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My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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Though Awesome/Awful has an overall positive LGBT message, it's not a preachy or agenda-driven book. Are there lessons that can be learned from it? Yes, of course- but I believe Rudetsky's goal here was to tell an entertaining story, not jump up on a soapbox and preach.
It's hard to review it with complete objectivity- being familiar with Rudetsky and his public persona- both on stage and on the radio. The novel is written and reads the way he (Rudetsky) speaks in public. Someone unfamiliar, may find a totally different experience, finding the rhythm and patter of written word. I heard Rudetsky's voice in my head from the first to the last word on the page.
Like Rudetsky, the character of Justin is an original. The way he thinks, what he says and does; always has a perspective that many might not think to see, on their own- or in the same light. Justin is on a journey of self discovery and trying to find his place; or, create his desired place in his school. His wacky perspective and attempts at love and popularity are both engaging and endearing, no matter how misguided they might be.
In the end, the characters learn something about themselves, without letting go of their individuality.
Justin is out and gay in high school, so, of course, just as on the television series, GLEE, he is prey for bullies, who call him Fag or Fag-nesium (in Science class). He just accepts it and the label, until best friend Spencer tells him it is as bad as being called Kike. Any-who... Justin's goals this year are to be popular and snag Chuck as a bf. He can be popular if he can make 8.3 new friends a day, or at least be nice to even the nerdy kids in the lunch room. Maybe he will strive for 8.6 a day.
And then, after detention one day (he got it when he heard that Chuck got it and would be there), and after eaves dropping on Chuck and Becky (they say that they are broken up, but their text messages tell a different story), Justin launches a plan (and a stage kiss that he and Becky learned in Drama class) that can have him date Becky as a front for Chuck, get him closer to Chuck, and maybe achieve his goals... right? RIGHT?
It was an amazing read - joyful, funny, ridiculous-but-acceptable ride. It was amazing how plots turned and flowed well. The ending felt like a Disney movie, where everything was turned out well and to an extent, explained. It was done nicely that I did not mind much.
Just that I kept thinking of Trevor, the plumb kid in the Academy Award winning short film - 'Trevor'. Just that Trevor was an innocent gay kid, but Justin was wicked. Wickedly funny.
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Love it! I have a new hero in Mr. Rudetsky. I'm not gay, nor am I a teenager, and I have only recently returned to my youthful interest in theater but I loved everything about this... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bueno
Young adult novel is entertaining and written by a clever man who understands teens.Published 23 months ago by Hildmat
A very funny and sweet book that I plan on reading with my daughter. Good book for teens. I recommend it.Published 23 months ago by Virginia Bottorff
I absolutely love this book. It was very humorous and had a great ending. If your reading this review you should definitely read the bookPublished on February 21, 2014 by QueenColleen
I happened upon Seth's book when I first heard his interview show on Sirius radio. I am a retired Children's/Young Adult librarian. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Felice Feldman
Seth Rudetsky has written a book that is as funny as he is. It will make you laugh out loud at situations we all can relate to. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Stinkerbell
A story so many of us can relate to, told in a quick witted, heartfelt fashion. Plan to have all my kids read it.Published on August 11, 2013 by stephanie white
I liked it ! No matter who you are be yourself that's the message I got from them thank you Seth you have helped mePublished on June 1, 2013 by Victor Cheatham
This book is hilarious & perfect for teens and those of us who remember being teens oh too well. Rudetsky writes in such a strong voice, you get a real feel for his main character... Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by New Target Shopper