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A side-splitting slice of male adolescence, this novel turns the spotlight on the ridiculousness that is the average, contemporary American high school experience, much as Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (MTV, 1999) did a decade ago, but with funnier results. Scrawny and slightly naive 17-year-old Mitchell's best friend comes out to him at lunch in the cafeteria, his younger sister railroads his not-so-social social life, he turns in a sort-of pornographic claymation film in lieu of an English paper, and somehow he finds popular Danielle encouraging him to go up her shirt. The plot takes a backseat to gems of dialogue ("virginity.... Keeps your wrist muscles supple") and inner voice ("I imagine every student in my English class. If I only have erections for the females, I'm straight. It's really the only way to tell"). Combined with gags about the school administration, it all adds up to a story that's so funny and yet so realistic. As in most high schools, there is a lot of talk about beer, butts, and banging, but in his blasé cluelessness, Mitchell analyzes rather than glorifies such things (e.g., the make-out scene where he can't figure out where to put his hands). Readers should be prepared to laugh a lot, and to say "aw" at the tender resolution. A must-have for fiction collections.-Rhona Campbell, Washington, DC Public Library
Posted May 29, 2010
Steven is an amazing author and puts what every teenager's humor into this in-particular novel. If you just happen to find this book in a random library and read it, LOVELY. Because that's what I did. Hahaha, but after I started reading it I was SO absorbed in it that one of my best friends got tired of me ignoring her and snatched away from me. I was sad that she took it, but happy that she would be able to enjoy it as much as I did. Now my BEST FRIEND will be able to read it, too. Since I'm gonna buy like six copies!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2009
I read the book in 2 days and it was awesome, I kinda of wish the ending was a little different. But overall I was happy. I was really wishes for a Mitchell-David relationship but i guess i can live without one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2009
I'm a high school teacher so I needed to read it before my students. This book is hilarious. It's exactly how my high school career went. Equal parts comedy and humiliation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2013
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