Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Accidental Genius of Weasel High is a fictitious account of a high school freshman, Larkin Pace, as he writes journal/blog entries for his English class assignment. He talks about everything: the dogs ‘Buddy’ and other animals he seems to collect; his sister and her selfish ‘trollish’ behavior; his best friend who he thought was his girlfriend and the fun they have quoting movies. Then there is the matter of his other best friend with whom he has strange adventures. Larkin fantasizes about becoming a famous movie director and even thinks he’s going to get a jump start when he gets a chance to act in a commercial. The Accidental Genius is full of little vignettes and insights into Larkin’s life, and is both humorous and touching.

I really enjoyed reading The Accidental Genius and would definitely recommend it to others. It is a mix of a journal writing style with comics interspersed to help visualize what is going on in the scenes. It is not really a graphic novel, more like the Dilbert Principal where text is interspersed with comics to help punctuate the telling.

If you enjoy fun humorous stories about joys and frustrations of high school without getting too serious, give this book a try.

Rating: 4/5

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by EgmontUSA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.