Monday, August 19, 2013

From the Archives: Five Books to Cheer Up Your Best Bro

Since it's almost the end of summer, we're taking the last two weeks to bring back some of our favorite posts from the archives. We hope that you'll enjoy. And, of course, we'll have our Fandom Friday Posts on... you guessed it.... Friday!

You might have heard that someone we work with has had kind of a rough summer.
 

We've gone through a lot more Kleenex than normal around these parts.


BUT THE TIME HAS COME TO CHEER UP

Legolas: "Dude. I can't listen to you sniffling for one more minute. And I'm not going to go on any more runs to the 7-11 to get you more Ben and Jerry's. It is time to get on with your life. To do that, I have this feeling that what you need is a good laugh. So YOU'RE GOING TO READ THESE BOOKS. Ok?"



Spud by John van de Ruit
This book is not only funny, it's kind of insane. John "Spud" Milton is at boarding school in South Africa. The boys there are on their own, Spud and his friends make up the Crazy 8 who are renowned for pranks and hijinks. The faculty and the older boys are all to be dealt with warily, because you never know what they might be up to. If all of that weren't enough, Spud's own family may be crazier than everyone at the school put-together. Here's your warning: this book is one that you absolutely can't avoid laughing out loud while reading, so you might want to avoid taking it with you anywhere where you're supposed to look very serious (job interviews, jury duty, funerals).


No More Dead Dogs by Godan Korman 
Football hero Wallace Wallace doesn’t back down from the paper he wrote for English class about Old Shep, My Pal.  He hates the book.  He hates that the dog always dies in those classic novels they’re forced to read for school.  His teacher is not happy with Wallace’s paper, nor is he amused. And when Wallace won’t rewrite the paper to suit his teacher, his punishment is to go to rehearsals for the school play, which is—you guessed it—Old Shep, My Pal.  Needless to say, hilarity ensues.


24 Girls in Seven Days by Alex Bradley
With just two weeks to go before senior prom, Jack Grammar is heartbroken when the girl of his dreams rejects his invitation.  When he discovers later that his best friends, Natalie and Percy, run an ad in the school paper under Jack’s name soliciting a date, he’s furious.  Until, that is, beautiful girls begin streaming out of the woodwork, heading his way.  Suddenly, remarkably popular, Jack now has seven days to choose the perfect date.   And twenty-four girls to choose from.  Some of them will stop at nothing to be the chosen one.  It’s a tough situation, but Jack is trying to rise to the challenge.



12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn by James Proimos 
 The summer after his dad (a guy who everyone in the world, except James, loved) dies, James is off to spend the summer with his uncle. He's not exactly sure what he expected to do during this visit, but it certainly wasn't complete a series of twelve tasks his uncle has left him. These tasks seem like a complete waste of time, except for the fact that they seem to keep putting him in the path of a beautiful (though probably unattainable) girl. This is not a touchy-feely book. It is super fast moving, gross at times, and seriously funny. See the full review here
Getting the Girl : a guide to private investigation, surveillance, and cookery by Susan Juby
What do you get when you combine home ec with hard core detective work and one too-hot-mom? You get Sherman Mack. He's a freshman who lives to like girls. He likes them and does not want them to fall victim to the D-list, a list that once your name is on it, you are an automatic social outcast. So, he's on the case and ready to put a stop to the D-filer, once and for all. Of course the path to solving this mystery is full of hysterical antics and also many a cooking catastrophe.



 Legolas: Bro, if these don't cheer up your summer, I don't know what will. 
Ed: Thanks for bein there for me bro.
L: Whatever, man. Let's never talk about this again.

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