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What if the dumbest idea ever turned your life upside down?

At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right.

How did Jimmy turn things around, get back on top at school, and land a date with the cutest girl in class?

Renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the DUMBEST idea ever became the BEST thing that ever happened to him.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on February 25, 2014 by GRAPHIX
ISBN-10: 0545453461
ISBN-13: 9780545453462
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  • DanThursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:06 am
    Have you ever been sick and missed so much of school that it is hard to get back into the routine? Have you ever felt like you were so behind in your work that your grades were bad? In the book The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley, the protagonist, Jimmy is a popular kid in middle school. He gets behind in school and his mom becomes worried. He says he is fine, but all he focuses on is a comic book he is writing. He meets a girl in the gym while he is making posters and they become friends.This book takes place in the present day. Any reader who likes graphic novels and a short story about middle school kids might enjoy this book. It follows the life of a typical middle school and the relationships kids have with each other. Find out how Jimmy’s comic book turns out and enjoy a good read!
    • peluches8
      peluches8Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 9:36 am55 stars
      It is a good book. If you like comics, READ THIS ONE.
      • trunks
        trunksFriday, September 16, 2016 at 10:35 am55 stars
        When I read this book I Thought the character was made up but the character was actually based off of the author . It was such a good book and a really funny one two
        • genouisking
          genouiskingFriday, September 16, 2016 at 10:32 am55 stars
          I like this book because Jimmy gets the chicken pox and he goes out him the cutest girl in his class. but he can't go to his championship basketball game.
          • zink_playz
            zink_playzMonday, October 19, 2015 at 11:01 am
            awesome but i read it in 4th grade and forgot almost all of it
            • icecream4ever
              icecream4everTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:30 am
              This book is so funny
              • ethhut
                ethhutTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:21 am55 starsFeatured
                The Dumbest Idea Ever The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownly is one of the best books I've ever read. It's about the author's life from early elementary school all the way up to his senior year in high school. Jimmy encounters trouble with schoolwork, crushes, and even chicken pox. He stays up all night every night, trying to think of new ideas for a comic book that will hopefully change his life. When his best friend suggests making it about their lives he just laughs in his face. Later on, when he catches pneumonia and misses his championship Basketball game he thinks for a while. Maybe a graphic novel about themselves isn't such a bad idea. Jimmy isn't only the protagonist but the antagonist as well. Jimmy realizes that he has been causing most of his own problems and writing this book can turn things around and make him more popular. I really liked this book because I think that there is a Jimmy in everyone and no one is perfect. Anyone can achieve greatness if they put their mind to it.
                • s46779
                  s46779Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm
                  This book is a really good book. It is really passionate. And last but not least AWESOME
                  • s46779
                    s46779Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:05 am
                    This book is a really good book. It is really passionate. And last but not least AWESOME