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The Rise and Fall of a 10th-Grade Social Climber (10th Grade Social Climber #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  504 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
After the collapse of her parents' marriage, Mimi Schulman leaves her mother in Houston to look after her befuddled photographer father in New York. Too preoccupied with family problems to think much about her new life, Mimi's first hour at The Baldwin School--an institution where teachers offer psychoanalysis in lieu of grades and students hold cocktail parties in the bat ...more
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Published May 30th 2005 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who haven't been and never will go to NY b/c they won't find out how wrong this book is.
Recommended to Lucy by: Borders' "under $5" pile.
Shelves: pink-books
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Lots of clichés, as well as time spent questioning 3/4 of the characters' morals and judgement...
Jan 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blech! Apparently being a "cool" student at this school involves: blowing off class and getting drunk in the bathroom, being a bitch to the only person who is nice to you (and then accepting her companionship only after you've nuked your friendship with everyone else), lying repeatedly to your dad, hitting on your dad's graduate assistant, being unable to sleep because you're afraid your new "friends" are going to reject you, spending a night topless gropping the guy you supposedly can't stand ( ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sooooo, I didn’t actually finish this book. I ran out of time and didn’t really care.
Yamili Ramos
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 'The Rise and Fall of a 10th Grade Social Climber" by Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser it's an alright book. It's about a girl named Mimi Schulman that moves from Texas to her father apartment in New York. Her father and mother are getting divorce because her mother left her father for another guy Maurice who Mimi despises kind of. She going to live with her father back in New York and really doesn't know anybody over there except her fath obviously and her best- friend Sam that she has kept i ...more
Rodney Warner
In "The Rise and Fall of a 10th Grade Social Climber" by Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser, Mimi Schulman is only a semi-popular social queen at her school back in Houston. But yearning for more, Mimi moves to Manhattan looking for a more glamorous life. Her parents had just divorced, and she wanted out of her mother's and step-father's house. And even more intimidatingly fabulous, she had been accepted to the most prestigious, glitz and glam school even in all of New York possibly, The Baldwin S ...more
Laura Sweeney
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Wow! I was hoping I'd like this book--since all of the others I'd heard good things about didn't turn out so well, I was a little afraid--but I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. I'm pleasantly surprised.

This book's about an everyday girl from Texas moving to New York City to live with her dad while she attends a prestigious boarding school. The depiction of Baldwin school is so attractive...not something we get to read about often in books. It's concerned with the arts, so there's
With a witty-enough title and an interesting premise, I checked this book right away.

From reading the first page, I thought that I would've enjoyed it much more than I actually did.

Let's start with Sam.

I was unsure of what the author wanted us to feel towards him. He was a complete, utter douche. I had no idea why Mimi continued her friendship with him. He was overconfident and had way too much pride in himself.

And the romance between Sam and Mimi? It was almost laughable. There was no chemistr
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, z-2011, ya
I have an irrational love of this book.

I first read it a few years ago as an editorial intern at a YA & children's publishing house -- they'd received an ARC of this book and many others, which I spent much of my free time devouring -- and have read it multiple times since.

It's not actually a terribly unique story: girl (with family problems) moves to New York and tries to fit in with the cool crowd. All is going well until she screws things up and has to try to repair her newfound friendshi
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Lauren Mechling grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Harvard College.
She writes a weekly column for the New York Sun, where she has also been a crime reporter, and she has written for several other publications including the Wall Street Journal and Seventeen Magazine.
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