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Born Too Short: The Confessions of an Eighth-Grade Basket Case

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  94 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Matt Greene is 5'1," a nerd, invisible to girls, and has a best friend who's the biggest stud at Hannaford School in New York City. Babes practically trip over Matt to get to Keith, a guy so studly his smile is featured in a toothpaste ad. Sure, sometimes Matt gets a little jealous. And once, at the peak of Keith's studliness, Matt wishes his best friend's life would fall ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Simon Pulse (first published March 1st 2002)
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Neel Panchal
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book
It kind of relates with the situations that i face in my life too.
I really like the way that the main character, Matt is very truth ful in the book. The book is told in the first person view and so you can hear the author and of course the main character thinking.

Here are all the ways that i can relate to this book...

We both live in New York City
We both are short
We both have a friend that is a lot taller and cooler than us
and we both never made out

So this book relates to me
But t
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. To begin with, I feel the honesty in this book from the main character, Matt. Matt is best friends with the school jock and practically perfect guy and it's starting to really get on his nerves. When Matt wishes his best friend some bad luck, he finds that maybe he regrets doing it. Does having his own love life really make his best friend's bad luck seem so important? A nice, refreshing book about the real struggles that a middle school boy goes thro ...more
Evan K.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
“Born Too Short” by Dan Elish tells the story of Matt Greene, a nerdy eighth grader who’s best friend, Keith is one of the most popular kids in school.To start off I would like to say that i strongly suggest noone to read this, it is very unrealistic and sometimes hard to follow what is happening. The book starts by saying “Ever seen a picture of your best friend’s teeth on the side of a bus?”(pg 1)which is trying to say how good Keith looks and putting you in his shoes.I don't think a random k ...more
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most of my freinds and family
Recommended to Jhonjordaniii by: my freinds
In the book born to short a the narator tells about his life he pays the guitar and hangs out with his tall blonde star athliet that gets alot of girls but still is lonly ignored and taken for granted. I learned from this book that its always good to stand up for yorself. [book was 156 pages:]
Kyle Larsen
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, I thought that this book was a good read for someone like me who can relate very well to it. Matt Greene, the main character, is going through middle school with a solid height of 5'1. Matt struggles to get any girls whatsoever due to him being vertically challenged while his best friend, Keith, gets almost any girl and is a model. Matt grows extreme jealousy over Keith's perfection and wants to be like him. I liked the book, because I can completely relate to Matt as I was 5'2 going in ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Born Too Short is written by Dan Elish. It is a real good book about two best friends.It shows that even when your fighting you are still best friends with each other.In the book Matt is Julius of his friend because he get everything he wants. At the climax of the book they stop talking to each other and then they relishes that they have a friendship that will last.
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Born Too Short”, by Dan Elish is a hilarious story of an eighth-grade boy named Matt Greene. Matt Greene is a 5’1’’ kid, who is best friends with Keith Livingston. Matt and Keith attend Hannaford School in New York City. Keith is the most popular kid in the grade, he is at least 5’6’’, and a girl magnet. Matt is jealous of him in every way, especially because girls go to Keith like bees to honey, and Matt has not even made out yet. One day, Matt is blowing off some steam on the corner Eighty-fi ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stelio Vatousios
November 6, 2011
Block C

I would not recommend the book “Born Too Short” By Dan Elish. The reason I would not recommend this book is because in my opinion it was a boring book and it was very inappropriate to Girls. In a couple of parts in the book it talked about the female body parts in an inappropriate way and it said very dirty words. Too me this is not needed to be heard by kids, if my kid was reading this one day and said one of the words it uses in this book to me, I would
Brady Douglas
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Born Too Short is a fictional story written by Dan Elish. In a gist, it is a boy named Matt Greene who is best friends with the stud of their school, Keith Livingston. They are like two peas in a pod, but their friendship is seeming to fade, due to Keith becoming very cocky. Keith creates a musical which is a huge hit, and now Matt has reached his peak of fury. One thing I found very interesting about Matt and Keith’s relationship is how close they were, and how fast they started to fade away. W ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Copied from my Middle Grade Mafioso blog:

What caught my eye first: The title. And man, who wasn't a basket case in 8th grade?!

Wonderful thing about this book: Elish does a great job with teen-speak. Also, I totally believed the feelings of jealousy Matt had for his best friend, Keith. After all, Matt wants to have all the girls adoring him. But with Keith around, it's not going to happen.

Caveat: I prefer my middle grade on the "upper/tween" side, and this one certainly fits the bill. Personally,
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