From School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Teen boys will be drawn into Josh Berk's tale (Knopf, 2012) from the very first chapter. Guy Langman is a typical suburban teen, but his father recently died and he has a few unanswered questions. Rather than becoming saddled with morose introspection, he pokes fun at himself and shares his insecurities with humor and sarcasm. Guy joins a forensics club to meet hot girls, but also finds that some of his questions will be answered as he studies death in a scientific way. The story builds slowly in the beginning, but the engaging plot twists (especially toward the end) keep listeners hooked. When Guy experiences a home burglary, he has the opportunity put his forensic study into practice. During his forensic final, he encounters a real dead body, and eventually he connects these two crimes to his long-lost brother, Jacque. There are some touching moments, but these are not over-written or drawn out. Guy simply reflects on his situation and moves on. Much of the humor is a bit crude, but not offensive. Jim Meskimen delivers the self-effacing comments perfectly, and he doesn't create distracting girl voices. The book should not be sold as a mystery or forensic novel. It will be enjoyed by the same boys who loved Con Calame's Beat the Band (2010) and Swim the Fly (2009. both Candlewick).-Pamela Schembri, Newburgh Enlarged City Schools, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2012:
"Hilarious wit and serious gloom blend seamlessly as Guy wades through the year after his dad’s death...Guy’s running inner monologue is sharply observational, sardonic, funny and sad...Best friend Anoop and other peers are freshly unusual, not recycled character types."