I Love You, Beth Cooper
I Love You, Beth Cooper
By Larry Doyle
Ecco, Hardcover, 9780061236174, 272pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
Denis Cooverman didn't want to give a typical graduation speech, cherishing memories and embracing challenges and crap. So, instead, he stood up in front of his 512 class-mates and their 3,000 relatives and said some-thing really important:
"I love you, Beth Cooper."
It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that:
Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is.
And Denis, the captain of the debate team, is so far out of her league he is barely even the same species.
And then there's Kevin, Beth's remarkably large boyfriend, in town on furlough from the United States Army.
Denis comes of age overnight in this exhilar-ating, endearing novel that reminds us why we can't wait to escape high school but can never leave it behind.
“Gleefully clever and adroitly sweet.”
“In the flagrantly funny I Love You, Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle gives the coming-of-age novel a swirly.”
“Fresh, sweet, seriously funny.”
“…hilarious coming-of-age novel…”
-Rocky Mountain News
“…this book is laugh-out-loud funny…”
-John Searles, NBC Weekend Today Show
“…this side-splitting novel of adolescence is a classic teen movie waiting to be made.”
-Entertainment Weekly - The Must List
One of the “best comedy books of the summer.”
-Time Out Chicago
“…the book is great... dark, absurdist, insanely funny send-up of a John Hughes movie…Buy it.”
-New York magazine
“Doyle’s hilarious debut novel [moves] at a clip but never forgets that humor needs heart, too.” Grade: A
“Larry Doyle…gives a 21st-century gloss to this familiar tale… wickedly funny…”
-New York Times Book Review
“I Love You, Beth Cooper…made B&N fiction buyer Sessalee Hensley ‘laugh-snort through my nose.’”
“...a demonstration of the power of good comic writing…”
“…hilarious high school romp... never ceases to charm...unlike, say, PE.”
-E! Online - Cool Stuff
“Hilarious, suspenseful, and a little good-kind-of-sad, the novel is a mashup of John Hughes movies.
“This funny, hopeful novel is like a John Hughes movie in book form.”
-Salt Lake City Tribune
“...a romp, a goof, a wedgie to the coming-of-age novel... the book is blessed release.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Doyle [injects] his own brand of insightful, engaging humor and convincingly recreates the high school experience...”
-New York Press
“A smart, incredibly funny pastiche…Doyle’s writing is fast-paced and full of self-aware nods to the audience.”
-Houston Press - Blogs
“It’s all outlandish fun, but what do you expect from a former Simpsons writer?”
-Daily Candy Los Angeles
“Hip and hysterical...a fun, teen coming-of-age story.”
“…outrageously funny novel… ”
“...humorously addresses the agony and ecstasy of adolescence. It’s high-school hell…Doyle has the scene down cold.”
“If this book doesn’t make you laugh out loud, something is wrong with you.”
“...an instant classic, right up there with great end-of-school landmarks like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused.”
-Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of LITTLE CHILDREN
“Larry Doyle has created a perfect literary hot fudge sundae: sweet, naughty, delicious, irresistible.”
“...a one-night-only joyride through Larry Doyle’s brilliant sense of humor.”
-David Schickler, author of SWEET AND VICIOUS and KISSING IN MANHATTAN
“I have never laughed as consistently hard with (or at) anything as I did with this book…”