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Mr. 60%

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Matt Nolan is the high school drug dealer, deadbeat, and soon-to-be dropout according to everyone at his school. His vice principal is counting down the days until Mr. 60% (aka Matt) finally flunks out and is no longer his problem. What no one knows is the only reason Matt sells drugs is to take care of his uncle Jack, who is dying of cancer.

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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C.G. Drews
Ohh this is one to tug at your FEELS. I absolutely loved it!! It was a bit of a "pick up on a whim" sort of book and I'm so glad I did. It's heartwarming and it's really short, but packs a punch. And it's pretty gritty too. It's about a teen who runs drugs in order to buy medication for his dying -- oh oh, that's okay. I'll wait here while you get some tissues. I UNDERSTAND. It so perfectly builds this scene of a boy and his uncle who grate against each other but LOVE each other fierc ...more
Fidan Lurin
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC copy of Mr. 60% in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Crown Books for Young Readers for this advanced copy which is expected to be released August 22 2017.

Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith is exactly as the title states – sixty percent. This is an average book with nothing unique, outstanding or memorable about it. There is nothing to critique, rant about, acclaim. Everything that happens in this book is typical, ordinary and all together bland. I w

4.5 “Crying on the bus” Stars

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, Crown Books for Young Readers!!!

Sometimes a story will just get under your skin and tug at your heart. Sometimes you won’t even see it coming. That’s what happened with Mr. 60%.

First, let me say I love this title. It’s unique, memorable and it has an important meaning to the story, which always makes me happy. A title that has a clear connection to the story is one of my favorite things ever!

When I started reading Mr. 60%, I was immediate
Angie Elle
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting this little book to pack such a big punch! Review to come.
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
// Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review //

it's sad because I was actually so excited to finally be able to read this book :((

"She didn't know it wasn't a choice. He was alone."

I just found this book so sad and depressing and I could not find it in myself to be able to connect with any of the characters. Though, I did start to feel some of the characters much more midway through the book. The story and the plot was really slow and I cannot find the point of everything
bach books
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny, tender, and touching, I loved reading this book. I felt for Matt and the many challenges he faces every day. Everyone has a story, and an outside observer, like Assistant Principal Gill, might just see Matt as a selfish jerk, when, in fact, he has sacrificed himself to care for his ailing uncle. Matt’s wants or needs actually come last on his list. Refreshing to read a YA book where the two main teen characters are male and female and aren’t involved in a budding romance. At the start, I ...more
Barbara White
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt's journey--as the high school drug dealer caring for his dying uncle--could have been dark, depressing, and hopeless. And yet it wasn't. Raw in places, MR. 60% was full of characters who gave me such hope, and Matt was anything but average as the hero. I cared enormously about his wellbeing.

I'm drawn to YA that touches on the dark side of life, and I think this book would appeal to anyone who loved ELEANOR & PARK.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book packed a powerful punch in very few pages, but I do wish it had been a bit longer. You can read my full review here - https://skysreadingcorner.wordpress.c... ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a gut punch this short but deep book has! I don't remember where I saw it recommended but glad to have gotten my hands on it and I will share it widely. A teenage boy who gets by in school without much ambition or thought about the future with teachers with an ax to grind with him as a drug dealer (albeit a smart one) at school who want to catch him in the act. But he's clever and the introduction endears us to him as Smith aptly maneuvers how we can loathe and love Matt at the same time.

Graham Wilhauk
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is strange. I want to say that I liked this book. But I didn't. In fact, I borderline hated it. However, this book REALLY impressed me for about 50 pages. I don't just mean "eh, this is good." It genuinely IMPRESSED me and is the only thing saving this book from a 1 out of 5 stars rating. However, it gets SICKENINGLY sweet and bubbly and becomes the YA novel that I HATE. It went from a book that reminded me of "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock," which is a YA novel that I really like and respect ...more
Jennifer Shanahan
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
I received this as an ARC directly from the author himself. All I had to do was ask:)! I really did like this book a lot, but I guess I didn't realize how serious it was going to be until I got into it. Matt is a great character--he is trying to hard to keep his head above water dealing drugs and taking care of his uncle who is in the end stages of cancer while also trying to go to school and graduate. Matt obviously loves his uncle so much and in spite of their somewhat caustic relationship, Ma ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sarah E.
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted an ebook via Netgalley.
Mr 60% follows the story of Matt who is taking care of his Uncle Jack who is been sick for quite some time. Matt is barely passing school and he's also selling drugs on the side to make money to pay for pain medication for his uncle.

I went into the story not really expecting what I read. Although it was short, the author managed to make me feel connected to the characters and the story itself evoked so much sadness. It was such a good story in that I felt it
Jenn Lopez
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked this story. Since it's an ARC, the only thing I would change is the cover. Put the report card on the front so the title (60%) is easy to understand. I liked how the focus was on 3 characters, and the development of Matt and Amanda's friendship was realistic.
I don't know where some got the idea that this is a teen love story. Did you read the book?!?! I recommend this for reluctant readers since it's short and has interesting characters. Uncle Jack's death was well-written. It di
J.A. Nolan
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I picked up this book because it was written by my old high school Drama and English teacher. But I'm so glad I did. The characters in this book reminded me of people I went to school with, and I think many young adults can relate to. I think this is a book every teenager (and teacher) should read, and the moral of the story would be, "Don't judge people. You never know what is really going on with them." I really felt for Matt, who was only trying to make it through the day, one m ...more
Read InAGarden
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Matt's only substitute parental caregiver, Jack, is dying of cancer and to fund their life, Matt sells drugs. Matt is intelligent but does just enough to get by in school. The school counselor assigns Matt to an after school club thinking it will help him stay on track for graduation and at that club Matt meets Amanda. Amanda befriends both Matt and Jack and Matt learns to let another person into his life.

This is well written but short and the ending seems unfinished.
Alison Rian
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Mr. 60% deals with some heavy things in life, I felt for Matt and his situation. There was some heartfelt moments and some heartbreaking moments.

I will be honest, I was not a fan of the narrative. I would have much rather it be from Matt's point of view. Also, this story was way too short. I would have liked to get to know Matt and Amanda more.

*I received an arc from netgalley and the publisher for an honest review*
Rachel's Book Reviews
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review soon! Only one short flaw kept me from a full five stars
Mattie Richards
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, teen, fantasy
My only complaint is that it isn't longer ugh ...more
Elijah Howell
Wonderful read and full of passion.
C Dog
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the humbling story, Mr. 60%, Clete Barrett Smith captures the life of an unfortunate 17 year old drug dealer who sells narcotics to kids at his high school. It reminds readers that they don’t know the home life of others around them. Clete captures this theme of not knowing what happens behind closed doors by introducing a girl named Amanda to the main character, Matt Nolan. Amanda is not Matt’s usual type, but the author manipulates a way for Matt to fall for her. The mystery of Matt’s decis ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending was so abrupt and unsatisfying. I thought I'd skipped a page or two, but no that was indeed the ending. ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t say it often but wow! This raw telling of taking care of a cancer patient really hit home. Amazing novel.
Jane Brewer
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given this book to read from Net Galley. I really really enjoyed the story and read it in one day. Matt, a high schooler, takes care of his dying uncle alone. They live in a trailer, and Matt earns money by selling drugs; it's a bad situation. Then, along comes a new friend, Amanda, and she seems to make things easier until...well, I don't want to give anything away! :-p My criticism of this book is that it needs a MUCH better intro. I am somewhat conflicted about the ending; on one hand, ...more
KarenJo Custodio
2.75-3 stars - Not Bad but Not Amazing

I had such high expectations for this book. The title, Mr. 60%, was the first thing that got my attention. Then I read the premise – it sounded interesting, gritty, and heart-wrenching. I couldn’t wait to finally get into it and was seriously looking forward to “ALL THE FEELS.” Sadly… I ended up having a lot of mixed feelings. There were some good things about this book, but it just didn’t WOW me like I thought it would.

My main problem with this book is the
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mr. 60% has an entertaining enough premise, something I'd expect to see as the basis of a Lifetime movie special perhaps, but it also has the substance of that sort of movie. That is to say, while you may enjoy the movie or, in this case the book, while consuming it, there isn't enough meat to it to stick with you for long after you've closed the cover.

The main character Matt is dealing drugs in his high school to pay for his uncle's pain management medication due to cancer. Told from his perspe
kippen (uponthepages)
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-owned
3.5/5 stars.

I received this as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mr. 60% is about a boy named Matt who does the bare minimum in school and sells drugs on the side in order to care for his uncle who had been diagnosed with cancer. He soon gets told in order to pass, he needs to join a club and this is where he meets Amanda, the loveliest girl he could possibly meet.

Clete Barrett Smith managed to make my eyes water while reading this book. Cancer is a heavy topic, especial
Chelsea Fryou
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Original review can be found at Freeing Fantasy. You can also follow me on TwitterFacebook, and Bloglovin

ARC of Mr. 60% provided through NetGalley for an honest review.

First starting this book I was immediately put off. The writing felt as if it was lacking a lot of emotion and I felt like I was being told Matt's actions rather than his deep down feelings. That being said, I'm glad I read the whole book.

Matt was a moody, surly, sarcastic teenage boy. Unlike most teenage boys he was also th

Nicholas Lange
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: High School or Above
Recommended to Nicholas by: My Professor
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Everyone thinks they know senior Matt Nolan's story. He's the lone wolf drug supplier, too cool for school and someone who could care less about those around him. Sometimes it seems as though he only comes to school to sell his products and get paid. He does just enough to get by in his classes, hence, the reference to Mr. 60% in the title, but he's not really sure what the future holds for him. Although the opening pages in this book might predispose readers to dislike Matt, once they realize t ...more
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Clete Barrett Smith’s first novel, Aliens on Vacation, will be published by Disney-Hyperion Books for Children in May, 2011. A sequel, part of The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast series for middle grade readers, will come out the following year. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Clete taught English, Drama and Speech at the high school level for over a dozen years and has also worked in ...more

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