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Shattering Glass

Shattering Glass by Gail Giles is a very suspenseful and disturbing look at what it takes to be popular. In Chapter one, it starts off by saying "I guess, really, we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn't realize it until the day we killed him." It gets right to the point and then starts to describe Simon Glass and what made him "uncool". Simon Glass was the picture perfect image of a textbook geek. Until one day Rob Haynes, the leader of the senior class, has an idea to turn fat, uncool Simon Glass into prom king material. With the help of rich, intelligent Young ( who narrates the story), girl attracting Bob, and sweet athletic Coop. Through out the book Simon Glass begins to like his new profound popularity and starts to be less timid and a lot more outgoing, more then Rob could take. Until Simon uncovers a very dangerous secret about Rob. Then Simon takes over Robs control of votes for class favorite and confronts the group of Robs little secret, it results in a devastating end.
I thought the book was excellent. It gets you hooked and you can't put it down. I felt Gail Giles wrote an accurate picture of high school life and its everyday life style. The book made me think twice about how we stereotype people into these stupid cliches and how we dress is what we are. I thought Giles wrote this book very well, it felt you where actually there and knew how the characters where feeling. I would recommend this book to people who are in high school and people who like suspenseful books with true meanings behind them. I probably would change the ending just a little bit. I would probably tell more about what happened to them and maybe what happened in trail and how there dealing with it. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars..


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