By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated June 23, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Go, Mutants!

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Larry Doyle plays nuclear scientist with his latest, an atomized fusion of 1950s pop cultural elements: cheesy B-grade creature features, Nicholas Ray films, greasers, and Leave It to Beaver thrown into an oil drum of radioactive waste to synthesize. Unfortunately, the It Came From Outer Space high school comedy that results is less a successful hybrid than indistinguishable goop. Though Doyle never has a problem being funny — every page overflows with jokes — Go, Mutants! misses the emotion and recognizability of his previous novel, I Love You, Beth Cooper. The sophomore effort is too jumbled and out-there to be relatable, and while the alien protagonist has two hearts, the book has difficulty finding its own. C+

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