Friday, May 13, 2011

The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie

Larkin Pace desperately wants a new camcorder. How else is he going to become the next great filmmaker? But his dad won’t give him any money, his sister is determined to make his life miserable, and his nemesis Dalton Cooke is trying to steal his girlfriend. Now this height-challenged aspiring director must chronicle his wacky life for a freshman English assignment.

A hilarious take on the life of a “wimpy” teenager, The Accidental Genius of Weasel High is great novel for young teens (especially teen guys) who will relate to Larkin’s comical situations and outtakes on high school, family, and first love. Incorporating illustrations within the written novel is a perfect way to get anybody to read, especially with a generation of young readers who are use to visual communication. Detorie seems like a great author to watch for more graphic novels from.
Overall, The Accidental Genius of Weasel High is a light, humorous read just in time for summer and a great novel for fans who want to graduate from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I also might add that Detorie’s inspiration for Larkin writing about his freshman year via notebook blog might just be a interesting assignment to do for aspiring writers!

Recommendation: First of all because there’s limited choices out there in contemporary YA fiction for guys, I wanted to make a special recommendation for them; secondly I want to recommend it to any teenager: freshmen–like Larkin–middle schoolers, or even those who have already fled the high school scene. Fans of graphic novels will also enjoy Larkin's story. Ages 12+

Content: some crude humor (PG)

|Pages: 197| Release Date: April 2011| Publisher: EgmontUS|
|Genre: Contemporary, comedy/humor, high school, guy lit|
|Content Rating: 5/5| Cover Rating: 5/5| Overall: 5/5|

This review is copyrighted by Books and Literature for Teens. Special thanks to Jennifer.

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