Simon Glass is a nerd. Clumsy and awkward, he's a loser who occupies the lowest rung of the high school social ladder. Everybody picks on him, making jokes at his expense - until Rob Haynes shows up. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediatly becomes the undisputed leader of the senior class. And he has plans for Simon. Rob's ...Read MoreSimon Glass is a nerd. Clumsy and awkward, he's a loser who occupies the lowest rung of the high school social ladder. Everybody picks on him, making jokes at his expense - until Rob Haynes shows up. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediatly becomes the undisputed leader of the senior class. And he has plans for Simon. Rob's mission: To turn the snivelling Simon Glass from total freak to would-be prom king. But as Simon rises to the top of the social ranks, he shows a new confidence and a devious side that the power-hungry Rob did not anticipate. And when Simon Glass uncovers a dangerous secret, events suddenly darken. The end result being disquieting, chilling ...and brutal.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2003-10-13 An out-of-state transfer student ascends to alpha male, and his high school clique's plan to make over a social outcast go tragically awry, in what PW called "a suspenseful, disturbing novel." Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-02-11 In this suspenseful, disturbing debut novel, a high school clique's plans to make over a social outcast go tragically awry. Quotes at the opening of each chapter foretell the disaster to come. Thaddeus R. Steward IV, nicknamed "Young," who is an aspiring writer, narrates the tale. As it opens, Rob Haynes, an out-of-state transfer student with good looks and seemingly unshakable confidence, quickly ascends to alpha male, ousting reigning king of popularity, Lance Ansley. But, as Lance puts it, "[Rob] wasn't happy to have it all, he had to make sure I didn't have anything." By contrast, Rob wants to position Simon Glass, a "textbook geek," so that his peers will vote Simon "Class Favorite." Simon appears to go along with the new clothes and haircut, but he has some ideas of his own. When Simon and Young discover a secret about Rob's past, one of them seeks to use it, the other to protect it. Unfortunately, the novel follows so many characters that readers do not get to know any one of them well. Ronna, Young's girlfriend, provides the most insightful commentary; speaking of Rob's plan to transform Simon, she says, "Instead of making Rob more, doesn't it just make all of us... less?" Such probing questions are overshadowed by the novel's larger events and the sheer number of characters. Still, the thriller plot and breakneck pacing will keep readers hooked and on the lookout for this author's next book. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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