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3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  314 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Everybody has two eyes and a nose and a mouth. What makes some people beautiful and some people not?

Nikki never imagined that this offhand thought would change the course of her senior year forever. But when she poses the question to her best friends, Alicia and Sam, Alicia is suddenly inspired, and the three unexpectedly find themselves launching a "human experiment." It
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Harper Teen
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Andrew Hall
Sep 01, 2010 Andrew Hall rated it it was amazing
Randle’s writing style is clear and engaging, her characters fully rounded, and her works have a rock-solid moral center. I fully intend to foist these books on my kids when they become teenagers, and intend to quickly get my hands on at least her two novels from the 1990s.

From the works I have read, and the reviews of the others, I see Randle’s plots have a clear, perhaps overly repetitive pattern. A troubled or damaged outsider older teenager is befriended a more conventional, vaguely Mormon t
Aug 01, 2012 Sasha rated it liked it
But that's the game, isn't it? Who you turn out to be in the end.

Even if everybody in the world had exactly the same face, there would be no two people exactly alike. Some would achieve beauty; some would be ugly; some faces would end up seeming gentle, some cruel. All depending on the person looking out through the face.

The moon is huge. Bigger than my house. Bigger than this city. Huge and far away, floating in nothing. When you see it that way, the things that happen to little individual peop
Skylar Harris
What kept me reading this book was the weird story line and the suspense; I really didn’t know what the book was about so that’s another reason why I kept reading. My favorite line of the book that I like was in the beginning when Nikki was describing how she felt about going to France and how French faces don’t look like American faces. “Not a physical difference, so much as a philosophical one”. I was not able to predict the ending of the book because I dint get to make that far just yet. I wo ...more
Jorge Valladares
The book I chose to read was slumming by Kristen D. Randle. It was a great book that I couldn’t put down. I would recommend this book to young-adults becausae they will be able to relate to it like I was able to. My favorite character in the book was sam because I can relate to him and I thought that he was the most dynamic character in the book. My least favorite character was nikkis person because he wasn’t open to anything. He was rude to her and made it really difficult for her in the beginn ...more
Ailsa Bentley
Jun 19, 2012 Ailsa Bentley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenage girls (and some boys)
This book had a great message: don't judge a book by it's cover. Ironic, right? In this book three seniors decide to start a "human experiment" and get to know people they usually wouldn't because of their appearance and rank on the social food chain. This part strikes me as weird because I don't see that this would happen in real life, but it might and I could be wrong. When they get deeper and deeper into their little project, their original friendships start to fall apart. This book is about ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Samantha rated it liked it
When three high school friends decide to "improve" some of their classmates, they quickly discover that they are changing as well. What begins as a sort of Pygmalion project, with Nikki, Sam, and Alicia "adopting" some of the dregs of their high school society to make them better and more friend-worthy, they get much more than they bargain for. The nerd Nikki decides to cultivate into the perfect prom date isn't actually as repulsive as she first thought. The tough girl Sam adopts has a reason t ...more
Brent Wilson
Nov 19, 2013 Brent Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mormons, fiction
Randle was recommended by an adult author I admired-

This book in particular. So I picked it up used from Amazon and was blown away. After 15 pages the book pulls you in and you can't let it alone.

I think what I loved about it was this sense of potential of what a person could be - their senior year of high school. And the chance to really change your life by certain choices and relationships. As an old geezer myself, it's great to be reminded of those times of real volatility, where who you are
Oct 21, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mormon youth, people who like YA books and Mormon lit
Shelves: ya-lit, religious-lds
Three Mormon teenagers decide to each pick someone to help improve in their lives, and in the process learn a little about humility and the trials other people go through. I related to the teenagers deciding to do something ridiculous and a little arrogant--I did similar things at that age.

One of the characters ends up being a victim of sexual abuse, and the words "rape" or "sexual abuse" didn't occur at all. If I had read this book as a teenager, I would not have understood that the character
Nov 23, 2009 Lila rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-420
Genre: YA, Abuse
This story is told from the perspectives of three different high school students who share the same religion and want to expand their perspectives and make new friends. They each choose someone and begin to get to know them, however then didn’t know what they bargained for. One is the classic friendly bubbly girl who becomes friends with the “nerd” of the class and learns much about her own jaded perspectives. Another falls for the bad boy and is almost raped because of it. The t
Victor Medina
Apr 15, 2008 Victor Medina rated it liked it
Am not done with the book yet but, ill tell you a bit about what am reading...The book is call Sluming, its about three teens, with good life's popular, just normal people, but before they gradute they one to help someone...meaning they want to choose a person thats haveing trouble with anything, and help them, change them. They wanna do something good before they gradute, so what they do, they each choose one person, once they choose they cant change...and the thing about this book/ or characte ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Nolan added it
Tis is a well written inense story about three LDS kids in a decidedly non-LDS world whose lives are changed as a result of an impulsive decision they make near the endof their senior year. Each LDS kid decides to take on a project--a person whom they will somehow change enough to take to he prom. Alisha chooses a loner rebel kid who smokes and philosophizes on the things of the world. Nicky picks a nerd and Sam goes for a goth girl whose mysterious style has always fascinated him from afar. Wha ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: sarah
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May 22, 2009 Madison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read
This is my favorite book now. Hands down. I read the majority of the book in one day. Today. The writing was incredible. The characters were so real. Sam was probably my favorite though. I got the goosebumps when he was Tia and I felt like throwing up right along with him. The story was so overwhelming at times, that I cried. But I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters, I'm still just overwhelmed by it all, though. I recommend this to everyone, whether they be Mormon or not. And can I say ...more
Oct 28, 2010 Gayle rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
4.5 stars. I didn't get the title of this book until I'd finished it and had to go look up the definition of "slumming". It tells the story of 3 LDS teens who decide to do a "human experiment" and each befriend someone they think needs some kind of "rescuing". What happens is not what any of them expected and they learn a lot about themselves in the process. Lots of thought-provoking issues are brought up, including some not-so-pleasant ones (i.e. abuse). I liked that even though the teens were ...more
Sandra Strange
Sep 03, 2009 Sandra Strange rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Alicia, Nikki and Sam, really good friends, decide on a challenge--find someone at the edge of their Utah high school culture, make friends, and inveigle them to take them (or go with them) to the Prom. Each story brings that teen in contact with people he/she has prejudged. The novel deals with prejudice, cliques and social groups in high school, and with dealing with evil. Caution: Sam must deal with the sexual exploitation of the girl he has chosen by her stepfather, handled very carefully an ...more
Charla Aranda
Oct 08, 2009 Charla Aranda rated it it was amazing
Nikki, one of three LDS teens at her high school takes on a project with her two friends to befriend someone they wouldn't normally hang-out with and take that person to prom at the end of the year. The story is told in first person, but with alternating voices. Thus, we here from Nikki in her voice as well as Sam in his and Alicia in hers. Each discovers something interesting about their new friend, leading to a series of interesting events in each of their lives.

I liked the book. I really don'
Hannah Lynn
Apr 09, 2015 Hannah Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: yalit-1-12
Three high school friends decide to take on a project: they are each going to befriend someone they normally wouldn't and will then ask them to prom. Each friend chooses a different "problem child" to "fix." The tables are turned as they realize that perhaps they are the ones who need fixing.
This was a really interesting novel. I was really engaged with the plot, although unoriginal for the author. I liked the twists of events and the writing style that made the characters feel real.
May 23, 2014 Joanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Again, Randle writes with emotional intelligence and a sense of realism that can be hard to find in a lot of YA lit.

Not sure how crazy I was about Alicia's story line - but the other two were really well done. I especially enjoyed the - true to life! - subversion of the "pretty socially acceptable girl tries to makeover the school nerd" trope. (That's the sort of thing Randle is especially good at; stories that are different, but satisfying and believable)
Dec 10, 2014 Whitney rated it liked it
This book continues Kristen Randle's storytelling pattern: solid grounded kid meets other kid with dark, mysterious past, probably an abusive one. Dark past is revealed, shocking shocking. I don't know why, but I kind of like this pattern, it makes for an interesting read. This book did bounce around from the POV of the three main characters more often and too quickly than I would have liked, but It was still engaging. A fast and intriguing read.
Courtney Johnson
Jan 18, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it liked it
This was a good book. I liked how it swapped viewpoints between the three main characters. I was very surprised when we found out about Tia at the end. It was sad, but also good that she got help. I think the most surprising point of that was when we found out that the place where her brother stayed was actually free. I never really like Morgan at all. Also, I was hoping that at least one of them would go to prom. Oh well. This was a fun and fast read.
Sep 13, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
Pretty decent book I read with my 8th graders. The book drew mixed reviews from them, but they are the most reluctant readers. I think they enjoyed the story but maybe had hopes for a different ending. One character in the book has a family member with Down Syndrome & I enjoyed that connection and used it as a teachable moment for the kids to understand that a little better. Some heavy stuff in the book that was difficult to discuss. Kids handled it OK though.
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
The author manages to take a common plot and make it interesting.[return][return]When the girls decide to do an experiment to pick one "unfortunate guy" and improve him in order to make him ready for the prom, Nikki, Sam, and Alicia soon realize that they are playing a game with real people and quickly find themselves in over their heads with no plan on how to make the situation better for all involved.
Nov 08, 2013 BHodges rated it really liked it
The story revolves around four high school friends who make a pact to get to know someone outside their clique who they would never otherwise befriend. Each of the four characters tell their own stories interspersed with each other, their voices embodied in different typographical choices. Difficult themes are treated honestly and thoughtfully, including divorce, disability, and sexual abuse. The prose and imagery are skillfully executed. This is a great book especially for teens.
Sharman Wilson
Dec 04, 2013 Sharman Wilson rated it really liked it
I like this story about three LDS Seniors in high school who decide to befriend and influence someone outside their little bubble. Whichever way things turn out, some major life lessons are learned. This is not a sappy or fluffy book--in fact there are some hard edges, but that's how things are in high school AND in real life. Even that safe little bubble can be an illusion.
Feb 11, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I read this book because I loved another book of hers. While I still think she is an excellent writer, I didn't love this book like I did that one. I liked the three points of view and each plot was interesting, but it switched back and forth too much and too quickly. I also thought the ending was a little rushed. I would have liked to see a little more of the fallout of their experiment.
Apr 13, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
Good young adult read. While the author is LDS, she does not write LDS fiction. I've read several of her books for young adults and they're all great. Unlike several of her other books, the main characters in this book are LDS but it's only incidental to the story, and it's certainly not trite or preachy. My favorite book of hers is still the first one I read, The Only Alien on the Planet.
Apr 03, 2009 Irene rated it it was amazing
It was so good, but it was confusing. I had to get someone to explain the connections to me. And some parts were weird and random. Like Peter. He was supposed to be a minor character, not the major offensive character that made Alicia get weird. It's so weird. But it was still good. But it didn't make sense. But I liked it. :) I liked how she told the story, from different viewpoints.
Oct 08, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I had no idea before picking it up that it was written from an LDS perspective, but it didn't bother me like some books do. Enjoyed the idea behind not judging others around you based on their appearance and being more willing to accept and befriend others around you. The ending was a little lack-luster, but overall I thought it was a good read.
Jan 15, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-12
I was a little nervous to read this book. It had the potential to be the kind of book I don't normally like. It turned out to be a little gritty, but not overly so. I ended up liking it, and it made me think. I like books that give me stuff to think about.
Jan 08, 2009 Robyn rated it liked it
by the time i got to the last of her books i started to realise that all of them have the same plot. smart, articulate teenage girls helping smart, unsocial boys and falling in love with them. this book is slightly different but not really.
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