Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Making of Dr. Truelove Derrick Barnes

The Making of Dr. Truelove by Derrick Barnes This book was released in 2006 and was an ALA quick pick for reluctant readers. I've wanted read it ever since I heard about it over at TheBrownBookshelf. This was really good, it was so much fun to read. The book opens with Diego and his girlfriend, Roxy in his bedroom about to have sex for the first time. Things don't work out has planned, Diego gets overly excited twice, the condom wasn't even out of the package. Their big moment is going to have to wait. Roxy does her best to comfort Diego but he stills feels ashamed and embarrassed. Before that, the two had a really strong relationship. They're both jazz lovers giving each other Coltrane inspired nicknames. After that day, Diego starts messing up and blowing off Roxy. When Diego realizes he wants Roxy back, she talking to John John a high school basketball star soon to be in the NBA. Diego is desperate to win Roxy back so he listens to his crazy well intentioned friend J- live. His idea turn Diego into a sex columnist, for the self confidence and self esteem needed to win Roxy over again. Dr Truelove becomes Diego's online persona. Barnes has written a great book and filled it with some crazy, fun and over top characters. Yes, the Making of Dr. Trulelove is fun and silly but Diego's character also has moments of insight, the authors found a great balance. I loved the unexpected ending. Diego and Roxy are together again, and decide to wait a little longer before they have sex. In the end it wasn't the sex Diego craved but the relationship. There are tons of young adult fiction with female protagonist about dating and relationships but not so many for guys. The Making of Dr. Truelove helps fill a void. Barnes was interviewed over at TheBrownBookshelf for 28 days 2009. I was torn between linking to the interview or the spotlight on The Making of Dr. Truelove. I decided to go with the interview since it leads to the spotlight. So check out one or both. Ages 15up

8 comments:

susan said...

I just ordered this on trade. Thanks for the review.

Doret said...

oops Susan I was going to tell you I didn't think you would like this. Read it with an open mind.

campbele said...

Doret,
I love the passion in the rant poem.
I didn't like Dr. Truelove however and think it was the most inappropriate book I've put in my school media center in a long, long time. The reviews I read for it said it was funny, a sure fire hit with the boys. Funny?? Maybe. The boys like it, but it the language and sexual situations are without purpose other than entertainment. This is a fine line in teen books,I know, but this one doesn't make it for me.

Doret said...

Edi, I glad you wrote this in the comment box. So people can read another opinion. And yes The Making of Dr. Truelove is so over the top but that's what made it so much fun for me.

susan said...

I got a copy today! Will be talking about it in the near future.

Do you know I'm here almost daily? The last couple of months, I check here before I request books at paperbackswap and the bookstore.

*Ah, I hadn't seen Edi's comment. Sounds like an opportunity to talk about why this book does and doesn't work.

Doret said...

That sounds like a good idea.

mayralazaradole said...

Hola! Your blog was highly recommended by Black-Eyed Susan--she wrote a review of my book-- and I can see why. I can't wait to read The Making of Dr. Truelove. Thanks for the fantastic review, Doret!

Doret said...

Mayra, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Loved Down to the Down