I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President

I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President

by Josh Lieb

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ISBN-13: 9781595143549
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 359,028
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Josh Lieb is an Emmy-winning executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has worked on such shows as The Simpsons and NewsRadio. I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President is his first novel. He lives in New York with his wife and family.

What People are Saying About This

Mike Reiss

"In a battle between evil and good, Oliver Watson would mop the floor with Harry Potter!"--(Mike Reiss, former Executive Producer of The Simpsons)

Jon Stewart

"If War and Peace had a baby with The Breakfast Club and then left the baby to be raised by wolves, this book would be the result. I loved it."

Judd Apatow

"Josh Lieb is on one of the great brave journeys in American literature. Or maybe he just signed my name to a blurb he wrote. Either way, you have to admit he's brave. And the book is hilarious."

From the Publisher


"If War and Peace had a baby with The Breakfast Club and then left the baby to be raised by wolves, this book would be the result. I loved it." – Jon Stewart

“Josh Lieb is on one of the great brave journeys in American literature. Or maybe he just signed my name to a blurb he wrote. Either way, you have to admit he’s brave. And the book is hilarious.” – Judd Apatow

“Pitch perfect…Every kid who’s ever felt put upon, misunderstood, and, let’s admit it, infinitely superior to his or her peers will laugh out loud as they enter Oliver’s hilarious secret world…” – BCCB, starred review

"Lieb perfectly captures the wise-guy sarcasm and trash mouth of a seventh-grade evil genius...This is a book kids will be talking about." – School Library Journal

"Similar to Artemis Fowl but without the supernatural element, Lieb's creative and twisted first novel gets a positive vote." – Kirkus

“Beware, kids: Once your parents pick it up, they won’t be able to put it down. (Guilty as charged.)” – New York Post

“Walter Mitty for teenagers, especially those who do not fit in. They will become huge fans of this book.” – VOYA

“Josh Lieb has set literature back a hundred years.” – Daniel Pinkwater

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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Jennie Emmert More than 1 year ago
Gosh! This book is good, but people(In their reviews), are saying that meanings and words in this book can't be understood by people 15 and under...I'm 12 and understand all words people have used as examples(ex.-carcass,assailant). I'm not saying anything personally against them,(people and their reviews), nor am I calling them liars. I just believe they are...misinformed. HAR, I just used something frome the book. Seriously... I did...Double HAR.Trust me, this book is actually better for teens/'preteens', than adults. Good book. Read it. The best part is how realistic(If the situation happenend), the book is. O.K I know that was a long review, but I,m done now. READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But this book is amazing and hilarious. You guys must be on some crazy meds but i loved it.
Great-Book-Reader More than 1 year ago
I would give, I am an Evil Genius and I Want to be Class President by Josh Lieb, a four out of five star review. The reason for my review is because this book has an outstanding character development and plot line development while the story adds wit and laughs. For example the plot is always introducing adding new twists and turns and even though the story is nothing like your life, in that the main character in a billionaire at age 13 and is evil in the ways of Stewie from Family Guy, but is always a bit like you in some way. As to Anonymous’ review were she said, “book cannot be understood by a 10 or 11 year old unless read to by a parent.” I would have to say this is untrue. I feel that you are underestimating pre/teens. Yes the vocab. is complex but the sentences around the complex word can help you understand the word. This book compared to some other teen books is actually not too wordy. (Try reading The Odyssey that is wordy!) Another reason you are greatly underestimating pre/teens is because you say the story line is to complex. In my opinion the story line is rather simple I mean it is obvious that he is not lying it is clear that he does have a house under his house the author makes this clear by describing him in the underground house and him leaving the underground house. I feel it could not get any more clear then just the plain explanation of him leaving and entering the underground house. Another thing that makes the story line understandable is that the point of view it is written in (1st person) the point of view makes it so that you can clearly see his interactions with his obvious minions that he talks to. I feel that the author leaves no room for a person to interpret that the main character has envisioned the whole thing. I believe the greatest character is Oliver, who is the main character. The reason this is true is because he reminds me of an older Stewie from Family Guy. This makes the story more enjoyable because while reading the story I can just imagine the Family Guy cartoons coming to life through the words. Another reason that Oliver is the best is because he is so well developed and you can really imagine everything about him. The last reason he is the best character is because he adds great hummer to the story that really creates a great story. “My life is a torture chamber of Ironies” is by far the best quote in the book. The reason for this is well it is just amazing. This quote has so much depth and meaning that it really just spoke to me as I read the novel. Another reason this quote is amazing is because it was a great descriptor in the story for the time. I felt the moment I read that quote this book I had to finish just so I could read more of Oliver’s amazing quotes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well I havent (but am going to) read this book because I wanted to see what new movies i should look forward too... and guess what... this is going to be a movie (2013) cant wait to read!!
Ann Robinson More than 1 year ago
it is rele funny and interesting
Brady Sack More than 1 year ago
everyone will love it....... absolutley genius!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read this book as a twelve year old and found it while perusing the store. This book is so relatable due to the humor of the story. I suggest you read it if you come across this review, and as for the people who disagree with my opinion, they really should try reading the book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a funny book you should read it.
AmiSegna More than 1 year ago
Those who don't think this is appropriate for/comprehensible by ten-year-olds, don't deal with many ten-year-olds. That's my job. They aren't as dumb as you seem to want to make them out to be, and the ones around here are enjoying the heck out of this book. I'm excited to hear it's going to be a movie, I hope they do it justice!
Marisa Cherry More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious!
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
it is so funny i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a laugh out loud book about a genious mastermind
hoodreader More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It was funny and creative. Josh Lieb made Oliver Watson come alive. Though a slightly easy read, the content is made for middle school readers. This modern story is about and told by Oliver, the evil 6th grade genius, who doesn't want anyone to know he is a genius, so he acts slow. Oliver has his eyes set on ruling the world, and the first step is to become Class President. Only he didn't know that getting elected would be so difficult! I highly recommend this book to pre-teens, and anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
kristy-zeluff on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Very, very funny (also appealed to my 20 year old son), excellent pacing, unique. Give to boys or girls. Ending a little abrupt.
khallbee on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Oliver Watson is the third richest person in the world, and probably the smartest. Some day, he's going to going to rule the planet. There's only one problem: he's also a pudgy seventh-grader in Nebraska. Oliver rules his vast commercial empire through a proxy--recovering alcoholic and cringing minion Lionel Sheldrake-- while pretending to be the dumbest boy in class in order to punish his neglectful "Daddy". He would have been content to keep up the charade for another six years, if not for Tatiana Lopez, the Meanest Girl in School, who nominates him for class president and sets off a disastrous chain of events not even Oliver could see coming. This book presents a tempting alternate narrative for every kid who felt bullied or out-of-place in Middle School. Josh Loeb creates a world where Oliver's perceived powerlessness is actually his greatest strength and the all-American "hero" of the school is a closet nose-picker. Rife with gross-out humor and witty sarcasm that will immediately appeal to boys of this age, the story is actually remarkably safe given its premise. Early on in the narrative, Oliver explains the difference between evil and insanity as "why we call one dictator 'Alexander the Great' and another 'Hitler, the little creep with the mustache'". With a secret base beneath his suburban home and master to a killer pitbull named Lollipop, Oliver could easily wage a reign of terror over Gayle Sayers Middle School, but instead he plays dumb to please his clueless mother and embarrass his self-obsessed father. His great power is tempered by an iron will and almost perfect self-control. The only person who suspects he could be something more is Tatiana, a tough, crafty girl intent on winning him the presidency--at whatever cost. Satisfying wish-fulfillment for the tween set, this book would go over well with boys in grades 5-8. The bodily humor and references to latin phrases and classic literature might be a bit much for younger readers, but the bold typeface and spaces between every paragraph will make for easy reading. Additionally the formatting of the book--with footnotes, transcripts of conversations, newspaper articles and captioned photographs--will keep readers' attentions while introducing new literary techniques.
joel10 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The novel encompasses a young boy who wants the attention of his father. In the beginning, Oliver shows us how disengaged his father is from his life. Throughout the middle, we learn of Oliver's evil plan to not only take over the world but to win the class presidency to prove to his father that he is worthy. By the end, he learns nothing.
stacyinthecity on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I thought this book would be something along the lines of Election - the story of a typical (or perhaps atypical) kid who will stop at nothing to win a jr high school election.Well, I was sort of right. And when I say he would stop at nothing, that is exactly what I meant. See, the protagonist actually IS an evil genius and one of the richest people in the world, and in order to gain the approval of just one person, just one little person he doesn't even think he likes, he will sto...more I thought this book would be something along the lines of Election - the story of a typical (or perhaps atypical) kid who will stop at nothing to win a jr high school election.Well, I was sort of right. And when I say he would stop at nothing, that is exactly what I meant. See, the protagonist actually IS an evil genius and one of the richest people in the world, and in order to gain the approval of just one person, just one little person he doesn't even think he likes, he will stop at nothing - throwing cash around is nothing to him. He will even risk an international crisis and global instability to win the jr high school election.The book was quite clever and read very quickly. It also had entertaining photos that helped tell the story. Ultimately, it fails in earning more than 3 stars from me because some of the humor got old after a while and there were quite a few predicable moments. Still, a fun little book that I would recommend.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is not a bad book and in spite of my low rating, I highly recommend it. It's an especially good book for boys (or girls) who want to challenge authority, but are afraid of the consequences. It's funny (laugh out loud funny at some points) while having a fairly balanced mix of juvenile humor and sophisticated intelligence. Though the story is about at 12 year old boy (or there abouts) it's not a J fiction book. This is definitely geared at teens -- especially smarter ones. It's just not something that I like. I firmly believe that this'll be a popular book, and it should be. It is smart, funny and quite clever. Just not my type of book!
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Oliver is a genius controlling a huge financial empire, but to hide that fact, he has found it necessary to convince everyone that he is a dim-witted loser. Now in middle school, he has decided to run for class president, and will let nothing stand in his way.
ChristianR on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I suspect that middle schoolers will love this introduction to political satire, written by the Executive Producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Oliver Watson (7th grade) is a genius, but he learned very early (when he was one day old!) that it was better to hide his intelligence, so he has actively convinced everyone, even his family, that he is dumb. Meanwhile, he secretly amassed a fortune and a mouth-watering array of lackeys intent on accommodating his every whim. Essentially, he runs the world, but what he wants most is to impress his father by becoming class president. Funny and written for the middle school audience, this works.
doxtator on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Although written for the young adult-set, this book works remarkably well for adults. There are many dual-level events in the story, and the entire book, while resting on the nearly implausible concept of a twelve-year-old super genius with a giant network of minions and underlings, is totally captivating and amusing. The "plates" add to the humor, in giving the reader actual, visual parts of the story, and the story itself is one long reminder of middle school, and how it would have been completely different, if only there had been an evil genius around. At its heart, it is really the story of a young boy's desperate attempts to garner pride, respect, and some attention from his father (a perhaps not so out-of-the-ordinary condition of young boys) and that even being a truly Unspeakable Evil Genius doesn't change some basic facts of character, or of growing up.
tgraettinger on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book was enjoyable for about 50 pages, then it started to wear thin. Gutted it out to the end, but even that was fairly predictable.
jazzamatazz on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I am a genius of unspeakable evil and I want to be your class president - JuniorJosh Lieb This is a fantastic new read along the same lines of the popular book series 'Evil Genius' by long time author Catherine Jinks. Josh Lieb has created a fun read that will have you chuckling away. The evil hero speaks directly to you the reader so only you know what's really going on. Oliver is in disguise as a simpering idiot who is widely pitied and despised. This cunning tactic keeps people out of his business while he's taking over the world. He overcomes childhood trials such as bullies by poisoning them with a flatulence and puberty delaying potion. He is wonderfully evil and spiteful but manages to not be too hateful to enjoy reading about. Then Oliver's world is disrupted when he runs for class president, will he be able to win the position when he's the most despised boy in his class? Read it and see.
librarian_k on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Some people think this book isn't that funny. I am not one of those people.