Justin has two goals for sophomore year: to date Chuck, the hottest boy in school, and to become the king of Cool U, the table in the cafeteria where the "in" crowd sits.
Unfortunately, he has the wrong look (short, plump, Brillo-pad curls), he has the wrong interests (Broadway, chorus violin), and he has the wrong friends (Spencer, into Eastern religions, and Mary Ann, who doesn't shave her armpits). And Chuck? Well, he's not gay; he's dating Becky, a girl in chorus with whom Justin is friendly.
But Justin is determined.
In detention one day (because he saw Chuck get it first), Justin comes up with a perfect plan: to allow Becky to continue dating Chuck, whom Becky's dad hates. They will pretend that Becky is dating Justin, whom Becky's dad loves. And when Becky and Justin go out on a fake date, Chuck will meet up with them for a real date with Becky. Chuck's bound to find Justin irresistable, right? What could go wrong?
Seth Rudetsky's first novel for young adults is endearingly human, and laugh-out-loud funny, and any kid who ever aspired to Cool U will find Justin a welcome ally in the fight for popularity.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
SETH RUDETSKY has worked as the music director and/or pianist for some of Broadway's biggest stars: Audra McDonald, Andrea Martin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Megan Mullally, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, Megan Hilty and many more. He spent years as a pianist on Broadway playing such shows as LES MIZ, THE PRODUCERS and RAGTIME and currently divides his time between being the afternoon deejay on the SiriusXM Broadway channel/ host of "Seth Speaks" as well as touring North America doing his show DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY. His novel, "MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN," was published by Random House and the sequel "THE RISE AND FALL OF A THEATER GEEK" comes out in 2015. You can watch all of Seth's videos on SethTV.com.