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Monday, December 7, 2009

My best friend to me was more like a brother ...

A story that warms the heart and can still be ... funny ... about friendship ... about love and first loves ... about family ... and more. "My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park" by Steven Kluger is a really great book. I usually love books that are written completely out of letters / IMs / Emails / notes .... etc. and this one is no exception.

It's a book about three friends who are in 11th Grade writing an essay about their most excellent year as their college essays, and the year they talk about is their freshman year of high school where all their lives get turned upside down. Anthony/TC/Tick is a jock who gets along with everyone. Augie is an extrovert to the extreme and would do anything for Tick his "brother". Alejandra/Alé is independent and opinionated but finds out what true friendship can be like. I think everyone would enjoy this story, here is a small excerpt to show you just how great it is:

Even though I should have listened to Augie when he told me that Alejandra needed special handling, I didn't. Instead on the first day of school I stuck a note into her social studies book.

DEAR ALLIE: I'M CONSIDERING A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. AND BY THE WAY, FORGET THAT MRS. FITZPATRICK CALLS ME ANTHONY. YOU CAN CALL ME T.C. - T.C.

After phys ed there was a vanilla envelope on my desk with purple writing on it that looked like it came from the principal's office--and I usually don't get called in there until at least November.

Dear Anthony,

I appreciate your recent interest, but I'm not accepting applications at this time. Your letter will be kept in our files and someone will get back to you if there is an opening.

Thanks for thinking of me.

Respectfully, Alejandra Perez

P.S. It's not "Allie." It's "Alé."

Soo cute! =0) It gives you the usual teenage drama ... along with other things not every kid has to deal with. Definitely I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!! To find out more about this book then click here or if you want to find out more about Steven Kluger and/or his other books then check out his website.

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