The Accidental Genius of Weasel High – by Rick Detorie
I decided to read this book on an impulse while I was trying out my library’s e-book collection, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. I quite enjoyed it and I think it will appeal to fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. It’s similar in that it has cartoons mixed in with the text, and the main character is a somewhat unpopular fourteen-year-old boy.
Larkin Pace has plans to be a famous film director, and he has the entertaining but largely useless talent of remembering both facts about and large chunks of dialogue from all of the many movies he’s seen. He desperately wants a camcorder, but his father insists that he earn the money to pay for it. Larkin looks for ways to earn the money, while also trying to win back his girlfriend/best friend from the bully who torments him.
The Accidental Genius of Weasel High was written by Rick Detorie, creator of the “One Big Happy” comic strip, which was one of my favorites as a kid. I hadn’t realized that until I started reading and recognized the drawing style, so that was an unexpected bonus. I liked all of the characters and thought they were very realistic, and I really appreciated the ending as well. It’s a quick read and a humorous one as well, recommended for fans of realistic fiction and teen boys, especially.