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Shattering Glass

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"Simon Glass was easy to hate....I guess, really we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn't realize it until the day we killed him."
Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a nerd, a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Everyone picks on him -- until Rob Haynes shows up. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediately becomes th...more
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Published September 1st 2003 by Simon Pulse (first published March 1st 2002)
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I read the book Shattering Glass by Gail Giles. This was an awesome book because it really related to me. It was right around my age group and some of the problems they have, boys have my age too. Shattering Glass was the best book i have ever read for many reasons. I'm not much of a reader which was why I pick the shortest book. It was only 215 pages and I really enjoyed every part of it. The book is very suspenseful because the climax of the story doesn't happen until the end of the novel. Thi...more
Ryanne Benz
Let me start off by saying I absolutely loved this book! The way that Gail Giles has one of the main characters, Rob, come up with a plan to make a nerd popular made the story really suck you in. Along with the boys dealing with the nerd, Glass, everyday they were also going through their own high school drama. Giles shows how real high school can get, and how some people end up giving up everything just to have friends.
The main focus of the book is around Simon Glass who they call Glass for sho...more
Gail Giles’ Shattering Glass tells the chilling story of a twisted popularity contest in a Texas high school. In what began as a kind of dare, the four most popular boys in school, Rob, Young, Bob, and Coop, begin a quest to make Simon Glass, the hated class nerd, into the class favorite. They teach him how to dress, talk, and act cool, and gradually, he wins the favor of the rest of the student body. However, things don’t go quite as planned when Simon Glass begins doing what he wants to do, in...more
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I found myself a little annoyed while reading SHATTERING GLASS.. I had higher hopes for this book, then that which was the reality of it. The concept it self, not exactly original.. cool kids make over the geek to the height of popularity. It was unique in that Giles has the cool guys making over anther guy. Usually we see the loser being made over by the opposite sex. This twist is what had peeked my interest in the first place.

The writing is easy to read, the story being clear and pretty stra...more
Carmen Yeung
Apr 15, 2012 Carmen Yeung rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenagers
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I picked out this book from the library, because i thought the title was amazingly interesting. Shattering glass, reminds me of when people in tvb start to fight they will break the mirror or something. But it started with the narrator named Young, but hes not the protagonist. The protagonist is Rob, who is charming and just transferred in. I thought it was quiet weird to have someone just transfer in and become popular like that, but anywho i enjoy seei...more
The book I read was Shattering Glass by Gail Giles. It is 215 pages long. This book is ever suspenseful; I enjoyed reading this book a lot. It kept me wanting more pages after pages. This book jumped to the top of my favorite booklist. It kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. It only took me three days to read it because I did not want to put it down. I liked how the group of friends basically adopted the nerdy kid of the school and made him popular. It worked but then it took a turn f...more
Chase Johnson
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February 27, 2012

I read the book Shattering Glass by Gail Giles. It was a very interesting book and I liked it for the most part. There were parts that I didn’t really care for and it seemed like it dragged parts on and Making things that weren’t really a big deal seem like it was a big deal . Besides the dragging on parts it was very good. I liked how there was lots of detail on what was going on and there was always something exciting about to happen. The boo...more
“Simon Glass was easy to hate…I guess, really we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn't realize it until the day we killed him.” This is the first quote read from the book Shattering Glass by Gail Giles. After I had read this quote, I was no longer reading for fun; It became my objective to find out what went on. The intensity given off from the words in this novel had me at the edge of my seat, and I was thoroughly disappointed when it ended.
The setting of this book takes place i...more
Deborah Takahashi
t's senior year and Rob, the most popular guy in school, decides that he wants to leave his legacy by transforming the school geek into Mr. Popular. Meet Simon Glass. Not only is he a brain, but he takes the term "geek: to whole new level, which makes him the ideal candidate for Rob's "Cinderella" project. With a makeover, lesson in the art of being "Cool," and an attitude change, Simon not only leave his reputation as the King of Geeks in the dust, but he actually manages to achieve the same ra...more
Imagine the fat, clumsy, anti-social nerd, with the dorky glasses in your high school. He occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder, and hopes every day to escape the bullying and teasing that follows him everywhere he goes. His name is Simon Glass and deep down he has a personality that is waiting to be unleashed. Then suddenly one day, the alpha male of the high school, Rob, and his group of friends - wealthy, intellectual Young, ladies man, and macho man Bob, and sweet, super...more
Right at first glance, Shattering Glass was already an interesting book, as on the front cover there is a picture of a guy and shattered glass around it. This book is a jack in a box; you never know when the jack is going to jump out at you. This novel has so many surprising factors. The book also started with a hook, which grabbed my attention right away and I wanted to know what happened. “Simon Glass was easy to hate. I never knew why there was too much to pick from. I guess, really, we each...more
I don't like being teased. Giles tells her readers in the very beginning that her main characters are going to kill Simon Glass. We don't find out how or why until the last page. I didn't like the characters or even the plot. I only finished the book to find out why they killed the kid.

Year of Pub: 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, New York, NY

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( February 01, 2002 ; 0-7613-2601-4 )

A grimly comic debut novel revisits the dark hell of high-school cliques. The...more
Hickman Students
Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a nerd, a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Everyone picks on him--until Rob Haynes shows up. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediately becomes the undisputed leader of the senior class. And he has plans for Simon.
Rob enlists the help of his crew--wealthy, intellectual Young, ladies' man Bob, and sweet, athletic Coop--in a mission: Turn sniveling Simon from total freak to would-be prom king.
But as Simon rises to th...more
The story of a high school experiment gone wrong told by one of the boys involved. When a new boy takes over as the most popular boy in school, he decides to show his power by making one of the dweeb, picked upon kids, into one of the school favorites. His motives aren't really clear but his group of friends support his efforts nonetheless, even when his requests go way too far. A feeling of dread starts from the first paragraph which tells you that this dweeb boy will be killed by the end of th...more
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Simon Glass is a nerd. He is at the very bottom of the high school food chain. Every day he is the butt of someone's joke or bullied physically. Enter the most popular boy in school, Rob. Rob likes a challenge and more importantly, likes to be in charge. Rob decides to make Simon popular. With the help of his posse, Rob begins changing Simon from school outcast to ultimately very popular. The posse, Young, Coop and the Bobster are vital in this transformation. Each helps Simon with an issue and...more
Raven P
Title:Shattering Glass
Author:Gail Giles

Gail Giles was born september 24 in Galveston,TX. She attended Stephen F. Austin University.

5 things I like about this book is:

* it was interesting
* i like how they turn a geek into a friend
* how the geek name glass knew how to go to people report cards and change their grades
* glass house was so big that he barely see his parent
* glass friends turn him into a popular boy

The book is about a young fat none popular kid who can't fend for himself that well. So a group of the more popular kids come in and show him the rules of life and how to live.they make him popular but. Then slowly start to hate him and they get there reasons to also. So glass actually starts to bring everything that he gets from the group on himself.

My review is that The book was really good and it had a lot of twists and turns to it and you always think something is going to happen to glass w...more
Amanda Lerch
This was a very interestingbook. I liked how the storyling was different from alot of picks. I was confused on when they actually killed Glass. I found it weird that the author only brought up the killing in the last two pages. I kind of want to know more abut what happens to the boys after they killed him. Overall it was a great book!
I feel like this book connected to me in so many ways. Not personally, but with what I've seen and witnessed at my own school. This book literally had me crying at the end. I felt like I knew and was attached to one of the characters. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter made me even more sad. I loved this book.
This was a complex and disturbing book. Once you enter Simon's world, you'll be thankful for your own. Simon is easy to hate, but not after Rob and his gang are done with him. But a violent twist turns every ones world upside down forever.
Jun 18, 2008 Jenna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle schoolers
Recommended to Jenna by: Ms. Natale
This was an awesome book about a high school popular clique that decides to see if they can turn a total geek into the most popular kid at school. No one likes it when the kid decides to stop being a play-thing, though...
Shattering Glass was a really interesting read. It's the story of a group of friends in high school (four boys) who led by their ringleader, Rob Haynes, decide to make the least popular boy in school, Simon Glass, Class Favorite. Each chapter is started with a quote by a character from after the story takes place. And you're told from the beginning that something bad is going to happen.

I couldn't quite figure out what was going to happen by the end, but I did figure out enough that the ending d...more
This is a very fast read, but it is very disturbing. It reminds me a lot of Cormier.
Jennifer Conrad
Years ago, I recommended this book to 2 boys who insisted they hated reading and had never read a full book. They both finished it within days and couldn't stop talking about it. It was the gateway to reading for them--I could even find one of them reading in the hallways at lunch during the next school year!

This is the story about a popular kid (Rob) who decides to take the most-bullied kid in school (Simon Glass) and make him popular. Rob has a group of friends who usually do whatever he wants...more
This story is about the popular kids (Rob, Young, Bob, and Coop) trying to turn the “loser” (Simon Glass) of the school to be one of them, a popular kid. It’s like a challenge they want to accomplish, not because they like Simon Glass, just because it’s very challenging and they want to prove they have the power and can accomplish whatever they want, or at least that’s what Rob says.. Rob came into school with not much of a background, but no one ever asked about him because he was the h...more
Simon Glass is a fat, clumsy, textbook geek. Everyone of Rob's Gang, Young, Bob, and Coop, hates him. Each for different reasons. One day, Rob decides to do impossible, make Simon Glass go from Class Geek to would-be Prom King, but this story is not in Simon's or Rob's view. This is from Young's Point-of-View. They decide to take him to the mall for some new clothes, and a haircut. They sacrificed some things for Simon. As Simon becomes more popular, he starts to show his dark side. One day, he...more
There are plenty of books out there in which a group of high school students end up accidentally, or otherwise, killing either a classmate or a schoolteacher. Usually there's a great amount of build up to the event. Maybe it's a mystery that you reach at the end. Maybe the kids are innocent of the crime and it's all about clearing their names. In the case of Shattering Glass, however, the protagonist Young Steward does away with any and all misunderstandings right from the start. From the beginn...more
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Gail Giles is the author of six young adult novels. Her debut novel, Shattering Glass, was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. The novel is about an high school boy named Simon Glass that is helped to become one of the most popular dogs in school by other students. Her second novel, Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, was an ALA T...more
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“Break up? We didn't break up. He gave me away.” 6 likes
“Simon Glass was easy to hate. I never knew exactly why, there was just too much to pick from. I guess, really, we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn't realize it until the day we killed him.” 6 likes
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