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Lubar, David. Sophomores and Other Oxymorons.

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Lubar, David. Sophomores and Other Oxymorons. Dutton/Penguin, 2015. 432p. $17.99. 978-0-525-42970-8.

In this companion book to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie (Penguin, 2005/VOYA June 2005), Scott Hudson is confident his sophomore year is "going to totally rock." After surviving freshman year, he knows the ropes and can verbally spar with the best. But in a comedic turn of events, Scott's overconfidence proves disastrous when he instigates a grammar war with his English teacher, becomes the high school survival specialist to unfortunate freshman, and develops an involuntary gag reflex in biology class. Despite each setback, Scott manages to salvage his year by learning to champion the underdog and admit when he is wrong. Scott becomes the hero of the day by thinking outside the box to save the school newspaper, defend a hostile teacher, and make possible his dads career dreams.

In Sophomores and Other Oxymorons, Lubar writes in laugh-out-loud style about the problems of a teenager figuring out high school. Scott is a likable character whose obsession with words and grammar is seen throughout the text in word choice and figures of speech. Although the plot is a little convoluted and unbelievable, Lubar uses his comedic voice to give the story a larger-than-life feel that works with the plots sometimes ridiculous twists and turns. This is a great read for teens looking for a laugh.--Deanne Boyer.

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Author:Boyer, Deanne
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2015
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