Title: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
Author: Steve Kluger
Summary: There are some books that are about so many things, it is hard to put them into categories, or even describe what they are about. This is definately one of them. Three Boston eleventh-graders, baseball-crazy T.C., his diva ‘brother’ Augie, and new girl Alejandra, are given an assignment to describe their ‘most excellent’ year. All three choose their freshman year – when T.C. fell in love with Ale and became friends with an orphaned deaf kid obsessed with a certain flying movie nanny, when Augie came out and fell in love with Andy, and when Ale fell in love with musical theater…and fought against falling in love with T.C.
Throw in a romance between T.C.’s dad and his school advisor, a production of Kiss Me, Kate, a petition to rebuild the baseball diamond at the Manzanar internment camp, and a visit from Julie Andrews, for a story that is way more than the sum of its parts.
Who will like this book?: People who like upbeat stories about how friendships – and romances – start and last.
Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian