I am determined to read a bunch of books this summer that I can recommend to my students in the Fall. Unfortunately, Burger Wuss by M.T. Anderson will not get as many recommendations from me as I had hoped. Students often request funny or silly books, just lighthearted fun. Burger Wuss showed up on some list of very funny books that boys like so I was hopeful that it would be a new go-to book for me. I'm afraid, however, that it is starting to show it's age as it was first published in 1999. Though there were a few funny passages, the majority was more satire requiring a whole different subset of humor.
A comedy of romance and revenge, set in a burger restaurant. Anthony has never been able to stand up for himself — that is, not until his girlfriend is in someone else’s arms. Then Anthony vows revenge and devises a Plan. It begins with getting a job at the fast-food restaurant where his nemesis happens to be a star employee. But when the Plan is finally in place, will Anthony’s hunger for revenge be satisfied? Will he prove he’s not a wuss?- M.T.Anderson's blogThough not a personal favorite, this book did have a lot to offer in which kids could relate:
- Parents who try too hard to be supportive and understanding, to the point of being obnoxious.
- Having to bum rides to get places
- Working at fast food restaurants where the management is less than supportive/helpful.
- Friends hooking up with other friends which changes relationships all the way around.
- Girlfriend/boyfriend issues.
30 books this Summer Reading Challenge
6 / 30 books. 20% done!