My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

In YA Book Reviews on July 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

Title: My Most Excellent Year

Author: Steve Kluger

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Length: 408 pages

Published: 2008

Publisher Blurb:

Best friends and unofficial brothers since they were six, ninth-graders T.C. and Augie have got the world figured out. But that all changes when both friends fall in love for the first time. Enter Al‚. She’s pretty, sassy, and on her way to Harvard. T.C. falls hard, but Al‚ is playing hard to get. Meanwhile, Augie realizes that he’s got a crush on a boy. It’s not so clear to him, but to his family and friends, it’s totally obvious! Told in alternating perspectives, this is the hilarious and touching story of their most excellent year, where these three friends discover love, themselves, and how a little magic and Mary Poppins can go a long way.

My Thoughts:

I liked the format – three high school seniors recount the details of their most excellent year – their freshman year – via their diary entries, text messages, letters, and various other means of communication. The characters are unique as well, with a plot that involves musical theater, political organizing and social justice, baseball, friendship, and love. It is a feel-good story with important messages about opening your mind and making the world a better place. I really enjoyed reading it, but I do need to point out that there are some parts that are a real stretch in terms of being possible. I am fine with that, but if you are looking for a book that is closer to the real world, this probably isn’t it.

Recommended for: 7th grade and older

My rating: 4/5 Stars

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