"You're a Jerk!"

After the summer release of the New Boyz “You’re a Jerk,” I had kind of shaken the song from my head. But once their album Skinny Jeanz and a Mic was released last month, “You’re a Jerk” returned with a vengeance. I started thinking: there are several funny books where main characters start down a path that left me asking “what are you doing, ya jerk?” They’re the guys and gals you love to hate or the people who always seem to dig themselves deeper into a hole of their own making. They’ve got a style all their own, even if it is being in the wrong place at the wrong time.   

Who are your favorite “jerks”?
 
Mer’s “Jerk”-y Picks:
 
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Between unintentionally breaking girls’ hearts and his thwarted attempts at high school glory, Will Carter is a hilarious and slightly pathetic anti-hero who always seems to say and do exactly the wrong thing.
 
King Dork by Frank Portman
Follow Tom Henderson through his sophomore year of escaping bullying peers, investigating the death of his father, trying to get a girlfriend (or at least figure out who that girl was he kissed that one time), and forming an epic rock band.
 
Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
Many of us would be psyched if we found out our parents were really rock stars. Not Leo Caraway. When he discovers his long-lost father is really a punk legend gearing up for a reunion tour, Leo tries to figure out a way to get his rock-star pop to pay for college.
 
After being dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, Colin and his best friend head out on a road trip. Colin, a child prodigy, tries his best to develop a mathematic formula explaining his failed relationships – sometimes missing what’s right in front of him.
 
King of the Screwups by K.L. Going
Liam Geller has always been “Mr. Popularity,” but he perhaps best excels at making his father furious. When Liam’s father kicks him out, Liam goes to live with his uncle and tries to remake himself into an unpopular geek to impress his dad. Who knew he could screw that up, too?
 
The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman
Anthony “Antsy” Bonano has a friend, Calvin, who most people don’t see. Calvin Schwa isn’t invisible really, but he always seems to blend into the background. Enterprising Antsy discovers a way that he can make some extra cash: betting others that the Schwa really will go unnoticed.
 
Spanking Shakespeare by Jack Wizner
While writing his memoir for Senior English, Shakespeare Shapiro details a chronicle of embarrassment: his name, his parents, his cooler younger brother, and his inability to ever get a girlfriend.
 
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
What if you could take an electronic pill that would lodge in your brain and suddenly you could have whatever you want? Jeremy Heere has always been a super nerd, but when this electronic pill presents itself, how can he say no?
 
Slam by Nick Hornby
Sam Jones is a 15-year-old skater who spends his time skating with friends, hanging out with his girlfriend and talking to his Tony Hawk poster. That is, until he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. Is he really ready to be a dad?
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