Gregory Kirschling
March 22, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

10th Grade

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joseph Weisberg
publisher
Random House
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

”WHAT? ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????… Do you understand anything this guy is saying?” cries 10th-grade narrator Jeremy, quizzing us on Shakespeare. Weisberg, in his debut novel, writes exactly like a high school sophomore for 259 delightfully baffling pages, as punctuation plays hooky and sentences hilariously run on past the bell. And as the chapter titles suggest — ”Gillians Basement Part II,” ”Will I or Won’t I Follow the Herd?” ”Prom” — the kid is recognizably ordinary. By the end, you’ve drawn conclusions about Jeremy that Jeremy hasn’t, but how appropriate. You didn’t know what it all meant back then either.

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