Dubbed a cruel nickname for his plus-sized body, obedient eighth grader Seymour resigns himself to a lonely life before meeting an arrogant heir who uses his considerable resources to transform Seymour's image, with unexpected results. Read by Paul Michael Garcia.
In his first novel, Simon Rich, a 25-year-old comedic wunderkind who can already count two riotous short-story collections (ANT FARM, FREE-RANGE CHICKENS) and a gig writing for Saturday Night Live among his credits, offers a fresh, funny take on a familiar theme, as he explores the deviant bond between a stud and a loser at a prestigious private school in Manhattan. Thanks to the routine cruelty of his fellow classmates, Seymour Herson, aka "Chunk Style," has resigned himself to a life of defeat and solitude, until transfer student Elliot Allagash, heir to a vast corporate fortune, takes a surprising and somewhat ignominious interest in transforming Seymour into Mr. Popularity. With Elliot's business-minded advice and guidance, Seymour is soon gliding through classes he once failed, getting himself elected class president, and even scoring a spot on the basketball team. However, even as Seymour's social status soars, his self-esteem plummets, as he knows that the effects of Elliot's grand experiment are both ephemeral and superficial. Rich has obviously experienced New York's notoriously elitist private school system, as he nails the humorous nuances of high school politics and provides his characters with plenty of amusing insults and retorts to casually toss at one another.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Literary, Education, Conflicts + Dualities, Stages of Life, Humorous Fiction, Family + Friendship, Types of Characters, General
- February 1, 2011
- February 1, 2011
- Simon Rich
- Paul Michael Garcia (Narrator)