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Lord of the Flies meets Pygmalion in this brutal look into high school bullying and peer pressure.

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 loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Rob, a transfer student with cha
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Square Fish (first published March 1st 2002)
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Nicole In "Shattering Glass" the characters while in some ways are very 2D they also have some complexity to them like Rob. Rob at first is seen as charming,…moreIn "Shattering Glass" the characters while in some ways are very 2D they also have some complexity to them like Rob. Rob at first is seen as charming, persuasive, and handsome even having Young describe him as his hero and saviour but as the book progresses we see more of his dark side. We see this through some of the flash-forwards at the beginning of every chapter and with some of the things he says and his actions as the book progresses. Overall Rob is definitely a wolf in sheep's clothing hiding who he truly is. (less)
Nicole Whether "Shattering Glass" is good or not is 100% due to one's preference. If you are used to more classical literature where the characters are very…more Whether "Shattering Glass" is good or not is 100% due to one's preference. If you are used to more classical literature where the characters are very complex and stories tell world building narratives you probably will think the book is simplistic. "Shattering Glass" is simplistic in a good way where after you finish the book you focus more and the climax, not on the overall story so If you are open to most literature you will most likely enjoy it. (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
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Thomasehs
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Max
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kelly Hager
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Erica
May 15, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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


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Cait S
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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dori
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow. I really really really loved this book and the way Giles uses so so so so so so so much dramatic irony and suspense to really pull you in. Throughout the book, you get semi-bored, but get the urge to continue reading and find out what happens. The ending hits you right in the face and couldn't be more twisted. I really fell in love with the characters and became attached to their emotions myself to the point where I knew their next move every time -- until the very end. ...more
Kayla Smith
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author did a wonderful job showing how Rob felt, and, at the end, really makes you understand why he wanted to change Simon Glass so much.
Lindsey
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
What a bizarre story, and not in a good way. It's reminiscent of "The Chocolate War" and "Cruel Intentions," but the story doesn't make any sense. The characters' motivations aren't believable and the big secret alluded to in the plot summary falls flat. It was suspenseful and kept me reading but the payoff was disappointing. ...more
Ines
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars for at least trying to make the story somewhat suspenseful. You do know the outcome from the very first sentence, I struggled to finish it just to find out how and why.
Destiney
I stopped reading it cause I didn't like it oops ...more
Eileen Neeley
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best opening paragraph! Great book for reluctant readers.
Jenna
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Pablo
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shattering Glass was a very amazing book it had many secrets, laughs, and mess up things. There was this boy name Simon Glass and he always got bullied by Rob. I personally think that this was a good and bad thing. Because they made Simon a new man like they made him go out to eat, shop, and to lose weight as well. But Rob plans were to get him popular so he can destroy his career but they don't know much about Simon. Overall this book is good and I recommend a lot of people to read it you will ...more
Rebecca
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is what keeps me up at night being a mother.

A little bit 13 Reasons Why ish, this book definitely is not for the faint of heart. There are definitely some triggers, which I will not disclose as they will reveal spoilers.

A story filled with secrets and what those will do to prevent those secrets being shared. No one is as who they appear. This one will have you thinking well after you have turned the last page.
Meghna Shankar
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carmen Yeung
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Heather Pearson
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ryanne Benz
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chason
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lisa
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
Zachary
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Malachi Shoemaker
Shattering glass is a phrase that can be interpreted in many ways. In this book, Simon glass, the school geek is being transformed to be popular. The quote ,”shattering glass” is referring to the hatred that his friend group grows towards Glass throughout the book. His friends, the leader Rob Haynes, Young Steward, “the bully” Lance, “the stud” Bob and “the dumb jock” Coop all go through a months worth of work in order to change Glass to the guy they want him to be. Gail Giles gives amazing deta ...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
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Logan LeDuc
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full Review at www.loganashleyleduc.com

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
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B
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christina
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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
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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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