Thursday, March 14, 2013

Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin by Paul Feig

Yikes, the month is almost half over and I'm still posting February reviews. This is the last.

Superstud, my final relationships-themed selection for February, was a great way to end the month. This memoir is a hilarious tale of sexual, um, whatever is the opposite of bravado.

Feig is best known as the creator of Freaks and Geeks. He's also known for acting in and directing a bunch of TV shows and movies. I haven't seen any of them and had no idea who he was when I bought the book. In Superstud, he begins with "the rope feeling", when he gets turned on climbing the rope in gym class, and he ends with "The Book of Miracles"—formatted like a book of the Bible—wherein he loses his virginity. In between, he experiences a few thrills and endures lots of awkward discomfort and disappointment.

Sad to say, this book really hit home for me. Feig and I shared so many anxieties, neuroses, and misguided ideas about dating that sometimes it felt like I was reading my own diary. If you were a "bad boy" who got laid before he could drive or a jock who could nail a cheerleader as easily as snapping his fingers, this book is not for you. But if you were a socially inept "nice guy", you'll probably love it.


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