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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
About the Author
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
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.
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 2 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 7 months ago by Viviana Ortiz
This is a very good book, guide for an incoming high school student. I gave this as a gift to a friend's daughter. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Johnny
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. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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
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