Author: Steven Kluger
Genre: YA, GLBT, fiction
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: A baseball bat serves as the stem of a blue umbrella. There are pink sparkles all around it.
First line: "[Note to Ms. LaFontaine: I didn't mean to give you a hard time about the title of this assignment, but "My Totally Excellent Year" would have been like so 1995, we'd have been laughed out of Brookline if anybody found out."
Why it was in my hand: One of the many awesome things about my relationship with trouble4hire? We recommend and lend books to each other all the time. She really liked this one and I did too.
Best part: So, so sweet.
Worst part: The main characters are all ethnically diverse, well-off teenagers living in Brookline - and none of them are Jewish? For real? Nothing Jewish is even mentioned, which strikes me as weird if you know that part of town.
Related Reads: Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger, Hero by Perry Moore. This book really reminded me of one other book, but I haven't been able to think of it yet. I'll get there.
Augie and TC have been friends since childhood. At the age of eight they declared themselves brothers. Now in the ninth grade, another joins their circle - Ale, the ambassador's daughter. This book, in the form of journals, emails, and letters, is a happy mayhem of putting on shows, getting together and breaking up, baseball history, missing relatives, finding new relatives, grassroots activism, coming out in more ways than one, finding love, and finding yourself.