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Rebel Bully Geek Pariah

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  858 ratings  ·  185 reviews
"The Breakfast Club" gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy L
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Bloomsbury
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Available now... and obviously I didn't like it, but hey, to each their owns^^

Four words : Too. Stupid. To. Live.

Oh, wait, I'm feeling generous - Three more words : Suspension. Of. Disbelief.

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah, where do I even start? See, while I was trying to overlook...

✘ ... the way Sam, the main character, keeps referring to girls as "barbies", for some unknown reason.

✘ ... her obsession for hair - yes, hair, and especially ponytails. I know, I know, it doesn't seem like something we
Take Me Away To A Great Read
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced reviewer copy for an honest review.

REBEL BULLY GEEK PARIAH is a fantastic book that took me back to one of my favorite movies but was still fresh. It definitely made me want to go and watch The Breakfast Club again, although I think this book may be just as good if not better than the movie. I couldn’t put it down and flew through
Jen Ryland
Although The Breakfast Club is a favorite movie of mine, I haven't had great luck with YA books that try to replicate the formula. You know, the four high school kids who seem to have little in common get trapped in a situation that helps them know one another better. I do like thrillers, though, and was surprised to find out that Rebel Bully Geek Pariah was a thriller too. Who knew?

While Rebel Bully Geek Pariah had some good points, for me it was a book that struggled to cram the character deve
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it wasn't the Breakfast Club. The author obviously tried to do the same thing where they do something crazy together and then splurge all their feelings like they've known each other for centuries, but it didn't really work. The romance was just plain stupid, and completely unnecessary, and the teens seemed to keep making the wrong decisions! You definitely have to keep reading to understand how the plot *and I use this word tentatively* works. It was kind of fun, even though it was super ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is being compared to The Breakfast Club, and in many ways it's very similar: it follows four socially outcast teenagers as they find themselves stuck together one night.

The beginning was absolutely crazy. After a party bust, our four anti-heroes are on the run from the cops. They steal a car, pick up supplies at a gas station, and find a cabin to hide out in. Over the course of the novel they begrudgingly become attached to one another and open up about their pasts.

Our narrator, Sam, h
Kris Mauna
I thought I was going to get an ordinary ‘easy-going’ contemporary out of this book, but instead I got a thrilling mystery. I’m definitely not mad about it though.

The story starts off with our main character (and the only POV), Sam, introducing herself to us and telling us how a regular day turned into one crazy night. This story was incredibly interesting. There were some flaws throughout the plot, but honestly it was really entertaining.

As the story continues, I found it hard to connect to Sam
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
(Thanks to Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books and NetGalley, I received an ebook copy of this book for free to review.)

This book is a thriller that follows four teens after an “accident”. They come from completely different backgrounds except for York (the bully) and his brother Boston (the geek). There’s also Andi who used to be the popular girl (now the rebel), and Sam who is a loner (the pariah). The story follows a night where a coincidence brings these four teens together on a journey of twis
I will absolutely read anything that is compared to The Breakfast Club. With that tag line and synopsis, I was expecting a multi-POV contemp filled with suspense...that's not quite what I got.

I liked the four MCs well enough. They each have an interesting backstory, but I don't think we were given enough information about any of them except Sam {since it was told in her POV}. I didn't see the connection between the characters, including the romance/flirting. Perhaps if we would have gotten into
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I thought this book would be based on the cover and blurb: a multi-POV Breakfast Club-type contemp
What it actually turned out to be: a fast-paced single-POV (Sam) thriller with high stakes that I'd rec to fans of OITNB and Trish Doller's The Devil You Know

Definitely unexpected, but definitely not upset about it.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Okay, if I were to rate this one sorely upon believability, this one would have received a much lower rating. This book was compared to The Breakfast Club. Just as The Breakfast Club took place over the course of one day, this book took place over the course of one night and it was a CRAZY night. I was expecting more of a contemporary piece instead of this mystery. And the hijinks that these kids got to into were insane. I wante
Jeff Raymond
File this under "what were they thinking?"

Four teens at a party, and the party is broken up by the cops. The kids run, and decide to steal an SUV to escape. And the SUV has a ton of heroin in it. Ad they may have killed a cop with the car as they sped away.

I mean, this is sort of like Very Bad Things, a brutally dark and funny movie from almost 20 years ago, except this isn't funny at all. It's sad and dark and you keep waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel or someone to get what they d
celine (celinereads)
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I was approved an e-copy of Rebel Bully Geek Pariah on NetGalley from Bloomsbury.

I will be posting a more in-depth review on my blog

This book is a solid 3.5/5 stars for me because I couldn't put it down.

Yes, there are a lot of flaws in this book, specifically with the characters, but the plot was gripping!

Honestly, I was not a huge fan of any of the characters. I found all of them to be extremely annoying.
It was also very difficult for me to be able to connect to any of the character.

I rolled
Kelly Gunderman
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!
When I first read the synopsis for Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah, I knew it was going to be a must read for me, especially when it was compared to The Breakfast Club. Since I discovered that years ago, I’ve watched it countless times and it never gets old. So I was pretty darn excited about this book. Also, let me say, yes, this book really did remind me of a more modern day Breakfast Club. I was not let down by t
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
Don't ever let your idea of what a book is get in the way of what a book really is. What do I mean by that? When I went into Rebel Bully Geek Pariah I had an idea in my head that it was going to be a story that was reminiscent of The Breakfast Club. I expected high school shenanigans and maybe 4 different POVs. I expected something that read like an 80s/90s teen movie for some reason and I don't know why. After realizing Rebel Bully was not what I
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
REBEL, BULLY, GEEK, PARIAH is one of those books that unexpectedly sucked me in. Even with the description, I didn't realize what a propulsive thriller this would be. (Possibly because the title sounds like a dramatic story about getting to know each other despite differences - which, to be fair, happens between running from guys with guns.)

Sam just wanted to buy her mom's old violin back from the pawn shop. But she ended up with formerly popular Andi, former football jock and current bully York
Kelly Hager
I loved this book. The Breakfast Club comparison is incredibly apt.

This book is told from Sam's perspective, so all we know about Andi, York and Boston is what Sam knows. I think that worked really well for this book, because it made every personality twist completely unexpected. And I love Sam the most, because obviously we were in her head, but I also really loved Andi and York and Boston. Every character in this is just perfect.

I have major hopes for a sequel. I want to spend more time with t
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
When Rebel Bully Geek Pariah was on deck for my next read, I’ve got to admit that I was side-eyeing it. I mean, it looked like it was going to be this dark contemp about bullying and gossip and stuff, not necessarily something I would typically go for. I’d requested it out of curiosity, but with a busy schedule and coming out of a slump, I just was not sure about it anymore. One of my favorite things is when I book I’ve already given up on turns out to be totally awesome and unputdownable. Such ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
A solid 3.5 stars.

When I heard that Erin Jade Lange had written another book I was so excited, because I LOVED Butter, and then when I won the Goodreads giveaway I was even more excited!

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah wasn't really what I was expecting. I expected it to be from multiple POVs, and it wasn't (which was fine, just not what I was expecting). It took place over the course of one crazy (and somewhat unbelievable) night. The characters were alright, but besides the main character Sam, I didn't
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
What to say about this book? There is so much to say because so many things are going on and so much happening. I love stories like this because there is so much going on that you are not sure where one story ends and the other story begins.

You get to meet four different teens in this story. Andi who is the rebel. York is the bully. Boston is the geek. Sam is the pariah. Okay what the heck do these four teens have in common? They are completely different from one another but one thing will bond
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books where you have to set aside your belief in logic and just go with the flow. The four main characters ventured WAY into TO STUPID TO LIVE land and on more than a few occasions had me rolling my eyes at some of their decisions.


That being said...the story sucked me right in from word go and kept me turning pages right up until the end. I found all four of the main characters likable, and I enjoyed the BREAKFAST CLUB type of vibe that they had going on. The ending was a bi
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

I can see why this is being compared to The Breakfast Club, but whereas that was a contemporary coming-of-age, this is more of a contemporary thriller with a side of coming-of-age themes. It was actiontastic, it was twisty, and it had some really well drawn characters. Some of the plot is a leeeeetle too far outside my realm of believability (hence the 3.75/5) but this was a fast-paced, quick, involving read.

Gayle Noble
As it's one of my favourite 80s films, the mere mention of "The Breakfast Club" garnered my attention, and I had high hopes. I ended up a little disappointed. It isn't that this is a bad book, it isn't, it's just very average. Far from being engrossed, I felt my mind beginning to wander a few times - never a good sign. My advice is re-watch "The Breakfast Club" instead. ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this fast-paced tale of four mismatched teens who get into more trouble than they planned when an underage party in the woods is broken up by police. I thought that the teens with their various issues, and the growing relationship/friendship between them was dealt with sensitively and realistically.

The thriller aspect of the story kept me reading, hoping that the kids would come out OK despite some crazy decisions in the face of serious danger.
J. Taylor
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Terry Maguire
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was just plain great fun & suspense! I loved the voice of Sam "Worm," who is the "pariah" of the group of 4 teens she suddenly finds herself a part of. This book is 1-part crooked cop story, 2-parts Breakfast Club, and 1-part romance. For people looking for a fast read about friendships formed under the most unlikely of circumstances and a book that shows that we are so much more than what we appear to be on the surface- this is a great choice. ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
knew who was the liar a quarter through the book
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
In a world full of faults, it is not hard to see many people, either young or old, somehow disobey the law in some kind of action. This can be seen in the mystery book called “Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah”, in which the author, Erin Jade Lange, shows off four normal high school kids who end up joining a party and finding themselves in a whole other world. Lange perfectly captures the ideas and thoughts of the four teens and what they do as they go on with escaping the law and trying to prove thems ...more
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Hmm.... This is one of those books where you have to step back, take a moment, and contemplate just what the hell is going through your head. What I thought Rebel Bully Geek Pariah was going to be, was not what I was given. At this point, I do not know exactly what it is I am feeling. I liked it - I was pleasantly surprised by it - but I am also faintly annoyed by the fact that this was advertised as "The Breakfast Club" (which so happens to be one of my favorite movies ever). So, imagine my exc ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's 9:10pm. And I finished this book in twelve hours. TWELVE FLIPPING HOURS. I cannot tell you how much I love this book. The twist at the end, just oh my flipping fantastic dolphins, it was done more artfully, cleverly, insanely geniusly better (these adverbs don't really fit, but whatever) than Red Queen's plot twist and I am just in this kind of awestruck shock. Like, I want to scream and roll on the floor all at the same time. I enjoyed Red Queen (I am comparing the twist, not the plot), bu ...more
Jessica Brooks
4 stars*

There are two reasons why RBGP is compared to The Breakfast Club:

1) this book is written around four characters whose social status/personalities are polar opposites, just like in TBC, who are suddenly forced to be together


2) the further into the book you get, the more the characters open up to one another and grow to get to know (and even like) each other.

Now that you know what those TBC references in the blurb are about (it's written VERY accurately, to be honest), throw them out
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ERIN JADE LANGE is the author of The Chaos of Now; Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah; Dead Ends; and Butter, an ABC New Voices selection. As a former journalist, she is inspired by current events and real-world issues and uses her writing to explore how those issues impact teenagers. Erin lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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