Burger Wuss

Burger Wuss

Book - 1999
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Hoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully which results in a war between two competing fast food restaurants, Burger Queen and O'Dermott's.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763631789
Characteristics: 192 p. ; 22 cm


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Hoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully which results in a war between two competing fast food restaurants.

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SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2017

Burger Wuss is a young adult revenge tale by M.T. Anderson. I’ve read his science fiction before (see Feed) and loved it.

This one isn’t sf, but contemporary fiction in which our hero gets a job at a fast-food enterprise to get back at the jerk who stole his girlfriend. There are shenanigans, makeouts, a horribly ill-advised softball game and unsympathetic adult characters. It all works and Anderson is again, really good at the voice. I like listening to the narrator even when he’s messing up.

Also, I know good YA books aren’t preachy, and generally I dislike books with “messages” but I really like how one of the big takeaways from the book is [SPOILER ALERT] that everyone makes choices and girlfriends don’t get stolen like a pair of pants. It’s not done in afterschool special style, it’s just there.

StratfordLibrary Feb 27, 2015

"I'm several decades too old for this book." - Blind Date with a Book 2015 comment

FindingJane Sep 27, 2014

Mr. Anderson’s short book is unflinching as a short, embittered glimpse into a youth wasted in the fast-food industry. Its protagonist is a nebbishy loser who never gets the girl but spends his time brooding over his revenge against a Neanderthalic rival and striving to retrieve his sluttish girlfriend. This is no feel-good, heart-warming tale in the 80s movie tradition. Here are adolescent flailings in all their true messiness.

Awash in a churning acidic sea of teenage angst and insecurities, the book is at times annoying, heartrending, funny and chaotic. Anthony gets bad advice, teams up with another teen of dubious morals and odd sleeping habits and gets pummeled in graphic detail that suggests the author himself may have been on the receiving end of a vicious drubbing or two.

“Burger Wuss” is a nasty remembrance of the things that make American adolescence such a dreadful, awkward time. The only hope is knowing that we’ll outgrow it and go on to better things.

Aug 20, 2009

When Anthony finds his girlfriend in the arms of some dumb jock at a party, he doesn?t want to go back to being the high school loser he?s always been?he wants Revenge. His master plan means working at O?Dermott?s, a McDonald?s-like fast food ?restaurant? where Turner, the dumb jock, is a star employee. Despite constant humiliation at Turner?s hands, Anthony manages to hobble together his plan and sets Turner up to take the fall and bring down the O?Dermott?s franchise all in one fell swoop. But planning revenge is all-consuming and sooner or later, something?s gotta give. Soon Anthony?s not sure he can stick with greasy food, ugly uniforms, and low respect of a fast food job. Can Anthony get over his girlfriend and make the dumb jock cry? Is revenge worth it? Is revenge really what Anthony wants? Burger Wuss, with its teen angst and caustic stereotypes, is a darkly comic satire (McSatire) that examines the delicious highs and embarrassing lows of our everyday obsessions.

Eat-while-you-read: A Happy Meal, while wearing a paper Burger King crown.


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Oct 23, 2012

Funny story of teen love, revenge, and working in a fast food burger place.


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