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The Edumacation of Jay Bakerby Jay Clark
Synopses & Reviews
Meet Jay Baker . . . or, as he is not-so-affectionately called by his opponent in the freshman class presidential election (and by members of the high school football team): Gay Baker.
A few important things to know about Jay:
1. He is in love with his best friend, cheerleading dynamo Cameo “Appearance” Parnell.
2. He is rocking an unfortunate case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
3. He has the largest storehouse of pop culture references, jokes, and puns in the history of fifteen-year-olds.
4. He is about to uncover a horrifying family secret that will turn his world upside down.
Root for Jay as he faces off against his mortal enemy, gets awkward around his dream girl, loses himself in a Bermudan love triangle, watches his parents relationship implode in a series of Maury Povich-inspired events, and, finally, learns to get real and be himself.
"Clark debuts with a pop culture — filled narrative that never quite finds a middle ground between its tendency toward cutesiness and an earnest plot revolving around teen love, broken families, and alcoholism. Fifteen-year-old Jay, driven by a crush on his best friend, cheerleader and American Idol hopeful Cameo, is running for class president in order to impress her. After a number of frustrating turns (ranging from an embarrassing debate to the discovery that his mother has been having an affair with Cameo's father), Jay winds up in detention with Caroline, an attractive new girl. Soon they are going out, but the family troubles don't stop for either of them, as Jay's parents head toward divorce and Caroline's mother contends with alcoholism. Clark gives Jay an engaging voice, but one that seldom feels natural; his overuse of silly words — 'D-bomb' (for divorce), 'jizzorgeous,' etc. — drags the story line down at the wrong moments without adding anything substantial. It's a good if not groundbreaking story that is let down by overwriting. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A few “sexy” bullet points about Jay:
• He is in love with a cheerleader named Cameo “Appearance” Parnell
• He is forever losing “Love-15” to tennis-playing goddess Caroline Richardson
• He rocks a touché array of pop-culture references, jokes, and puns
• His family-life cookie is about to crumble.
Live vicariously through Jay as he faces off against his mortal enemy, gets awkward around his dream girl(s), loses his marbles in a Bermudian love triangle, watches his parents relationship implode, and, finally, learns to get real and be himself(ish), in The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark.
About the Author
Jay Clark is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, Tennis magazine, and Wine Enthusiast. This is his first novel.
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