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Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children's Literature
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Winner of the 2004 Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List

When fifteen-year-old Mick Nichols discovers a secret about his stepmother, he comes obsessed with uncovering the truth. But before he can get to the bottom of it, Mick is confronted by a series of stra
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ebook, 304 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published March 11th 2003)
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Kogiopsis
This book was a long ago loaner/gift (? she didn't want it back) from a friend who lives far away, and for her sake, I tried. I did. And I can... sort of see the merit of the story? The authors clearly wanted to tackle some heavy issues and they way they'd play out throughout the lives of their teen characters. The thing was that it just lacked... purpose. There was a narrative arc here, sort of, which was basically Mick resolving his relationships with three women, but the actual resolutions of ...more
Sarah
Yuck. I very rarely quit on books, but with shelves overflowing with my next reads I just couldn't justify giving this one anymore time. Theoretically, the story follows the intertwined lives of four teens following their sophomore year of high school as they "start a tough new job, face family problems, deal with changing friendships, and find love," but the story the publishers promoted in the title, book jacket blurb, and marketing set readers up to think the main story is about Mick discover ...more
Steven
Jul 16, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, young-adult
Laura and Tom McNeal’s Zipped is a truly enjoyable read. This is the second of their novels that I’ve read. Both have been very good.

So this is a coming of age novel. Really, it is a coming of age for three of the main characters. There are several story lines well intermingled. Whenever the storyline was switched, I wanted to go back to the one that was just left; a good sign.

The characters are varied each demanding empathy. I particularly enjoyed the character of Myra even though it was easy t
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Clementine
May 12, 2013 Clementine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads, 2013
Okay, very belatedly getting around to typing up a review for this one, which sort of defeats the purpose of reviewing, but there you go. This one's going to be brief, since it's been like a month and a half since I read it and all.

I've read this book a lot of times and always really enjoyed it when I was younger. I think it's a solid book with interesting storylines that weave together (always a favourite literary device of mine) and complicated, not entirely likeable characters. I also think i
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Zoe Jones
Feb 18, 2014 Zoe Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zipped is a book about a 15 year old boy named Mick Nichols. One day he goes on the computer and discovers that his stepmother is cheating on his dad with a man named Alexander Selkirk. He is torn between telling his father or keeping it to himself. Mick becomes obsessed with finding out who this Alexander Selkirk is. He faces some distractions from finding out like getting closer with his crush Lisa Doyle and meeting a beautiful college girl named Myra, who he becomes good friends with. Mick i ...more
Kristi
Sep 03, 2009 Kristi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get past the second chapter of this book. It was horrible. It was written for young adults, and it had lots of creepy characters and lots of creepy sex talk. It was just icky. That's all I have to say about it.
Lindsay Coppens
Jul 01, 2008 Lindsay Coppens rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I learned that this book is an utter waste of time. I picked this one up because I thought the premise sounded interesting enough and it might be one that I could recommend to my Sophomores. Um, no.
Tj
Jul 10, 2009 Tj rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring and hard to get through, I couldn't really get into any of the characters.
Danielle Shutes blue
This is the third book by Laura and Tom McNeal I have read now (Crooked was first and Crushed came second), and I find that all of them seem to be very formulaic. There's a slightly outcast boy or girl who has a crush on someone who is basically unattainable. Another thuggish character also wants the main character's crush and does bad things in their pursuit of them. The three books I read were basically enjoyable, but the similarities in the plot to previous books made it slightly less so. I w ...more
NicoleE
Possibly 4.5 stars.

I really, really enjoyed reading this book. The style and voice reminded me a lot of Crusader by Edward Bloor (except this had a male protagonist, while Crusader had a female one). They both deal with younger kids (around 14/15, if I remember correctly) who are trying to deal with not-so-normal things while still going about their mostly normal lives. I realize this probably sounds like the basic outline for just about every middle grade or YA book ever, but there's just somet
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Karen
Jan 29, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-2009
Zipped
September 14,2004 Knopf books for Young Readers
Pgs.304 $7.99
Laura McNeal
ISBN: 9780375830983

"Click" "Click Click" "Scroll down" "Type" "Enter" "Stared at the screen blankly with nothing to say." Ever felt like that? That is Mick Michols. Zipped is an interesting book, it is written from a boy's point of view. If a girl is reading it it would feel weird to be in a boy's shoe. Laura McNeal won't make girl feel awkward in a boy's shoe, she makes it like your still in a girl's brain.

In Zipped
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Jill
Jan 18, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zipped is the second in a series of three young adult books set in a small town near Syracuse, New York. (The books are connected only in the sense of having the same mise-en-scène.)

Mick Nichols, 15, is close to his dad and his pretty stepmom Nora, has a crush on a girl in school named Lisa, and is generally pretty happy. But as the story opens, Mick discovers, through the e-mail trash in the family computer, that Nora is having an affair. He is devastated: hurt, angry, maybe even jealous. And h
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Amy Snyder
May 23, 2013 Amy Snyder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Benmorony3
Sep 25, 2012 Benmorony3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel very strongly that this book would keep an audience of high schoolers perfectly entertained very easily. It was an easy read, and a page turner throughout the whole book. If mystery is the genre you prefer, then this book will be perfect. Not only was there suspense, but also good laughs here and there. This book was exactly what I was looking for, and it was written so well that it all felt real. When Mick (the main character) was angry, I felt it too. "Zipped" was an excellent choice, a ...more
Tommy
Nov 19, 2012 Tommy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn’t recommend the book zipped by Tom McNeal to a friend because the book does not have a strong plot .The book zipped is about this high school boy Mick who is struggling with out of interpersonal problems. As his love life take off he receives tragic news about this step-mom who he never really like too much.

One reason I disapprove of this book is because of the aspect of the weak plot. On page 131 it said "This led to a theology-free discussion of the pinkest family farm, which led to
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Sammy
Jun 12, 2007 Sammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-the-okay
I'm really tired so the word I'm searching for to describe this book just isn't coming to me. But this book seemed like it was more of a pop-fiction book. Aimed at younger readers (teenagers) but something adults would also probably pick up to read because it sounded interesting but only to find out halfway through the book that it's rediculously insane and not worth their time.

For me, it was a fun read, but it's not something that's going to stick with me. I had no problems with the writing thi
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Wendy
Aug 13, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was struck by how quaint 2003 was. It actually pulled me out of the story a few times. Floppy disks? The family computer? Leaving messages on home phones?

I really enjoyed the intersecting stories, the messy story arcs, the way the boys sounded like my nephews joking around, and the inclusion of religious and non-religious families without scorn for belief or proselytizing for religion.
Jennifer Bagazin
I'm thinking this book is already a sequel - you know, a second book. I actually had a hard time connecting with the characters, and I felt that it wasnt that good of a plot. But a few chapters later, the conflict of the story became somewhat amusing and I found that I had become quite attached to some of the characters. Mick, Lisa, Myra, Janice, even him who is Maurice. (Psychologically speaking though, I think Maurice is just having problems with his past - what with his mother abandoning him ...more
Jack
Apr 17, 2012 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, honestly, was quite weird. Where the story sets in a perspective of a boy named Mick Nichols. He struggles to find out why his family isn't as unified as it is suppose to be, but eventually he discovers that both his mother and his father is having an affair. Where his mother is having an affair with another man; Alexander Selkirk, while his father is having an affair with a man. This clearly portrays that Mick's family has no form of chemistry and unification. It made me wonder what ...more
Ljlangston
I read this because I enjoyed Far Far Away so much. Looking back, I think that what I enjoyed about Far Far Away was Jacob Grimm's voice. McNeal's teenager voices are rougher--irritating and fairly shallow. This whole book is teenage voices, so it was much less enjoyable.
Maria Luisa
This book was good, but could have used better focus. There were a lot of things going on at one time, and a lot of people that the authors were focusing on, so there wasn't lots of information on each thing, if that makes sense. Lots of stuff crammed into a small book!
Sally Spratt
Keep in mind this is a YA novel. I thought from the blurb on the back that the story was going to be about a Mick finding out his step-mother was cheating on his father. Well, it was a little bit, but then I had to read about several other characters, I didn't really care about. Maybe it's because I am an adult, but to me the Mormon plot line was thrown in, just to let me know that Mormon's can say things like - breast, nipple and lesbian. I would have preferred a story about Mick and his strugg ...more
kayla
fuck you to keesler

congrats to elder pfingst on his marriage

maurice sucks for doing everything he did but i felt bad that he proposed to Janice & she rejected him

yay mick&lisa!

i sincerely hope mick's father was informed about nora's cheating.

Cruso was a little douche & im glad mick did that to his car hA
Brittney A
Well this book is deffinatly intended for readers into romance/real life issues. It is basically about a teenage boy who has a dad and a step mom. He finds out that his step mom has been cheating on his father. He is stuck in a bad situation and does not know whether to tell his father, keep it to himself, or confront his step mother. On top of that he is have romance issues of his own.

This book is interestly written. It is written in two different points of veiw. The main character, mick. And t
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Nyree
Jul 18, 2011 Nyree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: young-adult
an easy read in the rain by the campfire. teenage crushes and light drama, nothing too heavy or too hard to comprehend while fighting off squirrels, chipmunks and toddlers vying for your attention. a little bit of a mystery to solve but very mellow and not entirely a surprise ending. more of a warm fuzzy ending. the writing style was not distracting to me or else i wouldn't have been able to read it so quickly and also i would have stopped reading it if it didn't flow. but that's just my opinion ...more
Adrian Leung
Mick Nichol realizes that his family is not like normal families. Aside from the fact that he has a step mother, there are more things that don't make sense to him. After a period of searching for the answer to his many questions, Mick finds out a dark secret about both his parents and the reason to which his family doesn't seem like a family. he learns that both his parents were having an affair. his step mother was having an affair with another man while his father was also having an affair wi ...more
Sophie
Mar 19, 2009 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mick Nichols is an average 15-year-old, with normal 15-year-old problems. That is, until he discovers one of his stepmothers secrets. Now, Mick battles with the his choices, the consequences of these choices, and most importantly, his relationship with his family. Mick try's to find this mysterious man of his stepmother's and on the way, finds new friends.
I really liked Zipped. All of the problems, and choices that Mick (and his friends) had to face, were problems that all of us have, or were ea
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Susan Phillips
Was proofing it to see if my daughter should read it and kind of got hooked...had to see what happened. it is really for a younger crowd but I liked it.
Robyne
Feb 02, 2016 Robyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2012
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book. However once I did I really enjoyed this story. Mick discovers that his beloved step-mom is having an affair and must deal with the effects of this on his life. It's a truly well-written story that deals with more than one difficult issue.
Chuk Ho Wu
This book was okay. It’s about how the protagonist Mick found out about the affairs his step mom who has been treating him and his father really nicely is having an affair with another man. He found this out accidentally when he was checking the computer for emails. I like books which I can make inferences in but this book wasn’t my thing. The idea of Mick’s step mom having an affair was thrown into the beginning of the story. This made me interested of course, having the conflict but as the sto ...more
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Tom McNeal was born in Santa Ana, California, where his father and grandfather raised oranges. He spent part of every summer at the Nebraska farm where his mother was born and raised, and after earning a BA in English at UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Irvine, he taught school in the town that was the inspiration for his novel, Goodnight, Nebraska. Tom has been a Wallace Stegner F ...more
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