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Denis Cooverman didn't want to give a typical graduation speech, cherishing memories and embracing challenges and crap. So, instead, he stood up in front of his 512 class-mates and their 3,000 relatives and said something really important:

"I love you, Beth Cooper."

It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that:

Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is.

And Denis, the captain of the debate team, is so far out of her league he is barely even the same species.

And then there's Kevin, Beth's remarkably large boyfriend, in town on furlough from the United States Army.

Complications ensue.

Denis comes of age overnight in this exhilarating, endearing novel that reminds us why we can't wait to escape high school but can never leave it behind.

Review:

"Former TV writer and magazine editor Doyle frenetically chronicles in his debut a long night of goofy teenage antics. After concluding he has nothing to lose, geekazoid valedictorian Denis Cooverman declares, during his graduation speech, his love for Beth Cooper, the way hot chief cheerleader. He is amazed to discover Beth is not completely repulsed by his feelings for her, although her army boyfriend, Kevin, is enraged. Beth, implausibly, later shows up at Denis's graduation party with two interchangeable sidekicks, Cammy and Treece. The party comprises exactly two guests, Denis (aka 'The Coove') and his possibly gay best friend, Rich. Once Denis and Rich recover from the shock of being in the presence of pretty girls, they attempt to party, but the awkward celebration is cut short when Kevin arrives with his bruiser friends. Denis and Co. make their first of what will be several escapes, the circumstances of each providing Denis with evidence that Beth isn't the flawless goddess he'd imagined her to be. Overly rapid pacing, unlikely turns of events and quirky, funny dialogue reveal Doyle's TV roots (he has written for The Simpsons and Beavis and Butt-head). Doyle wrings from his typecast crew just enough teenage agony and ecstasy to keep readers interested." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[An] instant classic, right up there with great end-of-school landmarks like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused." Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of Little Children

Review:

"Larry Doyle has created a perfect literary hot fudge sundae: sweet, naughty, delicious, irresistible." Kurt Anderson, author of Heyday

Review:

"In the flagrantly funny I Love You, Beth Cooper...Larry Doyle gives the coming-of-age novel a swirly." Vanity Fair

Review:

"If this book doesn't make you laugh out loud, something is wrong with you." Dave Barry

Synopsis:

A side-splittingly funny debut novel which follows the graduation night coming-of-age of a high school valedictorian who — instead of giving the usual speech — publicly confesses his eternal love for the most popular girl in school.

Synopsis:

In the tradition ofPersepolisandAmerican Born Chinese, a wise and funny high school heroine comes of age.

Tina M., sophomore, is a wry and endearing observer of the cliques and mores of Yarborough Academy. (andldquo;The name makes it sound fancier than all the public schools in the area. Youandrsquo;d really think the Prince of Wales attended.andrdquo;) And of the foibles of her Southern California intellectual Indian family. (andldquo;Just so you know, my parents have never tried to lock me into a child marriage.andrdquo;) Sheandrsquo;s on a first-name basis with Jean-Paul Sartre, the result of an English honors class assignment to keep an andldquo;existential diary.andrdquo;

Keshni Kashyapandrsquo;s smart and funny graphic novel packs in (existential) high school dramaandmdash;from Tinaandrsquo;s getting dumped by her smart-girl ally to a kiss on the mouth (Tinaandrsquo;s mouth, but nottechnicallyher first kiss) from a cute skateboarder, Neil Strumminger. And it memorably answers the pressing question: Can an English honors assignment be one fifteen-year-old girlandrsquo;s path to enlightenment?

Synopsis:

Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays.

About the Author

Larry Doyle, a former writer for The Simpsons, works in showbiz and writes funny things for the New Yorker. He lives outside Baltimore with his wife, Becky, their three children, and one dog, until it dies, and then no more dogs, according to the wife.

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Eric Henthorne, March 9, 2009 (view all comments by Eric Henthorne)
This is one of the better books of the coming-of-age/humor genre that I have read. Possibly the best. Mr. Doyle perfectly captures the spirit of the teen movies from the eighties and nineties. If you were ever a fan of 'Can't buy me love' (the movie, not the song) 'Risky Business', or 'Revenge of the Nerds', or if you happen to have been a teenager when those movies were made, then this book is you.

Four out of five stars for predictable ending.

Warning: Read the book before the movie comes out. Why they would make a teen movie based on a book that is a pastiche of teen movies is beyond me. Hollywood, go figure.
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titianlibrarian, December 15, 2007 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
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.
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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, October 26, 2007 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
Super-geek Denis announces his undying love for Beth Cooper as part of his commencement speech, then finds himself running for his life from Beth's psycho boyfriend. There are some very funny moments in the book, but I personally thought there was too much use of the F word (among others) and too many references to personal body parts, hence my rating. Don't let my rating deter you, however. I suspect this book is more "guy-lit" than "chick-lit!"
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061236174
Author:
Doyle, Larry
Publisher:
Ecco
Author:
Joe Schreiber
Author:
by Larry Doyle
Author:
Kashyap, Keshni
Author:
Araki , Mari
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
High school students
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Dating (social customs)
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Law & Crime
Subject:
Humor : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070508
Binding:
Book
Grade Level:
A
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 color
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 272 pages Ecco - English 9780061236174 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Former TV writer and magazine editor Doyle frenetically chronicles in his debut a long night of goofy teenage antics. After concluding he has nothing to lose, geekazoid valedictorian Denis Cooverman declares, during his graduation speech, his love for Beth Cooper, the way hot chief cheerleader. He is amazed to discover Beth is not completely repulsed by his feelings for her, although her army boyfriend, Kevin, is enraged. Beth, implausibly, later shows up at Denis's graduation party with two interchangeable sidekicks, Cammy and Treece. The party comprises exactly two guests, Denis (aka 'The Coove') and his possibly gay best friend, Rich. Once Denis and Rich recover from the shock of being in the presence of pretty girls, they attempt to party, but the awkward celebration is cut short when Kevin arrives with his bruiser friends. Denis and Co. make their first of what will be several escapes, the circumstances of each providing Denis with evidence that Beth isn't the flawless goddess he'd imagined her to be. Overly rapid pacing, unlikely turns of events and quirky, funny dialogue reveal Doyle's TV roots (he has written for The Simpsons and Beavis and Butt-head). Doyle wrings from his typecast crew just enough teenage agony and ecstasy to keep readers interested." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[An] instant classic, right up there with great end-of-school landmarks like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused."
"Review" by , "Larry Doyle has created a perfect literary hot fudge sundae: sweet, naughty, delicious, irresistible."
"Review" by , "In the flagrantly funny I Love You, Beth Cooper...Larry Doyle gives the coming-of-age novel a swirly."
"Review" by , "If this book doesn't make you laugh out loud, something is wrong with you."
"Synopsis" by , A side-splittingly funny debut novel which follows the graduation night coming-of-age of a high school valedictorian who — instead of giving the usual speech — publicly confesses his eternal love for the most popular girl in school.
"Synopsis" by ,

In the tradition ofPersepolisandAmerican Born Chinese, a wise and funny high school heroine comes of age.

Tina M., sophomore, is a wry and endearing observer of the cliques and mores of Yarborough Academy. (andldquo;The name makes it sound fancier than all the public schools in the area. Youandrsquo;d really think the Prince of Wales attended.andrdquo;) And of the foibles of her Southern California intellectual Indian family. (andldquo;Just so you know, my parents have never tried to lock me into a child marriage.andrdquo;) Sheandrsquo;s on a first-name basis with Jean-Paul Sartre, the result of an English honors class assignment to keep an andldquo;existential diary.andrdquo;

Keshni Kashyapandrsquo;s smart and funny graphic novel packs in (existential) high school dramaandmdash;from Tinaandrsquo;s getting dumped by her smart-girl ally to a kiss on the mouth (Tinaandrsquo;s mouth, but nottechnicallyher first kiss) from a cute skateboarder, Neil Strumminger. And it memorably answers the pressing question: Can an English honors assignment be one fifteen-year-old girlandrsquo;s path to enlightenment?

"Synopsis" by ,
Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays.
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