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Hazing Meri Sugarman [Kindle Edition]

M. Apostolina
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Poor, dear Cindy Bixby is a total loser. Has been all her life. But now as she enters college, Cindy hopes to shed her loser ways — get some friends and maybe even (dare she think it?) get a boyfriend. Her first move out of loserdom: pledge Alpha Beta Delta.

There Cindy meets Meri Sugarman. Meri is not only beautiful, she controls the sorority, a position that gives Meri more power than...well, maybe not God, but certainly any person within a one-hundred-mile radius. (How, you ask? Think of today's technology and what you could do with it if you were so (illegally) inclined. Get the picture? ;-) )

Meri teaches Cindy that she, too, can be perfect. She can be beautiful, sexy, and popular, influence teachers and politicians, and even have a boyfriend!

But when the new Cindy crosses into Meri-only territory (hint: where there's trouble, look for boy), new — very scary — Meri emerges. And Cindy realizes that behind all that beauty is an evil beast that must be stopped.


In screenwriter Apostolina's offbeat debut novel, Cindy Bixby goes to college and believes that joining Alpha Beta Delta sorority is a "once-in-a-lifetime chance" to go from loser to popular girl. But sadistic sorority president Meri Sugarman shows her that sisterhood has a price (Cindy not only has to do shots, but also pose as a prostitute).

But when Keith, Meri's ex-boyfriend, kisses Cindy, it's all-out war between the sisters! This is an intriguing premise-the sorority sisters wield power using "the Hoover File," which contains dirt on everyone, including the dean. And the story, which unspools via Cindy's journal entries, boasts a memorable supporting cast, including Cindy's sister, who becomes a pop star with a dirty song called "Tune My Motor Up," and the heroine's overweight roommate, who diagnoses everyone's psychological disorders, including her own "hypertension, borderline personality disorder, [and] panic attacks." Ages 14-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

A fantastic page-turner. M. Apostolina is a brilliant new writer. Cindy's character development is remarkably realistic; as she writes in her journal, you can see her change from an overly optimistic, naive, and often annoying character to one who, after seeing and experiencing something of the real world plus dealing with psychopath Meri Sugarman, actually knows more of what the world really is--and she can use that to her advantage, to stop Meri.

"Hazing Meri Sugarman" is full of great characters. Even (or perhaps especially) the less-likeable characters had me wanting to read more and more about them. This novel is funny (at times laugh-out-loud hilarious), absorbing, and, well, fantastic! I've read a few other reviews of the book, and reviewers kept calling it unrealistic. I highly doubt it was supposed to mirror the lives of actual college students; in fact, I'd be quite frightened if it did! Suspend disbelief for awhile; you will absolutely love this book.

Cindy Bixby dreams of escaping her high school loser image when she begins college. Following in her mother's footsteps, Cindy pledges Alpha Beta Delta, hoping to find acceptance and popularity. Cindy's captivation with Meri Sugarman, sorority president, causes her to make moral compromises to gain Meri's approval. When Cindy lands a boyfriend, an ex of Meri's, she becomes victim of Meri's powerful wrath. Cindy and her friends have no choice but to destroy this evil villain before she destroys them.

This story is cleverly revealed through daily diary entries. Middle school girls will find the exaggerated dramatic events appealing as it unfolds much like a modern day high school chick flick where the unpopular misfit finds the courage to confront the bully. The interspersing of family dynamics and the uncertainty of how to stop Meri will keep the reader intrigued until the end.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–College freshman Cindy Bixby equates popularity with belonging to a sorority. She pledges Alpha Beta Delta and idolizes her sisters. Their president, Meri Sugarman, is the most revered and powerful student on campus. These girls get all A's without going to class, have the best parties, and are flown by helicopter to Vegas whenever they desire. Cindy overlooks the fact that they call her Bow Wow (she thinks it's a term of endearment) and give her horribly humiliating tasks. When Meri's former boyfriend shows an interest in Cindy, however, she is kicked out of the sorority and learns that Meri will hurt anyone to get what she wants. Cindy and her friends then set out to eliminate the evil coed's power over the school. Alpha Beta Delta is more like the mafia than a sorority; the girls routinely use wiretapping, blackmail, and torture. Some readers may find the story darkly humorous, but most will find it too ridiculous to believe.–Stephanie L. Petruso, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Odenton, MD
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From Booklist

Gr. 10-12. Apostolina is a former creative director of Miramax, so it's no surprise that his first novel for youth seems to borrow from film--campy teen horror films, that is. Written in a diary format, the novel follows awkward college freshman Cindy Bixby through her descent into sorority hell. Cindy is desperate to belong to Alpha Beta Delta, where her gorgeous mother was once a sister, but as she endures increasingly sadistic hazing rituals (and falls for hot football player Keith), she gradually realizes that Meri Sugarman, the glimmering, Chanel-clad house president, is actually a dangerous psychopath. Vulgar language and some sexual references would rate this at least a PG-13, if not an R, in theaters, and Apostolina doesn't seem to be trying for anything close to reality in the cliched dialogue, two-dimensional characters, and over-the-top scenarios. But the almost gleefully depicted extremes of misery, torture, and retribution are reminiscent of teen movies such as Heathers, and readers who like ink-black satire might enjoy this. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 141690610X
  • Publisher: Little Casita, Inc.; First KINDLE edition (December 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002GKA6YW
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
National sorority rules don't apply to megalomaniac Meri Sugarman, who has held a reign of terror over the sorority and all of Rumson River University since her freshman year. Alpha Beta Delta is the best sorority on campus, and self-proclaimed loser Cindy Bixby, an ABD legacy (her mom was president of the same chapter), is determined to become a member despite Meri's ridiculous demands and histrionics. Cindy survives Pledge Week and moves into the house, where she discovers that Meri is more than just an egoist: she's downright evil.

Thanks to modern technology, Meri has dirt on everyone from alumni to students to professors, and she uses it to every malicious advantage. Some people, though, are sick of Meri, and they hatch a plan that will bring her down.

They hope.

Every sorority urban legend on the Internet is in this book, so if you're into over-the-top college horror stories, dive right in (to the bowl of pink Jello). You'll love to hate Meri and all of her wild demands, and you'll always wonder how Cindy is going to survive Meri's latest requests. As a sorority member, I have to say that there are a number of wild inaccuracies regarding sorority life in this book, but the story of overcoming the biggest bully around is one that everyone can enjoy.

A sequel is planned for July 2006.

--- Reviewed by Carlie Webber
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the sequel! January 25, 2006
This book is excellent, I didn't want it to end. Thank goodness there is a sequel coming soon! I don't like giving away details so just buy this book, you won't regret it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praising Meri Sugarman! December 14, 2005
By John H
Hysterical! Please sign me up for Apostolina's next work because I haven't laughed this hard, out loud, in ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too November 18, 2006
Cindy Bixby has always been a loser. There may be kinder ways to say it, but that's just the way it is. All through high school, she was tormented by her classmates. At home, her sister Lisa has always gotten all the attention from her pretty, former-cheerleader mother who just can't seem to understand how she ended up with a daughter like Cindy.

Now, though, Cindy wants to change that. She's going to college at Rumson University, her parents' alma mater, and she's going to change her life! She's optimistic (rather annoyingly so, actually) about her chances of having friends (maybe even being popular), and even getting a boyfriend!

How is she going to do it? Cindy has a plan. Her mother says joining a sorority is the only way to go, so Cindy's pledging Alpha Beta Delta, the sorority of which her mother was once the president.

To her surprise, Cindy makes it. Her life is looking up; she's a member of an influential sorority, and she actually has a couple of friends! Even Alpha Beta Delta president, Meri Sugarman, seems to like Cindy. She helps Cindy to become beautiful and confident. Cindy's life is going great!

That is, until she invades Meri's territory. She was amazed when popular, handsome Keith Ryder actually liked her. It really was too good to be true. See, Keith is Meri's. Sure, they're broken up, and Meri doesn't want him, but she certainly doesn't want former-loser Cindy Bixby to have him. And just as easily as she was able to make Cindy's life fabulous, she makes it even worse than before. Meri has that power; the power to destroy anyone's life. Unfortunately, she is something of a psychopath.

So now Cindy and her new friends Patty, Lindsay, Keith, and even Bud Finger from high school have a mission.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woo Hoo!!! February 14, 2006
By Joanna
This book is great I recommend this book to anyone, I couldn't put it down! I finished it in 2 days! Hope the second book is just as great!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! January 13, 2006
I really could not put this down! It's great that it's in diary form, and each day brings something new and funny. I was a little grossed out by Bud Finger, but the rest of the characters are great, especially Cindy and Lindsay, who's never without her umbrella. The author exaggerates all the things that happen between Cindy and Meri, but their hatred for each other feels real! You really do want Cindy to win. I can't wait for "Meri Strikes Back!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting novel November 11, 2006
Cindy Bixby wants to start new at Rumson U, where she is attending as a freshman. Hoping to forget her loner high school years, Cindy wants to become popular and the only way she thinks to do it is to join a sorority. Not just any sorority, but to pledge Alpha Beta Delta--the best of them all. And unfortunately, also the hardest to get into...and to stay into.

The merciless president, Meri Sugarman, not only controls the sorority, but the entire school (and even has the Dean wrapped around her pinky). But the lucky sorority girls automatically get whatever they want: good grades, designer clothing, and big-time popularity. However, it all comes at a very big price. When things start to get out of control, Meri turns against Cindy and makes her a public target to humiliate. Things get ugly pretty quick and Cindy plans her haze Meri Sugarman.

I enjoyed this book to the fullest extent. It not only has a humorous, likable main character, but also a captivating plot. Can't wait to read the sequel!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book I've read in a long time! April 27, 2006
I have to admit this book started a bit slow for me. But it just kept getting better and better page after page. i couldn't put it down, it is so funny. Meri is such a witch and I'm so glad Cindy ended up with Meri's ex bf. the group's attempts to bring down Meri hardly seem to work, but they don't give up.

I loved this book. it is so goood. Read it!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read but some parts are kind of far fetched... It is fiction though so.. I liked this book anyways.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Hazing Meri Sugarman
This is an amazing book. I really bought it because it was $5, but I'm glad I did. Cindy was a loser girl and Meri the popular girl took Cindy under her wing. Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
I read everything lately, when I stumbled across this on myspace I thought Why not?!
I'm glad I did, this was the most fun I've had reading in a long time! Read more
Published on September 10, 2007 by Salvatore P. Padula Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book ans the whole series
I really love this whole series. All the books are well written. It is a twist on the classic good vs. evil tale that is so often seen in literature.
Published on July 24, 2007 by Alexis S. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars So very real.
Great read, even beyond the teen universe with its complicated school intrigues. Could easily transplant the juice of the intrigues and plots in the corporate world as a matter of... Read more
Published on July 4, 2007 by Steve Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun "beetch" read
I read this on a recent vacation and found myself laughing out loud and rolling my eyes at the hilarious and improbable adventures of that nice Cindy Bixby. Read more
Published on September 27, 2006 by Dennis Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars I Luv to hate Meri!!
I read this one pretty fast, and it's really funny. And I was sorta rooting for Meri more than Cindy. Ha! Read more
Published on July 19, 2006 by Carla
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great.
I liked the whole story line and plot.

I guess the reason why I didn't really love it was becasue of the diary format. Read more
Published on July 18, 2006 by Little D
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More About the Author

M. Apostolina is the author of HAZING MERI SUGARMAN, MERI STRIKES BACK and DARK CINDY. HAZING MERI SUGARMAN was nominated for an ALA (American Library Association) Award, while "The Horn Book" called both HAZING MERI SUGARMAN and MERI STRIKES BACK "Near classic!"

Previously, Apostolina was Head of Creative Affairs at Miramax Films in NYC and London. Later embarking on a writing career, Apostolina has been busy a novelist and a working screenwriter in Hollywood.

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