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Shattering Glass

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  3,506 ratings  ·  417 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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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
Kelly Hager
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
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

Max Baker
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
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
Meghna Shankar
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
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
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.
Heather Pearson
Jul 19, 2015 Heather Pearson rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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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
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
“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
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
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
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.
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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I haven't read this book since my sophomore year in high school, and I remember being in awe of it. It was different from what I was used to reading, and it opened the doors for me to read other genres other than fantasy novels. I want to re-read this book so bad, but I can't find a copy ANYWHERE. Not even Amazon. So, this review is based on what I remember. And I remember I very much enjoyed it. It was perfect at a high school age, and it was the introduction book before we read Lord of the Fli ...more
Anna Remus
For me, this book was a collection of pros and cons bringing the book back to overall average. While there's a good discussion of the problem of bullying and what might lead to it in this book, it was not necessarily interesting to me. Also, though relevant information, it was not the focus. The plot was unique from anything else I've read which was nice, but unfortunately it was predictable. There were sort of "flash forwards" given at the start of each chapter, which is one stylistic choice of ...more
Morgan Morse
“Shattering Glass”
The thrilling teen fiction book, Shattering Glass was written by Gail Giles, with the book being her debut novel in which it was awarded an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth Selection. Shattering Glass was published by Simon and Schuster, Inc. subdivision of Simon Pulse on September 1st, 2003. The basis of the book is the transformation of formerly known and ridiculed nerd, Simon Glass into the rank of popularity with
Quinn Girardi
I though that this book was thoughtfully written and entertaining. Giles showed great depth throughout the book, but I did feel like the plot was a bit rushed throughout the last chapter. the ending was abrupt left me quite unsatisfied. this gave the entire story a grave and negative perception. Nothing good ever happens during the story, the whole book seems to be a display of the characters slowly degrading until the final moment. I would have liked to know some of the reviews before i chose t ...more
How did you pick this: i read the back cover and i thought it sounded interesting

Setting: It takes place at the high school and it takes place in Simons house(one of the main characters), also in Youngs house(another main character).

Conflict: The new kid Rob just moved and in an instant everyone liked him. Before Rob came to that school, Lance was the guy everyone liked; the popular guy, but then Rob took his place. A few months into the school year Rob wanted to make one of the geeks at school
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
This book definitely wasn't one of my favorites, but it was interesting to see how writing styles in young adult books have changed in such a short period of time. This book utilizes many stereotypes about high school, which seems common for books for young adults written in the early 2000s. The characters are pretty standard--the nerd who wears a pocket protector, the popular guys who only care about themselves, the cheerleader who dates the popular guys--we've seen these types of characters ma ...more
Adian Keserovic
Gail Giles creates a shady version of high school in this novel about an experiment gone awry. Rob attempts to turn the geeky, nerdy

Simon Glass into a popular kid, but will need the help of Coop, Young, and Bob. As Simon rises to the top, he starts to get

overconfident and his true personality is revealed. Simon starts to uncover secrets about Rob and Young; some ł which I feel were just

thrown in to add shock value. After Simon breaks from Rob's control and learns his secrets, Rob and Bob end
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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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