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Edward, the would-be Juliard-trained actor with a less than perfect body, tries to find his place in the world, his mind, and his body, and---hopefully--in college.
This book is hilarious and the narrator insures that hearing must be better than reading it. When he is called to sing, he sings, and it is pleasant to hear his voice. His reading has a youthful exhuberance totally suited to the material.
I too struggled with my seuxality as a teenager, as do most of us, so I was delighted with the author's presentation that is funny but never embarrassing.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
I actually laughed out loud on the treadmill at the gym. Extremely funny, but hardly "Catcher in the Rye"; just a well read, well written story about disgruntled suburbia. The characters are multi dimensional and memorable. Extraordinary? No, but highly entertaining. And, FYI, includes a charmingly open and honest exploration of sex and sexuality, so keep your toddlers out of earshot.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Edward Zanni is a (1980s) high school student, all set on going to Juilliard to study theatre, enjoying school plays, dance classes, singing and English classes...when his (divorced but now with new girlfriend) dad announces he will only pay for a business degree. Disaster! How is Edward going to pay for college? Well, this book follows the absurd, larger than life ways that Edward and his friends attempt to raise the money. Along the way we have hijinks, sarcasm, humour, musicals, drama, frivolity, escapism, irreverence, novels, self-discovery, a wonderful circle of friends, a supportive English teacher....
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and found it very funny. It is larger than life, at times silly and ridiculous, at other times serious and full of strong emotions. The setting and characters are vividly conveyed. I very much enjoyed the wonderful performance by Jeff Woodman - this book is read and sung. The singing was great as I don't always recognise music described in books, and am not very good at "hearing" it from memory, or imagining it.