Friday, September 23, 2011

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be your Class President - Josh Lieb

Summary:  If you're reading this, I must like something about you.

Few are granted such access to my innermost thoughts.

So don't blow it.  Read.  Learn.  And keep your mouth shut.

I might let you shake my hand someday.

But I doubt it.  (Summary from back of the book and image from   http://www.ops.org/)

My Review:  I had really hoped this would be funnier than it was.  It starts off very catchy and got my hopes pretty high.  But no, it wasn't that funny.  It has moments of quiet, smug laughter.  The best parts of the book, for me, were the footnotes, specifically the ones aimed at the readers.  I felt the overall ending was predictable.  The protagonist is somewhat evil (like the title suggests), but on the middle school level of evil and even then, how evil can a boy be if he truly wants his father's approval so badly that he'll ignore his multimillion dollar company to run in an election.  For a seventh grade boy who struggles with fitting in, this just might be his read--it's a dream world where he eats all he wants when he wants, gets to slough off school and doesn't ever get in trouble for it, he has more money than he knows what to do with, and he always gets the last word.  Overall, I won't be suggesting it to just anyone. 

Rating:  3 stars

For sensitive readers:  Despite being for the middle school audience there is sprinkled amounts of swearing.

Sum it up:  Picture the dorkiest guy in your class and then give him a demonic, powerful dreamworld (middle school version) and you've got this book.

1 comment:

Julie @ Read Handed said...

The title is hilarious, too bad the humor within didn't live up. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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