236 Pounds of Class Vice President: A Memoir of Teenage Insecurity, Obesity, and Virginity
By Jason Mulgrew
Mulgrew’s memoir (from Harper Perennial) hits the usual notes of male teen angst—social status, sports, mastur bation, body image—but does so in a way that’s hilarious and memorable. He’s the butt of his stories and jokes, mostly, but he thankfully does not employ the standard memoir trick of self-loathing. He comes across as likable whether he’s joking about blue balls or his weight prob lem. He confesses that, as a kid, he switched from boxers to box er briefs based on his crush’s preference (not that she’d know). When he dis cusses being the guy girls wanted to talk to—platoni cally—be cause they considered him their “gay best friend” (even though he’s not gay), he hits on a topic any guy who’s ever been described as “nice” will relate to.