I Love You, Beth Cooper

I Love You, Beth Cooper

by Larry Doyle


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061236181
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 604,592
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Larry Doyle goes by thelarrydoyle on Facebook, Twitter, and in real life. Too much information about him is available at larrydoyle.com.

What People are Saying About This

Kurt Andersen

“Larry Doyle has created a perfect literary hot fudge sundae: sweet, naughty, delicious, irresistible.”

John Searles

“…this book is laugh-out-loud funny…”

Tom Perrotta

“...an instant classic, right up there with great end-of-school landmarks like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused.”

David Schickler

“...a one-night-only joyride through Larry Doyle’s brilliant sense of humor.”

Dave Barry

“If this book doesn’t make you laugh out loud, something is wrong with you.”

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I Love You, Beth Cooper 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Brent Tedder More than 1 year ago
Doyle takes the everyman fantasy and makes it a reality but with so many humerous actions. We have all had one of those nights that starts out one way but goes so much further than ever expected. Definately worth the time plus it will make you laugh out loud.
sugarpy18 More than 1 year ago
This is a hilarious coming-of-age story that happens on just one absolutely crazy night. This book is perfect reading for anybody who's been a little different in high school and it shows what may happen when you finally take a risk in your life.
billy_swelding More than 1 year ago
i thought it was pretty good, the movie is almost exactly the same as this.
Twink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The premise of I Love You, Beth Cooper sounded fun and didn't disappoint.Denis Cooverman decides as he is making his high school valedictorian speech, that it is now or never to declare his love for the very popular head cheerleader Beth Cooper. He has loved her from afar for five years. Well not too far, he has sat behind her in almost every class for five years. But as captain of the debate team, they don't run in the same circles. Or even walk.I was laughing out loud in the first ten pages. Larry Doyle is very funny. (He has written for The Simpsons television show)Beth decides to let Denis know that although she found his declaration embarrassing, it was kind of sweet. Beth's boyfriend, home on leave from the army, isn't too thrilled with Denis's announcement or Beth's talking to him. Denis and his best friend Rich, who can't stop spouting movie lines, host a grad party in the hopes Beth and her cool friends might come. Things don't go entirely as Denis had imagined. The real Beth isn't quite what Denis has fantasized for the last five years. The entire book takes place on graduation night. Think McLovin and friends from the movie Superbad. Or think of your own high school days and grad night.....Doyle's debut novel kept me chuckling the entire way. This perennial edition from Harper Collins also includes some extras, including entries from the I Love You, Beth Cooper Agony/Ecstasy Contest.
Jacey25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes ludicrous but always funny. If you weren't one of the popular kids in school you will be sure to have a sinking feeling in your gut from time to time while reading this novel. The main character is endearing and you will laugh with him all the way through as much as you will share his feelings of awkwardness. A great way to go back to school again.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny book by a Simpsons writer. It has the same kind of humor. The valedictorian at a high school graduation (nerdy geek kind of guy) confesses his love for the head cheerleader in his speech. What follows is an insane night of parties, beatings, car nabbings, etc. in true teen movie fashion. The book was fun, but what I really enjoyed was the true high school horror stories from readers at the back of the book. Someone should put out an anthology of those. There's definitely some sex and nudity in the book, so be cautious when recommending.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think you have to be a 20 year-old-male (which I obviously am not) to fully appreciate the inanities of this book. While the first chapters do present humorous situations and are a woeful reminder of how painful high school could be, it quickly degenerates into a bunch of ludicrous American Pie-style stupidities. Doyle obviously capitalizes on his Simpsons experience. The Simpsons has the merit of lasting only 20 minutes.
TiffanyAK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't much care for this book. The humor didn't appeal to me, but I could tell it was based off all the teen romantic comedies you see at the movies. Of course, I don't care for those either, which explains my feelings about the book. If you like that type of film, you'll likely enjoy this as well. Anyway, I did manage to finish it, and it wasn't horrible, it just wasn't suited to my taste in books.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s no surprise that Mr. Doyle is a former TV writer, or that this book was made into a movie, because it reads just like a teen mis-adventure movie, more Can¿t Hardly Wait or Dazed and Confused than The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles (am I dating myself here?). I listened to this one weekend while painting my bathroom, and it was the perfect choice.Denis and Rich (sometimes known as "Dick Munch and the Penis") are feeling fortunate to have made it out of high school relatively unscathed. . The book opens with Denis¿s valedictorian speech, just before he utters the titular "I love you, Beth Cooper." Beth is the beautiful, popular cheerleader, already involved with a guy on leave from the Army who has more brawn than brains. During an awkward exchange after the ceremony, Denis manages to invite Beth to a non-existent party at his house, never truly imagining she would show up.But she does.What follows is possibly both the best and worst night of Denis¿s life. Don¿t expect any big life lesson here, unless you count "no one is as perfect as they seem", but do expect a lot of fun and unexpected adventures.I¿ve heard the movie wasn¿t particularly good, but I¿ll probably give it a watch anyway.
vfranklyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty clever and funny. The song and movie references got a bit annoying, in my opinion.
stonelaura on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I ended up just skimming this book as I just wasn¿t in the mood for silly ¿ with a capitol S. Doyle is imaginative ¿ lots of his puns, jokes, wordplay in general ¿ is funny, but it¿s almost like he¿s trying too hard. It reminded me a bit of ¿As Dog is My Witness,¿ but a lot sillier and without the mystery edge. The premise is very YA ¿ nerdy valedictorian in love with head cheerleader ¿ but I suppose the endless brawling, some alcohol consumption (but isn¿t there a lot of that in many YA novels?), and some fondling has put this into the adult category. I don¿t really understand that division. Perhaps something publishers have a decision in. Anyway, Nerd announces his love during his graduation speech, beauty is somewhat charmed, Army boyfriend is not. The whole story takes place over one night. Could be funny to some people.
woodge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was hilarious. High school geek and valedictorian Denis Cooverman veers from his speech to declare his love for head cheerleader Beth Cooper who he's been lusting after since 7th grade. It's news to her and as soon as his speech is over some crazy events are set into motion. This book had me trying to stifle giggles on the train (people were probably slowing inching away from me). It's a very fast read. I basically read it over the course of three days. It may possibly make it to the movies. Regardless, this was funny stuff.
alanna1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One question that kept flitting through my mind while reading this book was - what on earth is the intended demographic? I enjoyed the beginning of the book very much. I thought the premise that kicks off the story was really funny and was convincingly written.The story that ensues and becomes bigger and larger in its attempt at humor just didn't read smart or funny to me as it progressed. It had the feeling of someone getting more and more excited by the reaction of their audience and becomes sloppy and loud just trying to keep up their own momentum.I *HATED* the pictures of the title character that take up the whole page of each chapter showing his condition worsening over the course of the night. Blech. Not funny - just icky.Anyway - despite all this - there were a few moments that were funny sprinkled here and there - I just am pretty sure that for most people it isn't worth dredging through the other stuff to find them.
kpickett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of "Can't Hardly Wait" (one of my personal favorite movies staring Ethan Embry), this is the story of one teens experiences at the end of high school. Denis Cooverman has always been a geek. For as long as he can remember he has been the butt of every joke, getting swirlies in between classes and practical jokes played on him ever day. Denis knows that he wants to be remembered differently, he wants to make his mark on Buffalo Grove High School class of 2007. So in his valedictorian speech at graduation, Dennis confesses his long time love for head cheerleader and most popular and beautiful girl in school, Beth Cooper.As you can guess hilarity ensues when Beth Cooper's army thug boyfriend happens to be home on leave and consequently uses Dennis's face as a punching bag. The story all takes place int he 24 hours after his famous confession, which turns out to be the most interesting 24 hours of Dennis Cooverman's life.This is classified as an adult book but I would say judging by the font size, illustrations and hilarious movie quotes that this is secretly meant to be marketed to teens. The only thing keeping it off high school shelves may be the language and several "sexual situations" although Dennis starts and ends high school as a tragic virgin. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
lesleydawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderfully outlandish. Just trying to image a person going through everything that Denis Cooverman goes through on the night of his high school graduation is enough to make me laugh. Very funny, and sentimental as it made me reflect on my own high school experience.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the funniest books that I have read in a long while. The characters are believable, but way to the extreme. As a person who works in the school setting, it is always great to see an acurate, albeit outlandish take on the typical highschool genre. I loved it!! It doesn't hurt that Larry Doyle was a writer for The Simpsons.
xmickeyx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Larry Doyle wrote some of the better Simpsons episodes, which I think is a reasonable frame of reference for this book. Those looking for a deep or meaningful account of adolescence may want to look elsewhere but if you want a clever, funny work of fiction about adolescence will enjoy this. The blend of real and fictionalized pop culture references kept me entertained. I'd read another book by this guy.
libasst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Updated risky business. Might be more funny to a high school boy.
DaveFragments on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I took away a half a star for dirty words. BUT, I've been laughing on every page. I'll probably give it to my Niece's boy (12 y/o) late this summer
cassieguthrie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We follow our protagonist Denis Cooverman from his high school valedictorian speech, during which he professes his love for the head cheerleader, through the next 24 hours, when he is pursued by a crazed Marine in a Hummer and expertly beat up in various and humiliating ways. Very funny.
leadmomma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a quick read, and it so captured the excited turmoil of high school. Thank goodness I don't have to go back. Once you get started, you won't put this down until it's over. Funny, charming and memorable.
omphalos02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really funny and often even poignant writing, tells of Denis Cooverman (and his buddy Rich) and what happens when Denis uses the title phrase in his valedictorian speech. All the action takes place in the one night, and gets ridiculous in a hilarious ways. Very fun reading.
mollyduckpond on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book irresistible. It was an easy read, extremely hilarious, and the characters were a riot.
blueslibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dennis Cooverman is the archetypal geek, and in an attempt to break the stereotype, he confesses his unrequited love for the cheerleader of his dreams during his valedictorian speech to his senior class at graduation. This sets in motion a series of events that results in one of the funniest novels I have read in some time. Imagine Christopher Moore writing a coming of age novel filled with teen hormones, parties and the age old geek vs. jock dynamic and you get the idea. Doyle turns the very cliche on it's head, treating teenagers as real flesh and blood human beings much like Frank Portman did in the wonderful novel King Dork. The author is a former scriptwriter for The Simpsons and it shows as the jokes both high and low brow come fast and furious. This is a laugh-out-loud funny novel and is very highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I haven't laughed so hard while reading in - I don't even know how long. Anyone who was, or still is, an dorky teen should give this book a read.