Sunday, March 1, 2009

(21) I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle


I gave my blog readers the opportunity to vote for the next book for me to read. I only had one voter (LOL) , so thank you for whomever it was that voted for I Love You, Beth Cooper.

Larry Doyle has written the *perfect* book for all of your movie lovers out there. Especially those of you who love the "Teen Angst" type of movie. Every one of us hItalicas a teen movie that we watched repeatedly, because we could identify with it. For our parents it may have been American Graffitti or Fast Times at Ridgemont High. For my generation, it could be any one of half a dozen John Hughes films. Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles. Or even Ferris Buellers Day Off. Each chapter of I Love You, Beth Cooper is prefaced with a quote from all of those Teen Angst movies that we all love. My favorite quote being from the dark comedy, Heathers.
Well fuck me gently with a chainsaw. --- Heather Chandler

I predict that the teen angst movie of 2009 will be I Love You, Beth Cooper. http://www.iloveyoubethcoopermovie.com/ But, before you see the movie, you need to read the book! The book was awesome!

Denis Cooverman is the class geek. He is also the class valedictorian. And in his farewell speech to his classmates, he decides to tell a few truths. Like telling his best friend, it is okay to come out of the closet. And he tells Beth Cooper how he really feels. In front of all of their classmates, families, & teachers.

His declaration of love is the start of what only can be called a comedy of errors. Even if Denis calls it the best night of his life. As the night progresses, Denis learns that Beth Cooper is not the icon he has always perceived her to be, and he learns a little bit about himself as well. Chapter after chapter is full of hormones & humiliation.

I Love You, Beth Cooper is not only laugh out loud funny, it is well written & should translate well to the big screen.

5 comments:

The Empty Envelope said...

Interesting! I have a penchant for teen movies, lol, so this sounds like a good one to read too. So many books, so little time!

lovemyspy said...

I wish I voted! I follow your blog and have gotten many good reads from you! Thanks!

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

Envelope -- You are so very right. So many books, so little time.


Lovemyspy -- I will post another poll one of these days & let maybe last longer to see if I get more votes.

Lisa Mandina said...

Sorry I didn't vote, but I forget to check this as often as I want to. But this sounds like a good one, I know I've wanted to read it in the past.

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