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Surviving High School Paperback – September 4, 2012
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"The story moves along at a compulsively readable pace. Teens will want to clear their calendars after they start this one."―SLJ
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Surviving High School tricked me. When I saw that it was based on a game, and contains a mere two hundred, eleven pages, I thought it would be sort of a "fluff" book. A book that skims the surface, nice, but never digging too deep. Boy, was I wrong.
Surviving High School centers around Emily, a girl who is beginning high school in the shadow of her newly deceased sister. Since her sister, Sara's death, Emily has been pushed into her role: model student, perfect athlete, quiet daughter. She even eats and trains exactly like her sister did. The other girls on the team? They're not Emily's competition. She's competing against her sister's swim times. It doesn't help that her grieving father is also her swim coach. He pushes and punishes Emily to the very edge, not realizing what a loose grip she has. When Emily becomes involved with a boy from school, and realizes she wants a life outside of the pool and the constraints, she begins to unravel. How long will it takes her perfect life to fall completely apart? And does she even want to save it?
Surviving High School was very nicely written. The third person narrative, and the manner in which the story is told gave me the sense of watching the story unfold from above. Sometimes that doesn't work for me, but in this case it was nice. Emily's emotions were conveyed so simply, yet strong enough that I didn't feel disengaged.
I find it very interesting that the story, and subsequent series is based on a game. I'm curious as to how it plays out, and I may even buy it for myself. I would love to talk to someone who has actually played it.Read more ›
So my one hour reading plan turned into another hour which turned into one more hour, that turned into a few more pages and so on. Finally I didn't think I could stay up anymore, I had to get some sleep before my toddler woke up so I decided to read until the end of the chapter. Of course that ended up being the chapter where at the end Coach Kessler found out about Emily and Ben, there was no way I was stopping there.
I was so excited to find out what happened that I got that second wind ha ha. I knew that I needed to get some sleep but I just couldn't help myself, I was too excited to stop. I read it straight through until it was finished. It took me about 4 hours or so. The book was great, I loved the story and the characters.
It is possible to play season 1 without reading it but you don't get the connection to Emily and Kimi and other new characters. It's pretty impossible to appreciate Emily and Ben's relationship without reading the novel. I so glad that I spent the money on it.
It was definitely worth only getting 4 hours of sleep that day.
Thanks SHS It was a great story. Emily and Ben are awesome, I love them together. Kimi is very interesting too
♥ Have a blessed day
At the beginning of the book Emily is nicknamed Robot by some girls on her swim team. She gets upset by that but it's a pretty accurate nickname for her. She eats, she sleeps, she goes to school, and she swims. Ever since the death of her older sister Emily has been this way. She is the sole focus of her dad (the swim coach) and he pushes her to be her best. Sadly it leaves no time for anything else. Emily doesn't really care though until Ben Kale comes into the picture. For him she just might want a life but to do that she will have to stand up to her father and start living outside of her sister's memory.
Emily is rather annoying for most of the book. Swimming is her whole life and she won't make time for anything else. She shuts herself off from the whole world and she freaks out over the smallest things. She acts pretty immature and naïve. I really wanted to smack some sense into her a few times. Her friend, Kimi, was fun and interesting but she seemed to care a bit too much about popularity and fitting in. Kimi and Emily had an odd friendship since they didn't really seem to get each other. However Emily was easier to like when she was around Kimi. Ben definitely made the book better though. Ben was cute, funny, smart, and popular. He wasn't afraid to laugh at himself and he acted quite crazy a lot of the time. He brought out a better side of Emily and I liked her best when she was with him. Their relationship was really cute.
The story itself isn't really that interesting. There's a lot of swimming, a little romance, and some growing up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book and can't believe that the middle school I work does not have it in their library yet? What is with that?Published 6 months ago by Malcolm
When I pick this book up, I thought it was going to be a "fluff". Man, was I wrong. It turn out to be a punch of emotions. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Viviana Ortiz
I love the game and loved the book! So excited for "how to be a star"!! :D ? H $Published on March 17, 2013 by Carter
I loved it!!!! I PLAY the game I never thought the book would be this great. Emily is my new favorite character!!Published on December 29, 2012 by Aubrey Lynne
"Oh, I hate that Dominique!"
That's why I found myself saying over and over as I repeatedly closed this book. Even though I'm male and well past my high school days, M. Read more
Awww, to be back in high school again. This story definitely puts me back to when I was freshmen in school. So scared out of my whits with an unknown future. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Savannah (Books With Bite)
Very lovely read and particularly good if you play the game as well. Doesn't take too much to get through and leaves you feeling pretty chuffed for Emily (the main character) in... Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Sarah
This book is very detailed. It was worth the wait when I pre-ordered it. It's just an amazing, loving, sad moments, caring book. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Ms.Jennie-o