Appreciating The Awkward Absurdity Of Adolescence What makes a memorable character? It is the one who changes the most throughout the book? The one who makes a personal discovery? Or is it simply the most eccentric who we love? Actor Simon Pegg says that for his favorite literary protagonist, all three apply.
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Appreciating The Awkward Absurdity Of Adolescence

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Appreciating The Awkward Absurdity Of Adolescence

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

High school can be stressful, but reading about it doesn't have to be. Writer and actor Simon Pegg has a recommendation for his favorite book about that awkward time. It's for our series You Must Read This, where authors talk about a book they love.

SIMON PEGG: I was first made aware of Bruce Robinson at a party in 1987 when I was introduced to him by a friend. Bruce wasn't at the party. Why would he be? It was one of those teen affairs where everybody gets drunk on affordable alcohol, then swiftly disappears into various rooms for sexual experimentation.

BLOCK: Piece by piece, he assembles the puzzle that is his turbulent home life, an existence made awful by the festering resentment of his parents. Yet, amid this adversity, our affection for Thomas grows as he discovers the emotional turmoil engulfing him is simply not his fault. "The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman" is a book told with such dexterity and depth it can be enjoyed for both its imagination and its craft.

BLOCK: That's writer and actor Simon Pegg. His new book is called "Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid."

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