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High Before Homeroom

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A book by Maya Sloan

This coming-of-age debut about a 16-year-old's attempt to get popular by becoming a drug addict is charming, poignant, and engrossing—to a point. I am just another kid in another mall with ripped jeans and doodles on his Converses, says Doug … see full wiki

Author: Maya Sloan
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Gallery
1 review about High Before Homeroom

Not sure

  • Jul 27, 2010
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High Before Homeroom is either an extremely brilliant book or a highly dismissive one - and I am not sure what I think exactly.

The main character feels neglected by his mom and brother (isn't this kind of typical of kids that age?). He falls for a girl who seems to like bad boys - which means he has to "turn himself" into one.

Actually, this is kind of a clever twist on many other novels - where the girl does all the changing to meet the "expectations" of the guy she is interested in.

However, what I am unsure about is the fact that our main character chooses to "become" an addict in order to grab this girl's attention - he intentionally researches the entire subject and then works towards this goal.

Although, on some levels, the author did a nice job of presenting the subject in a sensitive voice - I have a problem with the entire idea. I do not "insult" easily, but for some reason, I felt upset by this development - it felt as though somehow the storyline made light of being an addict - which, of course, any addict will tell you that there is aboslutely nothing light of airy about it.

I know this is not the goal the author had in mind - but I could not shake the feeling and this tainted the book for me.

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