Completion Date: March 11, 2011
Reason for Reading: Fun!
If you are one of those few people, like me, that was slow to get around to reading this book... You have to read it now! I was having some issues reading in March, but I picked this book up on a whim and what an absolutely fun book! I was a little worried about the combination of ideas upon beginning, but Kluger entirely pulls it off. As the description above says, it does have its touching moments, but it still manages to have them and be fun at the same time. I have heard that all Kluger's books are really good, but this is the only one my library has.
Best friends and unofficial brothers since they were six, ninth-graders T.C. and Augie have got the world figured out. But that all changes when both friends fall in love for the first time. Enter Alé. She's pretty, sassy, and on her way to Harvard. T.C. falls hard, but Alé is playing hard to get. Meanwhile, Augie realizes that he's got a crush on a boy. It's not so clear to him, but to his family and friends, it's totally obvious! Told in alternating perspectives, this is the hilarious and touching story of their most excellent year, where these three friends discover love, themselves, and how a little magic and Mary Poppins can go a long way.
This is the story of three students in their eleventh year of school who are assigned to write about their 'Most Excellent Year'. Then, in a diary-like style we hear the story of three students and their 9th year of school told in alternating perspectives. T.C. and Augie are such close friends that they call themselves brothers. This has been going on since they were rather young. Their parents and everyone at school accepts this, so it plays out very well. T.C. is in love with Ale, the other person that tells one of the three stories, but she is not interested back. Then, there is Augie who has found himself attracted to a boy. Everyone else just assumes that this is the natural course for him to take, but it takes him a while to come to it himself.
A lot happens in their year. You really feel like you know them by the end. Their personalities are presented very well, as the story is told in almost a scrapbook style at times. This means that it includes the diary entries, but it also includes tokens from key events, chat conversations, emails, etc. It also includes a little boy that is deaf and living in a foster home. T.C. is won over by him and the next thing you know, he has another brother that he looks out for. It is this little boy that brings Mary Poppins into the book. He thinks that she is real and these three friends go to amazing lengths to assure that the magic is not broken. After I read it, I immediately wanted to watch the movie because I was a little kid last time I saw it. The magic isn't quite there like it is for him, but it still a childhood favourite.
What more can I say other than you really should give this book a read. You will not be disappointed!
This book counts for the TwentyEleven Reading Challenge.