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

mymostDial Books, 2008. ISBN: 0803732279

Three teens keep journals through their junior year, covering their intersecting lives and interests, and the people important to them. There is Ale(jandra) new, privileged, trying to figure out how to fit in at public school; Anthony (aka TC) who has a serious crush on her; and Augie, TC’s “adopted” brother since TC’s mother died many years ago and no one else knew what to say to him (they have their own beds and sets of belongings at each other’s houses.

Interspersed are emails between Augie’s and TC’s dads about when Augie will realize he’s gay; emails and text messages between Augie and Andy, the boy he’s falling in love with if he’ll just realize it, and communications of various sorts between several other people.

Other characters include six-year-old Hucky, a deaf baseball genius who calls all the pitches to TC, and whom the teens befriend, learning ASL in order to be able to communicate with him; Aunt Babe and Aunt Ruth a lesbian couple who live in DC where Aunt Ruth is a member of Congress; Lori, TC’s guidance counselor who TC’s dad is interested in, Julie Andrews, Buck Weaver of the 1919 “Black Sox,” and more.

Fun, romantic, political, and hard to put down.

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Filed under **** Highly recommended, 2000s

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