Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before by David Yoo is the second book I read for the Nerds Heart YA Book Tournament. Lenore and Ali advanced Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before over Alive and Well in Prague, New York.
Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before is the story of Albert Kim's first love. Albert is a bit of a social failure and a geek. But one summer he gets a job working at an Inn and he has a partner in his job, Mia. Mia is one of the most popular girls in school and really beautiful, but Al soon learns that she's also a very kind person. And he falls in love with her. Can it work? Miss Popularity and the guy who hangs out with 6th graders? What will happen summer is over and they go back to school? And is Mia's ex-boyfriend really finished with her?
When I first started this book, it took me a few pages to get into it. Albert's voice is very strong. So it took me just a bit to get used to it, but once I did, I absolutely loved this book. Reading this book to me was a few hours of sheer pleasure, I laughed out loud a bunch and just really really enjoyed it.
It's almost impossible, if you've ever felt like a reject of any kind, not to feel for Albert as he tries to overcome his social awkwardness. And with a few pop culture references and jokes, it's hard to not love the book. I do have to say that Yoo really created that feeling of being in high school. I could feel my stomach knotting up sometimes...ugh hated those years!
Things move along at a brisk pace and while you may be able to guess a few of the things that will happen, this is ultimately just an incredibly satisfying and fun read.
Things You Might Want to Know: There's some strong language throughout.
I'll be posting which book will be moving on in just a second!