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The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second

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ISBN13: 9780758227089
ISBN10: 0758227086
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Publisher Comments:

Sometimes, it's just easier to think I'm not the freak. I'm just in an alien world.

Being Charles James Stewart, Jr., AKA Charlie the Second, means never "fitting in." Tall, gangly and big-eared, he could be a poster boy for teenage geeks. An embarrassment to his parents (he's not too crazy about them, either), Charlie is a virtual untouchable at his high school, where humiliation is practically an extracurricular activity. Charlie has tried to fit in, but all of his efforts fail on a glorious, monumental scale. He plays soccer-mainly to escape his home life — but isn't accepted by his teammates who basically ignore him on the field. He still confuses the accelerator with the brake pedal and as a result, has not only failed his driving exam six times, but also almost killed himself and his driving instructor. He can't work on his college essay without writing a searing tell-all. But what's freaking Charlie out the most is that while his hormones are raging and his peers are pairing off, he remains alone with his fantasies.

But all of this is about to change when a new guy at school begins to liven things up on the soccer team — and in Charlie's life. For the first time in his seventeen years, Charlie will learn how it feels to be a star, well, at least off the field. But Charlie discovers that even cool guys have problems as he embarks on a deliciously sexy, risk-filled journey from which there is no turning back.

Review:

"A gay Lutheran teen, Charles James Stewart II (aka 'Smart-ass') chronicles a very memorable senior year at South High in Crystal Lake, Ill. Named after his aspiring state's attorney dad (whom he calls 'First'), Charlie uses journal entries to chart his feelings with typical teen angst: griping about his parents, describing his unrequited passion for straight friend Bink Binkmeyer and skewering school. His less private tirades soon land him in trouble with Mrs. Bailey, a New Agey English teacher, and with icky fellow student Kyle Weir, a homophobic anti-Semite. The most hilariously heated entries depict falling in love for the first time with Rob Hunt (whose mother, Kathy, is in quite serious condition with ALS). Throughout the diary, Charlie keeps revising his college application essay, and it's not easy for him to watch his parents' marital troubles during First's campaign — or just to be a gay 17. Ferguson's exuberant portrait successfully re-creates coming-of-age's dizzy heat. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A terrific debut novel. Drew Ferguson is one of the most authentic new voices in contemporary fiction." Steve Kluger, author of Almost Like Being in Love and My Most Excellent Year

Review:

"Drew Ferguson's debut novel is equally funny and smart, and will strike eerily familiar chords in anyone who remembers the edgy, frustrating, sex-obsessed days and nights of high school. You'll love his narrator, Charlie, and you'll also love this book." Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear

Review:

"Look out Napoleon Dynamite, here comes Charlie the Second! In this page-turning laugh riot, Drew Ferguson captures the voice of today's teen conquering the daily drudge that is life in the Midwest. Colorfully candid, unapologetically explicit, yet touchingly tender, The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second serves as a reminder to those who've escaped from small town USA as to the reasons why!" Frank Anthony Polito, author of Band Fags!

Review:

"The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second is a funny, honest and engaging book, told with attitude and style. Drew Ferguson is a talented writer with great comic timing, and an eye for the absurd." Bart Yates, author of Leave Myself Behind and The Brothers Bishop

Review:

"Written in a fast-paced diary format Ferguson has created a beautiful and moving novel that literally has you laughing out loud one moment and shedding tears the next." Arthur Wooten, author of On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail

Synopsis:

Ferguson's debut is a hysterically funny, fresh, and distinctive novel that perfectly captures the voice of a teenage boy.

About the Author

Drew Ferguson received his MFA in creative writing from Columbia College, Chicago. His work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, The James White Review, Hair Trigger, The Great Lawn, and other publications. He currently resides in Chicago.

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blbooks, November 12, 2008 (view all comments by blbooks)
What can I say about this one? I think you'll either love it or hate it. If you're looking for a book about the awkwardness and glory of a guy having his first boyfriend--plenty of firsts elaborately and graphically described--then this one may be for you. Not that you have to be looking for that to enjoy it. Drew Ferguson does a great job with characterization in general. From our main narrator, Charlie, to his boyfriend, Rob, to his best friend, Bink, to the families of Rob and Bink. Good characters. Good plotting. This is a nerdy coming-of-age story that no doubt is authentic--the awkwardness of being that age in general, the uncertainty of what to expect out of a more intimate relationship, the bittersweetness of life itself at any age--the loves lost and gained.

The writing is full of humor. But it isn't without heart. Charlie falls--and hard--for Rob. And the joys of learning that that love is returned brings happiness and joy. But it also adds complications. Rob is going through a rough time. His mom is dying (and does in fact die through the course of the novel). And Rob and his father are going through the stages of grief--shock, denial, anger, etc. Charlie is young and inexperienced (in more ways than one). He doesn't know how to deal with Rob's heartaches. Rob is on an emotional roller coaster, and Charlie doesn't know how to deal with the situation. I think few people his age would.

Friendship. Love. Heartache. Life lessons learned the hard way. Not for everyone certainly--no one book is for everyone.
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rrludman, October 2, 2008 (view all comments by rrludman)
This thoughtful and entertaining novel has great characters and great writing that pulls you in and drags you through without having a chance to come up for air. Written as a journal by high school senior Charlie the Second, the reader experiences everything Charlie does through his eyes during a very eventful semester. The reader becomes immediately invested in Charlie, feels his pain and cheers for his triumphs. The author has an excellent writing style and splatters the novel with pop culture references and quirks (a father called First, a best friend called Bink). The descriptions of Charlies sex life (or lack of it) are both very detailed but realistic for a teen aged boy. By the end of the novel, the reader knows Charlie and is left craving more. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780758227089
Author:
Ferguson, Drew
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Popularity.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.00x5.40x.80 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Kensington Publishing Corporation - English 9780758227089 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A gay Lutheran teen, Charles James Stewart II (aka 'Smart-ass') chronicles a very memorable senior year at South High in Crystal Lake, Ill. Named after his aspiring state's attorney dad (whom he calls 'First'), Charlie uses journal entries to chart his feelings with typical teen angst: griping about his parents, describing his unrequited passion for straight friend Bink Binkmeyer and skewering school. His less private tirades soon land him in trouble with Mrs. Bailey, a New Agey English teacher, and with icky fellow student Kyle Weir, a homophobic anti-Semite. The most hilariously heated entries depict falling in love for the first time with Rob Hunt (whose mother, Kathy, is in quite serious condition with ALS). Throughout the diary, Charlie keeps revising his college application essay, and it's not easy for him to watch his parents' marital troubles during First's campaign — or just to be a gay 17. Ferguson's exuberant portrait successfully re-creates coming-of-age's dizzy heat. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A terrific debut novel. Drew Ferguson is one of the most authentic new voices in contemporary fiction."
"Review" by , "Drew Ferguson's debut novel is equally funny and smart, and will strike eerily familiar chords in anyone who remembers the edgy, frustrating, sex-obsessed days and nights of high school. You'll love his narrator, Charlie, and you'll also love this book."
"Review" by , "Look out Napoleon Dynamite, here comes Charlie the Second! In this page-turning laugh riot, Drew Ferguson captures the voice of today's teen conquering the daily drudge that is life in the Midwest. Colorfully candid, unapologetically explicit, yet touchingly tender, The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second serves as a reminder to those who've escaped from small town USA as to the reasons why!"
"Review" by , "The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second is a funny, honest and engaging book, told with attitude and style. Drew Ferguson is a talented writer with great comic timing, and an eye for the absurd."
"Review" by , "Written in a fast-paced diary format Ferguson has created a beautiful and moving novel that literally has you laughing out loud one moment and shedding tears the next."
"Synopsis" by , Ferguson's debut is a hysterically funny, fresh, and distinctive novel that perfectly captures the voice of a teenage boy.
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