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Born Too Short: The Confessions of an Eighth-Grade Basket Case

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Matt Greene is 5'1," a nerd, invisible to girls, and has a best friend who's the biggest stud at Hannaford School in New York City. Babes practically trip over Matt to get to Keith, a guy so studly his smile is featured in a toothpaste ad. Sure, sometimes Matt gets a little jealous. And once, at the peak of Keith's studliness, Matt wishes his best friend's life would fall ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Simon Pulse (first published March 1st 2002)
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Evan K.
“Born Too Short” by Dan Elish tells the story of Matt Greene, a nerdy eighth grader who’s best friend, Keith is one of the most popular kids in school.To start off I would like to say that i strongly suggest noone to read this, it is very unrealistic and sometimes hard to follow what is happening. The book starts by saying “Ever seen a picture of your best friend’s teeth on the side of a bus?”(pg 1)which is trying to say how good Keith looks and putting you in his shoes.I don't think a random k ...more
Neel Panchal
I loved this book
It kind of relates with the situations that i face in my life too.
I really like the way that the main character, Matt is very truth ful in the book. The book is told in the first person view and so you can hear the author and of course the main character thinking.

Here are all the ways that i can relate to this book...

We both live in New York City
We both are short
We both have a friend that is a lot taller and cooler than us
and we both never made out

So this book relates to me
But t
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Duane
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. To begin with, I feel the honesty in this book from the main character, Matt. Matt is best friends with the school jock and practically perfect guy and it's starting to really get on his nerves. When Matt wishes his best friend some bad luck, he finds that maybe he regrets doing it. Does having his own love life really make his best friend's bad luck seem so important? A nice, refreshing book about the real struggles that a middle school boy goes thro ...more
Jhonjordaniii
Jun 04, 2009 Jhonjordaniii rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most of my freinds and family
Recommended to Jhonjordaniii by: my freinds
In the book born to short a the narator tells about his life he pays the guitar and hangs out with his tall blonde star athliet that gets alot of girls but still is lonly ignored and taken for granted. I learned from this book that its always good to stand up for yorself. [book was 156 pages:]
Doofenshmirtz
This book is acceptable only in the context that it's about a thirteen-year-old kid. If he had been a few years older I would probably feel a lot more disgusted by it.

Basically, the main character is a boy who feels insecure (mostly because he's shorter than his peers) and who tries to make up for his perceived flaws by feeling superior to his own best friend. He's also disrespectful towards girls and clearly puts his own needs over theirs. At one point he thinks it's okay that a particular girl
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Stelio
Stelio Vatousios
November 6, 2011
Block C

I would not recommend the book “Born Too Short” By Dan Elish. The reason I would not recommend this book is because in my opinion it was a boring book and it was very inappropriate to Girls. In a couple of parts in the book it talked about the female body parts in an inappropriate way and it said very dirty words. Too me this is not needed to be heard by kids, if my kid was reading this one day and said one of the words it uses in this book to me, I would
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Moses
Sep 10, 2008 Moses rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to lose 30+ IQ points in less than an hour.
Shelves: books-of-07-08
If Burger Wuss is the book your mother would force upon you, this is the book your grandmother would get you for your birthday. Whoever said "Don't judge a book by its cover" knew what he was talking about. I bet he said that after reading this book.

The entire time, the main character sounds bitchy, instead of snappy and witty, like he should be. (You know the character isn't very sharp when he says "I mean, really, like..." every two sentences. Make up your mind! This also implies the idiot who
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Michael
Copied from my Middle Grade Mafioso blog:

What caught my eye first: The title. And man, who wasn't a basket case in 8th grade?!

Wonderful thing about this book: Elish does a great job with teen-speak. Also, I totally believed the feelings of jealousy Matt had for his best friend, Keith. After all, Matt wants to have all the girls adoring him. But with Keith around, it's not going to happen.

Caveat: I prefer my middle grade on the "upper/tween" side, and this one certainly fits the bill. Personally,
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Brian Pierce
11-25-12 E
I would recommend the book Born Too Short By: Dan Elish because it is easy to read.
One reason why you should read it is that it could happen to you in real life. In the book matt [main character] gets jealous at his best friend Keith [other main character] and starts to hate him. “If for just once Keith would suck at every sport” pg 58. So it may be easy for you to connect to it easier and will understand more.

Another reason for you to like it is that the words are under
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Charlie
“Born Too Short”, by Dan Elish is a hilarious story of an eighth-grade boy named Matt Greene. Matt Greene is a 5’1’’ kid, who is best friends with Keith Livingston. Matt and Keith attend Hannaford School in New York City. Keith is the most popular kid in the grade, he is at least 5’6’’, and a girl magnet. Matt is jealous of him in every way, especially because girls go to Keith like bees to honey, and Matt has not even made out yet. One day, Matt is blowing off some steam on the corner Eighty-fi ...more
Max Chapman
This book was a very good book. This book is about a 5'1 nerd named Matt Greene, who is jealous of his best friend Keith Livingston because Keith is a popular, girl attracting, amazing athlete. Keith starts a musical that became a hit. Matt has been playing guitar for years and his friend put the whole show together, only knowing four chords on guitar. Matt gets mad from all the attention his friend is getting and wishes his life would fall apart. As Keith's life gets worse, Matt's life is getti ...more
Kailey M.
Born too Short is about two eighth grade boys that are complete opposites but they are best friends. Keith is tall, handsome, smart and very athletic. Matt is a short, nerdy, goofy kid. Matt is always jealous of Keith and that makes him feel bad that he has those feelings towards his best friend. One day Matt loses it over all of Keith's successes' and wishes bad things on his friend Keith and oddly enough his wish seems to start to come true. I can understand why Matt would be jealous over Keit ...more
(C) Archer at KIPP
Mar 12, 2008 (C) Archer at KIPP rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to (C) Archer by: Felicca
Shelves: girls-have-read
Born Too Short by Dan Elish is a story about an eighth grade boy, named Matt Greene, that has an all-star friend, named Keith, and everything goes good for him. Matt is the shortest boy in his grade and to every one else he is nothing. After making the biggest mistake of his eighth grade life, telling a hobo on the New York streets that he wants to switch the way that things are going between him and his best friend, Matt is willing to go back to his normal self.
I would rate this book a 10 beca
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Cam Foster
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons the location the story and the characters. To begin with I feel the honesty threw the characters also in this book from the main character Matt and his buddie Keith . Matt is best friends with the school jock and practically perfect guy and it's starting to really get on his nerves. Girls always are atracted to Keith and pretty much just trip over Matt.

I really injoyed the book born to short it was kinda funny and really kinda nerdie book but still fu
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Pat
Teen book.
Good for boys.
Short boy is jealous of best friend.
Dating.
Light.
Banned in Carroll County.
Funny.
Sue
i picked this up after one of my seventh grade boys brought it back. (he happens to be very short) i think i read it to see if it gave him any insights on dealing with his size, but it really didn't. it was a pretty good book with kind of a fun story on how a friend deals with being jealous of his super jock, super good-looking, babe magnet, taller best-friend.
Bailey Lerew
Born too Short is a great book. I think i like this book because I can realate a lot by being short, and in 8th grade. His best friend Keith is very interesting and makes you thinking what will he do next? Im recommending this book because theres a lot of humor, sometimes drama, and theres always something that the author tells you that keeps you going.
Emily
This book was a little too out there for my enjoyment. It's about this eighth grader who is short and his best friend is this tall stud and the whole book practically was him whining about him being to short. It had a few funny parts but most of it was just weird and i could not relate to it at all.
Haley McManus
A good lesson at the end of this book¡ Not the best but good enough to read!
Padya
Jan 26, 2008 Padya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shelves: childhood
I reaalllyyyyyyyyyyyyyy love it!!!!!!!!!!!
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