How to Win at High School
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How to Win at High School

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Adam Higgs is a loser, and he's not okay with it. But starting as a junior in a new high school seems like exactly the right time to change things. He brainstorms with his best friend, Brian: What will it take for him to take over Nixon Collegiate? Adam searches for the A-listers' weak spot and strikes gold when he gets queen bee Sara Bryant to pay him for doing her physics homework. One part nerd, two parts badass, Adam ditches his legit job and turns to full-time cheating. His clients? All the Nixon Collegiate gods and goddesses. But soon his homework business becomes a booze business, which becomes a fake ID business. Adam's popularity soars as he unlocks high school achievements left and right, from his first kiss to his first rebound hookup. But something else is haunting him--a dark memory from his past, driving him to keep climbing. What is it? And will he go too far? How to Win at High School's honest picture of high school hierarchy combines with an over-the-top, adrenaline-charged story line, and Adam's rocket ride to the top of the social order (and his subsequent flameout) is by turns bawdy and sweetly emotional.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 490 pages
  • 149.86 x 218.44 x 45.72mm | 544.31g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 006233686X
  • 9780062336866
  • 2,045,153

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"Slick, breezy... fast-moving and suspenseful."--Kirkus "Short, intense chapters, some of which read like poetry, capture snapshots that lend a visceral immediacy to the action."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Slick, breezy... fast-moving and suspenseful. --Kirkus" The funny, unforgiving narration will have readers glued to this story. --Publishers Weekly" Matthews s debut YA novel has a fast plot with gritty content and dialogue that will appeal to teens. --School Library Journal" Short, intense chapters, some of which read like poetry, capture snapshots that lend a visceral immediacy to the action. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" "The funny, unforgiving narration will have readers glued to this story."--Publishers Weekly "Matthews's debut YA novel has a fast plot with gritty content and dialogue that will appeal to teens."--School Library Journalshow more

Back cover copy

Adam Higgs is a loser, and he's not okay with it. But starting as a junior in a new high school seems like exactly the right time to change things. He brainstorms with his best friend, Brian: How can he take over Nixon Collegiate? Or, he amends, not take it over, but win at it? Step One: Rent Scarface on DVD. (For inspiration.) Step Two: Identify the Nixon Collegiate junior class gods and goddesses.Step Three: Become the guy who has what they want and can get what they need. Adam searches for the A-listers' weak spot and strikes gold when he gets main goddess Sara Bryant to pay him for doing her physics homework. Soon Adam builds up a very loyal, very demanding all-star clientele for his services. One part nerd, two parts badass, the Pizza Man (he delivers!) ditches his legit job and turns to full-time cheating. Homework becomes booze becomes fake IDs, and Adam seems to have the hookup for everything. His popularity soars as he unlocks high school achievements left and right. But for Adam, the dozens of girls and limitless influence are not enough. Something else is haunting him, driving him to keep climbing. Will his attempt to win force him to go too far and lose everything he didn't know he already had?show more

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168 ratings
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4 34% (57)
3 28% (47)
2 10% (17)
1 8% (13)
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