March 07, 2015

2 Star #Review #Giveaway of How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews

Using Scarface as his guide to life, Adam Higgs is going from zero to high school hero.

Adam Higgs is a loser, and he’s not okay with it.

But starting as a junior in a new high school seems like exactly the right time to change things. He brainstorms with his best friend, Brian: What will it take for him to take over Nixon Collegiate?

Adam searches for the A-listers’ weak spot and strikes gold when he gets queen bee Sara Bryant to pay him for doing her physics homework. One part nerd, two parts badass, Adam ditches his legit job and turns to full-time cheating. His clients? All the Nixon Collegiate gods and goddesses.

But soon his homework business becomes a booze business, which becomes a fake ID business. Adam’s popularity soars as he unlocks high school achievements left and right, from his first kiss to his first rebound hookup. But something else is haunting him—a dark memory from his past, driving him to keep climbing. What is it? And will he go too far?

How to Win at High School’s honest portrayal of high school hierarchy is paired with an adrenaline-charged narrative and an over-the-top story line, creating a book that will appeal to guys, girls, and reluctant readers of every stripe. Adam’s rocket ride to the top of the social order and subsequent flameout is both emotionally resonant and laugh-out-loud funny.
 
 About the Author

Owen Matthews was raised on rap music and violent video games. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program and has worked on fishing boats and in casinos all over the world. Under the name Owen Laukkanen, he writes crime thrillers acclaimed by critics and bestselling authors like Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, and John Lescroart. A fan of fast cars and sugary breakfast cereals, Matthews lives in Vancouver, Canada.

You can visit him at www.theowenmatthews.com.



Consequences is what awaits the reader of this book.  Our MC wants to be somebody in school and well this book was full of a snow ball effect of what Adam does throughout the book.  The writing was a little weird to start but I got used to it fast and it was ok. 

Plans and Schemes should be the title to this book because that is pretty much all that happened. I have to say that I didnt really like this book.  The character and plot felt to me like a big whine fest of a boy who wanted to be popular instead of just being himself.  So he starts dealing in fake IDs and booze.  


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* Due to mature situations this book is not suitable for those below 16.











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2 comments:

miranda lewis said...

Hadn't heard of this series. Sounds like something to try, but also sounds like it could be a bit lackluster.

Karina Hernandez said...

No, I haven't read this. It sounds interesting.

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