An examination of the definition of family.
A joyride through love and hope and friendships in Brookline, Massachusetts.
TC is handsome, charming, loyal and caring. He is politically active and gets a 98 average at school when he doesn't purposefully keep it down to B+. TC's brother Augie is adorably cute and a total stage queen, performing old musical numbers right and left. (This was almost too much for me, except that the author blurb mentions that Kluger had always seen himself as the next Ethel Merman, and so I forgave him for making Augie over-the-top.) Alejandra is a top student AND she excels at song and dance AND her best friend is an agent of the US Secret Service. You get the picture.
Lots of fun. Give this to readers who like Alex Sanchez, David Levithan and James St. James.
Note added Dec. 24/09: My Most Excellent Year has won the inaugural Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. The finalists were all books that I loved: After Tupac and D Foster (Jacqueline Woodson); Graceling (Kristin Cashore); The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman); and Me, the Missing, and the Dead [also titled Finding Violet Park] (Jenny Valentine).