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Doing Time Notes from the Undergrad Hardcover – October 1, 1997
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From School Library Journal
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st edition (October 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0689809581
- ISBN-13 : 978-0689809583
- Reading age : 12 - 18 years
- Lexile measure : 800L
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #806,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Doing Time: Notes from the Undergrad" is a collection of short stories, each of which are first person narratives about how high schoolers spent their community service time (a requirement for their graduation). The stories range from slice of life tales, funny tidbits, and even tear jerkers, each of them commenting on the human condition. As with "Veronica Mars," Rob Thomas values the quirks and cynicism of realism over sentimentality, which makes this book ring all the more true.
The first story gives a nice context to those that follow. A college student named Randall is asked to review the reports that the high schoolers in question have written, and those reports are the subsequent stories. However, as another reviewer mentioned, this book feels extremely open-ended, as it doesn't close with another Randall story. However, that's a minor quibble, as this truly isn't a novel. It's simply a collection of short stories that center around a similar theme.
Some stories were better than others, but this book was entertaining throughout, which is rare for short story collections. It's short, it's packed with dialogue that zings across the page that will make any "Veronica Mars" fan feel like they are at home at last. It's not perfect, and it's not a life-changing book, but it's a great little book from an author whose work--whether it be prose or television--should be on your To Buy list.
This book is exceptionally well written. Thomas was really able to bring these characters alive and have them become appealing to us young adults. He really portrays how teenagers would react in certain types of situations and made each story very logical and relaxing to read. I really liked how he had some twisted endings and had endings that really made one want to sit and think about what they have just read.
Thomas does such a good job with each story that you just do not want to have the stories end. He does such a good job of bringing out the character's personality traits. He truly does make them alive and seem like one of our friends at school. The only negative thing that Thomas does throughout this whole book is that he doesn't have much closure to the book.