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Top 8: Book 1 Paperback – October 1, 2008

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Grade 9 Up—MySpace and Facebook have changed the way American teens communicate. Madison MacDonald's Friendverse profile is the first thing she checks in the morning and the last thing she sees at night. That is until her family goes to the Galapagos Islands, where she will have no access to the Internet for two weeks. Upon returning, she checks her profile, only to discover that someone has hacked into her page. This person has posted horrible things about her and, worse, secrets about her friends that she promised never to tell a soul. The ramifications have made her a social pariah. The hacker, pretending to be Madison, even broke up with her boyfriend through Friendverse. The plot quickens as she channels Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes to solve the crime. The author peppers clues throughout and keeps readers guessing all the way to the surprising conclusion. Smartly written and totally accessible, this is a wonderfully fun first novel. The author has her finger on the pulse of teens today and is certain to please many of them.—Julianna M. Helt, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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About the Author

Katie Finn is the author of TOP 8, WHAT'S YOUR STATUS?, and UNFRIENDED. She lives, writes, and drinks far too much coffee in Los Angeles, California. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and say hi online at

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Series: Top 8 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Point (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545053625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545053624
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on September 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
TOP 8 was a book that I didn't want to put down once I started reading.

Madison MacDonald is stuck going on a trip to the Galapagos Islands with her family for spring break. She's not thrilled about it at all. She's recently started dating Justin Williamson (seventeen days) and doesn't want to leave him or her friends. And to make matters worse, she can't take her cell phone or laptop with her because they'd be useless.

The trip turns out to be okay, and there was even a sort of cute boy about her own age on the trip, but the whole time she just wanted to get home. Had she known what was awaiting her return, she might have changed her mind.

The minute she got home, she ran to her temperamental laptop to check her Friendverse account. She can't believe what she sees. She's so stunned that she reboots her laptop to make sure she logged onto the correct profile. Friendverse is the latest in the Facebook/MySpace trends. Someone has totally changed her profile! The photos that are uploaded are the most unflattering possible. And the comments she's received from her friends leave her flabbergasted. The things that they're saying she's said about everyone. This just can't be right! And Justin has broken up with her!

Madison calls an emergency session with her three best friends: Schuyler, Liz, and especially Ruth. After struggling to explain the situation, all three friends believe her and vow to help her discover the culprit. Madison can't imagine why anyone would do such a thing to her. The four girls come up with a list of two possible perpetrators: Kittson
Pearson, who is in charge of the junior prom and has just stolen her boyfriend, and Connor Atkins, who has lost the student secretary election to Madison.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
You can tell just by glancing at Madison MacDonald's Friendverse page that her life is pretty fantastic. She's got two best friends, a great new boyfriend, the lead role in the school play, and she's headed to the Galapagos Islands for Spring Break.

But when she comes back, she gets a major shock when she finds that everyone hates her--all because her Friendverse profile was hacked, her boyfriend is now her ex, and everyone's dirty secrets spilled. Mad is nothing but resilient, and with the aid of her friends and perhaps even the cute guy she met on vacation, she sets out to find out who hacked her--with some surprising results.

Teens who are addicts to Facebook and MySpace won't help but empathize with Mad and the "horror" of being hacked. The novel, despite the drama of hurtful rumors and gossip, maintains a pretty light tone, and is full of humor and angst. Readers may feel apprehension towards Mad's somewhat pretentious ways, but they won't be able to keep themselves for cheering for her as she becomes aware of the pain her whispered words carry when written for everyone to see, and begins to realize what some people truly think of her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on July 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to admit I was bit hesitant to read this one and to tell the truth I'm not really sure why. Thankfully, I did give it a try, and let me tell you I'm so glad I did because it proved to be not only be filled with funny parts and mystery but some substance as well! A mix I simply adored!

Madison, the main character in this, was one I liked a lot and could relate to, because she was funny and filled with a lot of heart, and someone who while made mistakes, fixed them and learned from them as well. Her friendship with Ruth, Lisa, and Shy was one of my favorite parts because it was easy to see how much these girls cared about each other, and when mixed together, they always provided laugh out loud scenes. Also, Nate equals swoon-worthy!

The plot of this was one I really enjoyed, because it was fully developed and always kept me guessing at who it was who broke into Maddie's profile and what their motive was all the way to the end. A good sign, no? Also, I liked the incorporation of technology with the add in of the Top 8 profiles, and how through Maddie's hacked profile it gave you a warning message about technology.

Also, Katie's writing moved swiftly, making this a novel that was easy to fly right through.

In all, Top 8 proves to be a read that's not only fun but makes you think a little, too, about the technology you use in your life.

Grade: B
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3.5 stars.

Diversity Rating: 0 – What Diversity?

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So I found Katie Finn’s (aka Morgan Matson’s) most recent offerings a bit wanting, but that didn’t stop me from wanting Top 8 because some days, you just want a social media mystery novel. Or any book with social media as a major plot point. I’ve got to admit, Finn surprised me! The beginning is very rough, but the payoff is worth the initial pain.

I’m a big fan of abandoning books and regularly abandon books that don’t get off to a good start after 50 or even 100 pages and don’t seem likely to improve. Top 8 was nearly a DNF itself because the characters seemed too shallow and insufferable, but my gut told me to stick with it. Thank goodness for that! Madison’s narrow-minded judgmental ways get subverted and challenged by everyone nine ways to Sunday and she comes to realize exactly how terrible of a person shes been. For talking about the theater kids behind their backs, they nearly band together to kick her out of the play she earned the lead role in; the prom committee head she thought of as stuck up and passive-aggressive is simply driven and not that different from Madison herself. Side characters often get the characterization shaft of one or maybe two standout traits, but Finn manages to give everyone a touch of depth.

Though I made fun of Top 8 by calling it Stock Photos: The Novel for just how many profile pics for these teen characters are obvious stock photos, I still had plenty of fun while reading.
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