My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
Author: Steve Kluger
Genre: YA
URL: Amazon
Price: $16.99
Other Information/warnings: het (teen) relationships, gay (teen)
Summary [from the publisher]:

Dear Anthony:
I appreciate your recent interest, but I’m not accepting applications at this time. Your letter will be kept in our files and someone will get back to you if there is an opening. Thank you for thinking of me.
Respectfully,Alejandra Perez
P.S. It’s not “Allie.” It’s “Ale.”

Meet T.C., who is valiantly attempting to get Alejandra to fall in love with him; Alejandra, who is playing hard to get and is busy trying to sashay out from under the responsibilities of being a diplomat’s daughter; and T.C.’s brother Augie, who is gay and in love and everyone knows it but him.

My review:

I bought this in San Francisco and the only treat I gave myself for New Year is to spend the day reading it. It’s one of the best New Year’s Days I’ve ever had.

Another gorgeous coming of age story from Steve Kluger, in a world where Julie Andrews, Ethel Merman and baseball collide in a fabulous place where childhood can be the magical time it should be. Told in his favourite epistolatory style, all the usual Kluger winners are here – snappy, hilarious dialogue, wonderful, memorable dialogue, and a lightspeed paced plot which dares us to believe in wonder and miracles.  An affirming read for teenagers and adults of all ages.

Of course it’s not real. Reality sucks. This book doesn’t. Read it and feel good for a while.

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