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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Violin Editions; 1 edition (January 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983748489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983748489
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,907,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Satsuki on January 29, 2013
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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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By Leesie on January 9, 2015
Format: Paperback
Theric Jepson’s Byuck is like no other book I’ve ever read. And I mean that in a good way. I’d love to see more fiction books written about the wackiness of Mormon dating, though I’m not sure any will be as quirky and original as this, the one about students Curses, Ref and Dave, who write a rock opera at BYU.

The marriage fever at “the Lord’s university” is ripe for skewering, and Jepson does it with unique aplomb. I both shuddered and smirked as Byuck brought back my own memories of awkward dating and other adventures at the Y (does every freshman watch Rubin and Ed?). It was all deeply relatable.

The dialogue is snappy and the characters are flawed, real and endearing. Dave is clueless but sweet and matter-of-factly committed to his religion (but neither he nor the author make a big deal of it). Dave’s best friend Ref is assertive, athletic and smart—an excellent example of a young, single Mormon woman.

An issue with Mormon books is that the authors tend to carefully explain all the jargon, so I appreciated Jepson’s nonchalant use of Mormon lingo without any explanation.

I did wish there had been a little less reliance on the silly jokes and a little more fleshing out of the characters’ lives. The story felt rather thin in places.

That being said, Byuck takes an unflinching look at the often challenging world of modern Mormon dating while still managing to be entertaining and hopeful. I’m curious how much it parallels Jepson’s own dating experiences!
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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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