Click here to skip to this page's main content.

New Feature: You can now embed Open Library books on your website!   Learn More
Last edited anonymously
May 8, 2012 | History

My worst date 3 editions

Cover of: My worst date | David Leddick
About the Book

In Miami, where the sun always shines and the people are always fabulous, sixteen-year-old Hugo is ready for something more than school and hanging out. When he meets Glenn Elliot Paul, he thinks that, maybe, he had found something to look forward to. Hugo gets more than he bargained for, however, when he realizes that the man of his dreams is also dating his mother.

Hugo, the hero of this uneven and dispiriting first novel, is a 16-year-old Miami high-school student whose first real affair is with Glenn, his mother's boyfriend?a premise that a gifted novelist could spin into giddy farce, erotic fiction or a coming-of-age tale. Leddick attempts all three?with more contrivances than so slender a novel can support. Hugo moonlights as a stripper, then becomes a Versace model and an actor in a TV pilot about the South Beach scene?all while maintaining a solid GPA, continuing a secret affair with Glenn and shopping around for a college in New York. Hugo's long-absent father, debauched and jaded, shows up late in the novel, as does Hurricane Andrew, though neither episode provides the dramatic payoff the reader expects. Leddick's talent in evoking the voice of a sensitive adolescent is evident at the outset, but the convolutions of the plot, narrated by different characters in alternating chapters, defeat any patient exploration of Hugo's inner life. More disturbingly, Hugo is ultimately little more than a monstrous fantasy figure?a nubile adolescent whose libido triumphs over any ethical qualms either he or his adult lover might have about their relationship.

My Worst Date is a humorous and insightful novel--an innovative take on the traditional coming-of-age novel.

3 editions First published in 1996

Edition Read Locate Buy
Cover of: My Worst Date
1996, St. Martin's Press
My Worst Date
in English
Cover of: My Worst Date
1996, St. Martin's Press
My Worst Date
Cover of: My worst date
1996, St. Martin's Press
My worst date
in English - 1st ed.

History Created December 8, 2009 · 4 revisions Download catalog record: RDF / JSON

May 8, 2012 Edited by 108.81.230.84 Edited without comment.
December 4, 2010 Edited by Open Library Bot Added subjects from MARC records.
April 28, 2010 Edited by Open Library Bot Linked existing covers to the work.
December 8, 2009 Created by ImportBot add works page