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Crunch Time

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  725 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Leo, Max, Jane, and Daisy don't have much in common. But when they all blow off their SAT prep in favor of forming their own study group, they actually begin to bond -- over why there's so much competition over a stupid test. And what it really measures, anyway.

Then it's revealed that someone has cheated on the SATs, and all eyes point to the study group. Everyone knows t
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (first published December 20th 2005)
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Steph Su
Apr 20, 2009 Steph Su rated it it was ok
Four students band together to form an SAT study group. The beautiful, outspoken Daisy needs to do well on her SATs in order to get scholarships, but she thinks the whole system is geared toward rich bastards. Leo IS the rich, popular bastard with apathetic parents, but Leo himself is serious about getting into Yale. Max, Daisy's best friend, thinks he's a loser and won't do well enough anyway to please his dad. And Jane, the daughter of a famous actress, can hardly believe that she finally has ...more
Kendall Earhart
Nov 13, 2015 Kendall Earhart rated it really liked it
I believe that this book was a great book it's about a group of seniors that become friends and they start to learn secrets about each other that may have changed their friendship, they change each others lives in ways that u could never imagine. My favorite part is when Daisy storms out of one of their meetings and Max runs after her and tries to support her. Oh, and on the back of the book there is a question, now before you read the book and try to answer that question and then at the and of ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Leah rated it did not like it
I liked the idea and was expecting the book to have a lot of questions about ethics...but the book was very disappinting. Just more teenage drama crap which in this case does not get solved and is mentioned through out the book. What is the lesson? I see the ethics but like a religion there are hardly any answers in this book only questions. I liked how the book was written in 5 different parts like the SAT itself. I liked how the author write the book in different characters' point of views and ...more
Aug 21, 2007 Sammi rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: young teens
I started to read this book because my 11 year old son was reading it. And I'm nosy. In the first two chapters they talk about stealing alcohol from the family liquor cabinet, and losing their virginity. So I am really glad I read it. It is written in a simple style so young children can enjoy it - and it is written from four different characters points of view - which is interesting. But I think it is probably for a little older age kids.
Brianne Durrant
Apr 22, 2013 Brianne Durrant rated it did not like it
I really did not like this book at all. The dialogue confused me and there wasn't enough description on the main characters which are Daisy, Leo, Jane, and Max. "Crunch Time" is about all four students taking the SAT and finding out who cheated on the test. I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone because it's not a great book.
Dylan Stetkiewicz
Sep 09, 2013 Dylan Stetkiewicz rated it did not like it
I did not like this book. It was rather slow, confusing, and hard to follow. It was about four high school students taking their SAT's and how challenging SAT's could be. After the test it was a mystery to see who cheated. I thought the plot was uninteresting and flat. I would not recommend this book to anyone who likes action in their books.
Noa me
Sep 24, 2007 Noa me rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: i dunno...
Its ok...good...awesome!
Dec 16, 2012 Jennylinares rated it it was amazing
"Crunch Time" by Mariah Fredericks in my opinion is one of the best books she has written. This book is about four high schoolers with different reputations who are in their junior year and come together and create a "study" group to prepare for the SAT's. The SAT test is very important in their school and they have to do well on it. You have your average high school girl who is always trying to capture guys attention, Daisy Stubbs. Leo Thayer is the "hot, popular guy" the one who every girl dre ...more
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If you have a good grade average all through high school, you take a SATs quiz in the last semester of high school to determine what colleges will most likely accept you as a student. The tests are taken very seriously and no one would ever imagine cheating on the quiz except for in a joke. All except one person who wants to impress their mom, to show her mom that she can be better than what she thinks. This girl is Jane, a girl trying to lead a normal li
Eliora Vespera
Jul 21, 2010 Eliora Vespera rated it really liked it

"Max grins. 'We should have numbers on our butts.' He turns to Daisy. 'Hi, I'm a two thousand. Nice to meet you.'
In a haughty accent she says, 'Sorry, I only date twenty-one hundreds and above....'"

To be honest, I've never cared for any standardized tests. Not the MCA, not the ACT, so obviously not the SAT. (Yes, I have not even taken the ACT, and I will pass them, it's just that I never get the whole reason why people freak about it.)

When I moved to US on August
There are just these nights when I grab something and read it in one sitting, from the moment I go to bed (but definitely not to sleep; around 10:30pm) up to the moment when I finally turn off the lights (3 am). Last night was one of those nights.

What I loved most about Crunch Time is that it seems a little light reading, but as you get deeper in the story, you realize that this is almost like a psychiatry book. You get four different perspectives on the same story and circumstances. It's like l
John Pierre
Oct 05, 2010 John Pierre rated it really liked it
The title of the book was called Crunch Time. It was wrote by Mariah Fredericks. And, the genre is realistic fiction, because it could happen in real life. It about four friends studying for the SAT’s. And everybody start getting crazy about whether or not they are going to pass. Then when it is over and everyone got some good grades on the score. Someone had cheated on the test. Now everybody is wondering who the cheater and if this is going to affect there test too. People are saying it is Dai ...more
Stephanie James
Oct 30, 2016 Stephanie James rated it it was amazing
After reading the book Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks, I can say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. The way the author started the story, was what captivated me, she said “They never list the names. Just the number.” Right away I thought this was going to be about a utopian society book. But to my surprise it was about something all high schoolers can relate to SATs. I also liked that the author included different perspectives/ point of views of each main characters each with ...more
Alison Young
Apr 13, 2009 Alison Young rated it did not like it
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Feb 06, 2008 Liv. rated it really liked it
Recommended to Liv. by: nobody.
-from the inside flap-
The thoughts of the SATs makes Daisy, Leo, Jane and Max just crazy. Daisy thinks the whole system is bogus. Leo thinks testings a game you play to win; not good for Max, who's convinced he's a loser. And Jane couldn't care less about the whole thing. So when the four of them decide to bag the SAT prep class before junior year at Dewey, they form their own study group, a haven from the dog-eat-dog college-acceptance competition.

Pregroup, Max has loved Daisy, his best friend
May 08, 2009 Carin rated it it was amazing
Ms. Fredericks is a savvy chronicler of teens and their behavior. The 4 characters' different voices were very well drawn - from just the second one is was very clear to me they were all unique individuals. The whole SAT thing is a pretty popular topic right now, and this is certainly accurate to my memory (my boyfriend at the time would not tell me what I got although a third party did inform me that as I suspected, I beat him, hah! I never did find out his score though.) I loved how she took 4 ...more
Feb 10, 2017 P. added it
When I first started goodreads, I was going crazy trying to remember the title of this book that I read a long time ago. All I remembered was that it had a pencil on the cover and it was about a cheating scandal. Somehow I just found it today.
Jan 29, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: advisory-07-08
Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks is told through the perspectives from four high school juniors before and after taking their SATs. Daisy, Leo, Max and Jane all lived in separate worlds where they all met by going to the same tutor school. After ditching class together, they suggested to for a club designated to study and practice for the SATs. After taking the test at different locations and finding out their results, everyone was stunned and overjoyed by how well they did. However, someone che ...more
Cathleen Ash
Leo, Jane, Daisy and Max. Daisy and Max have been bffs forever. They show up to take the SAT prep class, even though everyone just hates the SATs, the pressure, everything the stupid test stands for. But, as Juniors who hope to go to a college of their choice, they HAVE to take the test. And do well. But the prep class has started and the teacher is nowhere to be found. After a while, he runs into the class and says "can't find the tests, be right back." That's when it's over....four of them end ...more
May 29, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing
This is an option for upcoming juniors to read as a summer book. I liked it a lot! It is about four kids who attend a school where SAT scores are VERY important. These four kids, who are not really friends and have pre-conceived notions of what each other is like, end up forming a study group. When results of the SAT are released, it comes out that someone has cheated, and everyone suspects everyone else. Friendships are tested, naturally. What I really like about it is the way it is told from 1 ...more
May 28, 2007 Lucy rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
Leo, Julia, Jane and Max want different things in life, but one thing is for sure - they all want to ace the SATs. After they walk out of a crappy SAT prep class, they begin to meet regularly at Jane's house to study together. Their regular study group brings this unlikely group together - until after the SAT, when a senior high scorer confesses that someone paid her to take the test for them. Suspicions and accusations fly, drawing lines between fragile friendships. And meanwhile, everyone want ...more
Apr 04, 2010 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was suggested to me by my granddaughter. She said all the kids in school were talking about it. And now I see why.

This is the story of four juniors in high school who are getting ready to take their SATs. Told in separate sections of each of the students -- Daisy, Jane, Leo and Max -- the individual lives, perspectives, and feelings of each student become very clear. Do the SATs matter? Are you defined by your score? What about the other things in high school, like relationships, paren
Kim Ammons (youthbookreview)
3.5 stars

The language in the book is very simple, and though this bothered me at first, I do believe it was a conscious decision on the author's part. It's too long to be a great Hi-Lo book, but I would recommend it to high schoolers who may be reluctant readers and/or are a few years below level in their reading.

I couldn't put the book down, which was a pleasant surprise (it doesn't happen to me a lot). I thought the characters were interesting, and I liked that the book touched upon class issu
Sep 21, 2007 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school students
i thought this was a pretty interesting book. It is about a group of 4 juniors in high school who form a study group for the SATs. With this study group, comes drama and conflicts. I liked this book because the story is told from 4 different points of views, from each of the four characters. The 4 main characters show different perspectives and opinions, which makes the reader want to read on. Also, i enjoyed this book because it is set in a school with students dealing with stress and tests, wh ...more
May 27, 2007 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2007
This book was alright. But I was disappointed by it. I had thought that it would contain more bang for my buck. Like people sleuthing to find who the cheater is or something. But nothing. It all just ended with some sort of morale that the SATs don't make you who you are. But it all made me kind of underwhelmed. Also the four points of view are slightly hard to get used to. Mostly in the beginning when they change fast and you're not used to the characters. Then it gets better but still sometime ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Diyasha rated it really liked it
I found this book very witty when showing the colourful and distinctively different personalities in this book. Every event is "served" to you in a variety of styles. Even though each character is different: Max - Insecure, Hard-working, Desperate. Daisy - Tough, Confused, Determined. Jane - Ditsy, Hopeful and (purposefully) Bland. Leo - Wild, Teasing, Competitive. So different but they have one thing that brings them together, the SATs. The one thing that sets your future and they all feel the ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Melinda rated it liked it
A novel about the SATs — it sounds like a terrible premise for a book. And, in part, it is. Because who wants to read about fictional characters stressing out about the SATs? Especially when the importance and stressfulness of the test is exaggerated far beyond reality (whereas school and grades are hardly mentioned). At first the writer seems to beat the reader over the head with the constant mention of the SATs; it seems all the characters care about. Then the characters start to develop, and ...more
Pooja Dimba
May 29, 2010 Pooja Dimba rated it it was ok
I really liked this book in the beginning, but 3 out of 4 characters made this book rather boring.
I really liked Daisy in the beginning, I thought she would one of those spunky tomboys that has something better to do then boys.
But apparently I was mistaken, she turned out to be rather ... annoying in the end.
Max, he was really annoying to from the beginning. I mean, its so dumb for him to be stating that he's not some s-- god, and all that other junk. For like the whole book.
Leo, was like any
Sep 01, 2011 Antoinettec rated it liked it
I think this book was kind of good, but not really good. I think this book is for 11th graders that know more about the SAT test. The book was about this group of kids that plan on takung the SAT test. They don't know each other until they plan on practicing the test together. They learn to know each other when the teacher doesn't show up at the college and the ditch the school. At the end of the book they learn that one of the kids are cheating on the test. Noone knows but the parent of the one ...more
Aug 07, 2007 Tracie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: HS
This is the story of four high schoolers who form an unlikely group to study for the SATs. After they take the test, it is revealed that someone in their school cheated. Along with all the other drama of being a senior, the accusations and uncertainty surrounding the identity of the cheater rocks their world.
I found the characters hard to care about at first though I do think the author established authentic voices at critical points. I think HS students would relate to the pressures each cha
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