236 Pounds of Class Vice President
A Memoir of Teenage Insecurity, Obesity, and Virginity
By Jason Mulgrew
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062080837, 240pp.)
Publication Date: February 2013
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Jason Mulgrew, popular blogger and author of Everything Is Wrong with Me, continues his depreciating yet hilarious self-reflection with 236 Pounds of Class Vice President.
Set in Mulgrew’s high school years, this genuine and honest memoir revisits his teenage antics and escapades as he, while navigating the indignity of puberty, attempts to run for vice president of the student body, displays a penchant for long fur capes, and (naturally) wonders about sex.
Mulgrew’s blog, Everything Is Wrong with me, has received more than 200 million hits since its inception in 2004. Complete with awkward, “what was he thinking?” photos—unmitigated proof of Mulgrew’s ungainly adolescence—236 Pounds of Class Vice President is an no-holds-barred yet tender look at the years some of us would rather forget.
Jason Mulgrew is a self-proclaimed "Internet Quasi-Celebrity" whose blog, Everything Is Wrong with Me: 30, Bipolar and Hungry, has received more than 200 million hits since its inception. Originally from Philadelphia, he now lives in New York City, where he works for a white-shoe law firm that tolerates his blue-collar ways.
“I want to thank Jason Mulgrew for letting me know that, while I’m not an awkward teen anymore, I wasn’t entirely alone back then after all--it turns out there was another weird kid making poor decisions and masturbating furiously whenever time permitted….Thank you, Jason--the healing begins now.”
-Dave Hill, author of Tasteful Nudes
“A funny confessional from the American ethnic hinterlands. Jason Mulgrew is the John Hughes of South Philadelphia.”
-Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad and Stretch
“I love 236 Pounds of Class Vice President. Should I call Jason Mulgrew brave? Hilarious? Honest? Gifted? Stunning? Tender? Let’s just put it this way: he may be the best man on the planet.”
-Rachel Shukert, author of Everything Is Going to Be Great
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