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The Rise and Fall of a 10th Grade Social Climber Paperback – May 30, 2005
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However, as I progressed through the book, I found myself predicting the ending, what would happen to the characters, et cetera. The journal Mimi is forced to keep is also a big part of the plot, but there is almost journal content in the book.
I did like this book, because while it was predictable, it was enjoyable and I spent the better part of a day engrossed in Mimi's "rise and fall."
I think that the author, Lauren Mechling, did a great job writing this book. I think this because she made it very realistic, it's not just another one of those books when everything turns out perfectly and happy. That is not how things work in real life. And even though the popular group is pretty and rich, they have flaws too. Mimi realizes that even though you are popular you are a real person with real problems. I would recommend this book to middle school students. It is a little inappropriate for younger kids, but it is at a perfect level for middle school. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I hope that other people will too.
MimiDeals with being the new kid at her new school in New York after her parents get divorced and she moves from Texas to live with her father. Follow her on her journey as she gets picked up dropped and picked up by the "A list" girls in the tenth grade.
Like I said, its similar to Gossip Girls, both are great reads for girls in thier mid to upper teens.
Best friend Sam bets Mimi that she can't become friends with the cool Baldwin girls. Mimi accepts Sam's bet, but soon finds out that the cool girls at Baldwin are very different from the blonde all-American types in Texas. At first she is just being friendly to Pia, Jess, Viv, and Lily because of the bet. She soon finds out that these rich, popular girls have secrets and family problems much worse than her own. Mimi eventually feels the bonds of real friendship forming and then the stakes become much higher. Her entire friendship is based on lies and deception. How would she ever face her friends again if they found out?
Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser are the authors of THE RISE AND FALL OF A 10th-GRADE SOCIAL CLIMBER. Lauren grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Harvard College. She writes a column for the New York Sun. Laura grew up in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Amherst College. She is also the author of a biography of Bette Davis. Lauren and Laura became friends 10 years ago when Laura shared her acne medication with Lauren in a restroom. They now live near each other in Brooklyn.
Every teen knows the feeling of wanting to belong and struggling to find their true identity. Thus, readers will quickly identify with Mimi Schulman and the richly drawn characters in THE RISE AND FALL OF A 10th-GRADE SOCIAL CLIMBER.
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When i first purchased the book "The Rise and Fall of a 10th Grade Social Climber" i got it because of the cover. Read morePublished on October 26, 2006
That was my question when I finished this novel about a 10th grade girl who makes a bet with her old childhood friend to see whether or not she can break into the "Coolies" (what a... Read morePublished on June 18, 2006 by E. Northrop
The Rise and Fal of 10th Grade Social Climber by Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser. 290 pages
Mimi Schulman leaves her mom in Houstan, TX to live with... Read more
I happen to attend the school that the author went to, the school upon which the book is obviously based. Read morePublished on June 24, 2005 by Remy Newport
"The Rise and Fall..." is a fantastic read! I'm kind of a slow reader, so it totally disrupted my life for, like, a whole week. Read morePublished on May 29, 2005 by A. Menning