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Author: Lubar, David
In his last year of high school, seventeen-year-old virgin Cliff Sparks has to figure out what to do with his life, including how to meet new girl Jillian and how to deal with old issues with his unemployed father.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 5.10
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 190339
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 9-12
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 68764
Kirkus Reviews (01/01/16)
School Library Journal (00/06/16)
Booklist (+) (01/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2016 *Starred Review* With high-school graduation drawing near, Cliff stands at the precipice of his future, uncertain which way to jump. Yet he knows he has to do two things before the end of his senior year: lose his virginity and get Jillian, the new girl, to notice him. But that’s not everything crowding his proverbial plate because life isn’t that simple. His unemployed father threatens to kick him out when he turns 18 unless he contributes to the household, so Cliff works two part-time jobs and shelves the idea of college for the time being. His only havens are his closest friends, books, and art. However, one day he’s forced to dial 911, and life as he knows it changes. The most alluring feature of this book is the effective way Cliff breaks the literary fourth wall to share truths and admissions with the reader. Readers will giggle and guffaw at Lubar’s trademark humor, while their heartstrings are tugged and feelings are tied in knots. This exquisitely crafted coming-of-age novel gets down and dirty—and even rebellious—without sacrificing honesty, thoughtfulness, or respect. It wouldn’t be fair to reveal whether he gets the girl, but readers will certainly fall for Cliff and find support in his trials and tribulations. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 Gr 10 Up—Cliff awkwardly courts the girl he longs for, deals with his bitter father's growing resentment, and wonders what lies in store for him after graduation. Putting a dramatic spin on the typical coming-of-age story, Lubar sends his achingly funny, wholly original tale veering into the realm of metafiction and performs a literary sleight of hand that will shake readers to the core. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.