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3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  484 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews

Everything led up to this momentthe point when the teasing, the cruelty, the pressure all became too much. And someone finally snapped.

Now six students, from six different cliques, are trapped in the student store while a shooter terrorizes their school. The shooter's identity is teased out through the students' flashbacks until the reader breathlessly reaches the final p

Hardcover, 296 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Razorbill
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Aug 28, 2007 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens/fans of realistic fiction
This is the kind of book you want to read in one go because the story just carries you along, the plotlines just keep getting more and more entwined and the stakes keeping go up and up so you must know what happens next!

The stakes actually start pretty high with this book. It opens in the quad of Muir High School where Ranger (a freak) is starting his day, putting up with the bullying of some jocks or "juicers" as Ranger calls them, when a series of pops slowly gets his attention. As the popping
Michael Burhans
Yet another excellent book about a school shooting. It says something about our society today when there so many good books on school shootings, and in nearly every case, if not all, the sympathies of the book and the reader are with the shooter as much or more than those who get shot. We have many major problems in our public schools today, not the least of which is the fact that certain groups are indeed above the rules and the laws. It was so back in the 1970's when I was in school, and if a ...more
Priscilla Rouse
Oct 06, 2014 Priscilla Rouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading for about 8th or 9th graders. It addresses the anxiety teens often face of trying to fly under the radar so you are not targeted by the cool kids and/or bullies while maintaining your individuality and finding out what you're really made of.
That is a fine line most of us have walked at one time or another. I was conscious of the fact that not too many characters had cell phones which worked for the story but was a bit distracting. The story follows several key pl
Nov 27, 2011 H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Why? Why do people have to be so mean?"

Quad started out confusing. There were too many characters, the chapters flipped by so quickly and bounced between the characters like a ping pong ball in a heated five-way match between pros. I kept having to turn back a few pages to check who was who and when things were happening. It was disorienting. But after getting the hang of it, I was eventually able to get into the story, and it left me frustrated. Angry. Indignant. For the characters, the victim
Jan 06, 2013 Bryce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Quad, by C.G. Watson has shown me new aspects that I have never been able to see before. I don’t think I have ever read a book formatted exactly like this, and it was interesting to actually see someone write a book this way. Furthermore, the way that it’s written contributes to the amount of action and mystery in the story. Overall it was a very interesting read.
First off, the book contains 296 pages that are split into chapters which only state the point of view and the date. From t
Jared Widish
Jared Widish
Block 5

This book was really interesting but was very confusing in some parts. I wish that in this book they would've explain some of the parts a little more. They explain all the important parts well but some of the less important ones they were just telling what was happening. The author really described the characters and the setting really well but the events were a little vague.
Now on to the whole plot of the book the plot off this weird book was to get revenge on someone
Dec 20, 2013 Ms. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ranger Ng was having a normal day at school—getting harassed by jocks and buying a soda—when he realized that someone had opened fire on the campus. Rushing to get students inside, he locks the door and then is left to wonder—who is doing the shooting? Quad shifts back and forth from the events leading up to the shooting to the day it happens, with a variety of students, from jocks to “drama queens” to nerds and skaters being featured, each with reasons they might be the one doing the shooting. ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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This fast-paced read presents the frightening side of high schools today. The action starts by page five, when an unknown shooter is heard firing shots in the high school quad. Terrified students run screaming in all directions. One small group barricades themselves in the school store.

C. G. Watson begins her story on Monday, April 6. Through flashbacks, the reader learns about the lives of the students at Muir High School. Everyo
Tamora Pierce
Oct 18, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-yr, contemporary
QUAD is more of a straight thriller compared to HATE LIST, which I read right before QUAD. Both are about school shootings, but while HATE LIST is more concerned with the event and the recovery of those most affected by it, QUAD shows the escalation of a pattern of abuse by the ruling jock and social girl cliques, leading to the tragic collapse of one of their victims. Like HATE LIST, QUAD jumps backward and forward in time from the crucial month before the shootings start to the actual day.

Jan 17, 2011 Maicie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2011
Young Adult books are generally geared for readers between twelve and eighteen years of age. By any standards that is too broad of a range.

Anyway, this might be an okay read for middle-schoolers even though the plot revolves around a high school shooting. I had a problem with the author's generalizations. She groups the students into clichéd categories: drama queens, jocks, techies and freaks. These kinds of categories are fine for identifying interests but the author attributes certain charact
Oct 15, 2015 Madalin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I sat down and started this book and finished three hours later. It was very fast paced and thrilling and I simply couldn't put it down. I kept thinking I knew who the shooter was and then more things were revealed and then I thought it was someone else?! This book greatly showed the disastrous effects bullying has and should honestly be required reading. It was scary because I could relate to a lot of the emotions the characters were feeling and reminded me that anyone could snap and turn into ...more
Melissa H
I couldn't put this book down, I read it within a span of a day and a half. I would put it down and pick it right back up again because I just had to know who commited the act.
I especially love that you don't read about one of the characters and think to yourself 'Oh well its OBVIOUSLY them!'. Each character introduced has something going on in their life or something that has happened to them that could send them sprialing over the edge.

Also..why, why, WHY is this the only book by this author?!
May 30, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Someone is out in the quad shooting. But who?

As they hear gunfire ring out, several students duck into the nearest safe space, and for many, it's the student store. There, each student introduced throughout the novel states their own theories about who could be the shooter. They've all got reasons and responses.

Each chapter of this book focuses on a different group of people and their interactions. Only at the end does everything pull together to make horrible, tragic sense.
Stephanie A.
I came for a school shooting. Not a flashback book about various forms of bullying from countless different viewpoints (all of them boring), with 10% waiting room anxiety and 5 pages for the shooter to be revealed at the end like an afterthought.
Laura Krossner
Just far too simplistic in dealing with such a heavy topic.
Noura Salem
Oct 29, 2014 Noura Salem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book :)
I would give this book a 2.7. It was alright and I saw the ending coming. It wasn't very original and it was a very quick read. Good for freshman in high school
Mar 02, 2017 Cait rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did really enjoy this book I just didn't really connect to the characters and I really didn't feel for any of them.
Matthew H.
Sep 08, 2008 Matthew H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good thriller
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If I could I'd give this book 3.5 stars, but since I can't, it get three.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book- from the beginning, you know that there is a shooter in the school, but you have no idea who it is. Then you are brought back to all of these different moments in the point of view of different characters. You get to see each character's motive, while you are trying to figure out who the shooter is.

I liked that I never guessed correctly who the shooter was, which is rare for me.
May 08, 2012 Karissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I absolutely love school shooter books. I don't know what it is about them, but I'm fascinated with them. We Need to Talk About Kevin is probably my favorite of them all just because of the weaponry. With that being said, Quad is probably one of my least favorite school shooter books. I think the main reason why would have to be who the shooter ended up being.

Quad takes you into the lives of several high school kids and gives you several reasons why they may kill off their peers
Rose Be
The premise of the book is interesting and... well, I suppose we sadly can't say fresh, but different, and that's why I picked it up.

That said, while the idea of the book is very good, the mechanics of it need some work. As the plot is that the reader is supposed to figure out the whodunnit, the book didn't need nearly as much emphasis on making every single character a suspect. I mean, we're reading about them because they already are suspects, right? Generally, as soon as the author gave a ch
Aug 04, 2012 Chiv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult

This is another book I did not intend or had an preconceived notions. The writing style took me by surprised and the short chapters also took some time to get accustomed to but put aside the and you got a really good book.

The book does (at the beginning) have characters based on cliché but further in the book you see the characters development into so much more. They surprise you with the things they do an
Charles Rouse
Oct 06, 2014 Charles Rouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YA. It's young adult fiction. Young adult fiction is important because young adults actually read books- think Harry Potter. Watson is a school teacher and she's amazing with the teen age characters, the groups in a high school, and especially with the slang. Slang, the idiom of American teenagers change every year, but she does pretty well. My own teenage memories reside in the misty past, but this is a fascinating story. It's a dark story, but, these are dark times for some high schools. She d ...more
Colleen Marie
I thought this book was aimed at a much younger audience than myself. Because of this it was a quick read with relatively short chapters and clichéd plot lines. The characters in the book were flat, grouped into their respective titles of 'freaks, techies, drama queens, etc'. I think this book had the potential to be something more, but perhaps because it is suited for a younger audience it lacks the maturity of the idea. I also found the ending to be short, quick, which i didn't like but I'll g ...more
Apr 02, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I read this book very quickly in one morning, because you really get wrapped into it. The large cast of characters can be bad, since I kept forgetting which one was Christopher etc. but actually works in creating a large high school atmosphere in which these little cruelties aren't suprising. You keep reading wanting to answer the mysteries, but ultimately I was a little disappointed at the payoff. All the build up goes towards two reveals that didn't quite feel enough, and I would have loved so ...more
Quad is a suspensful book about the events leading up to a school shooting. The author, C.G. Watson, takes the reader back and forth between April 4, the day of the shooting, and the weeks leading to that day. This book is very teachable; there are only a few issues with language. Although there is a rape scene, it is not graphic, and it is very brief, but important to the plot. I would suggest this book to any 9-12 grader who loves suspensful books, and I might read exerpts to my class if we we ...more
Jul 02, 2010 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book very quickly, as it has short chapters and it's easy to read and breeze through. However, I was VERY disappointed in this story.

First of all, without giving anything away, I really didn't like the ending. Nothing was tied together in the end, and it just didn't give that satisfying ending feel like most books should.

I felt that the author has so much going on, that it just didn't work out or connect with anything. She started SO MANY side plots, and none of them were resolved an
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
My "mini"view:
This is a non-stop book, and I read it in almost one sitting. I liked it overall, but the beginning it felt like there were too many characters being thrown at me. I eventually got to know them, but I didn't get to connect to any of them deeply even with the strenuous conditions they were under because there were so many of them.
This book does make me think, and I hope others too. You don't really know what is going on in someone's head, when you might push too far. The walk a m
West Region,
Quad: a novel
C.G. Watson

What happens when you bully someone until they snap?

One of the students of Muir High School is shooting people. Who sent them over the edge? When several students from different school cliques are trapped in the student store during a shooting rampage, they struggle to figure out who is doing this to them. Only by putting all of their stories together will you be find out who is trying to kill the other students, and why.

Grades 9 and up
High School Fiction – bullies, cliqu
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