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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  522 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
The nail that sticks out farthest gets hammered the hardest.

Flint Southwestern High School is run by a cult: the jockarchy. And Bret Hendricks could never fit into their conformity cult. Bret doesn't mind standing out from the crowd when he's on stage acting or singing in his band. And he feels at home in his funky girlfriend's arms because sticking out together doesn't se
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Walker Childrens
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Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
Just like hos other book, Things Change, Nailed is such a great book in character study. Bret Hendricks is a kid who loves to act in the school plays, is not a jock, and likes to piss his father off by not showing any interest in fixing cars. As a result, Bret is constantly being "nailed" by his father - the nail that sticks out the farthest, gets hammered the hardest. He has a really sympathetic mom, who he confides him and trusts. He has great freinds in his band, Alex and Sean and he in total ...more
Erin Dwan
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not impressed. The main draw of this book was, for me at least, that it took place in a town about 20 miles from me. The "jockarchy" viewpoint was relatable, as was Bret's passion for theater. I enjoyed the plot, but the characters blurred into one another--they were all one-sided and bland.

It was also just poorly written in general. There were multiple punctuation and grammar mistakes that were sometimes hard to read past. In addition to these annoying errors, there was virtually no descriptiv
Dec 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Young adults would like this - especially boys. This is one of those books about being an awkward teen that wants to be an individual but doesn't want to be noticed. The main character experiences love and loss, sex, friendship and betrayal, and bullying. Amidst these experiences is a storyline involving freedom of speech and trying to rise up against the school jocks, who run the school and bully any outsiders. Its a short, easy read. Not a great book and not destined to be a classic, but teens ...more
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
A daring to be different theatre geek in a garage band, Bret is constantly at odds with his recovering alcoholic father, a natural mechanic with a strong work ethic, and the school’s star athlete Hitchings, a meathead bully whose jibes--and jabs--go unnoticed by most teachers.

Use of first person present tense novel catapults the reader directly into 16-year-old Bret’s head. The voice is clear and strong; Bret is fast-talking and quick-thinking, a trait that gets him both out of trouble, and in i
I picked this up when I the spunky pink haired step-daughter of my friend recommended it to me. She is into theater, and obviously goes to a high school that was a suburban nightmare like my own. After spending the last seven years teaching students who represent the complete opposite of what my high school experience was, I felt it would be sort of interesting to take a walk down the memory lane that was those four hellish years in high school.

That's not what I got with this. The representation
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Drew by: no one
When I read Patrick Jones' book "Nailed" I was impressed. I really enjoyed reading this book! When Jones was writing this book I could tell that he had a very striaght foreward mood, it was as if he was standing up for his beliefs and not backing down and he was expressing this mood through the book he was writing. There was not much symbolism in the book I actually think that Bret's (the main character) Father saying "the nail that sticks out the farthest gets hit the hardest" is the only use ...more
Aurora Dimitre
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: november-2014
This book was kind of everything I had been expecting it to be, and I really, really enjoyed it.

The book follows Bret, a junior in high school who can't really seem to go a few days without someone tearing him down. He's in a band, he does theater, he wears his hair long and colorful - and there's always someone, whether it be his dad or bullies at school, willing to say something about it. And basically? This explores how, exactly, he can make up with his dad - who he's convinced hates him - a
Omar F
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Nailed", by Patrick Jones, is a fictional story about a young man named Bret Hendricks who faces issues teens go through such as betrayal, hoping to be accepted, and bullying. Unlike Bret's classmates and his brothers, he is not interested in sports and has a peculiar appearance to many. He constantly struggles with acceptance from his father, teachers, and classmates. Throughout this story, Bret Hendricks experiences emotions such as love and betrayal that may attract teen readers. I enjoyed r ...more
Mrs. Lahti
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book has all of the elements that make a great YA novel! I will recommend this book to all of my students. I'm so glad to find another YA writer who will appeal to male as well as female readers.

Set in Flint, Michigan, Nailed is a fast-paced story that will draw you in and take you on the ride of Bret Hendricks's life as a junior in high school. It's realistic, as Bret struggles with his relationships with his father, girlfriend, friends in his band, and the popular bullies at school who s
Jan 05, 2016 is currently reading it
I think that Bret is going to screw things up with Kylee and then be to depressed to do anything which will lead to bad things in his band and his friendship with Sean and Alex. Bret won't listen to his dad and their relationship is going to get even worse. Eventually Bret will likely get back on his feet and get back together with his band and they will start doing pretty good, Bret will probably find a different girl and so will Sean but Alex will still be lonely. I think then Bret and his dad ...more
WCPL Teens
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Bret Hendricks enters his junior year of high schhol in love with Kaylee, a girl he thought was way out of his league. Even though she goes to a different school, thoughts of her help him get through the day, as he's constantly bullied by the jocks and put down by his father for dressing and acting against the norm. When Kaylee cheats on him with one of his best friends, Bret decides to get revenge. When he faces expulsion, he learns to stand up for himself in a more positive way, patches his re ...more
Amber Puckett
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girls and guys in highschool
Recommended to Amber by: Ali Mac
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Grace Van
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read the book Nailed by Patrick Jones and i thought it was a good book. The characters Bret, Debbie Wylie, and Kylee are all best friends. Everyday when I read this book it reminded me of Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. Each of the characters in Nailed are just like the characters in the other book. I would recommend this book to most people because it really teaches you a life lesson like, if you have a younger sibling and you don’t want to get in trouble don’t blame it on them take the blame f ...more
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle and high school students who are different
Recommended to Jenna by: lyn
Very good; definitely worth reading. Thanks Lyn!
To be honest, there was way too much sex in this book. Other than that, it was great! Bret liked girls a lot though, which really bothered me considering how very scornful I am of romance in general. My favorite part was his speech to the school when running for... Student Council, I think it was. It was the perfect opportunity to basically piss off the school, the jocks at the top of the school hierarchy, and the principal all in one blow. Bret wa
Feb 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love Patrick's brand of realistic fiction. Realistic, but not so detailed to be gratuitously graphic. This one focuses on the inner workings of a few teenagers and their strained relationships with adults--teachers, parents--and with other teens. The relationships with other teens, as in real life, are often as strained as those with adults. He took a group of situations that could happen anywhere in high school and played it out to a somewhat happy ending while questioning normal, rights in s ...more
Ethan Hoge
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Flint Southwestern High School, there's jockarchy and someone like Bret Hendricks. He seemed to never fit in with the jocks. But that doesn't seem to matter when he's acting on stage or singing in his band. His relationship with his father doesn't seem to be the best neither. But the girl he loves makes him feel like he's warm inside. Bret finds out who his true friends are and find out the girl he loves isn't the girl he loves. If you want to know more about this book, I suggest you read it.
Gregori Rosas
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like reaqding the story of one's life in high school, but only a certain few go through this I think. It's pretty easy to get this book the first time you read it because there aren't a lot of large words or anything like that. it's just somebody telling you their own or somebody else's story.
the main character, bret hendricks, attends Flint southwestern high school. he's the type that doesn't really fit in well, but he does have two bestfriends. A lot happens between all o
Madisyn Stufflebean
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. Bret the main character can easily portray the life of a regular teen. He gets picked on and bullied. He's bullied because he is trying to be himself, or an individual. His dad doesn't understand him because his dad wanted a "jock" type of son. Bret is into theatre. Bret only has his two close friends to depend on and his girlfriend Kaylee. Spoiler: Bret takes it really hard whenever he learns that his girlfriend Kaylee has been cheating on him with one of his friend ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just discovered Patrick Jones and really like what I've read. This book is about a teenage boy, Bret, who just doesn't fit the norm in his high school or his family. His dad doesn't understand him and he gets harassed by the jock crowd at school. Fortunately he has two good friends and his girlfriend to rely on - except when he finds his girlfriend with one of those friends and the other refuses to take sides. Bret comes to understand that the nail that sticks out the most gets hit the hardest ...more
Apr 14, 2008 added it
According to his father, Bret does most things the hard way who Bret is sure hates him. Bret is more interested in acting than sports and covers his long green-tinted hair with a fedora. It takes Bret most of his junior year to understand what his dad always told him: the nail that sticks out the farthest gets hammered hardest as he struggles to deal with the jockarchy at school and their constant taunts.
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
First off: Kylee’s got problems. But this isn’t her story, it’s Bret’s, who’s got problems of his own. When you aren’t athletic and your school’s a jockocracy, it’s a problem. Having a crowd of adoring fans listen to your band? Not such a problem. Finally, having a “great” girlfriend (Kylee), who two-times you with your band’s drummer? Problem. Getting back together with her, when she crooks her little finger? More of a personality disorder, really. Yeah, Bret got Nailed.
Lauren Walter
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
When I first started reading Nailed I thought I was going to love it. I thought a geeky theater kid like myself would relate well to Bret, but as I continued reading, I found myself disappointed.
The characters were flat, and some of the jock-nerd interactions seemed cliche or too over-dramatized. As for the writing, it often sounded rushed and plain, not at all descriptive. The book read more like a long list of complaints by Bret, rather than a story.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
A young adult novel about a boy, Bret, who is going through the teenage angst of trying to be his own person while fitting in with friends, girlfriend, a band and family. This would probably be appreciated by boys as it shows a boy who doesn't always win but who, accused of being gutless, shows he isn't because he doesn't give up. Poor family, problems with Dad and at school, bullied by jocks ....
May 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
This isn't a book that I really expected to like. It seems very different from my normal reads but I really really enjoyed it. Maybe it was identifying with the "I really don't fit in" world of high school. Who knows.

I also got to hear Patrick Jones speak at the 2006 ALAN conference and he was great. Made me like the book even more.
Sep 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading Nailed, it was definitely entertaining, and dramatic. The way the author wrote was not out of the ordinary whatsoever, though he had a good plot to work with. It is easy to write about the woes of a teenager so it musn't have been too hard to play up. The writing style was not childish, but it was not very mature, perfect for a high school reader.
Loveliest Evaris
It just didn't have the appeal that would make me read more. Average goober teenager who is all acting and "thee-ah-tehr!" and no athletic skills to speak of.

I don't understand why show choir kids can suck at sports. Dancing requires hand eye coordination, and yet they can't kick a simple ball? This is just my question.
Sep 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Bret is a 16-year-old misfit theatre geek. His character is a multidimensional treatment of a teen non-conformist, which although aggressive at times, is hard to condemn when shown his circumstances. Bret is an independent thinker in a world where fitting in is what's valued. The setting, both geographic and psychological (it's set in the town where I grew up) is drawn really well.
Mark Lichtenfeld
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a guy, I could really relate to the story and the characters. One thing I like about Patrick is how he writes about Flint in many of his books. You could feel his emotion and expertise about Flint searing through the pages. The break-up scenes with Kaylee and Bret's misery were simply page-turning for me. Ending was great, too. Mark Lichtenfeld---author of LINE CHANGE
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
I read "Chasing Tail Lights", also by Jones, a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it, so i ran to the library and checked out a few more of his YA novels. This one... eh. It just didn't hit home with me. Brett wasn't very likable. I couldn't stand him... and it's hard to like a book when you despise the protagonist and narrator.
Sep 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ya fiction fans
I got to do a "Galley Talk" for this before it came out, for PW's website, and then my review was quoted in SLJ (which was all a lot of fun! my boss at the time noticed it without me telling her about it). It's an excellent YA novel, and a rare romance (all the way through to the end) from a guy's POV.
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Patrick Jones is the author of five realistic teen novels, most recently Stolen Car((Walker / Bloomsbury, 2008). His first young adult novel Things Change (Walker & Company, 2004) was named by the Young Adult Library Services Association as a best book for reluctant readers, and was runner-up in the Teen Buckeye Book Award selected by Ohio teens. His second novel Nailed was published by Walker ...more
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“The nail that sticks out farthest gets hammered the hardest.” 202 likes
“What do you think it is to be normal?'
Why in the world would you want to be?' she says.
I don't know. I guess that's the problem.'
I don't think normal is that great.'
But so many people choose it,' I reply.
I don't think that's it at all. I think most everyone is normal and some of us, for whatever reason, choose to reject that and wear ruby red slippers or old black hats.'
Well, why do we choose the hard road?”
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