Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Implosion of Aggie Winchester” as Want to Read:
The Implosion of Aggie Winchester
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Implosion of Aggie Winchester

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Aggie Winchester couldn't care less about who's elected prom queen-even if it's her pregnant Goth-girl best friend, Sylvia Ness. Aggie's got bigger things to worry about, like whether or not her ex-boyfriend wants to get back together and whether her mom will survive cancer.

But like it or not, Aggie soon finds herself in the middle of an unfolding prom sc
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Putnam Juvenile
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Implosion of Aggie Winchester, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Implosion of Aggie Winchester

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.51  · 
Rating details
 ·  383 ratings  ·  90 reviews

Sort order
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
What an awesome book!

I wasn't sure what to expect when starting this book. I had read Lara's other novel Donut Days, and I remember that I liked it and that it had a religious theme to it. It wasn't one of those "preachy" novels, but I wondered if Aggie Winchester would have any of those elements.... and from the first page I could tell this was going to be a whole different novel. Lara's trademark wit and humor where there, but this was a whole different world. And I loved it!

Aggie was an inte
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know what to except from this book. I didn’t really know anything about it, but I read it is about a Goth from the synopsis. I love Goth books so, I thought what the heck, and am I glad I read this book. It’s was really good. It’s was so good that I would have finished it in one sitting if it weren’t for school night.

Aggie has a bad experience being a principle daughter when she was little, and she thought that was worse that could happen. However, Aggie’s junior year isn’t what she exp
Good Golly Miss Holly
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
To tell you the truth, I wasn't expecting much from a novel with such an amateur-ish cover but Lara Zielin manages to weave a story of just the right amount of drama that drops some very cliche topics amongst a few quirky and fun personality traits.

I have to give props to whoever decided on the title as it does an almost perfect job of describing what I read in only a few short days. The minute we meet AGGIE her seemingly normal life starts to fall down around her. From her mother being diagnose
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I'm a little rusty on reviews but I found the perfect song for this book. It focuses more on Aggie and Sylvia's relationship with boys.

Where do I start with a book I love? The summary sounds like the usual choice. Aggie implodes while her life around her explodes. She can't stop thinking about her ex. Her mother has breast cancer. Prom is coming up. All the while, she and her best friend Sylvia hide behind their nearly identical Goth facades, even though t
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Prom is for popular jerks and sad saps. That’s according to uber-goth and high school junior Aggie Winchester. Aggie was burned by the popular kids long ago and has learned that an in-your-face-stay-outta-my-way attitude, along with lots of black clothing and plenty of eye makeup, can go a long way in keeping people off your back. She has her best friend Sylvia and that’s pretty much all she needs.

However, things aren’t as simple as that. Prom fever has hit Aggie’s high school big-time and ther
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Quickie: If you're a fan of The Duff, or Before I Fall, I highly recommend this. It's a wonderful tale of self-discovery. Loved it.

Full: Aggie Winchester dresses in black, cakes her face in white makeup, and is by all accounts "Goth". Her best friend Sylvia is the only other Goth at school and together they're invincible. As Sylvia says, act tough and nobody will mess with you.

Aggie's still trying to get over her recent break-up with Neil, her ex-boyfriend who suddenly got popular and stopped ac
Kandice Dover
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I found this at Ollies and decided "what the hell! Why not?" So here it is.

I really wanted to throw this book a few times. Not because an event pissed me off, because of Aggie's passive aggressiveness. She just let people walk over her and it just pissed me off.

This was a nice change from books I've been reading. This is about a high school student who deals with everyday high school drama. It isn't dramatically over the top to make it seem real. This is like real life high school drama. It was
Edmiary Ayala
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Crazed Bookie: The Implosion of Aggie Winchester by Lara Zielin

This book has a very nice cover and, as I'm sure you've all noticed, I'm a sucker for. Reading the synopsis I ha very high expectations of this book, so maybe that's why I didn't really love it. I'm not saying I disliked it, or much less hated it, bit I didn't love it either. I liked it. I give it a 3.5 because there was a lot of juicy gossip and explosive drama.

For Aggie Winchester everything is going as horrible as it could get. He
Alyssa hoffmaster
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
more reviews here

I am very glad I could read this on an ARC tour. I absolutely loved it. It was a brilliant and dramatic read that’s for sure.

Aggie’s mom is the principal at her school, which makes her life a living hell. When they were younger she used to be friend Tiffany, the popular cheerleader, then something happened and she became an instant leper. Tiffany made sure that Aggie didn’t have any friends at all. That’s how Aggie became friends with Sylvia. Sylvia is the school Goth, been bes
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Firstly, I would like to state for the record that I would really like to read a book where a girl dresses crazily and dabbles in some extracurricular activities that aren't, perhaps, fully legal, where it's just part of her personality and not a sign of trouble or a concession to peer pressure.

Secondly, I had some huge plot issues with this book. Was cancer necessary? ("LAAAAAMES, IS CANCER *EVER* NECESSARY?" SHUT UP YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.) Was the prom stuff realistically insane or just insane
Chelsea Hagen
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
It was an okay teen book. A bunch of teenage drama in the setting of a high school. I wanted her the have the baby before the story ended:(
Lydia jones
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jeanne Ohidah
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Implosion of Aggie Winchester is an interesting book that captivated me into the plot and themes.

The Implosion of Aggie Winchester is about a girl, Aggie, trapped between friendship, teenage life, family and among all, standing up for what you think is right.

I love the growth of the main character, Aggie. As the story plot develops, she discovers being a principal's daughter is not easy; especially when issues that arise are related to her friends. She says, "I was afraid that Sylvia and ev
Suzanne Rogers
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Realistic view of a troubling adolescent life.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Let me pose an interesting question to everyone out there: Are we teenagers all the same? Now, it may seem like a stupid question. Of course we're not all the same. We have different styles and personalities and tastes in music and things we're interested in and futures we want to have. But does those differences really make us that different? I thought about that while reading The Implosion of Aggie Winchester because every character, from bad-ass pregnant Sylvia to our Goth bass-fishing prota ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Aggie's life is a bit of a whirlwind, and prom is the last thing on her mind. Like it or not though, when scandal rocks the school and her mother is at the heart of it, Aggie can't help but recognize prom is at the forefront of everything. Aggie has to take it all in stride. From her mother's breast cancer, to the snubs from her pregnant best friend, to her ex-boyfriend and her potential new romantic interest, everything is a bit too much. To come to terms and put things right, Aggie knows she m ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This book kept my interest enough that I read it almost straight through. I felt for Aggie and all she was going through and could understand why she was trying to hide behind the Goth look. The fact that she was confused about what she wants to do with her life seemed realistic. I'm glad the author gave her such a quirky hobby to find a talent in--bass fishing! Who knew, people compete in this?

One of the on going themes was the implication that the mom always got into her professional mode and
Eva Leger
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-fiction, y-a
My favorite part of this entire book was the drama and questions surrounding the missing ballots and Aggie and her Mother primarily. I've never experienced anything remotely similar to this with my own Mom but it's not uncommon to wonder - eventually - if your parents always do right.
Aggie coming to terms with what happened with the ballots, on the part of her Mom in addition to Sylvia, were what made this book IMO.
The characters are all very good. I loved Jess and Fitz even though Fitz's char
Sara Grochowski
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Implosion of Aggie Winchester proved to be a relatively quick read that managed to tackle multiple issues simultaneously, including teen pregnancy, the acceptance of the "goth" culture, the political ramifications of both of these issues (at the high school level), cancer, and unhealthy relationships. Admittedly, none of these topics are explored too deeply, but they're all touched upon and interconnected in a cohesive manner.

The plot centers around Aggie and her best friend, Sylvia. Both g
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, fiction, ya
For Aggie Winchester, life in her small northern Minnesota town is fairly standard. She spends most of time cutting class with her goth-girl best friend Sylvia and avoiding the fact that her mom is the principal of her school. But things start to change when Sylvia announces that she’s pregnant, Aggie’s mom tells her she has cancer, and Aggie’s getting weird mixed-signals from her ex-boyfriend. When both Sylvia and Aggie’s mom get embroiled in a scandal involving ballot burning during the prom q ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-young-adult
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Continuing with my Young Adult reading binge...I first thought this was another teen girl, poor me, drama drama drama, I want to kill myself novel...and although some of that does exist it never came off as feeling mired down in it! Bravo!!! I was getting so sick of the crappy teen suicide bologny. And with the title The Implosion Of Aggie Winchester I actually thought..."another one!" This turned out to be just a story and a page turner at that!

Aggie's character has flaws but she is redeemable
Dec 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Aggie has a lot on her mind this year. She wants to get back together with her ex, even though he doesn't treat her well. She just found out her best friend is pregnant and her mother has cancer. Now there's this big prom scandal and another boy seems to have eyes for Aggie. She just wants to stay out of the whole mess, but unfortunately with her friend being the center of the scandal and her mom being the principal, Aggie is not only a part of it but has to choose which side she stands on.

Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-read, read-2011
I spotlighted this book on a Book Blogger Hop awhile back for "crazy book title" due to its inclusion of "implosion" which I don't think I've ever seen used for a title and for including the main character's full name. Having read the book now, I think the title is very apt as Aggie's life does seem to be falling apart.

During her first year in school, a popular girl made Aggie's life miserable due to her status as the principal's daughter. In turn Aggie became best friends with goth outcast
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, owned
Full Review Posted in blackplume

There is a big world out there–bigger than prom, bigger than high school–and it won’t matter if you were the prom queen, the quarterback of the football team or the biggest nerd in school. Find out who you are and try not be afraid of it.

– Josie Geller, Never Been Kissed

The quote above is the epigraph of this book which was taken from one of my favorite film, Never Been Kissed starring Drew Barrymore. So when I pick up this book and saw the epigraph I did expect s
Sally Kruger
Much to her mother's shame and disgust, Aggie Winchester has followed her friend Sylvia to the dark side. Aggie's Goth persona may be a form of rebellion against her principal mother, but it is also a way for her to step outside of herself when things get beyond her control.

Things have been pretty bumpy with boy friend Neil, and when he actually breaks up with Aggie, she can't seem to get over it. If she is honest with herself, she should recognize that he was only interested in her for one thin
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I think the best part of this book is that it acknowledges the ridiculousness of everyone's behavior – and then it explains it. I've read other books based around prom-fever time and wondered, "Who really cares that much about prom?" In this book, the whole town goes nuts because there's a scandal around the voting for prom king and queen. Did one of the candidates stuff the ballot boxes? Did the administration choose the candidate they preferred? OMG!

And every time I was about ready to throw th
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Review from my blog: http://christitheteenlibrarian.blogsp...

I wasn't really expecting to really like this novel, but I thought the story was interesting enough that it deserved an impartial read. I'm glad I decided to read it, because Lara Zielin has crafted a wonderfully realistic story about the trials and tribulations of life as a high school junior who doesn't know where she fits in.

Aggie is a lovable character, once you get beneath her Goth makeup and outfits. She believes in doing the ri
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, ya-lit
A realistic YA fiction with no easy answers, this story follows Aggie through her turbulent junior year. When she was a freshman, Aggie was a "normal" girl, getting good grades and on the cheer team. But when the captain of the cheerleaders was busted for cheating, she blamed Aggie and called her a snitch, simply because Aggie's mom is the principal of the high school. Since then, Aggie has focused on toughening up her outside appearance, dressing all in black, with heavy Goth-style make-up and ...more
Corinne Edwards
When your mom is the high school principal, life can be really lame. And for Aggy, her solution is to "go Goth." You know, to wear all black, put on creepy black makeup and generally act like the world is yours to toy with. Look at her on the outside and, if she can help it, she'll scare the pants off of you.

But we get to see the inside of Aggy - and there is a lot of hurt and fear there. A lot of wanting to be loved and needing acceptance is under her pretty terrifying exterior and she's so afr
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Age warning? 1 1 Dec 13, 2014 08:59PM  
Change 1 3 Jan 03, 2012 03:33PM  
  • I'm Big!
  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures
  • Popular
  • Man Gave Names to All the Animals
  • Small Town Sinners
  • And Then Things Fall Apart
  • AlphaOops: H Is for Halloween
  • Sign Language
  • The Right and the Real
  • Inconvenient
  • Dotty
  • Hooked
  • Where Is Tippy Toes?
  • Lie
  • Girl Wonder
  • She Said/She Saw
  • Gossip from the Girls' Room (Blogtastic!, #1)
  • Sharks & Boys
I love cheese! But I might love books more. I have written a few of them, like THE WAITING SKY and THE IMPLOSION OF AGGIE WINCHESTER and DONUT DAYS and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN: THE KEY TO NETWORKING FOR TEENS.

I'd love it if you stopped by my website, or found me on Twitter: @larazielin