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Byuck [Kindle Edition]

Theric Jepson
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Book Description

At one of the most conservative colleges in the country -- Brigham Young University, where both angst and premarital sex are verboten -- returned missionary David Them and his flamboyantly Texan roommate Curses Olai set out to pen a rock opera about the ultimate quest for the twentysomething Mormon male: avoiding matrimony. There's just one problem. Dave's best friend since age five, lacrosse player Martha "Referee" Plantree, is a girl -- and Ref is on a quest of her own ...
Full of delightful absurdities at every turn, Byuck also offers surprisingly tender and insightful meditations on love, lust, friendship, and marriage ... and in the process, provides definitive proof that men and women can be friends, as long as the woman holds a lacrosse stick.


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"I guess part of me also wants to throw in the towel, forget all of the analytic crap that goes with being a critic, and write what I want to say: THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS! READ IT, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!"  
--- Scott Hales, Association for Mormon Letters

"A lot of people have compared Byuck to Napoleon Dynamite and . . . The Death of a Disco Dancer. . . . I kept thinking of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. The plot's not similar but it has some of that creative chaos that makes Confederacy so memorable."
--- Doug Gibson, the 
Standard-Examiner


Advance praise for Byuck:

"If you ever wanted to know what would have happened if Godot had shown up, read Byuck, wherein coffee tables are transgressive and Billy Joel claims to be innocent. I LOL'd. For real. Not like you do online where you just kind of huff with a mouth twitch. No, I totally LOL'd. Woke up the cat." --- Moriah Jovan, author of The Proviso and Magdalene
 
"With humor and affection, Theric Jepson creates a story that gleans the best from both the romantic comedy tradition and the literary LDS tradition. Snappy dialogue and quirky characters make Byuck an enjoyable read for book clubs and Mormon literature enthusiasts." --- Laura Craner, A Motley Vision

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An underground favorite for almost a decade, now everyone can see if Byuck holds up to the hype.

Product Details

  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Violin Editions (December 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AK001ZO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, definitely recommend January 29, 2013
By Satsuki
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You know the first five minutes of Moulin Rouge, where the main character starts singing "The hills are alive....with the sound of music.." And you think "...huh...okay, that's kinda random, but sure..." And then once you've embraced the quirkiness, a sweet, unexpected, delicious love story falls into your hands, all the more tasty because of the what-the-heck, random quirks. You know? Well, that's the first few chapters of Byuck. It's like the first 10 seconds of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog after he breaks into song in the introductory scene. Or the first fight scene in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Stick with it, because like all those stories I mentioned, this is totally worth it.

I don't want to ruin any of the plot, so here is a (very) brief summary: BYU. Boy. Girl. Childhood best friends. Unusual first names. Jerky roommates. Romantic tension. Philosophical theories of love (rather good ones, I might add). Rock opera (a truly terrible one, I'll also add). More romantic tension.... It all adds up to be an unusually charming story. I highly recommend it. I didn't go to BYU, but I'm guessing that for people who did/do, it will hold even more appeal.

Some of my favorite lines from the book:
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"Adding kidney beans to his cottage cheese and pineapple was an act of bravery Dave had not intended."

"Dave put a lot of thought into picking out the books his dad would like least."

"On the porch were the still-smoking remains of long-stemmed roses, evidence that someone angry and passive-aggressive didn't know Peter was out of town."
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Yeah. You know you want to know. I hope it's a movie someday because I want to see a scene with a college boy sleeping on the floor under a crib, surrounded by She-Ra pillows and Kix cereal bits. Totally buy this book and read it.
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If Dave Eggers had gone to BYU, this is what he would have written. A pitch perfect voice and a lot of very funny lines.
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