Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky

Justin has two goals for this year: to begin dating Chuck and to become popular.  Since Chuck is the most popular boy in school, Justin would become popular just by dating him.  There are just a couple of problems with Justin's plan, though.  First of all, Chuck isn't gay and is dating Becky.  Secondly, even if Chuck was gay, Justin is short, plump and has brillo pad hair.  But Justin figures he just needs to spend enough time with Chuck to make him realize how his true feelings.  Justin finds an opportunity when he learns that Chuck and Becky have to keep their relationship secret from her dad, who doesn't approve of Chuck for his smart daughter.  Becky's dad does like Justin, however, because he is great at science.  So Becky and Justin pretend to date so that Becky can get out of the house and see Chuck.  With Becky as his imaginary girlfriend Justin does become popular but that causes him to spend considerably less time with his best friend Spencer.  What's more, Chuck stands Becky up an awful lot so Justin's dream of getting close to Chuck doesn't seem to be happening either.  I am always looking for a book with great gay characters but this one wasn't as great as I wanted it to be.  It was a typical story of realizing that what you want isn't necessarily what you actually want and was fairly light.  I also feel, however, that maybe it is a good step in the right direction when a book is not all about being gay and is simply a light story about a boy.