My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

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http://commack.suffolk.lib.ny.us/cplteencentral/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/my-most-excellent-year.jpgMy Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

Somehow I completely missed this title when it was published, but the cover of the paperback (pictured below) caught my attention in a Spring 2009 catalog, and I'm very glad it did.

My Most Excellent Year  is the story of three high school freshmen, Augie, T.C., and Alejandra.  T.C. and Augie have been best friends since they were six years old (soon after T.C.'s mother died), and are such good friends that they call each other brothers and have become permanent fixtures in each other's households.  Alejandra, the daughter of a Mexican diplomat, is the new girl in town and the object of T.C.'s affections.  Augie is coming to terms with his sexuality and his new crush on his friend Andy. 

This may sound a bit complicated, and it is (and more), but that's really what makes this novel great.  Kluger seems to be making the point that life is complicated, and that family is more than just the people you happen to be related to by blood.    The novel is written primarily in journal entries with IM conversations, e-mails, and other random methods of correspondence interspersed here and there, and this style works perfectly for portraying the intricacies of the relationships between the characters.   I would definitely recommend this novel to teens (and adults), even if they're not particularly interested in baseball!

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5 comments:

Steph said...

So glad you liked it! This book is one of my favorites of this year. I *love* me some TC :D

Thanks for linking to my review =)

Steph

Sara said...

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who crushes on literary characters! (Like any boy in Melina Marchetta novels, for instance) ;)

But yes, definitely one of my new favorites too!

Ali said...

I'm glad you liked it more than I did, and thanks for linking to my review anyway. :-) I love your book recommendations at the end of your reviews, I wish I had it in me to do that.

Sara said...

Thanks Ali! I really wanted to include a range of opinions on the book -- and since so many of them were so positive, it was nice to see a review that wasn't quite so much so. And I could totally see where you were coming from about the lack of conflict between Augie and T.C.

And, you know, I really enjoy thinking up recommendations (more than writing the reviews, actually!), so it's nice to hear that they're appreciated! :)

eclecticobsessions said...

Sounds good. I love it when books are written (well) in journal/other type of communication form.
~Little Miss loopy

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