Summary: This story is about the popular kids (Rob, Young, Bob, and Coop) trying to turn the “loser” (Simon Glass) of the school to be one of them, a pSummary: This story is about the popular kids (Rob, Young, Bob, and Coop) trying to turn the “loser” (Simon Glass) of the school to be one of them, a popular kid. It’s like a challenge they want to accomplish, not because they like Simon Glass, just because it’s very challenging and they want to prove they have the power and can accomplish whatever they want, or at least that’s what Rob says.. Rob came into school with not much of a background, but no one ever asked about him because he was the hotshot of the school and he had the looks, so no one asked questions, they just followed what he said and did, and trusted him. Rob could charm anyone into anything; his smile would win anyone over. But, this story is from Young’s point of view, even though it’s about Rob’s challenge for them. Rob’s mission was to make the previous king of the school, Lance, into a laughing stock and the most hated student in school, and to make the loser of the school, Simon Glass, the favorite student in school. Young, Bob, and Coop, just played along because Rob said so. They didn’t really know what they really wanted. Throughout the whole story they realized Simon wasn’t who they thought he was, and later results in only punishment and consequences for every single one of them. Throughout the story there are quotes from the people in the story telling them how they felt or what they saw or their testimony. Rob is over confident and Young is willing to risk it all for Rob, so the challenge can be accomplished. Will they be able to?
I can relate to this story because it is all about high school and about the popular kids. I am in high school right now, and there are the popular kids that pick on the not so popular kids, and this book just tells the ugly truth about it all. Also, in my family I used to be the most important person. I party wouldn’t happen if I couldn’t make it, a party wouldn’t start if I wasn’t there, a conversation would never occur if I wasn’t there to start it, but I did one thing and it messed that all up. If you asked my family members what they thought about me before, they would say they all loved me, but if you ask them now, you would hear only stony replies and grim responses. That’s how it was in the story, everyone loved the popular kids, they followed them, they were the most important people, then BAM! They make a mistake and it’s all over for them, and people despise them more than anything else in the world.
Rating: 5/5 because this book was amazing. Gail Giles explains the inner workings of high school, and she shows you what reality is. This is realistic fiction, as sad as it may be, or as inhumane, it could very easily happen. She explains everything, and she lets you know what people thought about the convicts, or the guilty ones, and they got quotes from them. Also, I rate it a 5 out of 5 because it’s happy and perfect at one point, but it also let’s you know the horrible side of everything too. It’s a really good book because it shows you all the elements of life. It could have easily happened, and also because it’s about the popular kids. Most people think the popular kids have it all, that their lives are perfect, but they aren’t. They usually have more pressure and problems than anyone else, and this book shows you that. It tells you what their lives are like and what they have to deal with. I also love this book because it tells you opinions of people AFTER everything happened. That is really interesting to me because it ends dramatically. If it didn’t have those opinions before every chapter this book would be 5 out of 5 to 2 out of 5, that’s how important and interesting the opinions are.
Genre: Realistic Fiction I recommend this book to anyone that likes the inner workings of things that seem perfect. Anyone that likes a story with an ugly truth, or something suspenseful and something that you think is hard to believe, but something that can really happen.
A favorite quote from the book/an interesting one: “Simon Glass was easy to hate. I never knew exactly why, there was too much to pick from. I guess, really, we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn’t realize it until the day we killed him.” (The first paragraph of the book) ...more
UPDATE: LOG: 11/17/09: I just finished the book this morning. Fleming's French teacher never showed up to his summer school class, and everyone was wonUPDATE: LOG: 11/17/09: I just finished the book this morning. Fleming's French teacher never showed up to his summer school class, and everyone was wondering where he was at. There was a gas station bandit, that robbed and ran, turns out, that's what their french teacher was up to. Fleming saved everyone and she was the one to bring him down. At the end she gets a new sibling added to the family, and her parents finally see that's she's responsible. It's all happy happy, and both of the guys she liked now like her, but she's over them. (Waaay waaaay over them)
So far, I really like this book, but I don't. The main character, Peggy Fleming, is having a really boring summer in a really boring city. She is "in love" with Steve, but Steve's best friend, Mike, seems to be interested in her. So far in the book, she's juggling between the two. I don't like this book so far because the story line has a very weak point to it. The deeper meaning isn't too great, and I don't like the stroy line at all really. I like this book because every page something happens, and anything can happen. It is very unpredictable and makes you want to keep reading, I'm enraptured in the book because one thing is happening on one page, and then I turn it and BAM! Something else goes wrong or something completely unexpected happens. She has been taking a summer French class and has met Charlotte, her new best friend. Charlotte has a wild streak to her and is loved by all. Peggy works at a gas station store, and she isn't very handy with cars. This summer is all about paying back her parents and responsibility, that is all she has been up to, and her parents don't see all that she is doing. They're taking her for granted....more
Summary: The main character in this book is Devon Delaney. She has a boyfriend, Luke, and he has an ex-girlfriend, Bailey. Luke recently has started taSummary: The main character in this book is Devon Delaney. She has a boyfriend, Luke, and he has an ex-girlfriend, Bailey. Luke recently has started talking to Bailey. Luke and Bailey pass notes in class and they text each other. Obviously, this behavior bothers Devon very much. Devon becomes very jealous, and wants them to stop getting so close. Devon overheard Bailey talking to her best friend, Kim, about how Bailey was going to get Luke back and away from Devon because Bailey still liked him. Bailey is very pretty, and so Devon becomes self conscious and even more jealous. The conflict of this story, or the problem, is Bailey because she is trying to steal Devon's boyfriend away from her.
This whole story is about how Devon tries to make Luke jealous with her fake ex, Ryan/Greg/Corbin/Ethan/other names he went by. Devon does this so Luke will realize how Devon feels about him and Bailey, so they can figure things out. Devon even joined Mock Trial to spy on Bailey and Luke because she was very insecure. Devon wants to feel secure about their relationship and she wants Luke to make her feel secure. Instead of telling Luke the truth and confronting him, she devises a whole plan that becomes a recipe for disaster. Ryan not only helped out Devon, he also helped out her friend, Mel, from going to boarding school. He was quite the actor! Ryan pretended to still like Devon, which messed up the situation even further because Bailey pointed it out which made Luke jealous and feel insecure. Luke started trying harder to impress Devon, now that there was competition, and everything got even more tangled up. They were all students in middle school that were in the middle of drama whether they liked it or not. I can connect to this book because I used to go to middle school, and there was a lot of drama concerning relationships. History does repeat itself because almost the same thing happened with my cousin. My cousin was jealous of her boyfriend's relationship with his ex, so she came up with a fake ex to make her boyfriend jealous. Instead of getting a different person from a different school, she got someone that went to their school and paid him to act like her ex. It was more disastrous than the book, and I was the friend that kept telling my cousin to tell the truth. This book was realistic fiction because I've seen it happen.
Explanation of Review: I gave this book four start because I really liked the storyline because it was enrapturing. I didn't know what was going to go wrong next. It was fun reading it because it reminded me of my middle school experience. It also reminded me of how ridiculous it all was when looking back on my middle school life because I went to great extents to hide the truth, even though in the end it would have been much easier if I had just told the truth. I didn't like this book because it was about students in middle school, and they were acting a bit like students from high school, and they weren't acting their age. Being a high school, I didn't like reading about students in middle school. I like reading books about people my age because it is easier to relate to the story, and the experience of reading the book is much more enjoyable if you're living through it now than if you already went through it. I liked this book because I like reading about drama but not being caught in the middle of it, so it was a breath of fresh air because every single dramatic thing that has occurred in my family or friends, I was caught in the smack dab middle of it. It felt nice reading about someone else being in the position.
The most important quote from the book is: "And before I know it, this is what I'm saying: "Well, actually, I didn't four-wheel at my grandma's house. I mean, I did it over the summer while I was visiting her. But the actual four-wheeling I did was at this guy Greg's house. My ex-boyfriend, Greg." This quote is really important because this is the first lie she says to get her current boyfriend jealous.
I recommend this book to anyone that wants to read about typical middle school drama involving ex's and current boyfriends/girlfriends dilemmas. ...more
First Review: So far this family of four have just moved to Tangerine, Florida. Paul is really into soccer, but Erik gets all the attention because heFirst Review: So far this family of four have just moved to Tangerine, Florida. Paul is really into soccer, but Erik gets all the attention because he is the football player. Something is very off about Erik and Paul had an eye injury that he blamed Erik for. Erik sneaks off at night with his new friends, and he has made them pretty quickly. :]
Second Review: Now they are still settling in by unpacking their boxes and getting used to the pouring weather. It rains almost everyday at the same time, but no one seems to pay attention to that because they're all too involved with Football. Paul (main character) is really good at soccer, and his team isn't that great but they've won a trophy. Erik keeps messing with Paul's head, and Paul starts to believe him. Paul is legally blind, and Erik tells him it's because he look directly at the sun during the Eclipse. When it rains in Florida, in a couple of minutes, everything gets flooded. Erik continues to ridicule Paul, their dad is all about Erik and his future football career, and their mom is too busy worrying about everything and not liking a lot of things about Tangerine.
Third Review [March 23, 2010:]: Paul understands how things work. He's an observer, and he foreshadows/infers things such as who is going to be Erik's girlfriend and such. This book demonstrates a lot of stereotypes and stereotypical images about cliques in high school. Paul has flashbacks to the day he got attacked, and is always left wondering about the eclipse and his eye sight problems because he is partially blind. The weather in Florida doesn't suit Paul or his mother. There is a secret about Erik that Paul is slowly started to uncover. He's really good at soccer, and he gets on the team, easily. I don't want to ruin the big secret. :)...more