I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb


evil geniusIf Stewie on Family Guy ever grew out of his diapers, he might turn out to be like Oliver Watson, the pudgy, angry, brilliant seventh grade narrator of IGUEIWYCP, who is addicted to his mom’s grilled cheese and bent on world domination. Some kids dream of being king of the world—but Oliver actually is. He hides his intellectual genius behind the dumb façade of a dopey middle schooler when he is really secretly running the world from his incredible underground command center, which would put the Bat Cave to shame. “I freely admit I’m evil…that doesn’t mean I torture kittens or plot the genocide of entire continents of people; that’s insanity, not evil. And insanity is just what we call stupidity when it doesn’t make sense.” There’s only one thing Oliver can’t buy with his millions or manipulate with his cutting edge intellect—his emotionally immature father’s respect. So he decides to run for office—7th grade president to be exact—to show “Daddy” once and for all that he’s not a total loser and maybe even win his love. There’s only one problem—Oliver has been pretending to be an idiot for so long, it’s going to be hard to get people to believe he can really do the job. Is a self-described evil genius smart enough to figure out which battles are worth fighting and which are merely petty annoyances on his way to total global supremacy? I would expect nothing less than sarcastic snickers that quickly morph into ginormous guffaws from debut author Josh Lieb (whose day job is executive producer of The Daily Show) and that is exactly what he delivers in this rollicking tale of a tiny Napoleon. Bullies, beware–Oliver Watson is waddling your way!

12 Responses to “I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb”

  1. Laura says:

    Shhh…you had me at “Stewie on Family Guy”. Now I must read this.

  2. Jen Hubert says:

    Laura, I think my most favorite thing that you do is virtually shush people online. It always makes me smile:)

  3. Jill says:

    This is now officially on my “must read” list. Doesn’t hurt the Jon Stewart connection is there either.

  4. Laura says:

    Well, in this case, I was going for the cliched Jerry Maguire line. But she says, “Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at ‘Hello’.” I couldn’t say “shut up” to you on your blog! That’s just mean! Even if I am quoting a movie. So I changed it to my signature “Shhhh…” More charming, no?

    Dang, I miss getting all the review copies from other publishers! No “Leviathan”, no “I am a Genius”, and dozens of others. Boo.

  5. Liviania says:

    I loved this one! I must admit, for the first chapter I wasn’t sure if Oliver really was a genius or just delusional.

  6. tanita says:

    I love the cover on this so much.

  7. Jill says:

    I blew through this one like it was nothing. I loved it, but i’m still not sure if Oliver is all there or not. Though I do think the lesson was interesting in the end if not a bit predictable. Some excellent humor in the writing and very readable. Thanks for the suggestion.

  8. Monkey Gator says:

    I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK!!! IT’S AMAZING!!! I RATE IT 6 OUT OF 5 STARS!!! My gosh, I love the fact that he continuously denies the fact that he want his fathers love! It’s a fabulous book full of fun and excitment. But not romance. Romance is for the weak minded.

  9. Jen Hubert says:

    Monkey Gator,


  10. em says:

    i love this book my teacher read it to us. best book ever!!!!!!!!!

  11. A Person says:

    This is a really great book. I’ve read it multiple times! 🙂

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