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  • Jul 27, 2010
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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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 Schaffer, and he's not entirely wrong. Angry with his single mom because she spends all of her time thinking about his pigskin pope football-hero brother who's off in Iraq, and fixated on a girl from the mall where he works, Doug is painfully self-aware that he is a cliché. But through Sloan's on-point writing, Doug comes alive, even if he doesn't come close to achieving his goal of becoming a meth addict, or I will kill myself trying. He runs with the idea long enough, though, to step outside the skin of a high school dork to be turned on to nightclubs, parties, girls, and being thought of as something special. The ending, though, is a disappointment. Once Doug's brother returns, the sharp, uncommon narrative turns as dismissive as any parent who ever wished their kid would just shut up.(June)
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ISBN-10: 1439171297
ISBN-13: 978-1439171295
Author: Maya Sloan
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Gallery
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