Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

genre: young adult

Our cast of characters:

TC: a Red Sox loving baseball fanatic with a penchant for social activism

Augie: a fan of female stars from classic movies, doesn't know he's gay yet, best friend of TC

Ale: recently moved to Boston from DC, daughter of a former ambassador, has hidden musical theater skills and tries her darnedest to avoid the advances of the darling TC

I don't want to tell you whole lot more than that - I want you to discover it on your own. Through homework assignments, journal entries, texts and chats we follow these three through their most excellent year, as they learn about themselves, about love and about what it means to be a family. Wishes come true, musicals take place and heart strings are TUGGED, let me tell you. For such a clever and witty novel, it's got so much heart. The Augie storyline is heartfelt and so accepting that it felt a tiny bit over the top, but better that than things swinging the other way. There is some disbelief that needs to be suspended, but I was so enthralled with the story that it wasn't hard. A charming piece of work that surprised me and thrilled me.

book 38 for the 2101 young adult reading challenge


Melissa said...

LOL! So glad you liked this one. :-)

Biblibio said...

It's nice to encounter a book with musical theatre references. Not enough of those in modern literature.

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