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Castration Celebration - Jake Wizner There were funny parts of the book, but I was surprised again and again at how nasty it was - in a juvenile, unsubtle, and not-very-funny way. The characters were all one-dimensional, and the premise that the book begins with - that the main character gets the idea for the play when angry at her father after she walks in on him cheating on her mother - is abandoned as soon as she meets a cute boy. I believe the author is an 8th grade teacher, and while 8th graders may talk like the characters in the book do, I don't think that 12th graders act like the characters in the book do. Wizner's last book won an ALA title; I haven't read it, but I hope it's better than Castration Celebration...
I would be embarrassed if my husband or father or teacher wrote this book!