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Reality bites! Luke and Derek are best friends, but there isn't much Luke can do but watch as Derek gets more and more freaked out by his weird stepmother's control over his father. Luke has issues with his parents, too—all his friends are going through the same thing—but nothing like Derek's. Things go from bad to worse when Derek's parents agree to participate in a reali ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Front Street, Incorporated
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Derek's friend, Lucas, is trying to piece together the events that led to Derek's disappearance. The account begins in May as school is wrapping up for the summer. Their group of friends is making plans for summer jobs and, more importantly, summer fun.

Everyone has family issues. Lucas's parents view his relaxed attitude as lazy and are constantly on his case about what they call his underachiever habits. Coco and Phoebe are twins
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May 04, 2012 Mystic Smith rated it really liked it
This book deals with troubled teens. They seem to make a lot of dumb decisions that they cannot take back. It also talks about parent issues and somethings that many teens dont know. Like, the fact that many people are controlling. They join a TV show called "Loserville" which talks about hard wired, self centered, disrespectful, atheistic, sex crazed, indulged bunch of losers. This show is made to believe that all young men have become this. I would recommend this to anyone who likes dramatic s ...more
Oct 28, 2009 Anne rated it it was ok
A controlling step-mom and weak-willed father who put their son on a reality TV show make for a bad combination. Throw in a few friends, some drugs and alcohol, a graveyard, and a suicide, and it gets even worse. However, the whole book lives up to its title, so I guess it was only to be expected. Flat characters, terrible writing.
Susan Schatvet
Jun 05, 2009 Susan Schatvet rated it it was amazing
A real page turner and great boy book. Loserville is the title of a reality TV show much like Jerry Springer, the story gives insight into the emotional damage that result from this disturbing form of entertainment.
Oct 15, 2011 Samantha rated it it was ok
About what I expected from this book. Just grabbed it as a quick read.
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In 1951, Peter Johnson was born in Buffalo, New York. He received his BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MA and PhD in English from the University of New Hampshire. He is the winner of the 2001 James Laughlin Award for his second collection of prose poems, Miracles & Mortifications
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