Boy Minus Girl by Richard Uhlig

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LES WANTS the girl. He thinks she’s amazing, exotic, perfect. But he doesn’t know how to talk to her, kiss her, or make her realize that he’s the best and only guy for her in the whole wide world.

Once he masters these things, she’ll be his! Easy-peasy, right? The gulf between dreamgirl and realgirl is explored and made somewhat less vast in this bawdy yet romantic not-quite-coming-of-age. Teens will relate to 14-year-old Les’s hilarious and squirmy longings, and the fulsomely awkward efforts he puts forth to make his real life match his fantasies. The story also
portrays the perils of unexamined hero-worship, and the strength and humanity of people that may seem plain and boring, but who stand up for what is right when called upon to do so. It is a tale both hilarious and thoughtful, in which, to paraphrase the old Rolling Stones adage, one boy figures out that even if you indeed can’t always get what you want, if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need.

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About Richard Uhlig

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Rick Uhlig says you "wouldn't want to know" how close his actual childhood town was to Last Dance's somewhat fictional Harker City. Married to his high school sweetheart, Rick is an avid international traveller and the father of two young children. He now lives in New York City.
Published December 4, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Uhlig’s sitcom plot, populated by stereotypes (the stripper with the heart of gold, the black-sheep uncle, the fat, misunderstood bully), plays for crude, cheap laughs that teens may appreciate in the moment but that won’t resonate past the next page.

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