I Love You, Beth Cooper

Paperback | April 15, 2008

byLarry Doyle

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Denis Cooverman wanted to say something really important in his high school graduation speech. So, in front of his 512 classmates and their 3,000 relatives, he announced: "I love you, Beth Cooper."

It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is. And Denis, the captain of the debate team, is so far out of her league he is barely even the same species. And then there's Kevin, Beth's remarkably large boyfriend, who's in town on furlough from the United States Army. Complications ensue.

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Denis Cooverman wanted to say something really important in his high school graduation speech. So, in front of his 512 classmates and their 3,000 relatives, he announced: "I love you, Beth Cooper."It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is. And Denis,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061236187

ISBN - 13:9780061236181

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great I Love You, Beth Cooper was a nice light read. I was really surprised by how funny it was (funnier than the movie, actually). It's definately worth looking into.
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay... It wasn't bad but it wasn't great. There wasn't really anything new or fresh. It kind of reminded me of a written version of the movies "Superbad" or "Harold and Kumar" where the whole storyline occurs in one night. The book had its funny moments and Larry Doyle isn't a bad writer but this book just wasn't fresh enough for me.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Remember grad night? The premise of I Love You, Beth Cooper sounded fun and didn't disappoint. Denis Cooverman decides as he is making his high school valedictorian speech, that it is now or never to declare his love for the very popular head cheerleader Beth Cooper. He has loved her from afar for five years. Well not too far, he has sat behind her in almost every class for five years. But as captain of the debate team, they don't run in the same circles. Or even walk. I was laughing out loud in the first ten pages. Larry Doyle is very funny. (He has written for The Simpsons television show) Beth decides to let Denis know that although she found his declaration embarrassing, it was kind of sweet. Beth's boyfriend, home on leave from the army, isn't too thrilled with Denis's announcement or Beth's talking to him. Denis and his best friend Rich, who can't stop spouting movie lines, host a grad party in the hopes Beth and her cool friends might come. Things don't go entirely as Denis had imagined. The real Beth isn't quite what Denis has fantasized for the last five years. The entire book takes place on graduation night. Think McLovin and friends from the movie Superbad. Or think of your own high school days and grad night..... Doyle's debut novel kept me chuckling the entire way. This perennial edition from Harper Collins also includes some extras, including entries from the I Love You, Beth Cooper Agony/Ecstasy Contest.
Date published: 2009-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant!! For those of us whose high school days are a distant memory, a story that reminds us again of what it was like to be a teenager. The writing is brilliant - highly intelligent and very funny, interweaving a diverse array of cultural references and side-splitting humour in a narrative written in a fluid and captivating style. It was a hard book to put down. I read it over the Christmas break and was caught laughing out loud over and over again.
Date published: 2009-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awkward Adolescence I'm sure the feeling of awkward desperation that goes along with being a teenager is one felt by everyone, regardless of clique or social status--this is probably the main reason why novels, movies, and TV shows starring teenagers are so popular, because almost everyone can find something in them to identify with in their past. This book taps into that spectacularly well. Though the situations Dennis goes through are often ridiculous and stereotyped, the way he goes through them is not. This book is the literary equivalent of a John Hughes movie--a coming-of-age story that just happens to be laugh-out-loud funny. I shot through this book in just a couple of days, and wish I could read it again.... unlike my own adolescence, which I am glad is far, far behind me.
Date published: 2008-08-26

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