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Publisher Comments:

Denis Cooverman wanted to say something really important in his high school graduation speech. So, in front of his 512 classmates and their 3,000 relatives, he announced: "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, who's in town on furlough from the United States Army. Complications ensue.

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:

"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

Review:

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

Review:

"Larry Doyle gives a 21st-century gloss to this familiar tale....[W]ickedly funny." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Fresh, sweet, seriously funny." Newsweek

Review:

"[A] quick, funny book with a protagonist readers can root for even as they groan at his geekiness." School Library Journal

Review:

"[T]his side-splitting novel of adolescence is a classic teen movie waiting to be made." Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

Instead of a typical graduation speech, Denis Cooverman stands up in front of his classmates and professes his love for the most popular girl in school. Complications ensue, and Denis comes of age overnight.

Synopsis:

The sweet and subversive debut novel by award-winning memoirist and screenwriter Ariel Schrag. Sometimes a queer girl summer in New York is just what a straight boy needs.

Synopsis:

When Adam Freedman—a skinny, immature, and lackluster high school student from Piedmont, California—is sent by his parents to join his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does.

It is the Summer of 2006—the year of gay marriage demonstrations and the rise of transgender rights—and Casey has thrust herself into New Yorks fringe lesbian, sexual, and political scene. Accustomed to being a social misfit, Adam now finds himself part of a wild subculture complete with underground clubs, drinking, and friendly women who take a surprisingly intense interest in him. It takes some time for him to realize many in this new crowd assume he is transgendered—a boy who was born a girl—or else why would he always be around? But then he meets Gillian, the girl of his dreams. If only she werent a lesbian! And if only she didnt believe he was really (sort of) a girl.

Ariel Schrags scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self-definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin.

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?

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, and their three children.

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Christy Valentine, June 10, 2009 (view all comments by Christy Valentine)
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a book that features Hayden Panetierre Photoshopped on its cover (for the tie-in edition, anyway), but I think perhaps going in without expectations was the best way to do it.

Simply put, this is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It's a pretty simplistic story found in a million teen comedies: nerdy boy loves popular girl. However, Larry Doyle took a very basic, John Hughes-esque premise and turned it into a very smart, very funny mediation on adolescent love. Some of the hijinks of Denis and Beth's graduation night are ridiculously over-the-top, but the heart of the novel is Denis's realization that he has no real idea who Beth Cooper is, despite his infatuation with her. It's a very common situation, of course, but Doyle makes it poignant, without layering on the schmaltz.

Doyle's prose is simplistic, but his dialogue is fantastic. It's witty in an honest way, untainted by the too-fast style of writers like Diablo Cody. Overall, the tone of the novel- and its dialogue- reminds me of a cross between David Sedaris and Judd Apatow. It's crude, wacky, and ridiculous- but still manages to be realistically emotionally-affecting.

I can't recommend a novel more.
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squiresj, June 1, 2008 (view all comments by squiresj)
I really don't know. I came here to write a review on the book cover. IT catches my eye and led me to read the rest of the synopsis. So it made me interested in the book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061236181
Author:
Doyle, Larry
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Schrag, Ariel
Author:
Araki , Mari
Author:
by Larry Doyle
Author:
Wambaugh, Joseph
Author:
by Larry Doyle
Author:
Jenkins, Steve
Author:
Kashyap, Keshni
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
High school students
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20080415
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
A
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 color
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 5 to 9

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Product details 304 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061236181 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 , "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."
"Review" by , "Larry Doyle has created a perfect literary hot fudge sundae: sweet, naughty, delicious, irresistible."
"Review" by , "Larry Doyle gives a 21st-century gloss to this familiar tale....[W]ickedly funny."
"Review" by , "Fresh, sweet, seriously funny."
"Review" by , "[A] quick, funny book with a protagonist readers can root for even as they groan at his geekiness."
"Review" by , "[T]his side-splitting novel of adolescence is a classic teen movie waiting to be made."
"Synopsis" by , Instead of a typical graduation speech, Denis Cooverman stands up in front of his classmates and professes his love for the most popular girl in school. Complications ensue, and Denis comes of age overnight.
"Synopsis" by , The sweet and subversive debut novel by award-winning memoirist and screenwriter Ariel Schrag. Sometimes a queer girl summer in New York is just what a straight boy needs.
"Synopsis" by ,
When Adam Freedman—a skinny, immature, and lackluster high school student from Piedmont, California—is sent by his parents to join his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does.

It is the Summer of 2006—the year of gay marriage demonstrations and the rise of transgender rights—and Casey has thrust herself into New Yorks fringe lesbian, sexual, and political scene. Accustomed to being a social misfit, Adam now finds himself part of a wild subculture complete with underground clubs, drinking, and friendly women who take a surprisingly intense interest in him. It takes some time for him to realize many in this new crowd assume he is transgendered—a boy who was born a girl—or else why would he always be around? But then he meets Gillian, the girl of his dreams. If only she werent a lesbian! And if only she didnt believe he was really (sort of) a girl.

Ariel Schrags scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self-definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin.

"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?

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