Burger Wuss

Burger Wuss

by M. T. Anderson


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“Savaging young love, male adolescence, and . . . the fast-food business. . . . Did somebody say McSatire?” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Anthony has never been able to stand up for himself—that is, not until his girlfriend is in someone else’s arms. Then Anthony vows revenge and devises the Plan. It begins with getting a job at the fast-food restaurant where his nemesis happens to be a star employee. But when the Plan is finally in place, will Anthony’s hunger for revenge be satisfied? Will he prove he’s not a wuss?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763694326
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,187,637
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

M. T. Anderson teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children program at Vermont College. He says: "When I was a teenager, I worked at McDonald's. On my first day, I had to go into the women's room and sponge up something that looked like an industrial disaster. I was almost fired for putting up a sign on the door that said Out of McOrder. The whole experience went downhill from there."

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I told them I was there for the interview. A beeper went off. For a second, the girl stared at me. The beeper was still going off. "That’s the quality control beeper," she explained. "I’ll go get Mike. He talks to people about working. Excuse me." She turned around. I smiled in a secret way. I thought, They will suspect nothing. I look as calm and normal as can be.

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"M.T. Anderson has an uncanny ear for how a generation speaks - his dialogue crackles with authenticity. But it is his humor, his satiric eye tempred with real feeling, that sets this book apart." - Kathryn Lasky — None

"Ferociously funny." - Tim Wynne-Jones — None

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Burger Wuss 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
nookluvr49 More than 1 year ago
Burger Wuss is a satisfying read. Currently I am starting the second chapter and I have really fallen in love with this book. It makes me want to skip right to the end but read it all at the same time. This book is definitely five star worthy. Nothing but praise for Burger Wuss. I love the main characters sort of psychotic obsession with getting revenge with a guy who made the girl that cheated and dumped him upset. If you love book drama and tv drama and suspense, you will definitely LOVE this book. Cudos to the author and google for helping me find the perfect book for my nook. So worth the money! Can't wait to see what happens!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book so much I read it three times.Usually I find it hard to get into a book but when I read this I couldn't put it down.
Jude Sanna More than 1 year ago
Burger Wuss, a book by M.T. Anderson, is a book about a teenager named Anthony who is very self-conscious about his outer appearance, specifically how he walks around with the aura of a loser. That’s what he wants to get rid of. He might feel like this because he lost his ex-girlfriend to a guy named Turner. He wants to get revenge on Turner for “stealing his girlfriend”, and he’s going to attempt to do this by executing an elaborate plan to get the place that Turner works at, to go at it with its competitors. This book is a good example of teen energy. Doing things without much thought to it. Fighting over things that don’t need to be fought over. Trying to prove themselves for somebody they respect or think highly of. Things that a lot of teens would do. This book has a nice genuine feel of realness to it and I really liked it because in some ways I can relate to it. From the way I see it, Anthony feels that now he is forced to get revenge on Turner and act out on him, by the general judgement of his peers, or the teen society. In some ways I think this book is saying to just stick to what you think is truly right. Because getting revenge on somebody who “stole” your ex girlfriend, is not worth it at all. This book is bound to be compelling by most teen, and even adult readers because of its satire. Adults can read this and be like “Hey! I remember those days. They sure were wacky” or a teen could read this and be like “Wow I very much feel what Anthony is going through. Shoot, I’m going through a situation like this right now!”. And this is not a type of book that you can just put down in the middle of a chapter out of nowhere. This book will certainly hook you in and keep you there for a while. Books like Burger Wuss will always be in my line of focus when I want to read something funny and relatable. Like I was saying, I feel that Burger Wuss is a young, teen-spirited book filled with all types of satire, love, and grudges. Ideas like peer pressure and changing yourself for other people were used a lot in this book. There were certainly a lot of lessons to be learned to, and they were all learned.
LCoale1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Average novel. Interesting title, obviously. It made me chortle at different parts, but I can't say much about it otherwise... the plot was weak but entertaining, the characters were flat. There was no character development. I felt like the book still needed some elaboration that didn't happen.
elizabethholloway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you've ever suffered working at a Mcjob, had your broken when your true love cheated, or been subjected to the abuse of a bully, this is the book for you. When Anthony discovers his girlfriend with a guy (Turner) from the local burger joint, Anthony decides to seek a job there and take revenge. Turner, however, has other ideas for Anthony. In order to advance his plot, Anthony recruits the anarchist fry cook to help wreak havoc on the fast food corporate establishment. This satirical look at fast food and teenage love is most compelling because of its realistic characters--a wickedly fun read.
punkypower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I keep wanting to love M.T. Anderson. Great covers, the synopses sound fascinating..when I go to actually read them, I feel slightly let down.I found this one more enjoyable than "Thirsty," but there was something still missing.Anthony has just been dumped by his girlfriend. He considers himself a dork, and she made him feel like he was actually cool. When she dumps him for mr. popular, he devises revenge...for the guy who "stole her away." The plan also involves taking down a multi-million corporation..but Anthony doesn't really care about that!
Kaybowes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anthony has always been a wuss, but when his girlfriend, Diana, ends up making out with some strange boy at a party, his life takes on a different bend. He is bound for revenge. He goes to work at O'Dermotts where Turner (the strange boy) works and comes up with an unusual but successful plan to wreak revenge for stealing his girl.More about the characters than the food, but there are strains about fast-food burgers and chain rivalries.Fun. . . but not sure it fits the list.
MillieHennessy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about Anthony, who gets a job at a fast food place, to win back the girlfriend he's lost and get revenge on the guy she cheated on him with. Anthony is a great main character--very real. He's incredibly awkward, yet his sense of humor was great (it's too bad no one in the book thought so), and his plot for revenge was believeable. He doesn't seem to have any real friends, and not very much luck at his new job, and I felt bad for him. This wasn't an easy book to read, in the sense that the events that happen to Anthony are pretty realistic and definitely don't have that movie-style happy ending. It's not very many pages, so it's a quick read, and I think, once again, Anderson has created a relatable, likeable character.
Debbie Gahr More than 1 year ago
It is a very good book, but the ending did not turn out like how I would have liked it to. Overal, a great read!
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SKRALCC More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because it was my best bet out of a scarce selection. But after the first few pages, i was pleasently surprised. The back cover gave no insight whatsoever to the subject of the book. But when the first few pages clung with the promise of teenage heartbreak, i was intrigued. The book chronicles the journey of an awkward young boy: anthony. The first few chapters of the book talk about his amazing girlfriend Diana, all the adventures they go on, and how perfect they are for each other. But the story takes a turn when Diana finds his girlfriend with another guy Turner. Anthony then applies for a job at a local fast food chain where he will be a co worker with turner. Anthony then teams up with socially awkward shunt to take turner, and the fast food chain he works for, down. This wasn't the best book i read, but it definately was something i enjoyed. The reason it wasn't my favorite was because i wasn't interested in the subject some times. I like reading about relationships, so when baseball games, ass kicking, and troll stealing came up in the book, i got a little bored. Overall the moral of the story and strong chracter depth made Burger Wuss a book worth reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a good theme. It really talks about what some teens go through in their high school years. But throughout most of the book I felt bad for the main character. Either way I do recommend reading this, it gets you thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm curently reading this book. I've had people tell me it was soo FUNNY! And that it was your perfect 'guy book'. I lack 50-70 pages left of the book...and it's NOTHING like I thought it would be. It's not even that funny. I laughed once and it was about for two seconds. So if anyone tells you 'Ohh it's soo funny you'll laugh your head off' you might want to read a few pages. I don't know maybe i'm stuborn, in a bad mood, but man this book really has made me upset.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is seriously awesome. I read it in seventh grade because of a reccomendation of a friend and it was crazy. I think you should all buy this book cause its so good. Matthew T. Anderson rules! Please do yourself a favor and read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book may not look like much, but when your finished you'd recommend it to your friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment you pick up this book, you know it's gonna be weird. At first I didn't like the present tense writing style, but it added to the story so much; as if Anthony didn't quite know what was happening to him, and so the author didn't want you to, either, until the very second it occured. The dialogue was so realistic! Anderson's definitely no wuss when it comes to putting real feelings, real words on paper! The irony was unexpected and beautiful: Anthony didn't get what he'd thought he wanted, but realized that he hadn't truly wanted it in the first place. Revenge wasn't glorified, but left him hollow. His best friend made this amazing speech about true love and being ready for sex, and he and his girlfriend broke up a couple weeks later over a video rental. How often does an author have enough courage to write like that, to write it like it is??? And Anthony really did end up being a good guy. He had oppertunities to do very Turner-like things, but rarely did. His family and neighbor were awesome too! Some parts were so good, you weren't sure whether you were laughing or hurting, and it was all very refreshing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and thought it was the best book I've ever read! I'd recommend this book to anyone that does or doesn't like to read. Especially those TOO COOL to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anthony. poor dude.he's been picked on. he's been beat up and now that he finally gets a girlfriend, Turner has to come and steal her away.well that's all Anthony can take and now he wants revenge on turner so much. I hate turner but I like this book.It's really persuasive and makes me be on Anthony's side.I like that he wants revenge so much and i like that he has a perfect plan.This is a funny book too. I recommend this book to people 13+ it's more of a teenager book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't usually like to read but burger wuss is so good i couln't put it down! That Turner is such a rude person but Anthony is awesome ! I would rate this book from ages 11+
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really liked the book even though it made me never want to eat a burger again. it is unique, funny, and a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat read. i dont care that 'burger queen' sounded close to a fast food place i becha know. i didnt think he was a wuss at all. good book !!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This funny book is the first of its kind. It is about a wuss who decides not to be one when his girlfriend cheats on him. O'Dermotts and Burger Queen restaurants remind us of some real restaurants. Though, i liked this book a lot, I thought the dialogue was too 'Teenagy'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was given to my 12 year old by his teacher.  It was filled with grammar errors and printing errors.  He wasn't thrilled with it, so I read it and was dissappointed to find the author telling readers to " get girls to drink beer so they go all the way", or about underage drink in the woods, getting stoked, stealing, having breast size contests where girls judged on their size is "ok".  This was garbage!! I would only use as toilet paper.....Sign me a Mom who cares about the development of her children.  
Olivia Poff More than 1 year ago
dont waste your time with this book it was as bad as the burger on the cover looks