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Sophomores and Other Oxymorons

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Funny, charming look at ups and downs of boy's second year.

Book David Lubar Humor 2015
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This humorous and charming story follows Scott Hudson as he discovers sophomore year isn't going to be the joy ride he was expecting. Scott's a smart kid, and sometimes he's too smart for his own good. In his determination to show off to teachers or write the best paper, he overlooks details and instructions, which turns out to be his academic undoing. The lesson here is that confidence is good, but arrogance can lead one to be narrow-minded and can get in the way of learning. He isn't a total jerk, though. He's sweet with his family and friends, especially Lee, a girl he'd like to be more than friends with.

SOPHOMORES AND OTHER OXYMORONS is most entertaining when Scott is interacting with his friends and family or when he's writing in the journal he's keeping for his infant brother to read one day. The dialogue between the characters hums along well, and many of the scenes are funny. Scott's a witty, sarcastic narrator, but his overconfidence wears thin after a while. Even though the book is entertaining, it could use a little more action in terms of plot, especially given that it's such a long book.

Book Details

  • Author: David Lubar
  • Genre: Humor
  • Topics: Friendship , High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dutton Books
  • Publication date: August 18, 2015
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: February 8, 2016

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