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Shattering Glass

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  4,000 Ratings  ·  476 Reviews
"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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Simon Pulse (first published March 1st 2002)
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Chelsey The book Shattering Glass wasn’t disturbing as in a gruesome way. Yes, it’s violent and ruthless in the last two pages but that’s not the disturbing…moreThe book Shattering Glass wasn’t disturbing as in a gruesome way. Yes, it’s violent and ruthless in the last two pages but that’s not the disturbing part within the pages of the book. The disturbing part is how society can mess up lives so terribly that it can create murders at will. I found that the book was intriguing but agonizingly slow to get to the point. There was a lot of unclear things that were vaguely cleared up within the chapters. But overall, I find the book’s perception on society horrifically accurate. (less)

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Taylor Knight
This book has ruined me.

I had never heard of this book before my best friend told me about it. She started reading and when she finished it, she told me I had to read it. So I ordered it and waited somewhat patiently for it to arrive in my mail box. I finally received it and I started it about 30 minutes after opening the package. 3 hours later I was finished with Shattering Glass and I couldn't move.
To be honest, the first 200 pages were okay. I really liked the writing style but I didn't like
Max Baker
Jun 19, 2015 Max Baker rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-reviewed
Yeah. As YA mystery/thrillers go, this one was okay. Well, not okay. Tolerable at best is probably a better way to describe it. This book tried to do something that could have been really cool, but kind of fails...epically. This review's not very long, because most of my issues aren't big, but they take up so much of the story it's all I've got.

Shattering Glass is about four popular high school guys who want to turn the least popular guy in school into one of the most popular. Been there, done t
Mar 11, 2015 Erica rated it did not like it
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

Cait S
Jun 28, 2015 Cait S rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This is one of the fastest books I have ever read. I devoured it in about an hour. It has such an incredibly slow build up of impending doom that I couldn't put it down.

Unfortunately the build up was actually better than the explosion. The ending left a fair bit to be desired but the rest of the book mostly made up for it.

Good, quick brain scrub. Just what I needed.
Meghna Shankar
Nov 03, 2014 Meghna Shankar rated it really liked it
Shattering Glass, by Gail Giles, relays the tale of a group of “popular” boys who decide to take an outcast, Simon Glass, under their wing and turn him into Prince Charming. Rob, the leader, is insistent on controlling everything and making sure everything goes according to plan. When it starts to become too much, Young Steward, the narrator, can only watch as his friends start to take matters into their own hands.

One of my favorite aspects of the story was that it was not written from the he
Kelly Hager
May 13, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Gail Giles and her books absolutely creep me out like nothing else.

These aren't ghost stories or anything like that. They're the evil things that we do to each other without any sort of supernatural bent or demonic involvement or whatever. That makes them much scarier than (most of) the stories Stephen King writes. These things happen every day, in every city in the world.

We know from the very first sentence that things are going to end very badly for Simon. What we don't know
Oct 12, 2014 Jenna rated it it was amazing
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles is a dark take on today’s need to be socially accepted; in this instance, the popularity status/ladder in high school. Throughout the novel, you see many instances where some of the main characters are following the lead of their charismatic “leader” for no other reason to remain in his good tidings, resulting in their ability to stay in his group of accepted peers/friends. Like most high schools in real life, everyone has something to hide and in the book it is n ...more
Oct 14, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2013 Jess rated it it was amazing
“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
Carmen Yeung
Apr 15, 2012 Carmen Yeung rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2013 Camron rated it really liked it
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
Heather Pearson
Jul 19, 2015 Heather Pearson rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather by: Shannon
What could cause four seemingly normal teens to violently kill one of their classmates. Author Gail Giles Gives us the ending in the first lines of tihs story then slowly tells us how this disaster unfolded.

Simon Glass was the school nerd, the butt of jokes and was picked on just for being alive. Rob Hayes is new to the school yet quickly claimed the spot of most popular boy. It came as a great surprise to Rob's friends, when he decided to befriend Simon with the goal to make him popular. Why d
Ryanne Benz
Jun 01, 2014 Ryanne Benz rated it it was amazing
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
Deborah Takahashi
Mar 29, 2013 Deborah Takahashi rated it really liked it
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
Mar 01, 2012 Chason rated it it was amazing
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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
Nov 21, 2011 Zachary rated it really liked it
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
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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Hickman Students
Oct 08, 2009 Hickman Students rated it it was amazing
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
Logan LeDuc
Sep 30, 2015 Logan LeDuc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh. My. God. This book took my breath away. I honestly mean that - the last 30 pages or so, I don't think I full exhaled once.

I sat in a book coma for an extended period of time trying to come up with words for how this book made me feel.

I won't lie - there were points where I was confused. But by the end, it all made sense and it made me want to go back and reread all those parts over again, which should always be the authors goal - to make you want to rer
Apr 13, 2009 B rated it really liked it
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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Alex Zimmerman
I thought the book, "Shattering Glass", was very interesting. It can be related to by many high school teenagers because it's about a group of "popular" kids that adopt a loser named Simon Glass into their group. They transform him from a nerdy kid with no friends to a confident guy that everybody likes. It is made more realistic by Young, the narrator, not liking Simon. Towards the end of the book, it all leads to the twisted ending during the dance. I was very surprised at that because it was ...more
Raven P
Mar 02, 2010 Raven P rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Intense and devastating. Giles' razor-sharp writing effectively captures the dark mind of a teenager in a self-obsessed world in which power is the only capital of value.

More for older teens than for middle schoolers, it might be appropriate for a few of our more mature 8th graders. Some sex, some graphic violence. VERY dark and disturbing worldview. A great read.
Nov 05, 2012 Sierra rated it really liked it
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.
Amanda Lerch
Apr 10, 2013 Amanda Lerch rated it really liked it
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!
Jun 18, 2008 Jenna rated it liked it
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...
Nov 17, 2009 Patrick rated it really liked it
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.
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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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“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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