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Speaking in "the stilted manner of adolescent public speakers throughout history," and sweating so profusely that he develops a "groin pool," Denis Cooverman interrupts his high-school valedictory address to say what's truly on his mind: "I love you, Beth Cooper." His confession kicks off this outrageously funny novel, set during a single graduation night that Denis miraculously spends with the object of his desire, a head cheerleader who, for the first time, registers his existence. Doyle has written for Beavis and Butt-Head and The Simpsons, making it no surprise that his first novel both celebrates and mercilessly satirizes all things teen with razor-sharp humor: "The sullen girl sang, wringing fresh bitterness from the already alkaline lyrics." The homage to teen movies is obvious, from the stock characters and scenarios (including the ubiquitous naked-drunk-girls scene) to direct quotes from legendary teen-film characters. It's the nonstop jokes and wry, uproarious descriptions that set this apart, and like the shows Doyle has helped create, the text is filled with phrases ("benevolent cliquetator") and lines readers will savor. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Series: P.S.
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061236187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061236181
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Catherine S. Vodrey on June 9, 2007
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Larry Doyle's "I Love You, Beth Cooper" takes a novel type (the coming-of-age story) and manages to work in equal amounts of pathos and hilarity without detriment to either. What you need to know about the main characters is that Denis Cooverman is class valedictorian and captain of the debate team (he speaks "nine languages, three of them real") and Beth Cooper is the head cheerleader. As another reviewer has noted, if you thought high school was the be-all and end-all of your life, skip it. If you're one of the rest of us, get this book right now!

Denis decides to declare his love for Beth (who scarcely knows he's alive--their only contact has been from being seated alphabetically next to each other in class) from the podium at their high school graduation. From that moment, at the very beginning, the comedy comes fast and furious, starting with the response Denis prepares to Beth, depending on whether her reaction to his oath of love is positive or negative:

POSITIVE: "Then we agree."

NEGATIVE: "It's my medication."

Some of the hundreds of great lines from the novel include:

"Denis jerked his face to the side--universal body language for 'Yes, I was staring at you'--while maintaining his casual yet defiant pose against the wall. It made him look like a male underwear model, except not."

"Denis thrust his hands back into the closet, praying they would reappear holding anything resembling a weapon. A loaded revolver would be ideal, though unlikely (his mother felt hunters should be tried for war crimes and his father drove a Prius)."

"Rich [Denis's best friend] chafed at Denis's brain ruining all their fun . . .
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While this book had its moments of excessive and unnecessary crudeness, I loved the deadpan narrative technique employed. It isn't often that I praise a book for including details, but mentions of specific songs and other details in this book worked, and worked well, adding only to its realism and wit. This is one of the rare instances where details add to the plot rather than detract from the storytelling by serving as pointless, painful-to-sift-through filler. Halfway through, the book seems to switch course and just become a coming of age novel involving dorky boys at parties with alcohol (Did people seriously do that in high school? Was I just a severely sheltered child?) and I was no longer interested. It was a better story before teen partying became the central focus, when it was a realistic story about high school rather than a fantasy version of what high school should be, filled with unnecessary drama and drunkenness. I think I would have preferred a story that served more as a prequel that led up to the titular event, rather than its aftermath.
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One of the most enjoyable, entertaining books I've read in a long, long time. I read the book in two sittings, finishing up at 4 a.m. this morning. I laughed my way throughout, to the dismay of my wife who I'm afraid was trying to sleep. This is a funny, fast-paced read, and I was actually more than a bit sad to see it end, which is always the sign of an excellent book. I hope it finds the large audience it deserves.
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If you see the title, then you can tell this about the printed edition, not the story content. The story is great, and I wanted a sturdier version of it than the mass-market 4" x 7" that I already had. To my dismay, the "Perennial Edition" lacks some of the really exciting features of the mass-market edition. Granted, the Perennial edition predates the paperback by 2 years, but I guess I didn't imagine Harper would commission more artwork from Evan Dorkin for a cheap $8 paperback and leave the $14 version stripped of these features.

OK, so what's missing?

1. A short preface about the movie, but fun insight from Larry Doyle about writing and movies.
2. A 2-page spread of yearbook mugshots from Dorkin that was handy in getting to know the cast of characters (I folded the page back for quick reference in my paperback)
3. Maybe 10-20 pages of comic panel art from Dorkin that fits between chapters, including a 4-page 10-year reunion bit after the end of the book.

What does it have?

1. 35 pages of biography, background, and notes.
2. Better paper.
3. The same chapter mugshots of the main character drawn by Dorkin.

What a craptastic edition this turned out to be.
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Some violence and some sexual content- it's a comedy about a kid in high school. The line doesn't get crossed too often. Not worse than many of our tv shows, by far.

That being said. This book is hilarious.
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Funny, quick read. I know this book was adapted into a movie recently,. I have not seen it, I KNOW it is nowhere near as funny as the one that played out in my head. A 80's romp directed probably by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall or Corey Haim.
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As other reviewers have said, this book is hilarious. The broad plot (high school geek gets a fun, crazy, intermittently painful night with the head cheerleader) is just the skeleton on which Doyle is hanging all his spot-on, extremely funny observations about modern life (teen and otherwise).

I started this on a plane and kept disturbing my seatmate by laughing out loud. The descriptions remind me a lot of David Sedaris.

It's a great gift for grads ~ but don't think of it as *just* a teen book. Anybody who has been to high school will enjoy it.
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