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This debut YA novel combines the wrong-side-of-the-tracks edginess of books like The Outsiders and Freak the Mighty and the searingly honest storytelling of authors like Chris Lynch and John Green.

Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones aren't just from the wrong side of the tracks--they're from the wrong side of everything. Except for Mr. Haberman, their remedial English teache
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Scholastic Press (first published 2009)
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Mar 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
Let's just say, I didn't like this book. Seriously. The plot was awkward with many, many unecessary stuff. The characters weren't developed nicely. The whole thing was just a plain old mess. The only thing that slighly redeemed this novel is probably the ending.

Okay, let's start with the plot. There was one main plot that, I felt, was pretty clear and straight-narrowed and that was "what happened to Tommy". However, that's not what I disliked. What I didn't like was all the little subplots that
Adam van der Zwan
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book deceives you. The cover is very engaging, and the explanation of the plot on the side-flap makes it seem as if this is a gritty, fast-paced trhiller that is dark, creepy and will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Well, explanations are supposed to make you feel that way, right? ;) But reading the the story is a whole other thing.

Ok, good things first. I really enjoyed the reality of the characters. Four teenage outcasts, hanging out, living life. Drinking, smoking, hav
May 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones are those kids, the ones that barely pass each class just to graduate, are avoided by most other kids out of fear, and are basically going nowhere in life. No one takes them seriously because they come from the wrong side of mostly everything. At least they have each other. But the disappearance of one of the friends starts to dissolve the glue that holds the rest together. Wild guesses, twisted conclusions, and unchangeable actions later, and none of their lives ...more
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book in a word: typical.

It was simply okay. The plot was nothing special, somewhat predictable.

First off, the title is misleading. I can only remember Mr. Haberman calling the four boys "gentlemen" twice. If your going to use a certain phrase to add a creep factor in your book, you better use it obsessively.

Anyway, I have to say that it was suspenseful. After the 'deed' was done, I could feel the characters' anxiousness. I could feel their nerves frying to a crisp. However, that suspense w
Jennifer Wardrip
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Michael and his friends are treated like Gentlemen by the one teacher in school who might understand them. They're a bunch of misfits who dislike school. One of Michael's friends gets himself into trouble during class. He disappears from the classroom - and from town.

No one can find him and he's not picking up his cell phone.

The boys are worried - especially given the lesson from their English teacher the day before. He brought in a heavy barrel an
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Gentlemen by Michael Northrop was a very strange book to say the least. It started out lethargically and stayed that way until the near middle-end of the book. Then it became somewhat interesting and near the very end, it went back to boring. I found that the whole plot followed the character Micheal (yes, it is spelled like that in the book) and his thoughts through the decisions he made throughout the book. I think this book had potential but, Northrop just didn't capture us with it.
"So now
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying this book stands out...literally. The cover of the book is a boy in a body bag. But don't let the cover fool you...after all we've all heard the phrase "Don't judge a book by it's cover" This book I have recommended for the Summer Reading list. It is a wonderful read. I had been wanting to read this book for a while and as soon as I read it I didn't want to put it down. The main plot of the story is: Michael, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones are pretty much the bad asses of their s ...more
Ryan Field
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've been on this YA kick all month and I've been surprised at how much I've loved the books I've read. It's not really my genre, but I do have eclectic times.

The latest YA, GENTLEMEN, by Michael Northrope, was just as good as the others. I don't like to review books here but I do like to mention them when I really enjoy them. And this book, trust me, has a surprise twist at the end that I didn't see coming. And that doesn't happen often. Nine times out of ten I can predict the ending
Amy Huntley
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow. As someone who works daily with teens and watches them struggle to make choices, I found this an incredible look at the forces in play when the decisions we know we should make come into conflict with a whole slew of counter forces.
Easton Groskreutz
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Personal Response: I personally think this book was edge-of-your-seat good. The adventure starts right at school with the math teacher. I found it was easy to stay caught up and not get confused with whats going on. I like mystery and murder stories but this book was not quite the book I was looking for. It did get better further into the story. I liked this book just enough to finish it and i'll give this book a three star rating.
Summary: This is a story is about a boy named Micheal and his fri
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Feb 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book at all. The pacing was incredibly slow and everything I read felt pointless. Several events occurred which I thought would be important perhaps by the end of this mind-numbingly boring story, but never were. There is a whole chapter devoted to the main character witnessing a possible rape, which seems like a big deal, but no. It's mentioned in a couple chapters after that, but that's it. Also, what was the point of Michael writing to the girl he met at the beach? He spe ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5
Read in June, 2014

In the story, Gentlemen, by Michael Northrop is a thrilling nonfiction book about young man in high schooler named Micheal. He goes through a wild ride of mind-blowing accusations.

In the book, Micheal and his crew of three, are just your typical high school troublemakers. When one of the people in his crew gets suspended for one day, he goes missing. They call him, and they do everything in their power to find his friend. Weeks go by and everyone is worried. There En
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
For some reason, I did not find this book as riveting as I thought it would be. It was still a very good book, and interesting though. Four friends, and one of them goes missing. He's done this a couple of times before, but this time he didn't take anything with him. Did something happen to him?

Through coincidence, or bad timing, one of the teachers brings in a barrel. The kids are challenged to determine what is in the barrel by hitting it with a club. Imagination takes over. It could be a bod
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aisg-book-club
Gentlemen is a suspenseful, creepy, and realistic story centered on the friendship among 4 high school students. They are Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones. It is the relationships among the 4 kids that moves the whole story, and the theme of the book is the friendships between Micheal and his friends. Gentleman shows the factors that bond friends together or tear them apart. Micheal, Mixer and Bones have known each other since they were in elementary school, Tommy is the last one to joined the g ...more
Ezra Ablaza
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ehhh.. That's all I can say. Not a bad story, but the twists weren't exactly novel and the resolution of the action didn't really do all the build up justice. Not meant for a thriller, but it gives a pretty good definition of what a teenagers stream of consciousness follows in stressing situations. The language was very iffy though, in terms of word choice and dialogue. It felt as if the author generalized how american teenagers communicate. It was a little cringe-worthy when the words "like" an ...more
Mar 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
despite wanting to like this one about a group of misfit teens whose friend goes missing and the subsequent suspicious behavior of a teacher, i couldn't buy it and didn't get far enough to see it to the end. despite being a "without a trace" junkie, micheal (one of the a fore mentioned teens) doesn't once wonder why mr. haberman would want to kill tommy - didn't i learn from agatha christie that motive is an essential question to ask from the start? made it to page 122.
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries, horror
Ugh. I don't even know what to say. I'm terrible at this review thing...
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Gentlemen by Michael Northrup is an exciting book about a group of friends in high school. When one of the boys goes missing, the others are convinced that their English teacher had something to do with it. When they decide to take action, things really get crazy. The ending is totally unexpected. I enjoyed this book because the parts about school were pretty relatable and the narrator, Michael, is a pretty interesting guy. There is a lot of character development throughout the book for all four ...more
Grace Held
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book Gentlemen written by Michael Northrop is a fiction and also a thriller. This book is brutally real about challenges that occur in the lives of teenagers that are in many ways neglected. The theme of this book is how friendships can suffer and even break when put under a lot of stress and pressure.
The storyline of this book is centered around how four friends named Michael, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones, handle adversity. Tommy holds the group together in many ways and when he goes missing it
Kate Hickey
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya

This was much better than I expected! I picked it up for the cover and I was pleasantly surprised by the contents. I think the inside jacket description isn't very accurate to what happens in the book, or the characters relationships, but the story I got was better than the story I expected, which made it okay. I liked the ending, but there were parts that dragged in the middle, and I found the perspective character, Mike, kind of unpleasant to follow around. I will say this book really mak
Lisa Schensted
in a sentence or so: Micheal, Tommy, Mixer and Bones are that group of rough-around-the-edges, nothing goes right for them, and quite frankly a bit scary type of guys. when Tommy goes missing in the middle of the school day, they assume he got detention for flipping his desk in class. but then when their english teacher starts stirring up some seriously intense discussion over the next few days, their minds start to wonder if Tommy missing, or something more...

Mixer is the one who can read other
Madeleine Rex
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, for-review

Official Review:

Gentlemen is not the book I thought it would be. With the many surprises and course changes throughout, my mind tripped over itself as the story unfolded. However, it was Mike that caught my attention with his rugged and unexpectedly thoughtful voice. Northrop does an outstanding job of creating characters who are nearly the opposite of how they originally appear – characters who I gradually learned to love or love to hate. At the very l
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well, that was unexpected. Like this whole book was just a bunch of weird and crazy and that’s not really a good thing in this case.

This book takes a lot of its plot from Crime and Punishment as they try to figure out what happened when Tommy goes missing. He’s gone for a while when the police get involved and the school starts getting insane. They almost assume that their teacher, Mr. Haberman, did it with really no good evidence. But that doesn’t keep them from making really irrational decisio
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
The evidence we had at this point basically boiled down to this:

Tommy, who was missing: It wasn't the first time, but it was still unusual.

Haberman, who was weird: Always had been but was reaching new heights lately.

The barrel: It was the first time Haberman had done anything like that in class.

Whatever was in the barrel: Could've been a deer, could've been a dude, but it seemed like some sort of a dead body.

What Haberman said about disposing of a dead body: See above.

What Haberman said about cr
Dec 03, 2010 rated it liked it
The first thing that got my attention was, the protagonist. It’s being told by a point of a view of a guy. But not just any guy. Most of the male characters I’ve read in the majority of YA literature are..let’s say sugar coated. They’re there to attract the girl readers and make us into fan girls. (Yes, it’s true. I have several crushes on some of them). In this case, it’s different. Micheal (main character) is, acts, well, like a normal guy. The way he talks, the way he tries to get a girlfrien ...more
Diana Welsch
Feb 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult

This wasn't a great work of literature or anything, but after I started reading it at my desk the other day, I brought it home because I HAD TO HAD TO see what happened.

Our dim teenage narrator, Micheal [sic, his parents weren't that bright either:] starts our adventure at "the Tits" (his high school) by describing how his ne'er-do-well friend Tommy got sent to the assistant principal's office for flipping a desk over. In their next class, Micheal and his friends (minus Tommy) have to d
Mrs. S
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I started reading this book one day a year or two ago--I think I had picked up a copy for my classroom when Borders was going under or something, just on a hunch that some of my kids would like it. I only got about thirty pages in before lending it to a student or having to put it down for some other reason--that happened a lot, and it was unusual that I'd go back to books like that. But I remembered the dark, ominous, funny first thirty pages. And I remembered them. And remembered them. (Freque ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book “Gentlemen” written by author Michael Northrop and published by scholastic press of New York that will leaves you a curious mind to many reader and gives mysterious thoughts throughout majority of the book itself. I believe the book we well written although it also could have been better due to certain scenes.The cover is the books is a boy in a body bag who happens to be a friend of the main character, Micheal Benton. The boy in the bag is Tommy who was kidnapped as Micheal and his fr ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found the summary of this book very intriguing, which is why I decided to read it. Four teenagers who are good friends and different than everyone else. Nobody takes them seriously, until one of the kids in the group goes missing. The description of the book says that the novel is gritty, and fast-paced, and shows you what friends are made of.. and the book didn’t really follow through.

This is a story that I am neither glad nor upset that I gave it a read. It was slow and somewhat had the fe
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Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of Scholastic's new multi-platform series, TombQuest. His first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List selection. His first middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by the New York Public Library and was se ...more
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