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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Surviving High School
  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316220159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316220156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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.


More About the Author

Max Doty is an award-winning screenwriter, game-writer, and novelist.

He holds a BA and an MA from Stanford University in English literature as well as an MFA in fiction writing from Arizona State University.

For the last eight years, he has worked as a writer for Electronic Arts' Surviving High School, which he has also adapted into a series of young adult novels.

In 2009, he and co-writer Phillip G. Flores won Netflix's inaugural Find Your Voice competition for his screenplay Almost Kings (fomerly The Wheeler Boys). The movie went on to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is now available on DVD.

He is currently working on several screenplays as well as a novel.

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This book is very detailed.
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Of course, I always returned to the book, anxious to find out what will happen to Emily next.
triptychlbob
Surviving High School by M. Doty was an interesting read for me and I definitely enjoyed it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Thompson on September 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maegan on September 9, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C on September 9, 2012
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I absolutely loved the novel and am so happy that they turned the game into a novel. I really enjoyed how the continuation between the novel and the book. As a huge fan of the game I would say the book delivers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aubrey Lynne on December 29, 2012
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I loved it!!!! I PLAY the game I never thought the book would be this great. Emily is my new favorite character!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By triptychlbob on October 28, 2012
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"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. Doty's words rang so true that they brought back my own, sometimes painful memories of that time in my life. Of course, I always returned to the book, anxious to find out what will happen to Emily next. The author's words are deceptively simple yet continually drew me me into the protagonist's emotional world.
I highly recommend it...literally as I just passed the book onto my niece -- a freshman in high school herself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Savannah (Books With Bite) on October 15, 2012
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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. Surviving High School places the reader in the shoes of Emily. Who's future is uncertain....

What really hooked me about this book is plot. The reader gets a chance to step into the world of high school! Cliques, cute boys, best friends and of course drama. I really like the build of Emily's life. She lost so much the past year and is barely regaining back her footing. She faced with hard decisions to whether or not follow in her sisters shoes or go her own way.

The love interest in the book really went somewhere where I thought it wouldn't go. I was for sure it go the other way but surprisingly I like the way it went. The author did a great job in not taking the traditional route in YA books, but going her own way. The way it would have happen in real life. A lot of what happen with the love interest I could relate too. I like that their love grew slow and wasn't all so serious. They like each other and form a great friendship.

Surviving High School has more heart than other YA books. It's realistic and prevails till the end. The author is creative in seeking such a story with passion and heartache. Surviving High School is solid in what being a freshmen in high school is like. Haunted by the past, your future laid out for you...what do you choose do to? Surviving High School is well done!
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