Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath [NOOK Book]

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Mitchell Wells may not survive eleventh grade. He really only has one friend, his best friend, David. His normally decent grade point average is in limbo due to a slightly violent, somewhat inappropriate Claymation film. And girls . . . well, does hanging out with his sister count? When David tells Mitchell he's gay, Mitchell's okay with it-but it still seems to change things. Since David's not out to anyone else, the guys agree to be set up with prom dates. But then one of the most popular girls in school ...
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Overview


Mitchell Wells may not survive eleventh grade. He really only has one friend, his best friend, David. His normally decent grade point average is in limbo due to a slightly violent, somewhat inappropriate Claymation film. And girls . . . well, does hanging out with his sister count? When David tells Mitchell he's gay, Mitchell's okay with it-but it still seems to change things. Since David's not out to anyone else, the guys agree to be set up with prom dates. But then one of the most popular girls in school decides she must date Mitchell, and he goes from zero to two girlfriends in sixty seconds. From his pending English grade to his floundering friendship to his love life (the one thing that's taken a bizarre turn for the better), Mitchell is so confused, he'll be lucky if he lasts another week in high school. And then there's the prom . . .



With a wickedly funny voice and a colorful cast of characters, Steven Goldman has written a novel for every reader-even those who like high school!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
What does any self-respecting high school student do when he hasn't read The Grapes of Wrath for his honors English class and he has to write a five-page paper on the book? If you are Mitchell Wells, you turn in a claymation film project he and another student did for their Digital Animation class, titling it "An Animated Exploration of Biblical Themes in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath." Mitch and his best friend, David, have things all figured out. It's their junior year and they are ready for it all—the classes, parties, girls, prom, sports, trying to just blend in. But all this takes a sharp turn when David comes out to Mitch and when Mitch is called to the principal's office because a parent complained that the video he turned in for his English assignment was offensive. Goldman has written a book that is totally in line with teens and what happens in their personal and school lives. He seems to understand their thinking, their language and their friendships. He has created believable characters in believable situations. Reviewer: Naomi Williamson
VOYA - Diane Tuccillo
When his best friend, David, matter-of-factly tells heterosexual Mitchell that he is gay and that Mitchell is the only one who knows it, there is a new dimension to their relationship. Because David has not officially come out to anyone else, he and Mitchell invite girls to the junior prom. David agrees to take M.C., Mitchell's sister Carrie's friend, and Mitchell manages to get a date with dream girl Danielle. Things get increasingly complicated as the prom approaches and nothing turns out as expected at the event. Danielle dumps Mitchell and goes back to her old boyfriend. Mitchell and M.C. realize that they really belong together. Mitchell accidentally pees on his white tux pants. Other musing scenarios lead up to all this action-Mitchell turns his funny, somewhat violent, and mildly religiously disrespectful claymation film project into the Grapes of Wrath assignment that is due because he failed to read the book and M.C. and Carrie convince Mitchell to get a disastrous, pricey, pre-prom haircut. With fitting touches of rough language and situations and on-target characters, this witty and skillfully developed story creates a compelling picture of high school life. How Mitchell and David work out their discomfort about being male best friends after one of them suddenly reveals he is gay is realistically presented. The romantic episodes are convincing, and the carefully blended humor adds an enjoyable edge. Readers who relished An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Dutton, 2006/VOYA October 2006) will flock to this book. Reviewer: Diane Tuccillo
VOYA - Grace Dea
Two Parties is amazing. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, and most important, real. The dialogue is perfect, the characters act like real teenagers, and the outrageous things they do often line up with real life. It has been one of my favorite books of the year and I hope there are many more to come from this author. Reviewer: Grace Dea, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

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

Kirkus Reviews
Take one nudity- and violence-filled claymation film, a suddenly gay best friend and plenty of dry wit. Add a dollop of creative chapter headings and enjoy. Mitch's junior year suddenly goes off the rails when best friend David comes out one day. Things spiral out of control from there, through believable angst and the absurdities of high-school politics. When Mitch turns in his arts film for an English paper (on a book he hasn't read), he finds himself accused of religious mockery, his teacher disappears and he acquires a popular girlfriend. But the heart of this story revolves around renegotiating a friendship that no longer works the same way: If David is gay and Mitch and David do everything together, what does this mean for Mitch? Mitch and David are nobodies in the school hierarchy, the perfect perspective for astute observations of their world, and Mitch's strangely flat affect enhances the subtle humor of his first-person narrative. Debut author Goldman, who clearly understands how teen boys think and speak, delivers an understated, genuine delight. (Fiction. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599908175
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 926,709
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Steven Goldman lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons. Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath is his first young-adult novel. He has never read The Grapes of Wrath. stevengoldmanbooks.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2010

    So many LoL's!! XD

    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!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2009

    Loved it!!!!!

    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.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

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    This book is funny

    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.

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