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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
First off, the book contains 296 pages that are split into chapters which only state the point of view and the date. From t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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?! ...more
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.
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. ...more
Quad takes you into the lives of several high school kids and gives you several reasons why they may kill off their peers ...more
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 ...more
THERE ARE NOT SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW BECAUSE I CAN'T REMEMBER THE STORY CLEARLY
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more