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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 and up
  • 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: #323,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea T 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 Tara Gonzalez on September 30, 2012
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Surviving High School by M. Doty was an interesting read for me and I definitely enjoyed it. I was concerned at first because the back of the book says it's based on a mobile game and I wasn't really sure what depth Surviving High School would bring. I just don't have a lot of confidence that a game for phones can truly bring across the emotional aspects of losing your sister.

And Surviving High School, while not the sort of typically fluffy and hilarious book that I've come to expect from YA contemps involving freshman year, definitely did the grief in a lighter sort of tone. Rather than focusing on how Emily really felt about the loss of her sister (although there were certainly moments where she was clearly grieving), a lot of it was Emily trying to discover what really happened the night her sister died and also showing everyone that she's not her sister. If any of that makes sense.

But Surviving High School certainly packed an emotional punch. I loved the way Emily's relationship with her father was done - the strains in their bond was so clear and so upsetting and I really felt for Emily every time her dad acted like he was just her Coach, even at home. For me their relationship was the biggest part of Surviving High School and I really liked how it was handled throughout the story.

And, of course, there's the romance. The romance in Surviving High School was very sweet and I was really rooting for Emily to stick it to her parents and go out with Ben. I didn't see a huge connection developing between them at first, it kind of just happened, but even still, I really liked them together.

Overall, Surviving High School by M. Doty is certainly an enjoyable contemp that made laugh but still had a lot of depth to it.
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