Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Book Review: King of the Screwups by K.L. Going


Liam is the guy everyone wants to be friends with. He is drop dead gorgeous, has a great eye for fashion, is good at sports and knows how to have a good time. He seeming has the perfect life with his former supermodel mom and millionaire CEO dad.

Liam is also good at messing up. Trouble catches up with him one final time, and his dad kicks him out of the house. Liam now has two choices: live with his strict grandparents parents in Nevada or his glam-rock Uncle Pete in a trailer park. Not much of a choice for Liam as he moves from the Upper East Side of New York City to the guest bedroom of Uncle Pete's trailer.

To get back on his dad's good side, Liam tries to be an unpopular smart kid, however with his good looks and charming personality he charms most of the students at his new high school. All the students except for Darleen, the smart girl who lives next door at the trailer park. Liam's attempts to befriend her, not fit in at school and help his uncle will cause you to laugh and perhaps feel a bit sorry for Liam and his struggle to be unpopular.

K.L. Going crafts an intelligent story about a teen who makes some not so intelligent choices. You feel bad for Liam, then angry with him and finally you just want him to succeed. The King of the Screwups is recommended for fans of realistic fiction and authors such Chris Crutcher and John Green (is anyone surprised I liked this book?).

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading Chanda's War by Alla Stratton)

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