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So Yesterday Paperback – September 8, 2005
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Why did our ninth grader begin wearing pajama pants to school? Why, when she wears them, must the top of those pajama pants be folded over just so, to reveal the tag and the inside of the waistband? Why did Target start carrying rack after rack of pajama pants in dozens of patterns?
How about a couple of years ago, when all of the kids I knew began either buying peds or feeling compelled to fold their regular white socks down into their shoes so that no part was revealed to the public? Why did they begin to lace their shoes in a manner that caused the kids to fall out of them every fifth step (or to land on their faces if they actually tried running in them)?
Why, also a number of years back, did an army of girls begin wearing sweatshirts over only their arms?
It doesn't matter at which middle school I booktalk. Wherever I look, the kids will simultaneously begin making the same "fashion statement."
And does anybody really think that Britney, Madonna, Christina, or Beyonce themselves think up those looks that are eagerly copied by millions?
"One thing about being a Cool Hunter, you realize one simple fact: Everything has a beginning.
"Nothing always existed. Everything had an Innovator."
Hunter Braque is a Cool Hunter.Read more ›
Cool is the new black. Oh nevermind. Scott Westerfeld's young adult novel SO YESTERDAY is a clever chase after what exactly is cool and who defines it, or (perhaps better said) who finds it. Teens either want to be told what is cool, or they want to tell the world what is cool. After all, everything cool had a beginning and a beginner, a starter, a creator, an innovator.
See, the world divides up nicely:
Laggards (aka Classicists).
Cargo pants...wide belts that don't go through any loops...gaucho pants...propeller hats (okay, so that never really caught on)...patches with safety pins...heelies...wife beaters...chained-up wallets...etc. Wrack your brain for the most obscure trend, and someone started that too.
Our friend Hunter is a trend setter in search of an innovator, and he finds one in standard, logo-exile Jen. And after he finds her, his weekend spirals into a frenzied flight from the anti-client (No, I'm not going to tell you about them) and a welcomed discovery of who he hasn't known he is. Until now. Until Jen.
Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens
Mandy doesn't meet Hunter and Jen, although they can hear her phone ringing ominously inside an abandoned building. The two make like action heroes (but bungling believably and humorously) to get into the building. Inside it's dark, but using the light from Hunter's cell phone, they find Mandy's phone, the most amazing shoes ever made --- and a frightening bald man who chases them. During their escape, Hunter loses his own phone.
So what's become of Mandy? The last picture taken on her phone is dark and blurry, and potentially horrible. Luckily Hunter's friend is a special effects computer expert. As they're deciphering the photo, Mandy's phone rings...and it's the sinister guy who chased them earlier. He has Hunter's phone and he may be a killer. How long will it be before he tracks down Hunter?
The action nabs readers instantly and tumbles them along. Hunter's biting and hysterical cultural insights invite serious contemplation (you may never look at a magazine or a logo the same way!) Characters are quirky and believable --- you have to love a main character who calls the public library's reference desk to learn how to tie a bow tie and can also discourse entertainingly on the history of the necktie.Read more ›
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Interesting idea and fast paced. Lots of good similie, but other than that the writing was bland. Would like to read a YA book that didn't contain romance JUST ONCE.Published 1 month ago by S.K.Roark
Have you ever wondered how cultural phenomena happen? Scott Westerfield offers a pre-Twitter, pre-Facebook look at how trends begin. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Caroline L.
A while ago there was a New Yorker article about a couple of market researchers. Not your ordinary market researchers, these were two women who were tasked with finding the next... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by janiajania
"We are all around you.
"You don't think about us much because we are invisible. Well, not exactly invisible. Read more
Excellent innovative take on modern advertising. Westerfeld is great at these consumer media topics. He is always way ahead of his time... Read more
A fast ride through consumerism and intrigue, but how much is fiction and how much is real? Read and discuss!Published on November 7, 2013 by Kristin W McHenry
First, I must explain that this is my first read by Westerfield. I think it is wise to examine some reviews of Westerfelds' work so that one begins to understand the author's... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by RE Krause