King of the Screwups

 
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King of the Screwups
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Release Date
April 06, 2009
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0152062580
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Screwing Up a Screwup Doesn't Mean It Ends Up Right
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Liam is definitely King of the Screwups.  Even when he tries to screw something up, it backfires and it comes out right.  His father is the eminently successful and totally domineering Allan Geller.  His mother, Sarah, is a former runway model.  Liam has an eye for fashion and window dressing but that is not an appropriate career for Allan Gellers son.




When, right before senior year starts, Liam really screws up (his father catches him drunk, making out with a girl on his fathers desk), it is Allans last straw.  He arranges to ship Liam off to his paternal grandparents, who hate him.  Sarah finagles and without Allans OK, gets his gay, cross-dressing, trailer park-living, DJ, glam-rock band brother Pete (who Allan hasnt spoken to in 17 years) to take Liam.  Thus, Liam moves from posh Westchester to sticks of Pineville, NY.




Liam decides that the only way to get through his new school without screwing up is to be unpopular, but everything he does makes him more popularin other words he screws up.  He finally gives up trying to get it right, cutting school, getting drunk.  Now hes really screwing up.




K.L. Going, author of Fat Kid Rules the World (which I really liked) and Saint Iggy, has written the perfect beach read.  The characters are great.  Pete and his band mates Orlando (also Petes boyfriend and Liams English teacher), Dino (a cop) and Eddie are a sight.  You can visualize them in their bright colored spandex and eye makeup.  If youre a fan of the movie Shes All That, Liams school friends are Zach Silers (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) friends and the girl next door, artsy, bitchy Darlene, is Laney Boggs (Rachel Leigh Cook). 




Many of the chapters start with Liams reminiscing about events when he was young, how he accompanied his mother on fashion shows and was fine and how hed screw up when he was with his father.  Then the current action begins, some sad, some hysterical, some normal.  The truth is youll want Liam to finally succeed.  Youll love Pete and his friends.  Youll even like Darlene.  Dont screw up by not reading this book.  Definitely read King of the Screwups.

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Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everyone loves him, everyone except his dad who believes that he is a screwup who never does anything right. Finally his dad gets tired of all the problems Liam has caused for him and kicks him out. Luckily, his moma former modeldoesn't make him stay with his grand-parents who hate both Liam and his mother. Instead she lets him stay with Aunt Pete, his cross dressing uncle.


Aunt Pete lives in a trailer park that's practically in the middle of nowhere. There are no boutiques or Gucci stores for Liam to shop at. At school everyone loves him when all he wants to do is be "uncool". No matter what he does or wears, people still like him. Aunt Pete helps Liam to understand that his parent's are not perfect and that he is a wonderful kid who has a bright future.




King of the Screwups
is an easy to read book that I was unable to put down. Liam is such a likeable character and I was rooting for him the whole time. It was a good story with some darker humor and a twist to the rich kid gets a wake up call plot.

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Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everyone loves him, everyone except his dad who believes that he is a screwup who never does anything right. Finally his dad gets tired of all the problems Liam has caused for him and kicks him out. Luckily, his moma former modeldoesn't make him stay with his grand-parents who hate both Liam and his mother. Instead she lets him stay with Aunt Pete, his cross dressing gay uncle.


Aunt Pete lives in a trailer park that's practically in the middle of nowhere. There are no boutiques or Gucci stores for Liam to shop at. At school everyone loves him when all he wants to do is be "uncool". No matter what he does or wears, people still like him. Aunt Pete helps Liam to understand that his parent's are not perfect and that he is a wonderful kid who has a bright future.




King of the Screwups
is an easy to read book that I was unable to put down. Liam is such a likeable character and I was rooting for him the whole time. It was a good story with some darker humor and a twist to the rich kid gets a wake up call plot.

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