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Did you know that in imperial China, eunuchs had their testicles, penis and scrotum removed?Olivia does. She's done the research--after walking in on her dad fooling around with one of his grad students. On her way to an arts summer camp at Yale University, she's decided to write a musical called Castration Celebration. Max, on the other hand, is a big fan of the penis--inDid you know that in imperial China, eunuchs had their testicles, penis and scrotum removed?Olivia does. She's done the research--after walking in on her dad fooling around with one of his grad students. On her way to an arts summer camp at Yale University, she's decided to write a musical called Castration Celebration. Max, on the other hand, is a big fan of the penis--intact. As an actor, he always has the right line, especially for the ladies. He's going to camp to hone his skills, both acting and otherwise. And when Olivia and Max meet...oh, the drama! Olivia and Max have their roles down pat. Before camp is over, they'll perform Olivia's musical onstage and in real life--though the ending may turn out different than either expects. Peppered with original songs like "Horny," "I'm in Love with Dick," and the titular, "Castration Celebration," Jake Wizner's a whole new level in a bawdy uproarious romp that's laugh-out-loud funny....

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ISBN : 9780375852152
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Number of Pages : 291 Pages
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Castration Celebration Reviews

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-05-30 15:24

    Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.comOlivia has had it with men! After walking in on her dad fooling around with a grad student, Olivia decides that she must write a musical to express her outrage at the situation. Yale University’s summer arts camp is the perfect place to craft her masterpiece. Olivia’s musical is aptly titled Castration Celebration. She tries to sequester herself in her dorm suite and finish the daunting task put before her, but Olivia’s suite mates aren’t going to let her hide out for long. Neither will the handsome Max, a fledgling actor who almost killed Olivia on the first day of camp. Max is bound and determined to win Olivia’s heart – come hell, high water, or castration!Wizner has written an outrageously funny novel that focuses on the battle of the sexes. High school kids will appreciate how candid the author is with his use of language. Some may feel that it is a bit explicit, but I think that all who read this novel will find the humor in it. This book would be best enjoyed lounging by the pool with a frosty beverage in hand. A perfect summer read!

  • Miss Bookiverse
    2019-06-20 17:18

    Kurz und knappFür alle, die keine Lust auf das 0815-Teeniedrama haben. Diese Teenager sind kreativ, witzig, natürlich ebenfalls ineinander verliebt und verworren, aber sie nehmen das ganze mit mehr Humor als für viele Mädchen glaubwürdig wäre. Trotzdem bringt Jake Wizner mit seinem erfrischenden Schreibstil so viel Schwung in die Seiten, dass das Buch so schnell vorbeirauscht wie Sommerferien.Lang und breitAuf Castration Celebration bin ich durch eine Empfehlung von Letter Garden aufmerksam geworden. Die Inhaltsangabe klang so abstrus-lustig, dass ich sie direkt für lesenswert erklärt habe.Es geht auch wirklich von Anfang an gut los. Insgesamt geht es um eine kleine Gruppe von neuen Freunden und der Leser kann jedes Kapitel jemand anderen begleiten, wobei der Fokus auf Olivia und Max liegt.Der Erzählstil ist sehr erfrischend, ein wenig anders und frech. Ich bilde mir ein gemerkt zu haben, dass ein Mann dieses Buch geschrieben hat. Männliche Autoren gehen Teenagerthemen sowohl sprachlich als auch inhaltlich einfach anders an. Außerdem gewähren sie einen realistischeren Einblick in die männlichen Teenagergehirne. Weibliche Autoren tendieren gern dazu einen Jungen romantisch perfekt darzustellen. Das sind die Jungen Max und Zeke aus Castration Celebration aber nicht. Sie denken oft an Sex und Mädchen (ohne dass es nervig wird), kiffen viel und führen nicht ständig tiefschürfende Gespräche.Die Mädchen auf der anderen Seite fand ich fast ein wenig zu taff charakterisiert. Bis auf Schwan Mimi sind alle schlagfertig und selbstsicher, lassen sich nicht von Jungen auf der Nase herumtanzen. Natürlich gibt es viele solcher Mädchen, aber selten landen sie alle zufällig zusammengewürfelt in einer Zimmerkombination. Auch die Gespräche, die die Mädchen untereinander führen, klangen für mich eher nach einer Männerfantasie (das klingt jetzt so, als würden sie nur über ihre Brüste und Liebhaber sprechen, so ist das nicht). Trotz der leichten Ungläubigkeit ist und bleibt der Schreibstil einfach unterhaltsam zu lesen. Keine ewigen Gefühlsausschweifungen oder überflüssigen Mitleidsarien.Die Teenager befinden sich in einem Sommercamp für verschiedene Künste. Olivia übt sich beispielsweise im Drehbuchschreiben. Dabei verarbeitet sie auch einen großen Teil ihrer momentanen Erlebnisse. Immer wieder fließen in die normale Handlung Szenen aus ihrem Drehbuch ein, die natürlich größtenteils aus Dialog bestehen, sich aber gut und lustig lesen lassen. Diese Verknüpfung aus Drehbuchszenen und normaler Romanhandlung hat super funktioniert und mir gut gefallen.Als zu Beginn alle Figuren vorgestellt wurden, hatte ich ein wenig Angst sie würden zu sehr in ihre Stereotypen abrutschen, aber das blieb zum Glück aus. Mimi ist zwar ein wenig die Schönheit und Max ein bisschen der Frauenheld, aber sie weisen wie alle anderen auch verschiedene Charakterzüge auf, die nicht ihrem Klischee entsprechen.Es hat lange gedauert bis ich mit Max warm geworden bin. Er war mir einfach eine Spur zu großkotzig und ich fand es gut, dass Olivia sich ihm nicht sofort an den Hals wirft.In dem Zusammenhang hat mich am meisten das ständige Kiffen genervt. Es mag vielleicht authentisch sein, aber ich kann dem einfach nichts abgewinnen und konnte mir am Ende des Buches deshalb auch ein schadenfrohes Grinsen nicht verkneifen, aber lest selbst.Die Unbeantwortetenkeine offenen FragenDie KameradenNach Castration Celebration möchte ich unbedingt mehr von Jake Wizner lesen. Leider hat er nur ein weiteres Werk geschrieben, nämlich Spanking Shakespeare, aber das werde ich mir bald vorknüpfen.Die OptikDieses Cover ist eine Akte für sich. Auf den ersten Blick ist es aufmerksamkeitserregend und die Leuchtschrift passt zum Musicalinhalt. Die springenden Teenager am unteren Rand erinnern vermutlich absichtlich extrem an High School Musical Plakate, was ich nicht unbedingt schlimm finde, aber auch nicht all zu passend, da es in Castration Celebratin zwar auch um ein Musical geht, aber mehr um die schriftstellerische Entstehung als um das Tanzen und Singen.Als ich die Buchcharaktere kennen gelernt habe, habe ich sofort versucht sie den Covermodels zuzuordnen. Bei den beiden Jungs, Mimi und Callie hat das auch gut geklappt. Bei Trish und Olivia war ich unschlüssig, da Trish als leicht übergewichtig und Olivia als rothaarig beschrieben wird, was auf keines der dargestellten Mädchen passt.Viel schlimmer finde ich die Photoshop-Arbeit des Designers. Habt ihr euch mal Mimis (blondes Mädchen) Arm genauer angeschaut? Irgendwie ungesund dünn und erschreckend verkrümmt oder? Ach und wenn man genau hinsieht, entdeckt man dass Callie und Zeke (die beiden ganz rechts) überhaupt nicht springen sondern knien und stehen. Peinlich.Die ZusatzinformationenJake Wizner ging mit Autor Lemony Snicket zur Uni.Der DoppelgängerFrank Portmans King Dork empfehle ich jedem, der noch viel mehr Lust auf Musik (vor allem auf fiktive Band- und Albumnamen) hat und sich nicht an einem durch und durch mit Pech behangenem, uncoolen Protagonisten stört.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-30 17:59

    I had to crack open my thesaurus to find enough words to describe Castration Celebration. Here is the long list of descriptive words I came up with, crude, funny, comical, hilarious, offensive, sardonic, and sarcastic. Drug use, casual sex, and castration jokes galore, Castration Celebration is not for the easily offended.I am not easily offended and I enjoy books that have a weird sense of humor. I absolutely loved Castration Celebration! It was one of the funniest books that I have read in a while. My favorite parts of the book were the dialog between Olivia and Max. The two of them together and their witty conversations cracked me up. I love how Max goes out of his way to try and get a date with Olivia and she pretty much plays mind games with him. It was fun to see what kind of crazy things Max was willing to do for a change with Olivia. Max starts off as such a jerk so, it was nice to see him change.Olivia was adorable and I really enjoyed her entire inner dialogue. Olivia was such a strong and intelligent female character. I was routing for her character the entire time. It was also really interesting to see Olivia developing her musical throughout the book.Aside from Olivia and Max, I didn’t find any of the other characters to be particularly engaging. They were just all kind of there. I enjoyed reading about Max and Olivia so much that it did not really bother me. Still, it would have been nice to see the other character be a bit more three dimensional.I loved the idea that there were really two stories going on in Castration Celebration. There was the story of Olivia and her friend and the story of the characters in Olivia’s play. Olivia’s play had some of the funniest dialogue in the book. I loved all the songs that Olivia wrote and really wish that someone would turn her musical into a movie. The two stories also blended really well together with Olivia’s play reflecting her own personal experiences. I guess there is something to the whole idea of truth being stranger than fiction.I would recommend Castration Celebration to anyone who enjoys strange and crude humor. I would not recommend Castration Celebration to the easily offended or to less mature teens.

  • Terry
    2019-06-03 19:21

    Any book that quotes entire passages of "Much Ado About Nothing" and Valerie Solanas' "The SCUM Manifesto" is all right by me. "Castration Celebration" is such a book. My students think the cover looks like "High School Musical," but don't be deceived. This is, as one happy reader told me, "about a bunch of kids being really witty and sharp." Sex jokes, profanity, and drug use abound. But I don't think there's anything here that would really offend most older teens; they've certainly heard worse from Hollywood. I suspect many readers will appreciate the Glee-full vulgarity that serves an ultimately sweet story.There are some shortcoming with the book: only the two main characters are fleshed out while the rest are woefully thin, there is a cameo of the eponymous lead from Wizner's Spanking Shakespeare that goes nowhere and left me wishing for more, a somber plot point has zero emotional impact. But in this sort of story, it doesn't really matter. It's funny, and that's enough to move "Castration" along.The story mixes obscene song lyrics and a play one character is writing with the main narrative, which I enjoyed, but this structural choice might trip up readers only looking for sheep jokes. There's a YouTube video of at least one song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l8Xl1....

  • Anna
    2019-06-06 21:13

    God, I love this book! It is so totally "inappropriate" and over the top but that is precisely what makes this such a fantastic read. I love it. I love the offensive title that seems to scare away all men. I love the subject matter. I love the openness with which Jake Wizner writes about sex and other "off-limits" topics including bestiality. Here's an example of scene that had me laughing out loud:"You know that book Twilight?" Max asked."I've heard of it.""It's about this vampire who hooks up with a teenage chick. They never do more than kiss, but I was thinking if he ever went down on her while she was having her period it would be like winning the fucking lottery.""This is what you spend your time thinking about?"The dirty mind part of me just totally ate this up. It's hilarious. It's not for the weak or easily offended. You have to be able to laugh at yourself and feel comfortable saying words like "tampon" and "penis" in public in order to truly appreciate this. Plus, you really need to feel comfortable with the idea of carrying around in public a book titled Castration Celebration. But I really, really love it and I think a lot of others would too if people could just get past the title.

  • Yan
    2019-06-06 19:22

    This review will be short and simple. I loved this book. That’s all I have to say. It was disgusting, lewd, perverted, and “holy cow” worthy. Don’t believer me? Here are some quotes then:“‘Menstruating Mandy,” Callie said. “Wind her up and watch her squirt.” Or how about this one, it might look familiar:‘“You know the book Twilight?” asked Max.“I’ve heard of it.”“It’s about this vampire who hooks up with a teenage chick. They never do more than kiss, but I was thinking if he ever went down on her while she was having her period it would be like winning the lottery.”’Fun enough for you? This book is not the most politically correct book, or one with the best plot (heck I didn’t even care about the plot!), it was just downright hilarious. Would I recommend this for everyone? Absolutely not. There are things in there that probably offends everyone in this country but that does not mean it cannot be enjoyed. If you have a slightly twisted humor, you will love this book. It you have a more sane humor, read it still! Grab it from the library, your friend, or stay in borders for 3 hours! I don’t care, just read it! Overall: Wow.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-03 21:03

    I laughed quite a bit. The lyrics for all the songs in the musicals were brilliant. The songs alone made it worth reading the book. :DOther than that, I mean, yeah, the plot was really simple and the characters didn't have too much depth, but I don't think that was really the point of this book. I liked how there was so much crude language and the author really didn't hold back on making the dialogue of teen boys and girls realistic. Or if he did hold back, I'd be interested to see the uncensored version! One final note: this is one of the worst, most off-putting covers I have ever seen for a book. It seems like the type of people who would be drawn to a cover like this would be offended by the content of the book once they cracked it open. I never would have bought this book if I wasn't familiar with the author already. I would have been like, nope! This looks awful!

  • Laura
    2019-06-02 19:18

    This is completely raunchy and bawdy and gross...and sooooo much fun. Even though I can't imagine it happening, this would make an awesome teen popcorn movie. I don't think I'd recommend it for anyone under 15-years-old: lots of drug use, blow jobs, casual sex, couple of f-bombs...it pretty much has it all.Worth it alone to read the scene where two characters are having a discussion about Twilight. Being set at theater camp, they immediately make up lyrics to a revised version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday." Of course, it is retitled "Bella Bloody Bella". Soooo bad...and so hilarious.Now, how Random House is sneaking this cover past the Disney behemoth is beyond me... But it's brilliant.

  • Misae
    2019-06-10 16:08

    THIS BOOK IS FUNNNY. Almost as good as Spanking SHakespear it takes on a whole new life of sex, boys, and castration. OLiva who walked in on her father getting a bj in his office by one of his students. Has gone to Yale for the summer artist program.There she begins to write a play called Castration Celebration, she meets a boy named Max who likes her on sight, but omg she's sworn off boys whats a girl to do???? Then of course there's her roomate Mimi and she's an actor who's.... well she's just kind of a nympho. I find this book utterly hilarious and cannot wait to finish it.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-13 18:11

    Jake Wisner's first book, Spanking Shakespeare, is probably the funniest book I have ever read, so I was very excited to read this. It was clever and fun to read, though not as funny or memorable as Spanking Shakespeare. I only laughed out loud once. There seemed to be more language and mature content in this one, too. Not for young or sensitive readers.

  • Barry
    2019-05-29 13:04

    Outrageously funny, and in all the inappropriate ways imaginable. I want someone to stage the musical!

  • David Baker
    2019-06-13 18:18

    I enjoyed Wizner's "Spanking Shakespeare," so I ordered this from Amazon. This one's a bit dirtier, but also pretty fun. Sometimes it seems to be actually trying too hard to be dirty, but I really didn't mind. As someone who gets really tired of the standard football-and-cheerleaders view of high school, I really enjoyed the attempt here to capture arts students as just as invested in their world. Drama, band, choir and creating writing kids see their own areas of the high school experience as just as valid as athletes do.Though some of the "edgy" stuff seemed just a little over the top, the book was at its best when dealing with real emotions and challenges. It's an enjoyable read, perfect for an upper-grade high schooler who can handle a little filth.

  • E
    2019-06-17 14:59

    I would never have read Castration Celebration had it not been banished to the adult fiction area of our local library. Having now read the book in full, I can only disagree with their decision. The story follows a group of teenagers attending a summer arts camp at Yale University. Just before leaving for camp, Olivia had the misfortune of walking in on her father (a university professor), being fellated by one of his graduate students. Olivia is understandably disgusted. She swears off involvement with boys for the summer and begins work on a musical titled Castration Celebration. Acts of the musical loosely parallel the action of the main text. Although Olivia has decided not to become involved in any relationships, she finds herself attracted to Max, with whom she verbally spars on a regular basis (naturally this verbal sparring involves a healthy does of innuendo).Max is immediately smitten with Olivia, and determined to circumvent her boy-free policy by winning her trust and affection. Although he has commitment issues (stated early in the text to stem from his mother leaving the family when he was young), he slowly overcomes them in his quest to win Olivia's interest. The loosely parallels Much Ado About Nothing, telling the story of two characters clearly crazy about each other (and well-suited to one another) who spend most of the story verbally sparring and end up involved with one another.Is the title, shall we say arresting? Well, yes! Is the book lewd and bawdy? Certainly. (Not unlike Shakespeare!* Or the repartee of many young people ages 11+.) Does it portray marijuana use without serious consequences? Certainly (although there are some mild consequences). Is the book filled with orgiastic behaviour, sexual assault or use of hard drugs? Nay, my good friends. Certainly Olivia's play (which is reproduced throughout the text) is filled with unpleasant and flat characters (the nasty Biff and Sluggo, who "love drunk chicks" [or something to that effect]), the "slutty" Amber, whose worrying drunkenness caused several managers at my local library to conclude that the book contained themes "too adult" for teenagers.** I was actually told that the book could psychologically warp a 12-14 year old (who might "accidentally" select the book based on its High School Musical-esque cover). Certainly, there are young teens (and older teens, and adults!) who would find the book tasteless or embarrassing, but I do not doubt their ability to avoid the book, either by passing over it when selecting their reading material, or by putting the book down if not to their tastes. Young people are, after all, in possession of some critical faculties. While the content of this book may be seen as embarrassing or tasteless by some, it is hardly more shocking than many exchanges overheard in a secondary school hallway or the content of television after 9 PM. It is most decidedly a teen book and belongs in YA.-----*Though I must say that while Wizner's prose can be witty, he lacks Shakespeare's brilliance for neologisms. But it would be ridiculous to expect all authors to be Shakespeare! I mean, really.**But while we might not appreciate a text that suggested that this behaviour/situation was totally acceptable, or that the typecasting of Amber is unfair, it is totally plausible that a comedic play written by a teenager wouldn't make this distinction. Surely readers of all ages are capable of drawing their own conclusions about this story-within-a-story, especially given its ultrafictional nature. Amber's "real" counterpart (a character named Mimi) is treated more ambiguously--as a girl who know what she wants, is happy to express her sexual interest to a boy, and equally happy without sexual conquest. I imagine that we can all allow readers to draw their own conclusions in this situation. If a 12-year-old is insistent on seeing Mimi as a "slut," this suggests that they have preconceived notions about sexual behaviour. In fact, of all the characters, although Mimi is the most forward she's also the most adverse to the constant innuendo and sexual joking of the other characters. She doesn't join in the banter and usually responds with an "Eew."

  • Kari
    2019-06-11 14:05

    Okay, I admit- while reading this, I often gawked and tried to figure out exactly why it is a teen book. In many ways, I think Random House was ballsy on this one- no pun intended. It is lewd, crass, risque- but underneath all that, it actually does have a good plot and weaves a good story. While this isn't necessarily a book I would feel comfortable holding a giveaway for (though I did get it from a contest from Princess Bookie), I still wouldn't flat out say no, don't read it. This is one that could be controversial and I can see many parents not wanting their kids to read although really, despite how focused on sex it is- I think it is a good read and actually has a moral, etc, plus I also really enjoyed the humor despite the subject. Wizner had quite a few puns and double meanings going on.Sex, obviously, runs rampant in this book- the majority of it is sexual innuendos, references, banter, etc. But with songs like 'Castration Celebration,' 'I'm In Love With Dick,' and 'Horny,' you should expect nothing less. There is plenty of drug use- however, this book also does a great job of showing the bad side of both things and face it, in this day and age, both of these subjects ran rampant with teenagers.The stereotypes of the horny teenage boys, the sluttish girls, and the girls who feel like losers because they don't want to go out and get drunk and hook up with random guys are stereotypes for a reason because they are common groups of teens. We all know its rough being a teen- you are getting hit in every direction and I think this book, while certainly crass, did a good of tying it all together.While the characters were not particularly strong, I still enjoyed the story. It focuses mostly on two people but there are several other characters who play pretty big roles throughout the book. They all have different personalities and though none of them show any extreme growth, I actually didn't think it detracted too much from the over all story.The layout is interested- Olivia is writing a musical called 'Castration Celebration' and that entire plot line is told within this book. It is essentially two plots in one and though she does find inspiration in real life, it still holds separate instances as well and I found myself wanting to know the ends of both plots.My favorite part of this book was the banter. It was comical in many places and kept the story funny and light. There were only a few big areas of drama but the way Olivia's musical unfolded along with the summer for the students doing the summer program at Yale was a great cross over. In truth, I give Wizner quite a bit of credit for writing 2 stories in one, with different yet similar characters. I also give him immense points for keeping the two story lines separate and not confusing them.This reminded me often of not necessarily my high school years, since I was the stay at home and read or hang out with just a few friends rather than party kind, but I heard my peers talking. I wasn't naive that this goes on and anyone who thinks otherwise needs to open their eyes, parents and students alike. Wizner actually found inspiration for parts of this book from his students- further proving that point.The ending made me laugh- I honestly didn't see it coming, at all. The final act written in was hilarious, playing on a real gross but definitely amusing long standing joke within the musical that I thought was a perfect way to close this entire debauchery.So, I give this one 4 stars- not the most profound work but still an entertaining read that kept me wanting to keep going. The characters are not strong but I get the feeling strong characters isn't really the point on this one. Caution should be used- know what you are getting into although really, the title should give it away- but if you aren't comfortable with a big emphasis on sex, then don't read this one and I know without a doubt that if I was reading this book at 14 or 15 and my parents saw, they would not have been happy (which means that I would have read it, if nothing else than to just be defiant...)

  • Laura Pratz
    2019-05-25 13:59

    Plot:Castration Celebration was one of those books that are absolutely addicting, and you can't put down. I had really high expectations for how funny this book would be because of the things I'd heard about it, and it completely surpassed them. I was literally laughing-out-loud while reading this book; I don't think I've ever read anything nearly this entertaining.It was fast-paced, and a really quick read. The end of chapters left me wanting to read the next chapter because I just couldn't put it down, and I really wanted to find out what would happen next. This is definitely one of those books you want to read when you have some time to actually sit down and read it, because once you start it, you won't want to stop.Characters:The characters definitely made this book! They were really well-developed and the little things they did always had me cracking up. I love how they spontaneously busted out into a song (speaking of songs, the songs in this book were probably the funniest part).I liked the way the friends interacted with each other because it was very realistic --- it didn't feel like an adult trying to sound like a teenager, but like my friends and I talking back and forth and joking with each other.Writing:Like I mentioned before, this book was extremely addicting, and I couldn't put it down. Jake Wizner created a fantastic plotline and setting that really draws readers in.Ending:The ending was more serious than all of the book combined, but it didn't feel out of place. It was a nice way to finish off the book.Cover:I really like the cover, and how it makes fun of HSM (I have nothing against High School Musical). I also like how the cover really suits the book --- I couldn't imagine another cover for Castration Celebration.Lovely Line:"There are gay monkeys? That's so cool.""Of course there are gay monkeys. There are gay monkeys, gay gorillas, gay giraffes, gay penguins, gay aardvarks. You think only people can be gay?""Wow! I never thought about that before. Do you think there are gay dinosaurs?""Have you seen Barney?"(Page 159)The Final Verdict:This book definitely doesn't get as much praise as it deserves. It is absolutely hilarious, and a must-read for anyone looking for a book to make them crack up.http://thecoverreviews.blogspot.com/

  • Rachael
    2019-06-22 17:00

    Olivia is seriously pissed at guys, and with good reason. She recently walked in on her dad fooling around with one of his grad students, but at least now she has a great topic for the musical she’s writing at summer arts camp at Yale, a musical she’s titled Castration Celebration. But Olivia’s not prepared for when scenes from her play start to star her and a certain cute but cocky actor Max in real life. Even if Olivia is the least bit interested, she’s not willing to trust Max since the only thing you can trust about a guy is that he’ll be a guy—always looking for sex. While Olivia’s not too sure of her feelings for Max, she does know she has to hang out with him once in a while for the raw material he provides for her musical; besides, he’s just interesting. As the days heat up, so does this battle of the sexes. It’s going to be one unforgettable summer for these teens.Castration Celebration is a laugh-out-loud hilarious story somewhat reminiscent of Disney’s High School Musical. The major difference between the two is that Castration Celebration is aimed at an older, more mature audience. The best thing about this novel is its somewhat raunchy and dirty humor; it’s almost scary how the characters can find a sexual connotation in nearly everything. The plot of the novel is a seriously twisted romance made more interesting by being interspaced with scenes from Olivia’s comedy and her original and very funny songs. The characters, I felt, could definitely have been working on. This novel is told from the third person perspective and offers insufficient insight into each character’s mind. This made even the main characters less believable at times. I know Castration Celebration is mostly Olivia and Max’s take, but I would’ve appreciated more from minor characters Zeke, Trish, Callie, and Mimi. Despite that, Castration Celebration is a sweet and seriously humorous tale that covers nearly everything in guy-girl interaction from the mysteries of the opposite gender’s mind to good old-fashioned guy-gets-girl (or girl-gets-guy) romance.Castration Celebration will be enjoyed not only by the drama crows but by anyone who’s experienced confusion and/or frustration over the opposite sex. This novel will also be liked by fans of Love on Cue by Catherine Hapka.reposted from http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com

  • Anna
    2019-06-19 19:54

    I really think the saying needs to be changed to “You can’t ALWAYS judge a book by its cover.” The dogmatic assertion that appearance never reveals content is belied by the hard work of focus groups and graphic designers industry-wide; consider the initial impressions one receives from the front of Jake Wizner’s gleefully profane teen novel “Castration Celebration.” Across the bottom, a row of well-scrubbed youngsters leap with theatrical whimsy; above, in unabashed letters as tall as they, that double-take title. The message is clear: this book is JUST LIKE “High School Musical,” but with every glimmer of wholesomeness removed.Plotwise, “Castration Celebration” doesn’t reinvent the wheel: it’s a romantic comedy, set at a summer arts camp for teenagers at Yale University. Olivia, disgusted with her father’s philandering, is working out her frustration at the male of the species by composing the titular musical; after a meet-cute for the ages, hotshot actor Max decides she’s a worthy challenge, even with her vocal condemnation of his entire gender. Guess whether they get together? You’ll be totally surprised! (Or not.)Wizner’s ear for dialogue, however, is unrivaled. The delicate art of the double and triple (and single) entendre. The navel-gazing profundity of the stoned seventeen-year-old. The banalities of flirtation. All pitch-perfect, hilarious, and painfully, nostalgically familiar.And yes, it is cheerfully, uncynically dirty in the way only innocence can be. And there are SONGS, which got passed around and marveled at backstage at Theatre on Consignment’s recent show (and we’re the “edgy” theater company, folks). And a tasteless, vulgar riff on the “Twilight” phenomenon that makes me grin like a madwoman just thinking about it. Okay, “Castration Celebration” is far from good clean fun. But FUN indeed, accurate cover to cover.

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-12 18:54

    Castration Celebration is a perverted parody version of High School Musical so if you don't mind seeing HSM turned into this humorous and lewd novel, you should totally read it. Of course, it's not for everyone, definitely, but it's still a very funny and entertaining novel that can bring laughter.Though Castration Celebration is extremely pervy and lewd, it's still not as censored as some of the conversations you can hear in high school. I loved how Jake managed to combine pervy comments with humor to make this a very interesting novel. I personally think that takes a lot of skills, hahaha.And due to the fact that Castration Celebration is very crude, completely sarcastic, and has many sexual references, it's not for those who are easily offended. You should have a twisted sense of humor or at least not be easily offended to read it. And even if you don't, I still think you should read it.The two main characters, Olivia and Max are so compatible with each other. They have the wittiest and the most humorous conversations. I love their bantering with each other and their obvious chemistry with each other. I also loved how Max did all these outrageous things for Olivia in hopes of her becoming his girlfriend. I thought it was really cute and brave of him to continue his quest. :)I loved Olivia and her sense of humor. The play that she wrote, Castration Celebration, was a plot that ran along with the main ones. Both plots interwined with each other and you could see how closely they were related.The other side characters were amusing as well. Though they didn't have as much personality as Olivia and Max, they were still very interesting to read about.Overall, Castration Celebration is probably one of the funniest books I've ever read. Each page brought laughter and omg-I-can't-believe-he/she-just-said-that moments. I highly recommend this.

  • Khy
    2019-06-01 17:13

    This book is pretty much as ridiculous as it sounds. Really, it's just weird. It's the good kind of weird, but it won't be that way to everyone. Definitely do not read this book if you are easily offended or easily grossed out. The book doesn't sugarcoat anything; it's pretty crude.Even though this book is a little crude, it's hilarious. A lot of the jokes are of the gross, teenage-boyish variety, but I still laughed. Not only is there the plot about Olivia, Max, and their friends, but also the one in the musical- Castration Celebration- that Olivia is writing. Both of them are funny, but the musical even more so as it contains actual songs. I may be biased since I enjoy musicals quite a lot, but even if I didn't, I still would have been laughing at the musical. But the musical does serve a purpose other than to bring the laughs: it reflects what is going on between Olivia and Max, and shows what Olivia really feels about Max. It gave her, and Max, more depth.The characters kind of blended in at times since more than one were experts at jokes of the vulgar variety. But once more of the book went on, they became more distinct and grew personalities of their own.The book does seem kind of exaggerated since everything was funny, and everyone made funny jokes, and and stuff, but it didn't really bother me. I was too busy giggling at the inappropriateness of it all.I strongly recommend you read this book if you aren't easily offended and enjoy crude jokes, and I strongly recommend you don't read it if you are easily offended and are immature.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-06-23 16:57

    I read this book mostly because I had read so many disparate reviews, and I wondered if it was worthy of the praise or deserving of the criticism. In the end, I have concluded that while Spanking Shakespeare definitely runs laps around this one, if you're not comparing the two, Castration Celebration isn't all bad on its own. The setting is an arts camp for high school students at Yale University, and there are two protagonists - Olivia, a playwright who is angry with men after her father is caught cheating on her mother with a graduate student, and Max, the pot-smoking actor who seeks Olivia's affection. Chapters of the story are set off by scenes from Olivia's musical, Castration Celebration. Some of the humor is offensive, but teenage humor tends to be that way, and I think the dialogue, particularly - in the narrative itself and in Olivia's play within the story - is very realistic. I don't think it's as tasteless as some reviewers said it was, and I can definitely think of at least a handful of teenagers right off the top of my head who would fly through this book laughing all the way. Maybe not the greatest thing ever written - and not Jake Wizner at his best, either - but still worth the time it took to read.

  • Cecilia
    2019-06-19 13:06

    My favorite parts from Castration Celebration were the scenes from Olivia's script, which included some lyrics that I really wished had been accompanied by music. If it resembles anything like Avenue Q, then it sounds like a winning musical to me. :) I think she captured the essence of girls AND boys in her scenes, and it was amusing to see how she would banter with Max and use that in her writing.Maybe I missed it, but I wish that Olivia's "sordid" past had been explained more. I was not sure if she had sworn off boys primarily because of what her father did (which, I must admit, is a doozy!) or because she also experienced a terrible relationship. Now that I think about it, it probably is related to her father's disgusting behavior - but from certain scenes of her musical, it felt like there might have been an underlying relationship-gone-wrong story that she never tells.I felt that Jake Wizner captured the teenage voice fairly well, especially the boys. It was not too raunchy, but I definitely had moments when I thought "This totally sounds like boy-speak" :) I always love the bantering done between girls and boys, and Castration Celebration has it done to an art! :D If you're looking for a good laugh with a side of ridiculous, then I think you'll like this one :)

  • Lauren
    2019-06-02 14:13

    Understandably bitter after walking in on her father being serviced by one of his grad students, Olivia has sworn off boys and decided to write a musical entitled Castration Celebration. While attending a summer arts program, she meets Max, an actor and womanizer abandoned by his mother. As anyone who has ever watched or read a romantic comedy can guess, Max immediately catches Olivia’s eye despite that whole “no dating” thing. But that’s just the slight foundation on which rests the real driving point of the book: dirty jokes and lots of comments about anatomy.To say Castration Celebration is crass would be an understatement. It’s downright raunchy, especially by the standards of YA. Let me say this: I’m not easy to offend. I like bawdy jokes, something that has gotten me into trouble a few times. So while the crass humor didn’t bother me, it got boring. After a while, the plot was wholly and totally dominated by attempts to continually shock the audience, to the point where there's not really much of a resolution. Frankly, if that's what I wanted, there are plenty of bad amateur stand-up comedy nights within driving distance. I read books because I want a plot and characters and all of that stuff. Not recommended.

  • Steph Su
    2019-05-28 15:20

    I am still giggling and shaking my head weeks after reading this book. CASTRATION CELEBRATION is bawdy and offensive if it’s not your kind of book. Luckily, I enjoyed every minute of it.In CASTRATION CELEBRATION, witty sexual innuendo is the name of the game. The characters’ repartee is so fast that if you don’t watch out, it might give you whiplash. Flirtatious teasing and suggestive comments fly back and forth, almost without stop. Even when Olivia and Max weren’t flirting, the characters’ dialogue was just so entertaining. They speak the way I always wanted to but was never brave or clever enough to do back in high school.Some of the supporting characters are admittedly stereotypical “supportive friend” types, and sometimes I can even see that Olivia and Max are not all that well-rounded. However, they were just so successful at being entertaining that I didn’t even mind. I think that their role isn’t necessarily to be understood, but rather to entertain without resorting to tasteless, over-the-top antics, and they succeed.CASTRATION CELEBRATION is not for everyone, but if you enjoy the occasional dollop of teenage boy humor, then this will make for an uproarious read.

  • Sonya Huser
    2019-06-16 16:24

    I really liked Wizner's first book, Spanking Shakespeare which was raunchy, funny, and even touching. I had hoped for something just as funny given the title, but I was fairly disappointed. This book, the story of highschoolers Olivia and Max and some of the friends they make at a summer arts program at Yale, has all of the raunch of Spanking Shakespeare and none of the humor. Like Spanking Shakespeare, there is a story within a story as Wizner alternates between Olivia and friends' goings ons at Yale and the musical Olivia is writing,Castration Celebration. I don't care about the characters. I don't care that Olivia is mad at penises because her dad is cheating on her mom. (Again.) I don't care that Max is a womanizer because his own mother abandoned him when he was a kid. (Who cares?) Jake Wizner is great at coming up with catchy titles and also writing a great story when it's coming from the mind of a nasty boy, much like himself at that age, I imagine. In other words, there are so many great books out there...This one's not worth the time, but do look into Spanking Shakespeare. Highly recommended.

  • Bryan
    2019-05-31 21:11

    My 8th grade teacher, Jake Wizner, boy is he a writer. This book is a hilarious book full of dirty remarks and overall a very immature book, and that's why I love it. I know I say a lot of books are funny, but this is just downright hysterical. This book follows a young man named Max and a young woman named Olivia as they go to drama class to hone their acting skills. However, the love on the set spills over to reality as Max, being a player starts to feel a liking on Olivia. Max realizes this and tries to get Olivia to like him back. Along the way, Max and his friends has some hilarious conversations. The whole writing style of this book is also unique because it's pretty much a play and there are ORIGINAL SONGS! How cool is that?! Although it's hard to imagine being sung since they are immaturely comical and is just way too funny. I recommend this book to EVERYBODY because this book is for anyone who wants to have a fit of giggles. And it's not just because of the fact this author was my 8th grade teacher. Support! :)

  • Marsha
    2019-05-30 14:23

    Insightful, witty, painful, romantic, brimming with teenage angst and the discovery of love, loss and death, “Castration Celebration” is far more than the eye-catching shocker of its title. The characters are crisply defined with whip-smart dialogue zipping between them. But, while jokes subtle and gross race across the page, deeper emotions are not left wanting. As with most teenagers, absolute conviction wars with the uncertainty that comes with not knowing what it is you really want. There is tragedy and real pain to accompany it.The pseudo musical being written is actually funny, with the plot mirroring the “real-life” drama being played out among the various characters. Some of the song lyrics for the musical were so hilarious I found myself laughing out loud, a sure sign that the author has hit his mark. I found myself wishing that this was an actual musical instead of a fake one. We can only hope that some gifted director decides to read this book and mount it on the stage. If a Sondheim musical about cannibalism can be a hit on Broadway, why not one about castration?

  • Robbie
    2019-05-27 15:09

    Editor's Note: I did not finish this novel.Jake Wizner's debut novel, Spanking Shakespeare was rude, crude, and socially unacceptable--I loved it. His newest offering, Castration Celebration takes it further. Perhaps a little too far, even.The story is that of six teens at an arts camp for the summer. The main character walked in on her father having sex with one of his seventh grade students, and now is working on a musical named Castration Celebration, complete with lyrics in the text. The novel alternates between the main narrative and the script for the musical, but I felt that the script was diverting and not necessary. The humor is definitely risque, and many teenage boys might love it. I, personally, do not find bestiality a source of humor, and I do not think that this book is for everyone. Definitely an older read more geared towards the male audience, I wouldn't let your teachers catch you reading Castration Celebration.

  • Marina
    2019-06-12 16:15

    What does a girl do when she walks in on her father being "Monica Lewinsky'd" by one of his grad students? Well, if she's Olivia Sands she heads off to performing arts camp at Yale University and writes the musical "Castration Celebration." Olivia has also sworn off boys for the summer but the very first person she runs into (literally) is playboy Max. He is intrigued and besotted and willing to try to get Olivia to reverse her ban on boys. Olivia and her roommates devise a test for Max that includes dressing up like a girl, performing a monologue in front of the whole camp on castration and answering a bunch of questions. Throughout the story we also get the read the paralleling story of Dick and Jane in "Castration Celebration," including some very funny song lyrics that had me wishing for an audio version (because I'm nothing if not totally ignorant on how to make lyrics and music sound good in my head).

  • Maggie V
    2019-06-14 16:54

    The crude humor did not in any way make up for the slow pacing and simple plot. There was so much potential for conflict and discussion, but the book felt like one big sex joke with some pot thrown in for fun. I felt that the character development was "surprise, you're Jewish" or "i'm cute and basically superficial". I'm possibly being too harsh since there were some potential "issues" that could have been addressed rather than mentioned and forgotten (yes, not every book has to be a "problem" novel, but if you mention bad self-esteem, broken families, pot smoking escapism, and unresolved anger and you should at least start to resolve something). Yes, real life issues don't go away at the end of a summer, but this is a book, and I expect at least a beginning of a solution. One the other hand, the crude humor was at times enough to keep me reading. And it was a very easy book to read.

  • Mandi Blackburn
    2019-05-26 13:55

    Consider High School Musical meets Reefer Madness *if* Kevin Smith had written them both.This book, by the author of *Spanking Shakespeare* , is rated 14+, but while the first pages can be taken for shock value as to what the young female protagonist has to say, it's fails to maintain and sort of "cuteness" as the book progresses. There are a few humorous passages, mostly concerned with literary popculture references (Trust me, even if you hated the series, you don't want to think of Twilight that way), however, for the most part this book merely exsists for shock value. If you are looking to remember just how (really) perverse the teenage mind is, this is for you, however, if you are looking for a novel with any sort of moral fiber amongst it's teen angst you are quite out of luck.Read what you will, because I'll read about anything, but frankly, I'd blush to see a 14 year old with this book, and let's face it, they start browsing YA sections by 11.