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Colt O'Brien Sees the Light by George Matthew Cole
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Colt O'Brien feels he knows all he needs to know about computers. Letting his senior year breeze by so he can fix and work on them, his grades are only average. Thinking his life is perfect, he's in for a nasty shock when his mother's friend seduces him with alcohol.

Around the same time, a couple of young computer geeks start up a club at his school where their goal is to become a Microsoft Certified System Engineer. Now, his principal informs him that his grades may not be good enough to get into college unless he can pass the Microsoft test. His only hope is to join the club.

When Colt meets the girl of his dreams, Amy, who brings out the best in him, everything starts to look better. His mom's twisted friend, though, doesn't like that he's dating someone and threatens to destroy his relationship and his chances at passing the test.

Can Colt overcome the odds stacked against him?

COLT O'BRIEN SEES THE LIGHT is quick, realistic fiction with well-developed characters. The author does a good job of setting up the obstacles, and the plot is complex but easy to follow. Readers who like realistic fiction dealing with relationships, computers, and life from the perspective of a guy will enjoy reading this book.

The story, however, does have some mature themes, so it would be best suited for high school-age readers and beyond.

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