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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Push (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545068932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545068932
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8–10—On his first day at a new high school, Jupiter Glazer finds himself completely ignored by his classmates or being shoved into a locker. His growing suspicions are confirmed: he's a loser. Maybe it's his Russian accent, maybe it's the fact that the only place he and his immigrant parents can afford to live is in the worst neighborhood in town, or maybe it's his friendship with fellow émigré and science nerd Vadim. Everything changes when he manages to crash a party being held by the hottest girl in school; a few semi-accidental witticisms and an accent makeover later, Jupiter is ascending, if not to popularity, at least to a comfortable slot in the high school social hierarchy. He seems to have a special gift for connecting with people, and this gift serves him in good stead as he begins to understand his family, his high school, and himself. Roth's wry, lighthearted touch lends this sweet novel and its protagonist tremendous appeal, which transcends the sometimes too-loose plot; it's a fast, funny read with teen appeal and musical references that will delight fans of '80s and '90s shoegazer rock. Outsiders everywhere will rejoice with Jupiter as he finds a place for himself in a world that often feels as foreign to him as he does to it.—Meredith Robbins, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School, New York City
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From Booklist

Russian immigrant Jupiter Glazer has been a target for bullies since he came to Philadelphia when he was seven years old. His family lives and works in an almost-defunct elevator factory in an industrial neighborhood. Jupiter hopes for a clean start at his new high school, where a girl encourages him to lose his thick accent and a bully named Bates becomes an unlikely but dependable friend, particularly as Jupiter’s popularity and self-confidence grow. Bates, a metalhead, and Jupiter, a retro-alternative guy, soothe their souls with music, which forms a strong, authentic undercurrent in the novel. Bates finally trusts Jupiter enough to reveal his sexual confusion and to ask for help in finding the gay teen hangouts in the city, but then Bates is disappointed after not finding anyone in the gay teen scene with whom he connects. Teens will forgive the rather convenient solution to Jupiter’s housing problem and will focus instead on the honest views of popularity, parental disappointment, and self-image. Grades 9-12. --Cindy Dobrez

More About the Author

Matthue Roth is a Hasidic author, slam poet, and screenwriter. His first book, Never Mind the Goldbergs, was an ALA Popular Paperback in Religion and a NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age.

He's also written a memoir about becoming Orthodox (Yom Kippur a Go-Go), a supermodel spy caper (Candy in Action), and a cover of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" starring Russian Jewish immigrants (Losers).

By day, he is a video game designer, and co-created the irreverent Biblical YouTube series G-dcast. Matthue lives with his family in Brooklyn, and he keeps a secret online diary at www.matthue.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on November 20, 2010
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i really luked this book. it was writren as if the writer was talking directly to you and din't try to sound smart or like he was trying too hard. made me want to read other things by him (already ordered 2 others) and it made me want to look up the author on-line to find out more about him and how much of the story was true or about him or what.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 5, 2011
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Jupiter Glazer has had a tough life ever since he got dragged from Russia to the United States when he was young. He's always been the kid who gets picked on and shoved into lockers. He only really has one good friend, Vadim, who is also Russian. The night before he starts his first day at a new high school, he decides he's not going to be that kid anymore. He's going to transform himself and actually fit in with the other kids and make friends.

Soon, he's listening to old records to try to pick up the correct accent, and going to parties that he'd usually never even think of attending because he'd usually just be beat up. In the process, he's aggravating his parents because he's never home at the factory to help out when they're having a hard time. But little by little, Jupiter starts to fit in a bit more, and he realizes it's not so hard to blend in with everybody else and not get picked on constantly.

This was a good read. From the very beginning, I sided with Jupiter, of course. It wasn't fair to him that he always got picked on because he wasn't from around there and had a different accent. I loved how he decided to change when he got tired of always being bullied. It made sense to transform himself when he was starting a new high school. Not everyone knew who he was, so he could really be anybody that he wanted to be. I thought that was a really brave thing of him to do.

I definitely think bullies should read LOSERS so that they can understand what the people being bullied are going through - and maybe, just maybe, they'll understand that it's not right. I also liked the way that Mr. Roth wrote from both Jupiter's experience and also from Vadim's point of view. Definitely check this one out, especially if you like books about foreigners trying to fit in.

Reviewed by: Breanna F.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Great Dame on June 8, 2009
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Cool story, awesome characters, a wonderful, fun read--you cannot put this book down once you start reading it. Can't wait for the sequel!!!
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This is an edgy young adult novel that focuses on the alienation teenagers feel as they enter high school. The major character is Jupiter, a fifteen-year-old Russian émigré. Although he has been in the American school system since kindergarten, his "foreign" status greatly affects how he perceives his place in the world around him. Jupiter comes from "the Yards", the poorest neighborhood in the area. Up until now, he has been inconspicuous, but his high school years cause him to increase his profile and confront certain realities. As with all teenagers, he must also cope with his parents, who are struggling to make ends meet and who are decidedly not "cool". To complicate matters, they want Jupiter to help them in their factory work at a time when he is trying to socially integrate into his high school class. At school, Jupiter is quickly targeted by Bates, an out of control teen who tries to harm him at every turn. The boy's first response is to try to avoid contact with Bates by "hanging out" with another Russian boy named Vadim, a computer genius. However, Vadim is looking for his own acceptance among others like himself and he shuns Jupiter's overtures. The author develops several other characters, each one designed to represent a certain teenage type. There is Sajit, the gay young man, who is well informed and quite wise about the interactions of his own age group. We are also introduced to Devin, the popular girl, who is the center of a group who values her skills with boys and hangs on her every word. Another characters effect Jupiter's life: Crash, a boy from a very wealthy family, and Margie, the girlfriend of a gang leader. Jupiter explores his own sexuality and then helps another boy to deal with his.Read more ›
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