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The hilarious boy-and-his-puberty book you didn’t even know you needed! Jack is a late bloomer, smaller than the other boys and behind schedule on… certain, other, hairy secondary sex traits. Desperate to avoid the embarrassment , he decides to take a fake-it-till-you-make-it approach, leading to the kind of hilarity that’s impossible not to laugh out loud at. Making matters worse, at the beginning of middle school he was on an obscure reality show, which has now picked up popularity enough to do a retrospective segment. Jack fears the entire country will know his secret, and concocts a scheme to ape what he thinks masculinity is. Part of Jack’s adrift-ness stems from his father’s death years prior; this story element is present just enough to add richness without detracting from the silly, occasionally gross puberty and social awkwardness humor. This book is full of heart…and other parts!— From Ann's Picks
A boy who's the last in his class to go through puberty tries to fake it till he makes it through a series of cringe-worthy and hilarious events in this balls-and-all coming-of-age novel that's Judy Blume for boys Jack Sprigley isn't just a late-bloomer. He's a no-bloomer. He's in the ninth grade, and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn't heard from his friends all winter vacation. He assumes they've finally dumped him and his child-like body--except then he finds out that it's much worse than that. His friends are now so far ahead of him that they've started dating and getting girlfriends. Jack is out of luck. But then he comes up with a plan to catch up and win his friends back. And his plan is perfect: he just has to fake puberty.