The Stand-In

The Stand-In

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The inspiration for the Netflix original film, The Perfect Date!

When Brooks volunteered to be a stand-in for Burdette's cousin who got stood up for Homecoming, it was with the noblest of intentions--helping a fellow human being, free of charge. But when he gets a tip of more than three hundred bucks, word spreads quickly and Brooks seizes the opportunity to offer his impeccable escort services to super-wealthy parents who want their daughters to experience those big social events of senior year.

Besides, Brooks could use the cash to hire a tutor to get admitted to Columbia University. So what if along the way he goes along with a few minor deceptions and cuts a few moral corners? What could be the harm?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 145 x 200 x 30mm | 502g
  • Carolrhoda Lab
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1512410233
  • 9781512410235
  • 1,760,772

Review quote

Brooks dreams the impossible dream: make it out of Jersey and into Columbia University, and then somehow afford tuition as the only son of a comic-book collecting, perpetually stoned mail carrier. He realizes his weekend job at a sub shop with his buddy Murph won't cut it, but then stumbles into something much more lucrative as a hired date for the daughters of social climbing, overinvolved, wealthy helicopter parents. Brooks works his charming smile and suave dance moves into a five-figure savings account while alienating his old friends, deceiving his new ones, and getting way too wrapped up with an intolerable client who is almost a knockout. Ultimately he grapples with the question: in this race for social, academic, and economic achievement, who's been exploiting whom and at what real cost? The breakneck pace and snappy writing keeps this humorous caper moving; the 'regular guy' perspective on the lives of the rich and privileged frames the story well, and the sometimes crass but good-hearted hero at its center is worth rooting for.--Booklist

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310 ratings
3.19 out of 5 stars
5 16% (49)
4 25% (79)
3 30% (94)
2 19% (59)
1 9% (29)
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