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My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan [Kindle Edition]

Seth Rudetsky

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Book Description

Justin has two goals for sophomore year: to date Chuck, the hottest boy in school, and to become the king of Cool U, the table in the cafeteria where the "in" crowd sits.

Unfortunately, he has the wrong look (short, plump, Brillo-pad curls), he has the wrong interests (Broadway, chorus violin), and he has the wrong friends (Spencer, into Eastern religions, and Mary Ann,  who doesn't shave her armpits). And Chuck? Well, he's not gay; he's dating Becky, a girl in chorus with whom Justin is friendly.

But Justin is determined.

In detention one day (because he saw Chuck get it first), Justin comes up with a perfect plan: to allow Becky to continue dating Chuck, whom Becky's dad hates. They will pretend that Becky is dating Justin, whom Becky's dad loves. And when Becky and Justin go out on a fake date, Chuck will meet up with them for a real date with Becky. Chuck's bound to find Justin irresistable, right? What could go wrong?

Seth Rudetsky's first novel for young adults is endearingly human, and laugh-out-loud funny, and any kid who ever aspired to Cool U will find Justin a welcome ally in the fight for popularity.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1255 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I7XT9U
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (24 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #699,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous and marvelous #YALit Young Adult novel 24 Jan. 2012
By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom - Published on
I think it is best if you read this book with the voice and cadence of Seth Rudetsky in your head. You can listen to him on SiriusXM Radio or on youtube. Meet Justin Goldblatt, Broadway musical-theatre obsessed high school sophomore, son of a doctor - a real brain in biology - slightly neurotic, butt of bullies and mean jokes. He has a 35 waist and a jew-fro, a best friend, and a crush on the high school football star, Chuck. Chuck is a douche, but he has blue eyes, blonde hair, and doesn't even know that Justin exists, even though they have had classes together and Justin appears in the youtube video of Chuck and Becky making out in the boys' locker room (when Justin walks into the scene in just his towel after taking a rare shower at school) Justin thinks that the day the Tony Award nominations come out should be a school holiday. (Coincidentally, this book was released on Tuesday morning, January 24, the day the Oscar nominations were made)

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?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 3 Jun. 2012
By Jonathan - Published on
I am always on a lookout for a funny, gay fiction. I came across Seth's books and I was intrigued by the often high ratings his books received. So, I grabbed this and Broadway.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastically Fun Read 27 May 2012
By Katy Ritchey - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded the book after seeing it mentioned in Entertainment Weekly and I was not disappointed. I looked forward to picking this book up and tuning out from my reality every evening after work. Fun to read and enjoyable throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seth's Guffaw (Kinda Rhymes with Awful) "Popularity Plan" 7 Jun. 2013
By David Rau - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A few weeks back I heard just the ending of Seth's interview on NPR's "Fresh Air." I was hooked. I watch Seth all the time on YouTube and wanted to see his humor and insights turned into fiction. He did it. I laughed out LOUD (guffawed) several times while reading and could not put it down. Read it in one sitting, although in different chairs if you must know, but really enjoyed the characters. It reads as fast as Seth talks, so it's a fast and furious albeit delightful ride back to those terrible yet wonderful high school years. It was a little like reading "Forever" (and remember how thrilling that was back in the day) with a refreshing gay twist. About time. Thank you Seth. Write On!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Teens (ok, an adults too!) 20 May 2012
By GoJoe18 - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is hilarious and real. Seth has written a story that is inspiring and tells the tale of a high school sophomore who just wants to be popular (well, who didn't?). A great story for kids who feel like they don't fit in! The story will inspire and amaze them!
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