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"Snappy dialogue [and] adorable chemistry..."―Kirkus

"The story moves along at a compulsively readable pace. Teens will want to clear their calendars after they start this one."―SLJ

About the Author

M. Doty is an award-winning screenwriter, game-writer and novelist. For the last six years, M. Doty has worked as a writer for Electronic Arts' hit mobile game, Surviving High School.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Surviving High School (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316220159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316220156
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A story that's not particularly lengthy, but full of a wealth of emotion, Surviving High School is proof that size sometimes doesn't matter.

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.
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I started this after the baby went to sleep. I was already exhausted but I wanted to check it out so I planned on reading for an hour or so; it definitely didn't happen that way ha ha
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
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Surviving High School is a cute, quick read that I enjoyed. There's not much depth to it but that honestly didn't bother me. I enjoyed it for what it was.

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.
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This is a very good book, guide for an incoming high school student. I gave this as a gift to a friend's daughter. She is about to enter a very competitive school and go through life-changes, cultural changes and anxiety about academic performance. The book does a good job outlining personality, individuality and the social pressures and awkwardness of the high school years. It paves a way to "take things in stride" and understand the world of high school challenges. I asked the young student about her reaction to the book. She smiled and said she appreciated the story, information and advice.
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