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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  21 reviews
If things seem too good to be true, they probably are.

A fateful car accident with a mysterious stranger sets a young man on a startling new path, tangled with promise, mystery, and danger. Presented with an offer too good to refuse, working-class John Fell gives up his name to run with the rich kids at a fancy prep school. It's a place ruled by an elite association of youn

Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by HarperTrophy
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Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable for all ages, teen and up. A drama that's a mystery in the making without allowing the reader to be aware of it until the twist at the end. Told in first person, the narrator's voice could make you root for him one moment then be irritated with him the next, flipping from a charismatic and poetic hero to a teen with very realistic and relatable faults.

This was another one on Amazon's .99 sale (when I went a bit click-happy thanks to the new e-reader). I was shocked to find that the boo
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aaaaangst, mystery, ya
Basically Pretty Little Liars for the late 80s. Not what I expected from M.E. Kerr, though I guess I don't know why not. It took me a month to read the first one but then I finished it and the other two in less than a day.
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, f
i just want to mention that this was not the cover of the edition i read, the cover of the edition i read was EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS AND UGLY. but this book is so so great. i will be reading the whole (short) series.
Melanie Schweiger
This is a descent realistic teen novel, but you might as well buy the whole series. The first book ends so abruptly and I was glad I had book two readily available.
Connie Harrison
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another terrific book by Kerr.
Sue J
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent read!
Moira Russell
The other reviewer who said this was basically Pretty Little Liars was right on the money - it's sort of an odd combination of Kerr's typical YA voice and some of her older crime books. Fell sounds like Philip Marlowe as a teenager, but Kerr's first-person storytelling is still strong enough to pull it off. The plot is ludicrous at first and just gets worse. There are the usual two love interests, the seductive treacherous woman and the good-hearted whiny girl. It's a little odd to see Kerr foll ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Filled with tons of metaphors and other things that make you think, 'Fell' is an unusual and original book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Fell is a young man, from a shady past. He lives with his mom and sister in a small New York town. There, he dates a rich girl, but eventually breaks up with her after getting into a car accident with her neighbor, Woodrow Pingree.

After a series of events, Mr. Pingree strikes up a deal with Fell. To swap schools with his son Ping, and change his name. So Fell goes
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great descriptions, though book was rather lengthy. Had subtle hints of suspense and humor, but lacked the thrill and entertainment to want to continue the series. Seemed almost typical and bland in a poor-kid-attends-rich-school plot line. What lacked in plotline, was made up in the ending. Definitely made me reconsider an earlier option.
Lenny Husen
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this many years ago, in the 1990's, actually I listened to the audio version, and found it quite amusing and charming. I liked it enough to buy it for my father for a birthday gift. The prep school premise and main character were appealing and the Seven thing was awesome.
Ellen Thielen
This was a different take on a mystery. It was mostly a story of a young mans struggle with girls, school, and family. The mystery didn't come into play until the very end. But, now I need to read the next one ...
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as YA books go, this blows BS like Twilight out of the water. And truth? Everything I know about beguiling men comes from Delia Tremble. Still love this book after twenty years.
Just got book for summer reading . What could i find .? :] .
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't care for this. teenage sex. story not well developed.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite reads, I have read and re-read this book as an tween and into adult hood. I own all three in the series and have sought out this author's other works.
Suzanne Dix
Very likable main character - clever storyline. Reminds me a bit of A Separate Peace.
Lynzee Buck
Why have I read this book more than once when it's not even that amazing?
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a satisfying read with a story that has interesting plot twists.

May 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-and-ya
This was a great series of very odd detective/mystery type books. The main character Fell is a student in college.
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M. E. Kerr was born Marijane Meaker in Auburn, New York. Her interest in writing began with her father, who loved to read, and her mother, who loved to tell stories of neighborhood gossip. Unable to find an agent to represent her work, Meaker became her own agent, and wrote articles and books under a series of pseudonyms: Vin Packer, Ann Aldrich, Laura Winston, M.E. Kerr, and Mary James. As M.E. K ...more

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