Ben has spent his life as a loner, convinced that having cerebral palsy makes him a loser that no one will want to associate with. He spends a lot of time at the movies, where he runs into Colleen, a drug addict from his high school. Despite being high, Colleen acts friendly towards Ben on numerous occasions, and he falls for her hard. With Colleen giving him confidence and a new neighbor showing him the technical aspect, Ben sets out to make a documentary about high school life, and is surprised to learn how he is perceived among his classmates. Maybe he doesnt have to be just a spaz after all . . .
This was an interesting coming-of-age story, and Ben is an endearing narrator, although Koertge keeps him flippant and naÃ¯ve rather than delving deeper into his character. Colleen is even more disappointing, as she serves as a vehicle for Bens growth rather than as a true characterK.L. Going did much better with the drug addicted character in her Fat Kid Rules the World than Koertge does herealthough admittedly the ending of Stoner & Spaz is more realistic than Fat Kid. Despite its flaws, this book was a fun read.