I hate romantic comedies. I find them boring and I can’t keep from rolling my eyes constantly. In fact, I think the reason that I avoid most realistic fiction is because I’m afraid that the book will turn into a romantic comedy-in-writing. BUT. I really loved My Most Excellent Year. Which is definitely a romantic comedy. Which might mean I’m slipping.
T.C. Keller, Augie Hwong and Alejandra Perez are all 9th graders at a Boston high school, and each of them–without realizing it–is trying to figure out where they belong in life. T.C. is trying to stay a B+ student, in spite of his natural intelligence and love of politics; Augie is trying to reconcile himself to being both a sports star and a theater director of genius proportions; and Ale is trying to live up to her diplomat parents’ expectations, while also following her dream of performing in musical theater.
Do they figure it out? (And find love along the way?) Jeez, guys, come on–this is a romantic comedy! Of COURSE they do! But the process of finding their way is a wonderful read. Most reviews will probably point out that it’s heartwarming and poignant, descriptive terms that usually make me run screaming in opposite direction. BUT. It’s true: the book is heartwarming and poignant. More importantly, though, the book is also hilarious. (Also, I love musicals). My Most Excellent Year probably won’t make me reconsider my antipathy to romantic comedies, but I’ll definitely recommend it to any 9th and 10th graders who love realistic fiction.
Posted by: Sarah