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The Stand-In

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  38 reviews
When Brooks volunteered to be a stand-in for Burdette's cousin who got stood up for Homecoming, it was with the noblest of intentions-helping a fellow human being, free of charge. But when he gets a tip of more than three hundred bucks, word spreads quickly and Brooks seizes the opportunity to offer his impeccable escort services to super-wealthy parents who want their dau ...more
Published October 1st 2016 by Carolrhoda Lab
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Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ldl, young-adult
This was bad. Like a 50 yr old trying to write a cut-rate late 90s/early 00s teen comedy movie based on really out-dated clichés bad. It is cliché after trope after nauseating dialog trying to be American Pie (I am really dating myself...) There are some quippy one liners but nothing else redeaming about this. Well, being a thirty-something librarian meant I could drink while reading, so there was that. The fact that this is going to be a movie does not surprise me, but does slightly depress me.
Stacy Fetters
"Know how when you get high you think you're saying all sorts of super important crap, crap so heavy and mind-blowing that it would forever change your life if only you could remember exactly what it is you said?And those few times you do remember to write the crap down, the next morning you either can't understand what you wrote because your handwriting's totally illegible or if you do understand what you wrote you can't understand why you thought it was so incredible when you wrote it?"
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick read about Brooks Rartigan and his life as a senior trying to get
into college and coming from the wrong side of town. This young man
Volunteers to be a stand- in for girls wanting to attend their prom. It is a
tale of the privileged and wealthy who want their daughters to have the
experience of their lives in the social world of their senior year. It is also
about Brooks finding himself and accepting his life and who he is. Be
true to yourself.
Kimberly Kowalski
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a cute fast read. Storyline was a bit predictable, but it was nice reading a teen promish novel from a male's point of view. If this is how teens really think of college though I'm horrified by what our society has done to them.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Giant Teen Hands
Drinking Buddy: Yeah, Why Not?
Testosterone Level: I'm Trying to Think of a PG-13 Euphemism
Talky Talk: Loose Ends
Bonus Factors: The 1%, Academia
Bromance Status: Freshman Roommate

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Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.”
This book is by turns funny ('Quick! Pretend you like me!') and poignant ('I tag after them like a mutt which, let's face it, is what I am').
t manages to combine teenage angst -- trying to save face above all else, embarrassed about the entire state of New Jersey, painfully aware of his loser father's shortcomings -- with teenage desire and hope and ambition and ingenuity. The kid is hard on himself, but he's also a survivor,
Rachel Reeves
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is pretty unique among the other contemporary romance YA books out in there in having a male protagonist. I love that it has that male POV because it is so rare. The book also provides an interesting commentary on several topics: privilege and wealth, the desires of parents vs. the reality of what children want, parents living through their children, the high costs of college, the adm
Alex Kuipers
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! So refreshing to come upon a YA novel that is not melodramatic and/or incredibly depressing (ie the fault in our stars, If I stay).

Read it in two days because I could not put it down -- I had to find out if Brooks Rattigan got into Columbia, if he ended up with Celia Lieberman, and if he would stay friends with The Murph (perhaps my favorite character). I really liked Brooks' voice -- honest, funny, and, from what I remember from high school, very accurate. The book was incre
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This teen romance features a leading man instead of a leading lady. Brooks is competing against all of the pressures and deadlines that supposedly determine one's fate in high school. Brooks' is stressed by his determination to get into Columbia. He's arguing with his father and growing apart from his best friend. And yet he's also dancing the night away, with so many different young women he has been hired to escort. The desperation of wealthy parents who dream of their daughters experiencing t ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is fabulous!! I couldn't put it down--lots and lots of laughs. I want a sequel!
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nie wiem, może zaczynam wyrastać powoli z młodzieżówek (albo dawno takiej nie czytałam), ale coś tu poszło nie tak. Albo to ja naprawdę się starzeję.

Wiecie, sam zamysł jestem w stanie jeszcze przełknąć, chociaż przyznajmy, że bycie partnerem za pieniądze na swego rodzaju balach i imprezach nie jest chyba szczytem marzeń każdego przeciętnego chłopaka. Zwłaszcza że dużo ludzi ma rozum, którego używa. Zgodzić się muszę jednak z tym, jak ukazani w książce zostali nadopiekuńczy rodzice – szukają jak
Megan Thorsen
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Stand In has been turned into a movie titled The Perfect Date coming to Netflix April 12th !! I read this book because my favorite person Laura Marano is starring in it alongside with Noah Centineo. The second they were cast as leads.. I did some research and grabbed a copy. This was a quick and easy read. It was refreshing and I LOVED reading the book from a male perspective. However; if Steven Bloom wanted to make this story into another novel from Celia's perspective I would read it. Broo ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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David Wolpe
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is by turns funny ('Quick! Pretend you like me!') and poignant ('I tag after them like a mutt which, let's face it, is what I am'). It manages to combine teenage angst -- trying to save face above all else, embarrassed about the entire state of New Jersey, painfully aware of his loser father's shortcomings -- with teenage desire and hope and ambition and ingenuity. The kid is hard on himself, but he's also a survivor, an entrepreneur. He's a lot of contradictory things: a pretender, bi ...more
Steve Braun
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious romp of a book. The likeable working-class hero dips more than his toe into the heady, trendy world of the 1 percent, learning lessons about love, lust, and integrity along the way. Bloom surrounds his leading man, Brooks Rattigan, with a hugely entertaining crew of friends, enemies, and paramours. The action is fast-paced as Brooks’ brilliant scheme goes hilariously off the rails. This is a great read for the simple fun of the perfect-pitched dialog and crisply-drawn scenes of yearn ...more
Maria Larisma
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I’m gonna write a review when the film comes out this Friday. I want to see how the adaption holds up to my expectations.

Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me only two days. That’s saying a lot considering I haven’t sat down and read a book in such a short amount of time in quite a while - which I kind of sad on my part.

4/5 stars - I can’t think of anything particular I want to critique, but it is 1am and the critical part of me has already gone to bed for the day. It’s am
Scott Fields
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read for any age, The Stand-in is storytelling at its best. Brooks Rattigan takes us on a journey through his high school senior year that is edgy and deeply biting at the same time that it is warm, uplifting, very accessible and often hilarious. Very relatable to anyone who has ever applied to college (and their parents). Hollywood should take note -- I want to see this one on the screen!
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the male protagonist perspective. I think the roles of most YA romances were flipped & it was refreshing. Brooks has some serious character flaws stemming from his need to be accepted into any Ivy League school - some of which made me dislike him - but it was nice the guy was obsessed with grades & the future instead of just sports or booze.
I do wish there were a few more scenes with Celia & Brooks but I love how they developed.
Mandi Murphy
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
I am so sorry. But I hate this book. I managed to force my way through 148 pages. I can't press on anymore. It's the kind of story, and had the kind of characters, that makes you hope that nothing ends the way they want it to. One reviewer said something about how real the main character was. Something about how that's how kids were today. If this is truly the way our youth are today, we have a lot to atone for.
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Quick, fun read. If someone hasn't already optioned this to be a movie, they should hurry up and do that. (And I said this before I realized the author is also the screenwriter of one of my favorite 80s movies.)
Con Write
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the story and the characters. The two have a bit of a roller coaster of a relationship and is cute.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The way this book was written made me cringe. I actually couldn't finding this book because of it and I couldn't get through the first chapter.
Leticia Vila-Sanjuán
not my cup of tea
Rossana Snee
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I loved it. Well written and entertaining. I plan to read more by this author.
Stacey Posey
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book. It was a very sweet gentle book (for the mind to read). I laughed, I cried and yelled. I love the Characters they are relatable to your self. This book almost went into the Cliché route, but then changed it self.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, teens
This was probably more of a 2.5 than a 3. Brooks Rattigan was just a very likeable character. He was obsessed with getting into Colombia and out of New Jersey. He wanted nothing more than getting out of town. The problem was, he had a deadbeat dad and no money. When the opportunity falls into his lap to earn money by taking a pampered princess to Homecoming, a new careers opens up for him. Pretty soon rich parents in surrounding towns have him booked for every upcoming social event, paying him a ...more
Katy Noyes
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may feel like it treads a fairly well-worn path, but it also does it with a quite unique lead character and a feel-good factor that is reminiscent of a teen movie.

Brooks is determined to get a place at Columbia University, despite a dead-beat dad, a not-quite-up-to-scratch Verbal score on his SATs, and a lack of funds for a tutor.

Accidentallly being in the right place at the right time, he overhears a fellow (and rich) classmate moaning about how his female relative has no date for her prom
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it

All Brooks wants it to get out of town. To do that, he needs a HUGE boost to his SAT scores and a lot of luck, so that he can get into Columbia University and away from his flake of a father.

Unfortunately, getting that boost requires a tutor and tutors cost money. And even if he gets into Columbia, he still needs to pay for it, so that means that he needs even more money.

A one-time accidental acceptance of a job to escort a girl to Homecoming, leads to a
Sue Holmes
May 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
*Review copy received from publisher*
Before I start on what I thought about The Stand-In let me just say for the record how great it was to have a male PVO in a YA Contemporary which is dominated by the girls.

But Brooks is the most infuriating, obnoxious, condescending character I have ever ‘met’. Well, I guess that’s something at least. He was very difficult to like. And complain much? That’s pretty much all he did!

The story itself plodded along in a rather dull pattern. Prom, prom, dance, prom
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