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Satellite Down

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"Patrick Sheridan is experiencing technical difficulties..." Patrick's thrilled to become a student reporter on a teen news show. But when he leaves his small Texas town for the bright lights of Los Angeles, everything changes. It doesn't take long before Patrick is mingling with the rich and famous and doing all kinds of things he never thought he would -- like cheating o ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse (first published 1998)
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May 15, 2008 Rhiannon rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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I'm conflicted about this book. It's definitely raw and unplugged - Thomas holds nothing back. I wasn't bothered by the L.A. debauchery, but the upheaval in the main character's family did get a little unreal and somewhat soap opera-ish. I think what I'm most hung up about was how the story ended, and if it did really end. This whole book was the downward spiral of a fairly moral and pretty bright aspiring young journalist into cerebral numbness and moral ambiguity. It's rare to read a book wher ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Sunil rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2005
Satellite Down has a lot of potential, what with the parental conflicts and the exotic Hollywood setting. And Patrick is an interesting main character, in that he's a good stand-in for the audience as he discovers the ins and outs of Hollywood and Classroom Direct, the news show he gets to work on. For over two hundred pages, I was hooked on Patrick's journey, what he learns about the industry and how it works, and what he learns about himself and who he wants to be. Does he want to be defined b ...more
Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars, has also written a number of YA novels (Rat Saw God, which I would recommend) prior to his success with television. This could have been a good book, but there were two distinctive stories Thomas was trying to tell without a clear resolution to either.

Basically its about a young man from small town Texas who gets hired as the newest reporter on a national television news program for teens and moves to Hollywood. He becomes a teen heart throb, but struggles
Like Rats Saw God, it's primary settings are Texas and California. My girlfriend says that a lot of male YA books seem to have a bit of teenage boy fantasy to them. "I couldn't really hook up with girls in high school, so I'll write about a guy who does"- that kind of thing. There is a little of that in this, and it's pretty unrealistic. The protagonist changes a lot, the book's alternate title could be "How LA Turned Me Into an Asshole." The last quarter or so of it takes place in Ireland. Thom ...more
An interesting coming-of-age story about how one Texas teen goes from sheltered innocence to self-awareness to cynicism.
Sean Kottke
Realistic fiction, about the trials and tribulations of a small-town Texas teen who moves to Los Angeles to be an anchor on Classroom Direct, a nationally distributed news program for teens broadcast in schools (sort of like Channel One). Except for a third-act plot twist, this is my favorite of Thomas' novels after Rats Saw God).
This one, I must say, felt like it was not quite as good as the others. The entire premise is seeing how the entertainment industry relies and works solely on how a person looks, and how a 'genuine' guy from Texas slowly realizes this. It was a bit of a stretch at the end, as well.
my experience at Channel One summed up in a book
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Robert James "Rob" Thomas is an American author, producer, and screenwriter, best known as the author of the 1996 novel Rats Saw God, creator of the critically acclaimed television series Veronica Mars and co-creator of 90210 and Party Down.
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