236 Pounds of Class Vice President: A Memoir of Teenage Insecurity, Obesity, and Virginity [NOOK Book]

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When Jason Mulgrew enrolls in a private high school in an exciting new neighborhood (North Philly, murder center of the city), he finds himlf displaced into a world of privilege and strict standards. His classmates, whose parents are lawyers and bankers, live in houses with yards and pools. Mulgrew, whose longshoreman father bought him a motorcycle upon completion of his driver's test, struggles to relate in this wider world, fighting his way through the gauntlet of high school ...

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236 Pounds of Class Vice President: A Memoir of Teenage Insecurity, Obesity, and Virginity

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Overview

When Jason Mulgrew enrolls in a private high school in an exciting new neighborhood (North Philly, murder center of the city), he finds himlf displaced into a world of privilege and strict standards. His classmates, whose parents are lawyers and bankers, live in houses with yards and pools. Mulgrew, whose longshoreman father bought him a motorcycle upon completion of his driver's test, struggles to relate in this wider world, fighting his way through the gauntlet of high school as an awkward, sexless giant.

Mulgrew tackles the glorious complications, misapprehensions, and obsessions of the teenage mind. He revisits his unhealthy fixations on dogs, his "bird," the Prep, friends who are girls, Kahlúa & Cream, and a certain position in student body government to craft yet another raunchy, honest, and relentlessly funny memoir.

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"It was the summer of 1973, a great time to be young, dumb, and in my father's case, full of Budweiser, Quaaludes, and reheated pizza." With those immortal words, Jason Mulgrew begins his equally unbridled sequel to Everything Is Wrong with Me. In truth, Mulgrew has never been a fortress of self-confidence: His previous best claim to fame was a blog he called "Everything Is Wrong with Me: 30, Bipolar and Hungry." Mulgrew's hilarious confessions made him an "internet quasi-celebrity"; not to mention gaining him 200 million hits. This trade paperback and NOOK Book original should enhance his fame as a conscientious self-depreciator.

Dave Hill
“I want to thank Jason Mulgrew for letting me know that, while I’m not an awkward teen anymore, I wasn’t entirely alone back then after all—it turns out there was another weird kid making poor decisions and masturbating furiously whenever time permitted….Thank you, Jason—the healing begins now.”
Neal Pollack
“A funny confessional from the American ethnic hinterlands. Jason Mulgrew is the John Hughes of South Philadelphia.”
Rachel Shukert
“I love 236 Pounds of Class Vice President. Should I call Jason Mulgrew brave? Hilarious? Honest? Gifted? Stunning? Tender? Let’s just put it this way: he may be the best man on the planet.”
Dave Hill
“I want to thank Jason Mulgrew for letting me know that, while I’m not an awkward teen anymore, I wasn’t entirely alone back then after all—it turns out there was another weird kid making poor decisions and masturbating furiously whenever time permitted….Thank you, Jason—the healing begins now.”
Kirkus Reviews
Mulgrew (Everything Is Wrong with Me, 2010) returns to his formative years at an exclusive prep school for bright boys and finds a ton of absurdist comedy gold to mine. As a teen, the author enjoyed growing up in a close-knit, lower-middle-class neighborhood in Philadelphia, where scrapes were common and everybody knew your business. But Mulgrew also pined for the rarified atmosphere of elevated learning offered by Saint Joseph's Preparatory School. The author has a good sense of comic timing, whether he's relating his introduction to the wonderful world of self-gratification or describing his penchant for wearing a full-length fur cape around school grounds. Mulgrew's cynical run for class vice president serves as the penultimate moment of his often-raucous recollections, but there are plenty of other hilarious vignettes along the way. Luckless in love, the author also garners both compassion and condemnation for his feckless way with women. Characters from Mulgrew's previous memoir, like his two-fisted dad and no-nonsense mom, make return appearances that are both funny and profound. Relentlessly self-deprecating yet unabashedly accepting, the author displays a palpable sense of humanity. Things only slightly slow down and threaten to veer into potentially pretentious territory when Mulgrew runs down his all-time favorite songs. He quickly redeems himself, however, with an emotionally honest story involving his father and a rebuilt motorcycle that the ill-equipped son cannot possibly master. A young writer finds once more that it isn't too early to look back on his life and laugh out loud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062080011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/13/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 191,375
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jason Mulgrew

Jason Mulgrew is the New York Times bestselling author of Everything Is Wrong with Me: A Memoir of an American Childhood Gone, Well, Wrong. He was named one of People's "50 Hottest Bachelors" (seriously). He lives in New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Inkubus

    Fiends, Fiends, Darkness falls, the light is no more.
    <br>Fiend Fiend, nevermore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Liru

    She searches for food. Finnally she finds a bag of potato chips and eats it. Then she goes back to her cell.

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    Posted June 7, 2013

    Ally

    "Waits for the doctor to come"

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    Posted June 7, 2013

    Dr. Alderman

    Ok so what kind of test do you want

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    Amber

    Looks around

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Well Worth Your Time!

    Jason Mulgrew cracks me up, plain and simple. I really enjoyed his first book, "Everything Is Wrong With Me", and I liked his latest, "236 Pounds of Class Vice President", even more. Mulgrew's latest memoir focuses primarily on his awkward teen years, and I could definitely relate to many of his ups and downs. Written in an engaging, conversational style, I couldn't believe I finished it as soon as I did. It's not Shakespeare or Chaucer, but "236" is a fun read for a spring weekend, looking back on those years that make many of us cringe. I challenge you not to laugh out loud while ready this down-to-earth, funny memoir.

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