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

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    A cute read!

    4 STARS---This was rated as a YABA read for South Carolina, and being an English teacher I figured I would give it a try. The story is told from the point of view of the kids that were brought together through life circumstances and depend on one another weather they know it or not. I was entertaining from beginning to end. The story moved along nicely and being a lover of musicals, the multiple references to theater were greatly appreciated! I would recommend this book to 8th graders - high school sophomores. Especially those who live the thespian lifestyle or those who appreciate true friendship and all it can over come.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Sweet Young Readers Book

    So many different types of friends and friendships during the difficult period of highschool. I really enjoyed this sweet story and would recommend it.

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for

    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 (except for algebra, since he isn't a poser), and being a trendsetter, T.C.'s life completely changed when his mother passed away. <BR/><BR/>Augie, T.C.'s non-biological, Chinese brother, became his best friend after his mother died, helping him cope. With a love for theater, movies, and everything dramatic, Augie definitely hasn't found his true identity yet, even though everyone around him, especially the ones he loves, has. Besides theatrics, Augie is a pretty good soccer player, especially when he is playing with T.C. Of course, these distractions can't possibly pull his mind away from how his heart is pulling him in a very different direction. <BR/><BR/>Alejandra, a.k.a. T.C.'s dream girl, has never fit in, both at school or home. With a father who was the ambassador to Mexico, her dream was never with politics like her brother but more towards dance, which she must keep a secret. Because of her father, Alejandra has been able to meet some very famous politicians and celebrities. Of course, all of the famous people she met didn't help her status in school, since she was automatically considered stuck-up. But T.C. still loves her, except she doesn't love him back, or so she thinks. Not one to hide her opinions, who wouldn't be scared of her? <BR/><BR/>Beginning in their late junior year, the three flash back to their freshmen year... their most excellent year. <BR/><BR/>The year where love, sexuality, identity, friendship, and strength were discovered. Each one writing in the diaries for their English class, all addressed to an important person: T.C. to his mama, Augie to the diva of the week, and Alejandra to Jacqueline, the wife of her favorite president, JFK. <BR/><BR/>Laughter, tears, and relief will be felt by not only the characters but also the readers. MY MOST EXCELLENT YEAR takes three very distinct, honest teens who all have problems of their own, and who need each other desperately in the end. Steve Kluger allows the reader to have a close interaction with the characters, who are all very well-developed and defined, making the story all the more enjoyable.

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    Posted March 8, 2010

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