Hayden's Reviews > ridiculous/hilarious/terrible/cool: a year in an american high school

ridiculous/hilarious/terrible/cool by Elisha Cooper
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Apr 14, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: teen, adult, african-american, urban, latino, fitting-in

Sort of a book documentary--the author of this YA nonfiction book followed about half a dozen high school students around for a year. Each chapter is a month of the school year, interspersed with doodley drawings. You follow the teens as they dance, act, play soccer, apply to colleges, go to prom, etc.

I think teens are going to love this book, and it's also a good pick for adults who are wondering what the hell the kids are up to these days. The high school is a top magnet public school in Chicago, and most of the selected students probably have a more solid sense of identity than the average 17-year-old. Still, one of them is a small time drug dealer and another doesn't make it back after the Christmas holidays--the author doesn't choose just star students. But all of the kids are pretty loveable, even the drug dealer. Especially the drug dealer.

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message 1: by Abby (new)

Abby nice review Hayden! We just got this at NET a few days ago and the cover description intrigued me, but not enough to check it out. Your review definitely sold me on it though. Way to go. Now I can another book to my enormously long list. :)

Hayden Yay! I'm glad. I think you'll like it.

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