Okay, so those last two posts have had NOTHING to do with books in any way, so it's time to rein myself in and return to the Ostensible Purpose of this blog -- writing about YA and kids books. Discipline, young grasshopper!
John Green, of Paper Towns etc. fame, has the High School Boy voice all wrapped up, but for my money it's been a looong time since I've read anything as funny as Carter Finally Gets It. I would call this the Middle School Boy voice, perhaps, even though Carter is a freshman, but he is so totally hapless with the ladies and so completely earnest in his attempts to improve his game that he reminds me of every eighth grade boy I've heard over the past five years trying to Slyly Put The Moves On and failing miserably (or succeeding in spite of The Moves). Just LAUGH OUT LOUD funny. In one scene, he spends $30 to get a bootleg VHS copy of a porno that is stuck on fast-forward, and then accidentally leaves it running in the basement VCR, prompting his dad to patiently remind him that it might bother his mom to find it and ask, "Why did you forget to hide it?" to which Carter replies in deep truthfulness, "I don't know, Dad. I think I might be retarded."
Absolutely Ha Larious. Verging on too dirty for my library, but so funny I need to keep it. Storky, by D. L. Garfinkle, is the cleaner version of this (plus a great Scrabble sub-plot, for which I am a total sucker), but can't compete on the funny scale. Even if you're not a YA devotee, read it for the giggles.