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I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
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Jan 23, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: yalsa, young-adult, hilarious, fiction
Read in November, 2008

Oh, I love nerd heroes, and Denis Cooverman doesn't disappoint. This book details the events of everyone's favorite night of their life: High school graduation night. Denis's night is unique, since he declared his love for the head cheerleader during his valedictorian's speech. He gets to kiss her, attend a real party, and is beaten repeatedly by her 'roid raging military boyfriend. For Beth, it's the end of her stardom, but for Denis, it's only the beginning of his life as a genius.
A bonus at the end is a collection of "most embarrassing" stories from readers.

Favorite passages:
"Denis had scanned the yearbook cheerleading squad photo, Photoshopped the others out (digitally re-creating the portion of Beth's skirt obscured by Treece's knee), enlarged the image 7,000 percent, printed it in tiles, joined the tiles with an X-Acto blade and rubber cement, affixed the assemblage above his bed with wallpaper paste, and moved his bed three inches to the right to center the image. It had taken him five hours, not counting buying and setting up the scanner." (86)
"Henry was the local purveyor of aftermarket pharmaceuticals, not quite a drug dealer though he played the part, replete with an embroidered urban dialect spoken only in the suburbs. What made Henry's lily-white gangsta act all the more sad was that he was African-American. He was a black whigger." (107)
"Beth Cooper was a nice, pretty girl who always returned the pencils she borrowed. She did not touch dicks for beer." (117)
"Denis had no idea that a woman guzzling cheap beer could be so sexy, the way she kissed the rim and her throat undulated as the golden domestic nectar flowed through it." (121)

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