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

Pool Boy

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  290 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Brett Gerson is a real-life S.R.K. (spoiled rich kid)–the guy you love to hate. Yep, Brett’s pretty much got life in the bag–until his dad is jailed for insider trading, and the family money swirls down the drain.

Brett wishes things could go back to the way they were–until some dirty swimming pools change everything.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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 Pool Boy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pool Boy

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Brett Gerson is a 15-year-old spoiled-rotton rich kid; he spends his days lounging by the pool, playing videogames on his big-screen tv, and basically doing anything he wants. One day there is a knock on the door and everything changes, Brett’s father is arrested for insider trading. Brett’s family loses all their money and their home, they must move into Brett’s Aunt’s house on the "other side of the tracks” as he puts it. Brett is completely miserable and hates his father for what he has done ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
A two-star rating... What can I say? I liked the deep turquoise color of the pool water on the front cover. Sometimes I have the worst judgement when it comes to books, and I think that Pool Boy is an excellent example of that - I mean, I was expecting so much from this book, but it just wasn't all that great:

-The main character was quite annoying and unlikeable

-The. Sentences. Were. Very. Choppy.

-Unrealistic dialogue

-No imagery

This is one of those books you read in an hour or so and then quickl
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: guy-books, thin-reads
For early high-school or middle school, this isn't a bad book. Brett Gerson is a spoiled rich kid who has to adapt to a much-reduced level of income while his father serves time for securities fraud. This first-person narrative alternates between Brett raging about his father's failures, ranting about his unfortunate circumstances, and drooling over the girl of his dreams. He quits a job, gets another, learns to drive, throws a party, yearns for a girl, grows up a little, and comes to detente wi ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I decided to read this book because I was looking for a book that was like a real life story, even better from a teenagers point of view. Also after reading what was on the front cover it made me want to read it more.

Brett was a character I found interesting because he was your typical teenager, stubborn. Michael Simmons did a great job as Brett's character developed well from beginning to end. He was challenged to forgive his father which really tested his character, being the stubborn kid he w
Haylee smith
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for someone who wants to read just for fun! It gets the point across while still telling the story of a 16 year old with a jail dad, who went from 5000 dollar stereos to bologna sandwiches for a meal. When all his money goes to waste he has to get a job that he thought he would never have to get.He became a poolboy. He still hates his dad in the end but knows that he always will have room for his love.
Ava Roe
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy who lived rich until one day the police came to his house. His dad was in trouble and was getting arrested when he tried to run away. The cops caught him and it was so stupid because then he was in even more trouble. Now his family is known all around town and they don't have much money. They are very sad until he starts getting into the fun with pools. This book was pretty good and I recommend it to someone who just likes a fast read (not a lot of pages).
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful, beautiful book! Not Shakespeare, but what an honest, down to earth, well-written read! Finished it in one go.
Caroline Carmichael
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book "Pool Boy" by Michael Simmons is very entertaining and inspiring. It's is about a young boy who's father is very very rich. His father is later charged with fraud and goes to jail, leaving his family with nothing much because all of his money was taken from him. The young boy then has to get a job and he finds out what a harsh world I is out there. The authors purpose for writing this book is to show that sometimes life may come easy, but you have to work for things that are really wort ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Galen Mansoor
I think the book pool boy by Michael Simmons was an appropriate read for my level. Pool boy is about a teenager named Brett Gerson who has to start living his life with barely any money because his rich father got in trouble with the government. This story takes place in California. Also the main theme of this story is forgiving people no matter what they do. The protagonists in this story are Brett’s sister, Brett’s mom, Nicole, Frank, Brett’s father and Alfie.
I thought this was an excellent re
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-quarter
This book is about a kid named Brett whose parents are very rich until one day his dad is arrested for fraud. He loses everything; his house, his car, his pool, his games and everything else he relied on. He moved with his mom and his sister into their weird aunt's house. Things are very hard on their family, they went from having everything to having nothing. One day an old man who still loves to work, offers him a job cleaning pools. This is funny to me because he used to have his own pool to ...more
Haley Mikulenka
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pool Boy is an amazing book. I love it and I can't put it down. It teaches you not to take anything for granted because anything could be gone instantly. The book is basically about a teenage boy and his family. The teenage boy's dad got arrested because he owned about ten million dollars to the government. Once his Dad was arrested they got everything they had taken away from them. They went from really really rich to having nothing. The teenage boy now has to take care of his Mom and his siste ...more
Becky Wagoner
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Had I read this book as a teenager, my views might be quite different. For a teen, I think this is a decent quick read with some very valuable lessons that teens NEED to hear about more often. If a teen doesn't like to read much, gets bored reading, etc. this might be an alright starter book. However, the attitude of the main character is so annoying! Again, probably my view because I am an adult. As an adult, the writing was very choppy, and hardly detailed. But, even with the poor writing, the ...more
Oct 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Brett Gerson's family was fabulously well-to-do: mansion, mercedes, pool -- the whole package. Then one day Brett's stockbroker dad is convicted of insider trading and the Gersons lose everything. They move in with a great aunt; Brett and his mom actually have to get jobs, and dad winds up in prison.
And Brett is furious. Wouldn't you be?
But man, is he a whiner: it kind of gets on a reader's nerves to hear his whining on every page of Pool Boy, by Michael Simmons. Luckily, the author is skillfu
Carolyn Heinze
Jun 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recentlyread
Reminiscent of Peter from Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge, but a Peter that is more sophisticated and self-aware (can't picture Simmons'Brett Gerson worrying about wet dreams when his father is in the clink for insider trading and his once bourgeois family is now not so bourgeois). Simmons takes a snipper of teenage life and does, I believe, a classy job of portraying an adolescent boys struggle in dealing with very adult pressures with the mind and life experience of ...more
Sep 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I didnt really like this book for maybe the first quarter because all it was was a spoiled rich kid (Brett) who was complaining abt how his dad had ruined being rich for him but when Brett meets Alfie i started wanting to know what happened. I didnt like how Brett kept calling himself a man throughout the book becaus he was only 16 and hadmt learned anything abt life yet, so I thought that wud com up at the end saying that he finally was a real man. Over all it was a pretty good but and Brett ev ...more
May 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brett is a super spoiled rich boy who suddenly finds himself struggling with the real world when his dad is arrested for insider trading. When his mom,sister and him move in with their aunt, he soon learns how real people struggle from day to day. I admit I never grew to like Brett. Even at the end of the book, when he was suppose to have softened a little bit, he was still a ungrateful brat. I did enjoy the relationship Brett experiences with his boss, Alfie. It's a good book, just not one you' ...more
Brandi Bette
Brett, 15, had it all: good looks, a personality, and a lot of money… until his dad got busted for insider trading and lost everything. Brett is forced to take a job cleaning the pools in his old, rich neighborhood. And he reconsiders his own sense of responsibility to rebuild the life torn apart by his father's crimes.

From Benicia High School Booktalks 2009 & Benicia Middle School Booktalks 2009-10
Benicia Public Library Call Number: YA FIC SIMMONS
Jesmine Aw
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a super duper rich boy whose daddy went bankrupt when he was sent to jail. The boy, Brett, has to overcome many obstacles and was even forced to take up a part-time job as a pool cleaner and was forced to cleaned up pools in rich people's house where he used to swim in. When his boss, Alfie died, he then learnt the true meaning of friendship. I think this is an interesting book.
Amber Salow
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brett, an extremely rich kid, is forced to live life as a broke family when his father gets arrested for being illegal at stock sharing. He hates his dad and never wants to forgive him. He soon meets an old man named Alfie and starts working for him as a pool cleaner. Alfie teaches him a lot of life lessons and is a great role model. I thought this book was good. It taught a lot of lessons. For example money isn't everything even though Brett thought it was. It also had really good detail.
Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was not what I had in mind, I thought it would be interesting. It disappointed me, but at the end it was pretty sad. I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. This book is mainly about a rich boy named Brett, who suddenly lost everything and his family has to go through struggle and money, because of what his father did. This is my first time reading Michael Simmons, I think I would read more of his books later on.
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Story of what happens to the family of a man who goes to jail for insider trading. Seen through the eyes of the angry adolescent son. The story was well-told, but I sincerely disliked our spoiled hero, who whined from beginning to end. His snobbery, his self-centered outlook, his lack of compassion for fellow humans, his commitment to never forgiving anybody - while these characteristics make him real, they also make him hard to care about. I like to like my characters.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
15 yr old Brett is a spoiled rich boy until his life totally changes after his father is arrested for insider trading. Brett, his mother & sister move in w/Great Aunt Mary. Brett has to get a job as a pool boy to help make ends meet. He is assistant to a 70 yr Alfie-his former pool boy & learns many life lessons from him. Good
Basically, this is a book about Dick Casablancas. If Dick had a younger sister and still lived with his mother and had to move in with his aunt after his dad ended up in jail. Oh, and if Dick started working with the old man who cleaned their pool and learned valuable life lessons from said old man.
Sophie White
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Brett has a grown up as a spoiled rich kid. When his dad is arrested for illegal business activity, his family loses everything. He must deal with having to work and help support his family. Also, can he learn to forgive his father. An after school job, working with an older man named Alfie, might help him grow up.
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this when I was quite a bit younger... it was so different than anything I'd read before. I can remember probably 80% of the book and this was like, 7 years ago. That's when you know you've read a good book... when you can remember a majority of the content... the title...AND the author. Love this book.
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
a boy, brett loses both his money and father because his father's criminal-esque. what is a kid to do ? he starts working for this old man who becomes quite important to him as the story goes on. unfortunately, this man dies. this puts everything in perspective for brett. he tries to forgive his father for what he's done and that's the best for now.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. There was always a surprise which made it interesting. When a boy named Brett found out his dad has to go to jail because of something he did. Now he has to go live at his aunt house with his mom and sister and is waiting for a whole new life to start for him.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Out of Order
  • Going Nowhere Faster
  • Rubber Houses
  • Crunch Time
  • First Shot
  • Water Baby
  • Ricochet
  • Joseph
  • Feels Like Home
  • Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath
  • Bird
  • Hold Me Tight
  • Behind You
  • Would You
  • Sophie
  • Warriors in the Crossfire
  • Odd, Weird & Little
  • Walking on Glass
Librarian note: there are several authors on Goodreads with this name. This is Michael^^^Simmons.


More about Michael Simmons

Young Adult Deals

  • A History of Glitter and Blood
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1)
    $7.99 $0.99
  • This Is the Story of You
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Steeplejack (Steeplejack #1)
    $8.51 $2.99
  • Don't Get Caught
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • So B. It
    $6.74 $1.99
  • The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Cloaked in Red
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Fire and Bone (Otherborn, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Romeo Catchers (The Casquette Girls #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Black and Green (The Ghost Bird, #11)
    $4.99 $1.49
  • The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Love, Lucas
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Girls on Fire
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Before Goodbye
    $1.99 $0.99
  • Fireblood (Whispers from Mirrowen, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • By Your Side
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
    $9.99 $2.99
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »