devour this...only pausing to guffaw or belch. The potent mix of ironic cruelty with splashes of meanspirtedness takes this out of 'classic' YA realm though.
Market this directly as an 'adult' read for Daly Show fans and it will fly off the shelves. Trade paperback po
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Ryan
If you want a fun book to put a smile on your face, read this one. This is one of those books that intrigued me when it came out in 2009, and now eight years later I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner.

Oliver Watson is a genius. And he has used this genius to become the almost richest man in the world. Except no one knows it's him. To the world he is a dumb, tubby, 8th grader, who is lucky he can tie his shoes. He hides his genius. I can’t explain the reasons without giving away the book
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Kenyatta Bundy
The title of this book is “ I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President” and is written by Josh Lieb. Through research I found out that the author of this book, Josh Lieb, is the producer of, “The Daily Show”.
This is an extremely humorous story about a 12-year-old boy name named Oliver. Everyone including his parents knows Oliver, as a complete idiot, but little do they know he is truly a completely evil genius. He doesn’t let anyone know of his genius because of the
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Kim Miner Litton
Loved this book. First of all, the book is smart. Not every Middle Grade level book makes fun of Raymond Carver and Nabokov. You're right if you're already saying that these jokes will go over most kids heads, I wasn't subjected to Raymond Carver until college. But I remember that when I was a kid, I didn't like books that talked down to me. I wanted books to treat me like I was an adult, like I wasn't stupid. If I didn't get something, I looked it up.

Besides, between jokes about modern literatu
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M.A. Nichols
This has to be one of the funniest books I've read in a very long time. I don't know if I've ever laughed so hard while reading!

First off, I have to say that I actually listened to this on audiobook and while I normally lean towards reading over listening to a book, the audio version is well worth it. The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the story and characters to life. He took an already fantastic story and made it even better.

And I have to say that though this is a middle grade ficti
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Brandy
Oliver Watson is one of the dumbest kids in the seventh grade, and one of the most pathetic. However, he knows something the other kids don't. In fact, he knows lots of things the other kids don't, because the dumb-kid thing is actually his cover for his genius. And we're not talking quiz-bowl genius, but third-richest-man-in-America, secret-lair-under-the-house genius. After buying up companies and corporations (several for the sole purpose of helping or hurting classmates' parents, depending h ...more
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Josh Lieb is an Emmy-winning Executive Producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has worked on such shows as The Simpsons and NewsRadio.

I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President is his first novel. He lives in New York with his wife and family.
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“Boys are idiots.

Girls are idiots, too, of course, but boys are a special kind of idiot.

A girl, for instance, will vote for a boy in an election, or go to a movie that's about a boy, or buy a book that features a boy hero (or villain). Boys are much less likely to return the favor. They can't wrap their feeble minds around the idea that this girl might have anything in common with them. It's like they can't recognize girls as human beings.”
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