Monday, February 2, 2009

Boy Minus Girl by Richard Uhlig

Ever since Charity Conners moved to Harker City, Les Eckhardt has been in serious crush mode. With tips from The Seductive Man and advice from his Uncle Ray to help him, he is determined to make her his girlfriend. His plan is coming along nicely until Charity drops a bomb that will change their whole relationship. His Uncle Ray isn't making life any easier - his ex-girlfriend shows up with some big news and a local man wants him dead. Les also has to deal with the school bully and his overprotective parents. Who said high school was easy?

This book was...different. The storyline was definitely original. I would've liked to see more depth in the characters, though. I liked that it was set in the 1980s. It was funny but in a way that some people might find it inappropriate. I was picturing Les looking like a younger Michael Cera (who played Paulie Bleaker in the movie Juno.) Uncle Ray was my least favorite character and if he was a real person I would've felt like slapping him across the face at the end. You'll see why if you read it. I'd say you should be at least 15 to read this book because there are some slightly gross moments. Boy Minus Girl was interesting when I read it but now I realize that it wasn't all that memorable or something I would want to read over and over again. It does have a lesson to it - role models aren't always the people you perceive them to be. I recommend this book if you liked Richard Uhlig's other books or if you're looking for a quirky standalone book.

3 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I just started this book! I can totally picture Michael Cera and Superbad :) This is like the book version of Superbad...only possibly more gross (I can do without the raging hormones) and boyish.