Saturday, November 24, 2007
I Love You, Beth Cooper
While I thought this book was fun and well-written, it brought back every feeling of teenage angst that one could imagine. Even more squirmily uncomfortable than Doug Crandall's The Flawless Skin of Ugly People, and that's saying quite a bit.
Denis Cooverman, valedictorian of Buffalo Grove, uses his graduation speech to announce his six year-long crush on the head cheerleader. What happens to him over to the next twenty four hours changes the way he thinks about his high school career, his identity as the school's number one geek, his strange movie-quoting defiantly straight best friend, and his perceptions of Beth Cooper herself.
For those who enjoy comic books and command a knowledge of movie quotes like no one else, this book is for you. For those who don't have those interests, well, maybe you'd better move on. That's what I did.