Larry Doyle’s I Love You, Beth Cooper has just been named as one of three finalists for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, “the nation’s highest recognition of the art of humor writing.” One of the judges had this to say about our esteemed Mr. Doyle:
“Clearly Larry Doyle was not the BOMC (“Big Man on Campus” for those of you who have suppressed the Eighties.) Had Larry been cool, he could have never written I Love You, Beth Cooper, a hilarious yet painfully accurate account of high school in all its pimply glory.”
I can vouch for that; I read ILYBC way back when it was in manuscript form and loved it then. I’m also looking forward to the movie in March 2009, though I’m not 100% convinced that Hayden Panettiere can pull of the character of Beth Cooper, who, as Larry writes her, is more than just a pretty, popular girl.