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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,097 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Doyle Narrator: Paul Rust Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780061901980
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Denis Cooverman wanted to say something really important in his high school graduation speech. So, in front of his 512 classmates and their 3,000 relatives, he announced: "I love you, Beth Cooper."

It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is. And Denis, the captain of the debate team, is so far out of her league he is barely even the same species. And then there's Kevin, Beth's remarkably large boyfriend, who's in town on furlough from the United States Army. Complications ensue.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wickedly funny…When Doyle nails it, he’s hilarious…Denis and Beth are both rendered with sensitivity and depth. Doyle is especially good at revealing what lies in the heart of the Popular Girl.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Hilarious…Doyle, a former Simpsons writer, keeps this entertaining novel moving at a clip but never forgets that humor needs heart, too. Grade: A.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “The jokes come thick and fast…hilarious. American Pie meets Mean Girls.”

    Guardian (London)

  • Winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/20/2014

    " Hhave really enjoyed this book. Brought back some of the angst, horror and humor of high school; and since I am a pop culture junkie, I appreciated the quotes beginning each chapter from films. A genuinely funny look back at HS. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Damon | 2/12/2014

    " It was an okay read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doneen | 2/11/2014

    " The third and last of the "funniest books," and it wins the prize of funniest of all. I did finally laugh out loud at the exploits of a boy on the memorable day of his high school graduation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 1/23/2014

    " Funny, kind of sweet, very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/19/2014

    " Funny frothy combo of just about every teen movie cliche you can imagine. Like the Anthony Michael-Hall character in "Sixteen Candles" has a crush on one of the Heathers and hangs out with Ferris Bueller's sidekick as they try to avoid a run-in with the big brother from "Weird Science." It felt to me like this book should have been set in the 80s - it almost read like it had been set in the 80s (especially some of the musical and cultural references) until some editor forced the author to add in iPods and cell phones to make it more current. Still - enjoyable in a light funny way. I'm curious about the movie now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/9/2014

    " I did enjoy this book, but I have to disagree with the book jackets reviews talking about it being funnier than American Graffiti. Denis is juuuust a smidge too whiny for this redhead, but I actually liked his friend Rich, and I thought Beth Cooper and her friends were fairly realistic... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden Savino | 1/8/2014

    " totally entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/5/2014

    " This book is funny and sweet, in almost equal proportions. I found myself not quite buying in to the voice for the first thirty pages or so, but then I realized that I was hooked and couldn't let it go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Fellowes | 12/17/2013

    " Ridiculous, funny, light, story of a budding highschool Mensa club member written by someone who used to write for the Simpsons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 12/10/2013

    " Very funny - quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donkey21 | 12/2/2013

    " Entertaining tale of a high school nerd and the consequences of his valedictory speech declaring his love for the title character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan Stanton | 11/23/2013

    " I loved "I Love You, Beth Cooper"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zenzibell | 11/5/2013

    " Loved, loved, loved this book! As a very normal person who went through her own period of high school awkwardness, I *kinda* felt this guy's pain, but dang! This book was a very exciting rollercoaster ride. Very well-written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshua | 10/7/2013

    " Not really my cup of tea. Funny, I guess, but a little too over the top. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jessie | 8/24/2013

    " hayden paniterre ruined 'beth cooper' for me. definitely had its funny moments, but not my type of book. did that all really happen in one night?! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mari Anne | 4/26/2013

    " Ugh... juvenile and worse yet, boring! Couldn't get much past page 50! Moving on! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 12/4/2012

    " Too bad they turned it into a shitty movie - it could have been awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Farr | 9/13/2012

    " This book made me laugh, often multiple times per page. You should laugh more. You should read this book. It's extremely quick to read, and completely worth reverting back to high school for a few hours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/7/2012

    " I laughed/cried so much I was sore. I loved this book and was horrified that they made a movie out of it. One of the funniest reads I have ever read. Gotta love the Simpsons! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 10000books | 8/31/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a treasured gift otherwise I probably would not have read it. I'm in my mid-40's and I think I didn't totally get the whole teenage/graduation scene. I did appreciate the idea of for once saying what you want, leaving your comfort zone, and seeing where it leads you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Casey | 8/13/2012

    " It just wasn't really my thing. It 's like American Pie, maybe you thought the movie was funny but would you want to read the book? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 6/20/2012

    " Highly overrated. I had very high hopes what with the SNL connections and all of the positive comments from entertainment weekly, New York Times etc. Ehhh. Finished it very quickly, but really wasn't that entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 5/31/2012

    " Super Bad meets American Pie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 10/6/2011

    " I originally rated this as a 2, but upgraded it to a 3 because it made me laugh out loud. The author has a devastating ear for onomatopoetic description. This book was read in 1.5 sittings from the library-- free and uninterrupted is probably the best way to go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 5/13/2011

    " I laughed so, so hard with this one. Doyle takes so many of the tropes of high school graduation night and turns them on their ears. I haven't seen the movie yet, and part of me is terrified that this will be one that will get ruined by the very genre cliches it mocks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/12/2011

    " Funny and clever, but I don't care for the "stream of consciousness" style writing. Too comic-booky for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/7/2011

    " I loved the movie quotes at the start of each chapter. This book was fairly fast-paced and a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/5/2011

    " I actually read an uncorrected proof of this... that I had for some reason. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misha | 4/25/2011

    " This is one time when I think i'm going to say the movie is better than the book. I say this, because the book is the perfect forumula for a whacky teen movie. sometimes the book went on a bit, but it was still good. Now i will sit tight for the movie to come out! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Juniper | 4/1/2011

    " Too full of pop references that will be long forgotten in another 10 years. A decent story, pretty realistic to how real teen life is with maybe a little more excitement than normal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shana | 3/26/2011

    " absolutely hilarious one liners, but that was the extent of it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/16/2011

    " Loved this book! Funny funny and quite well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gale | 2/15/2011

    " The movie was awesome but the book is exceptional :) "

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About the Author
Author Larry Doyle

Larry Doyle, a former writer for The Simpsons, works in show biz, and writes funny things for the New Yorker. He goes by thelarrydoyle on Facebook, Twitter, and in real life. Too much information about him is available at larrydoyle.com. He lives outside Baltimore with his wife, Becky, their three children, and one dog—until it dies, and then no more dogs, according to his wife.