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After his declaration , Denis' mother and father leave him and Rich alone at the house for their party, which no one attends, as they are social outcasts.
Beth shows up in her tiny blue car with her friends Cammy and Treece the group of three is known as "The Trinity" at Denis' house that evening.
Things are awkward and become worse when Kevin shows up with his army buddies, and Denis and Rich are assaulted and Denis' house the kitchen is trashed. Beth and the Trinity help Denis and Rich get away.
Beth is meant to be a dream girl, but has glaring imperfections that shatter Denis' fantasy. Throughout the novel the real Beth shows that she is nowhere near the perfect girl that Denis has imagined.
They then travel out to Old Tobacco Road where Denis and Beth drink and converse about their roles in high school and why exactly Denis fell for Beth; he admits it was because she was pretty and he always sat behind her.
Cammy, Treece, and Rich try to tip over a cow but fail miserably. The girls then proceed to tell a scary story to get the boys entranced then floor it. They eventually crash into Denis' parents car where his parents were having sex.
The group then heads to Valli Wooly's the shallow rich party girl party. Denis, feeling uninvited does not accompany the Trinity into the party but decides to enter in anyway later. After some mishaps involving getting hit on by a fat girl, meeting the ugly girl he once made out with, he is again confronted by Kevin.
Kevin and his gang then proceed to beat Denis up in front of the entire party in the most humiliating fashion, pounding him to the beat of the song playing. Beth then crashes Kevin's Humvee into the house itself and the group escapes.
The group heads back to the high school where Beth, Cammy, and Treece show off their cheer leading act. After the act, the girls head to the showers and Rich and Denis follow. Rich immediately proceeds to enter in the showers with the girls but as Denis is taking off his pants, he sees Beth get out the shower. Rich and Denis fight off Kevin for a bit by using their wet towels to thrash them with; this they learned to do after a brutal beating Rich had in freshman year.
The group escapes in Beth's original car which Kevin used to drive down to the high school from the party. After escaping, Beth reveals to Denis that she only came to his party because it would be "funny", leaving Denis disappointed. Denis gets a nose bleed and Treece gives him tampons to stick up his nostrils to stop the bleeding. Next, Beth tells Denis his shirt smells and forces him to take it off. Beth takes his shirt and holds it out the window to "air it off"; the shirt then flies out the window.
They stop the car and Denis, in his underwear, goes to find his shirt, which he finds in a puddle of mud being eaten by a pair of raccoons. Denis gives up his attempt at retrieval and returns to the car in only his "lucky" meaning holey underwear. Beth lends him a poncho. The gang arrives at Treece's father's cabin where they all share a drink. Beth goes out with Denis for a smoke and to watch the moon. They talk about their futures and the fact that Beth is resigned to the fact that her life after this is not going to get much better but that Denis has so many opportunities available to him.
Back at the cabin Cammy and Treece imply that Rich is gay. He continues to deny he is. Why oh why did I not practice what I preach and just borrow it from a library?
Anyway, the only way I can describe this book is if you found the horniest junior high student on the planet, forced him to watch every cliched teen movie that was produced in the past 30 years, then forced him to watch a 3-day marathon of The Three Stooges, and then let him spill his guts about his every sexual fantasy, well, this is the book he would write. This book includes, but is not limited to, the following madcap "hilarity": Hilarious, indeed.
Oct 26, Selene rated it it was ok. View 2 comments. Apr 23, Maggie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: When I read this book, I had no idea that the author, first-time novelist Larry Doyle, was an established television writer, with writing credits for "Daria," "Beavis and Butthead," and "The Simpsons," but I easily could have guessed. I Love You, Beth Cooper has the frantic pace and zany, unrealistic plot points that are necessary to keeping a television audience especially the youthful ones of the aforementioned shows interested for the whole half-hour.
It is full to bursting with cliches of When I read this book, I had no idea that the author, first-time novelist Larry Doyle, was an established television writer, with writing credits for "Daria," "Beavis and Butthead," and "The Simpsons," but I easily could have guessed. It is full to bursting with cliches of high school and suburbia and the scenes all feel like they are cut and pasted from less than average teen movies, but damn it, it works. This novel reads like a movie; if all the creative people behind Superbad could merge into one and create a novel, this would be that novel.
The humor is very similar, and I think it works even better on the page. Indeed, the laughs-per-page ratio found in Beth Cooper is one of the highest I've ever encountered I suppose the only close competition here would be America: The Book and Good Omens. Like Superbad, the main thrust of the action in I Love You, Beth Cooper takes place within a single evening in the lives of a pair of geeky high school boys. Denis and Rich have just graduated from a suburban high school in Illinois and are making a lame attempt to make the most of their graduation night after Denis's extremely unconventional valedictorian speech: Shortly after, Denis and Rich are the only guests at Denis's graduation party the first of two teenage parties featuring alcohol and totally unsupervised: The pair are stunned when unlikely plot point no.
The mishaps and the cliches escalate at an exponential rate as Beth drags Denis into her party girl lifestyle for the evening. A second house party this one with copious amounts of alcohol and, again, no parental supervision , an angry and extremely violent boyfriend, a cabin in the woods, a shower scene, a chase, a heroic rescue, multiple fist fights and a few brushes with death leave Denis completely disillusioned; the girl he has idealized for his entire adolescence is nothing more than human, and very flawed at that.
This is a girl who comes only a hair's breadth from performing sex acts to get alcohol, a girl who sleeps around, a girl who hasn't planned for her future, a girl who is, in all likelihood, already past her peak.
I Love You, Beth Cooper is, in a lot of ways, a sad story about growing up and the changes that everyone faces in that time surrounding high school graduation; the extended adolescence provided by American culture is over and the real world beckons.
It's this juxtaposition of innocence and maturity that provides such a wealth of material for all of the many, many books and movies and television shows centered on it. Beth Cooper, for all of its emotional heft, is still primarily a screamingly funny and excessively entertaining read; it would be a mistake to pass it by, especially if your memories of high school graduation are still fresh.
View 1 comment. Jun 16, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: During his speech as high school valedictorian, Denis Coverman strays from his agreed upon script, taking a moment to get some things off his chest and call out certain members of the student body who have made his life miserable for the past four years.
And he also takes a moment to let his secret crush, Beth Cooper, popular cheerleader, know that he loves her. That's a hell of a hook and author Larry Doyle really makes work. The initial portions of the novel are laugh out loud funny, including During his speech as high school valedictorian, Denis Coverman strays from his agreed upon script, taking a moment to get some things off his chest and call out certain members of the student body who have made his life miserable for the past four years.
The initial portions of the novel are laugh out loud funny, including the vengeful janitor locking all the doors to the auditorium so everyone will have to suffer from the heat and the principal's thoughts on the duties he'll have to perform to make up for.
The novel even goes well as Denis encounters Beth after the speech and invites her to his after-graduation partywhich consists of himself and his best friend who may or may not be gay.
The novel hums along at a good pace for the first 50 or so pages, making some wry observations, introducing some funny moments and having a lot of fun with the premise. But it's once Beth and her crew show up at Denis's house for the party that things begin to derail a bit and the book descends into your normal "greatest night of a young teenage life" type of story.
Beth has a jealous boyfriend who wants to beat the tar out of Denis, the gang goes on a crosstown epic adventure and there's the requisite romantic tension between the two leads. Doyle works hard in the last three quarters of the novel to sustain what he had when the novel started, but the book really kind of peters out toward the end, becoming little more than a lot of cliches that we've seen in other teen angst movies.
Jul 02, Jason Hough rated it it was ok Recommended to Jason by: Ken Bibb. This book is all about making you laugh. The story is shallow, as are most of the characters. While there were probably more moments in this that made me laugh aloud than any book since Hitchhikers Guide, it completely lacked any of the emotional or philosophical satisfaction Hitchhikers brought. And, in an odd way, it's almost too funny. It's like the author kept going back and trying to make sure every single sentence had a joke in it.
In that sense, although there are plenty of extremely funny This book is all about making you laugh. In that sense, although there are plenty of extremely funny moments, it's quite exhausting to read. Too many beats, no build-up and payoff. Another problem I had is that much of the comedy is a result of things being so over-the-top as to lose its basis in reality, which was off putting for something set in a modern day, realistic environment.
So, overall there are laughs-a-plenty, but ultimately I didn't feel satisfied. The frosting on a cake might be delicious, but you want the cake to be good, too. I wanted to read this book before seeing the movie and I'm glad I did not because I've seen the movie yet and am making comparisons, but because I can't imagine the movie can translate half the humor of this book.
Denis Cooverman, aka "The Coove", aka "The Penis", decides that his valedictorian speech at his high school graduation is the perfect time to announce that he is in love with Beth Cooper, the head cheerleader, in addition to insulting several of his classmates. To his surprise, Beth a I wanted to read this book before seeing the movie and I'm glad I did not because I've seen the movie yet and am making comparisons, but because I can't imagine the movie can translate half the humor of this book.
To his surprise, Beth approaches him at the reception and he invites her to a party. While sitting at home alone with his friend Rich Munsch, aka "Dick Munch", Denis is again surprised when Beth does show up to his "party" with two of her friends, shortly thereafter followed by her pissed off army boyfriend and two of his crones.
What follows is a long night of getting drunk, beat up, nearly arrested, and sex, making this the best night of his life. The cast of characters is huge and hilarious and I found myself enjoying all of them, even though most had very few redeeming qualities: Rich with his habit of citing every movie quotation, Treece's involuntary whorishness, Denis's penchant for quoting facts.
The action was over the top and Denis's face goes from a black eye to completely messed up. The epilogue is inconclusive; this isn't a romance, but I liked that Denis got to know the real Beth Cooper and liked her just as much as his fantasy Beth Cooper. The humor of the book borders between raunchy and nerdy, and the movie seriously downgrades the raunchy and misses most of the nerdy since most of the nerdy humor occurs in the book's descriptions and Denis's thoughts.
That being said, I think the movie was cast perfectly and it followed the book very closely. Aug 27, Rosa rated it did not like it. Stopped reading this when I was already over halfway through, with less than pages to go, something I Never do. I just kept thinking it'd get better, then I came on Goodreads to see numerous people had finished the book with similar hopes that were eventually dashed, and decided I'd sidestep the waste of my time.
Incredibly tedious - 2-dimensional characterizations, deathly slow-moving plot but with numerous unnecessarily over-the-top contrivances , highly annoying narrative style one whic Stopped reading this when I was already over halfway through, with less than pages to go, something I Never do.
Incredibly tedious - 2-dimensional characterizations, deathly slow-moving plot but with numerous unnecessarily over-the-top contrivances , highly annoying narrative style one which attempts to convey a usually not-very-funny joke with Every Single Sentence. There are criminally underappreciated nerds who deserved mass adulation by those who surrounded them Max Fischer of Rushmore, the kids from Freaks and Geeks , and then there are nerds who within a few minutes of talking, you think even as a nerd yourself who believes it profoundly unjust to point fingers , "Ah, that's why nobody wants to be around you" - this book is that second category of nerd.
Mar 20, Jenny Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: I wanna know what happened at the end of the summer. Darn you Larry Doyle! This book was fun. More laughs, more good story. I want to know what happens next! Mar 01, Scott S. Sometimes there's nothing better when that used book sale download - admittedly one I did not give much thought to at the time - turns out to be a diamond in the rough. I Love You, Beth Cooper is like a print version of an exceptional 80's or 90's teen comedy movie the ones that had just the right balance of humor and heart in the mix.
Buffalo Grove High's Class of '07 valedictorian Denis Cooverman blurts out his infatuation regarding the popular a Sometimes there's nothing better when that used book sale download - admittedly one I did not give much thought to at the time - turns out to be a diamond in the rough. Buffalo Grove High's Class of '07 valedictorian Denis Cooverman blurts out his infatuation regarding the popular and beautiful head cheerleader during his graduation speech.
That admission then kick-starts the most eventful night of his young life. A lot of craziness, raunchiness, and drunkenness ensues with Denis stuck in the middle of it.
He thinks he loves Beth Cooper. I know I loved this book. Mar 08, Sawyer Hintz added it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response: I enjoyed this book very much. It was very cleverly written and filled with jokes. The author did a very good job capturing the emotions of the characters. Plot Summary: Denis, the main character, tells a girl named Beth that he loves her.
But that girl happens to have a boyfriend who is in the military. The rest of the book is spent by Denis, his best friend, and Beth, and her friends trying to escape Beth's boyfriend and his crazy army friends. They have several close encounter Personal Response: They have several close encounters along the way, but always narrowly escape.
But once Kevin catches up with Denis, Denis nearly kills him. Denis knocked him unconscious into the water, but saves him instead. Beth and Kevin break up and Denis promises to marry Beth at the year reunion of their high-school. Denis is the main character and is extremely smart, but just as awkward. He was the valedictorian of his class. He was in love with a girl named Beth Cooper, who was way out of his league. Sometimes he can be pretty charming and witty, but mostly just makes a fool of himself.
He can quote almost every movie ever made. He is a lot more charming and smoother than Denis. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys witty and clever stories. There is swearing, drinking, and other mature themes and parts in it, so I wouldn't recommend this for any young readers. But overall it was a very enjoyable book that would be enjoyed by the right audience. Oct 12, Cindy rated it liked it Shelves: Silly, ridiculous, irreverent, zany, shallow, stupid.
And guess what?. Never saw the movie, never will and I don't care that the reviews were not the best on GR. This coming-of-age story set on graduation night from high school made me laugh and laughter is a good thing!
Except running. Only away from psycho boyfriends of hot girls, but that only comes later. Still, pretty much a nobody. About that, one little problem. I kind of messed up. In front of every student and their families.
Poor little Denis. After that one, teeny tiny sentence, his whole life turned upside-down. This is all during what his parents think is a small get together at their house. They are off doing something we shall not want to know in a car in the middle of the road that Denis, Beth and their friends hit in the middle of their adventure.
What a mouthful, but it completely makes him a badass. This is exactly what teens today feel like. The best part of this novel, is that it shows that geeks have a chance.
That a persons mind will change as they see brains over beauty. And when I finished this it actually made me feel like I was much better than what I made myself be. It makes the beauties and the brains look at one another for the first time.
Like putting them in the same room. It makes us all think what would happen if we were on the other side.
And the ending of this novel makes us really see what is right and what is wrong. Denis Cooverman has started a revolution that will always keep thriving. Kudos, my geeky friend. You shall always be a badass, popular kid to me. I have no doubt that Larry Doyle can be a humorous writer how else could he have credits in Beavis and Butthead and The Simpsons?
Maybe saying 'no business' is too harsh. Let me rephrase: It may not look it but my favorite genre is comedy and I Love You Beth Cooper being tagged as a romance-comedy I have no doubt that Larry Doyle can be a humorous writer how else could he have credits in Beavis and Butthead and The Simpsons? It may not look it but my favorite genre is comedy and I Love You Beth Cooper being tagged as a romance-comedy romance being another favorite , it should have been easy to please me. A story only has to make me laugh with mirth a few times and I'll gladly give it a four star rating.
Instead all I got was a big disappointment. The plot involves nerdy, geeky Denis Cooverman, high school valedictorian, and his unrequited love for the hot and popular cheerleader Beth Cooper.
It's like a John Green plot with zany turns and crazier characters. Only John Green writes about nerdy boys ten times better. The first thing that disconcerted me within the first few pages is the writing style. Full of noticeable scene transitions with the first words of each new scene in comic book font , sudden flashbacks, detailed mental mental movies and even an actual sitcom-style script complete with song references for background music, it reads like like a big fat screenplay jammed into an 8 oz.
The 3rd-person omniscient POV prevents any self-identification and feels like a camera changing shots and panning across the screen.
Even the characters come straight from a bad sitcom or cartoon: High school is one big cliche. Developments are exaggerated and over-the-top unrealistic, which is why I think Doyle's brand of slapstick comedy would work better on a visual medium cartoon, comic book, film, television.
All the absurd antics, beatings, and humiliation are supposed to be humorous, but I found them too unfunny. Feeling no commitment at all to the characters or story, I dropped it a third of the way through and only forced myself to finish last weekend. Characters finally begin to show some depth at the last quarter of the book, but by then I was far too removed to care.
One star for the occasional laugh, another for the belated gain of depth and the high note ending. A generous 2 stars.
Dec 01, Ben Babcock rated it it was amazing Shelves: I finished this book in three hours.
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From page one, Larry Doyle creates an eerily familiar depiction of high school, specifically that moment when you look back during your graduation and realize you're finally free and have your whole life ahead of you--and it's scary. Doyle's wit sets us off on a one-night odyssey that originates from the single question, "What if, instead of delivering an average graduation speech, the valedictorian head of the debate team confesses his love for the head cheer I finished this book in three hours.
Doyle's wit sets us off on a one-night odyssey that originates from the single question, "What if, instead of delivering an average graduation speech, the valedictorian head of the debate team confesses his love for the head cheerleader?
What happens then? This is a book that reads like a movie. It's epic and cinematic and paced like it has scenes rather than chapters. Doyle smartly confines himself to a single night with a short epilogue and, with a few digressions, a single storyline.
I've tried watching Superbad twice and couldn't get through it. This book succeeded for me where Superbad failed because, unlike that movie, this book employs an intelligent, honest-because-it-hurts sort of humour. Each sentence jabs at one's brain, dredging up specific memories of youth and high school. I Love You, Beth Cooper could be, at first glance, a typical coming-of-age story about the nerdy smart guy who falls for the popular cheerleader or for his construction of who the popular cheerleader is.
To some extent, it is such a story. But it's not only such a story, and that isn't the aspect of this story that makes it awesome. Rather, it's the fact that in spite of employing such a major trope, the story is never trite, and it never tries to force a redeeming theme on the reader. Instead, anything and everything that could possibly go wrong for the protagonist does. And when things go right, they don't always go right in the way one would expect. If you're seeking some sort of original umbrella wisdom on the truth about graduating high school and entering the world of adulthood, your mileage may vary with this book.
But if you just want to be entertained, then I'll agree with Dave Barry's review: But I am saying that if it doesn't, something is wrong with you. Dec 22, Devin Bruce rated it liked it Recommends it for: On the day of his high school graduation, debate captain Denis Cooverman makes his valedictorian speech.
He stands up in front of the podium, and it starts off typical and boring enough. Until he says the following five words: I Love You, Beth Cooper is clever, shocking, and unbelievably funny. Larry Doyle, former writer and producer for The Simpsons , has created a romp of Ferris Bueller proportions, except that I actually liked this book and didn't like Ferris Bueller, and also that Ferris was decidedly cool and Denis is decidedly not.
Sure, the story is unbelievable and ridiculous, but it's a great comedy with awesome wordplay and situations that most high school kids only dream about sometimes in their nightmares. And the illustrations that lead off each chapter by Evan Dorkin, one of my favourite cartoonists are a great touch: I Love You, Beth Cooper is a quick read, and as soon as I was done I wanted to talk about it with someone else, any one of my friends who was an outcast in high school like me.
Some people might get turned off by the pop culture references that they might not get, but I didn't really care about them. I had a problem with the final chapter, which I feel softened the impact of the rest of the book a little, but otherwise I have no problem recommending it.
Jun 17, Staci rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Honestly, reading this book is like jumping on a roller coaster, forgetting to buckle your seatbelt, and you didn't have enough time to pull the bar down. So now you're flying all over the place, screaming your damn head off, swooping over the hills, feeling like you're going to throw up, ducking your head so you don't get decapitated, and then finally you pull back into the station, look at your partner that rode next to you and say Let's do it again Honestly, reading this book is like jumping on a roller coaster, forgetting to buckle your seatbelt, and you didn't have enough time to pull the bar down.
Let's do it again!!!!!! I had a great time reading this book and totally loved the pictures of Denis at the start of each chapter. As you work you're way through the book, his face gets a little bit worse for wear. But in the end he clearly feels that the best time he ever had in high school was this one single night!!
If you're looking for a fun YA book to read then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to you, but it won't change your world like, say, a John Green book would, but you will laugh and you just might see a trace of your "teen self" in some of these characters and their experiences!!
I leave you with a funny passage that made me laugh: Denis took a calcaneus to the temple. He staggered backward into a corner, trapped.
So this was it: Not exactly the tragedy he had always dreamed about. He thought of his mother finding his bloody pulped remains, and then he thought of that copy of Celebrity Sleuth: Women of Fantasy 15 on the floor, lying open to topless shots of Kristanna Loken, the Terminatrix. If he had time, he would try to eat the magazine before he died.
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Jul 28, Glen Moss rated it did not like it. I am the first to admit that I am a Simpsons junkie, so whenever I find out that a writer from the show writes a book, I usually go out and find it. That is the case with Larry Doyle's: I love You Beth Cooper. This does pain me to say it but the book starts with a train wreck and does not improve from there. The basic story is this, one unpopular boy who pined after a girl for all his high school years decides to announce his love for her during his Valedictorian speech.
This just opens the stor I am the first to admit that I am a Simpsons junkie, so whenever I find out that a writer from the show writes a book, I usually go out and find it. This just opens the story to one uncomfortable social situation after another.
In fact, that is pretty much is the entire depth of the story. The actual plot is that the main character is supposed to grow by coming out of his socially insecure shell.
The problem, the events that occur would put a normal person into a complete mental breakdown with long years of therapy in an attempt to recover. It is just not believable and the reader will typically cringe at the events instead of laugh. There is a slight twist to the ending but in many ways it compares to a root canal because the reader just wants it to end.
For the people who are not fans of the written word, this book will be released as a movie this summer and the reason why I am writing this review.
I saw the first preview and from that it appears that the flick is going to be pretty close to the book. Needless to say, there is little chance I will be seen at the multiplex. Sep 02, Brandon Will rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't know. I was a dorko too, I went to high school in America, and I wanted to like this book.Deliriously Happy, a collection of humor pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, didn't win any awards but some people liked it.
She fools around with Denis because it's graduation night and "not to be with someone would just be too sad. It is just not believable and the reader will typically cringe at the events instead of laugh. He saves his more dramatic efforts for the antics of Beth's friends and boyfriend, allowing the satirical tone to come mainly from the bizarre set of circumstances that emerge during the last - and greatest - night of high school.
I Love You Beth Cooper
Welcome back. Denis sees Beth's naked butt. And—quite a few funny moments, too. Denis and Co. Plsssss P.
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