Kluger, Steve. My most excellent year; a novel of love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position::Young adult review - Book review
 
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Kluger, Steve. My most excellent year; a novel of love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park. Penguin, Dial. 398p. c2008. 978-0-8037-3227-8. $15.99. JS

Charming, complex, with three enormously talented narrators plus many other fully realized characters. The format is challenging: each narrator writes letters to dead heroes (e.g., Ale writes to Jacqueline Kennedy) in which intimate feelings are revealed; the friends communicate by e-mail and by text message, and there is generally a lot going on, let's say. It is a school year in which Augie and TC, who have known each other as best friends since they were six, become friends with the talented and beautiful Ale, a new student, and all three discover their own dreams. Ale (Alejandra) is the daughter of sophisticated diplomats who discovers how much she wants to pursue a career as a performer. It's Augie, the talented director of the school musical, who gives her the place to find this out about herself. TC, brilliant and something of a slacker, gets focused and does better in school, falling in love and trying to keep up with Ale. Everyone has known that Augie is gay and when he finally falls in love with another boy and acknowledges this about himself...

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