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Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children's Literature
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Winner of the 2004 Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List

When fifteen-year-old Mick Nichols discovers a secret about his stepmother, he comes obsessed with uncovering the truth. But before he can get to the bottom of it, Mick is confronted by a series of stra
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Ember (first published March 11th 2003)
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Kogiopsis
Jan 12, 2016 Kogiopsis rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, queer-stuff
This book was a long ago loaner/gift (? she didn't want it back) from a friend who lives far away, and for her sake, I tried. I did. And I can... sort of see the merit of the story? The authors clearly wanted to tackle some heavy issues and they way they'd play out throughout the lives of their teen characters. The thing was that it just lacked... purpose. There was a narrative arc here, sort of, which was basically Mick resolving his relationships with three women, but the actual resolutions of ...more
Sarah
Mar 29, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it
Yuck. I very rarely quit on books, but with shelves overflowing with my next reads I just couldn't justify giving this one anymore time. Theoretically, the story follows the intertwined lives of four teens following their sophomore year of high school as they "start a tough new job, face family problems, deal with changing friendships, and find love," but the story the publishers promoted in the title, book jacket blurb, and marketing set readers up to think the main story is about Mick ...more
Clementine
May 12, 2013 Clementine rated it liked it
Shelves: re-reads, 2013
Okay, very belatedly getting around to typing up a review for this one, which sort of defeats the purpose of reviewing, but there you go. This one's going to be brief, since it's been like a month and a half since I read it and all.

I've read this book a lot of times and always really enjoyed it when I was younger. I think it's a solid book with interesting storylines that weave together (always a favourite literary device of mine) and complicated, not entirely likeable characters. I also think i
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Steven
Jul 16, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, young-adult
Laura and Tom McNeal’s Zipped is a truly enjoyable read. This is the second of their novels that I’ve read. Both have been very good.

So this is a coming of age novel. Really, it is a coming of age for three of the main characters. There are several story lines well intermingled. Whenever the storyline was switched, I wanted to go back to the one that was just left; a good sign.

The characters are varied each demanding empathy. I particularly enjoyed the character of Myra even though it was easy t
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Kristi
Sep 03, 2009 Kristi rated it did not like it
I couldn't get past the second chapter of this book. It was horrible. It was written for young adults, and it had lots of creepy characters and lots of creepy sex talk. It was just icky. That's all I have to say about it.
Lindsay Coppens
Jul 01, 2008 Lindsay Coppens rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I learned that this book is an utter waste of time. I picked this one up because I thought the premise sounded interesting enough and it might be one that I could recommend to my Sophomores. Um, no.
Tj
Jul 10, 2009 Tj rated it did not like it
Boring and hard to get through, I couldn't really get into any of the characters.
Amandahomsher
Nov 28, 2016 Amandahomsher rated it really liked it
I liked this book alot, the plot line was decent and the characters were easy to relate to.
Annabel
Oct 02, 2016 Annabel rated it it was ok
Shelves: weird, ya, yeah
Ha ha ha. First off, can I say that the cover of this book is wonderfully scary? It truly is.

It's been a while since I've read this. I forgot to write a review, so... here goes (from memory).

It was weird. I remember that. I just felt a little "off" or "iffy" when I was reading it. I dunno.
And now I'm feeling weird as I write this. Might be because I just ate like 700 bags of barbecue lays chips, but you never know, right?

Okay I'm going to go throw up in the nearest bathroom. Buh bye-
Annabel
Jill
Jan 18, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
Zipped is the second in a series of three young adult books set in a small town near Syracuse, New York. (The books are connected only in the sense of having the same mise-en-scène.)

Mick Nichols, 15, is close to his dad and his pretty stepmom Nora, has a crush on a girl in school named Lisa, and is generally pretty happy. But as the story opens, Mick discovers, through the e-mail trash in the family computer, that Nora is having an affair. He is devastated: hurt, angry, maybe even jealous. And h
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Tommy
Nov 19, 2012 Tommy rated it did not like it
I wouldn’t recommend the book zipped by Tom McNeal to a friend because the book does not have a strong plot .The book zipped is about this high school boy Mick who is struggling with out of interpersonal problems. As his love life take off he receives tragic news about this step-mom who he never really like too much.

One reason I disapprove of this book is because of the aspect of the weak plot. On page 131 it said "This led to a theology-free discussion of the pinkest family farm, which led to
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Amy Snyder
May 23, 2013 Amy Snyder rated it really liked it
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Sammy
Jun 12, 2007 Sammy rated it liked it
Shelves: c-the-okay
I'm really tired so the word I'm searching for to describe this book just isn't coming to me. But this book seemed like it was more of a pop-fiction book. Aimed at younger readers (teenagers) but something adults would also probably pick up to read because it sounded interesting but only to find out halfway through the book that it's rediculously insane and not worth their time.

For me, it was a fun read, but it's not something that's going to stick with me. I had no problems with the writing thi
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Karen
Jan 29, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-2009
Zipped
September 14,2004 Knopf books for Young Readers
Pgs.304 $7.99
Laura McNeal
ISBN: 9780375830983

"Click" "Click Click" "Scroll down" "Type" "Enter" "Stared at the screen blankly with nothing to say." Ever felt like that? That is Mick Michols. Zipped is an interesting book, it is written from a boy's point of view. If a girl is reading it it would feel weird to be in a boy's shoe. Laura McNeal won't make girl feel awkward in a boy's shoe, she makes it like your still in a girl's brain.

In Zipped
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Benmorony3
Sep 25, 2012 Benmorony3 rated it really liked it
I feel very strongly that this book would keep an audience of high schoolers perfectly entertained very easily. It was an easy read, and a page turner throughout the whole book. If mystery is the genre you prefer, then this book will be perfect. Not only was there suspense, but also good laughs here and there. This book was exactly what I was looking for, and it was written so well that it all felt real. When Mick (the main character) was angry, I felt it too. "Zipped" was an excellent choice, ...more
NicoleE
Possibly 4.5 stars.

I really, really enjoyed reading this book. The style and voice reminded me a lot of Crusader by Edward Bloor (except this had a male protagonist, while Crusader had a female one). They both deal with younger kids (around 14/15, if I remember correctly) who are trying to deal with not-so-normal things while still going about their mostly normal lives. I realize this probably sounds like the basic outline for just about every middle grade or YA book ever, but there's just somet
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Zoe Jones
Feb 18, 2014 Zoe Jones rated it it was amazing
Zipped is a book about a 15 year old boy named Mick Nichols. One day he goes on the computer and discovers that his stepmother is cheating on his dad with a man named Alexander Selkirk. He is torn between telling his father or keeping it to himself. Mick becomes obsessed with finding out who this Alexander Selkirk is. He faces some distractions from finding out like getting closer with his crush Lisa Doyle and meeting a beautiful college girl named Myra, who he becomes good friends with. Mick ...more
Jennifer Bagazin
Sep 24, 2013 Jennifer Bagazin rated it it was ok
Shelves: done, kid-stuff
I'm thinking this book is already a sequel - you know, a second book. I actually had a hard time connecting with the characters, and I felt that it wasnt that good of a plot. But a few chapters later, the conflict of the story became somewhat amusing and I found that I had become quite attached to some of the characters. Mick, Lisa, Myra, Janice, even him who is Maurice. (Psychologically speaking though, I think Maurice is just having problems with his past - what with his mother abandoning him ...more
Jack
Apr 17, 2012 Jack rated it liked it
This book, honestly, was quite weird. Where the story sets in a perspective of a boy named Mick Nichols. He struggles to find out why his family isn't as unified as it is suppose to be, but eventually he discovers that both his mother and his father is having an affair. Where his mother is having an affair with another man; Alexander Selkirk, while his father is having an affair with a man. This clearly portrays that Mick's family has no form of chemistry and unification. It made me wonder what ...more
Brittney A
Well this book is deffinatly intended for readers into romance/real life issues. It is basically about a teenage boy who has a dad and a step mom. He finds out that his step mom has been cheating on his father. He is stuck in a bad situation and does not know whether to tell his father, keep it to himself, or confront his step mother. On top of that he is have romance issues of his own.

This book is interestly written. It is written in two different points of veiw. The main character, mick. And t
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Adrian Leung
Mick Nichol realizes that his family is not like normal families. Aside from the fact that he has a step mother, there are more things that don't make sense to him. After a period of searching for the answer to his many questions, Mick finds out a dark secret about both his parents and the reason to which his family doesn't seem like a family. he learns that both his parents were having an affair. his step mother was having an affair with another man while his father was also having an affair ...more
Nyree
Jul 18, 2011 Nyree rated it liked it
Recommended to Nyree by: i scour $1 clearance book racks @ 1/2 price books!
Shelves: young-adult
an easy read in the rain by the campfire. teenage crushes and light drama, nothing too heavy or too hard to comprehend while fighting off squirrels, chipmunks and toddlers vying for your attention. a little bit of a mystery to solve but very mellow and not entirely a surprise ending. more of a warm fuzzy ending. the writing style was not distracting to me or else i wouldn't have been able to read it so quickly and also i would have stopped reading it if it didn't flow. but that's just my ...more
Sally Spratt
Jul 01, 2011 Sally Spratt rated it it was ok
Keep in mind this is a YA novel. I thought from the blurb on the back that the story was going to be about a Mick finding out his step-mother was cheating on his father. Well, it was a little bit, but then I had to read about several other characters, I didn't really care about. Maybe it's because I am an adult, but to me the Mormon plot line was thrown in, just to let me know that Mormon's can say things like - breast, nipple and lesbian. I would have preferred a story about Mick and his ...more
Sophie
Mar 19, 2009 Sophie rated it really liked it
Mick Nichols is an average 15-year-old, with normal 15-year-old problems. That is, until he discovers one of his stepmothers secrets. Now, Mick battles with the his choices, the consequences of these choices, and most importantly, his relationship with his family. Mick try's to find this mysterious man of his stepmother's and on the way, finds new friends.
I really liked Zipped. All of the problems, and choices that Mick (and his friends) had to face, were problems that all of us have, or were ea
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Chuk Ho Wu
Mar 02, 2012 Chuk Ho Wu rated it it was ok
This book was okay. It’s about how the protagonist Mick found out about the affairs his step mom who has been treating him and his father really nicely is having an affair with another man. He found this out accidentally when he was checking the computer for emails. I like books which I can make inferences in but this book wasn’t my thing. The idea of Mick’s step mom having an affair was thrown into the beginning of the story. This made me interested of course, having the conflict but as the ...more
Sara
May 20, 2016 Sara rated it liked it
would be lying if i said i didn't enjoy it, but still I've read so many books that are better at some point. Yeah it does have some plot twists, some of which are not expected but not jaw-dropping worthy. its supposed to be a mystery, but the mysterious person is revealed so quickly and so vaguley, i was actually waiting for another plot twist to prove the first discovery wrong. The setting of the book is in the days where there were floppy disks, one desktop per houshold, communicated via email ...more
Zoie
Jan 13, 2014 Zoie rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Well, I like to give books a chance, but I quit after about twenty pages of this one.

Here's what I got out of the first twenty pages:
This kid is stalking (?) this girl during hockey tryouts. Her coppery red hair flashing in the breeze, or some other kind of cheesy description, started turning me off to the book. The back of the book said that he finds out his step-mom is having an affair, but because of the writing, it sounded like the kid had a crush on her and that creeped me out, so I stoppe
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Danielle Shutes blue
Jul 14, 2014 Danielle Shutes blue rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own
This is the third book by Laura and Tom McNeal I have read now (Crooked was first and Crushed came second), and I find that all of them seem to be very formulaic. There's a slightly outcast boy or girl who has a crush on someone who is basically unattainable. Another thuggish character also wants the main character's crush and does bad things in their pursuit of them. The three books I read were basically enjoyable, but the similarities in the plot to previous books made it slightly less so. I ...more
Heidi
Mar 02, 2009 Heidi rated it liked it
This book was written for teens, but as with so many YA novels, I wouldn't want my teens reading it. It was an interesting book about deceit. I also found it interesting that one of the main characters was Mormon. One of the authors attended BYU (and I would assume was at some point Mormon herself), and the book offered no explanations for what wards are or some other Mormon terms, but the book was definitely not intended for an LDS audience. Anyway, it was an interesting story.
Casey
Jul 04, 2016 Casey rated it really liked it
I liked this book more than I originally thought I would. I think because at first it just seemed like a regular, realistic fiction, low-level drama type book. But I have to say, I really got sucked into it and found myself staying up hours later than I meant too to read it. By the end, I was able to appreciate it for it's rich characterization, unique and plentiful coming-of-age moments, and truly realistic endings.
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