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Posted January 3, 2011
In my opinion, Cheater was an excellent novel and a must read for teens. If your into surprising endings, you will adore this book. This story takes place in high school, Karl Petrofsky is a very intelligent, quiet student with a lot of side, out of school, projects He does not like showing of his grades though, because that makes him a "nerd" as he would say. His classmates, who are not as smart as he is, have formed a secret society of cheaters. They use technologically advanced tools to cheat their ways through high school. One of their leaders, Cara, who is an attractive girl to Karl, offers him a spot in their organization, which he can not refuse. The teachers are on to them and make an example by expelling any cheater and writing it on there permanent records. Soon enough the principle soon catches Karl and tries to blackmail him, a student reporter wants him to reveal the cheaters to the community, and his group wants him to keep the secret. Karl must find a way to reveal the bribing adults, without revealing any of the cheaters, and without having to discover himself as a cheater as well. He soon learns the differences between what is wrong, and what is right. He learns a hard lesson at the end, and throughout the book questions his authority and his future. It is an excellent book by author Micheal Laser. Once you start reading it, you can't stop without thinking, "whats going to happen next?" It is full with shocking, twisting turns throughout the whole novel, and will always keep you guessing. I personally love this book because you never know what is going to happen next. He could be trying to get caught cheating and turn them in, or accidentally be caught and have to waste his bright future and career for others SAT scores. It also gives you thoughts throughout the whole novel, that really makes you think about wrong and right. His group of cheater friends say it is right because society just wants to separate the braniacs, from the stupid kids. It made me wonder between wrong, right, what is in between. It is an excellent novel and I give you one hundred percent recommendation with total satisfaction at the amazing end that is just waiting to be read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2008
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com
Karl Petrofsky keeps a low profile as the brightest guy in his class. He has a group of misfit friends that are definitely NOT part of the popular crowd. But one day in class, he thinks he catches Blaine Shore, one of the "It" kids, cheating on a test. <BR/><BR/>Later, Blaine approaches Karl, and invites him to the local hang out for lunch with fellow "It" kids. There, Blaine presents Karl with the option of joining their little "Confederacy" of cheaters. Blaine explains to him that, unlike Karl who is blessed with being smart, the rest of them are simply lazy. They have at their disposal the latest gadgets to assist them in all manners of cheating. Karl is dumbstruck at their proposal, but is adamant in his refusal to help. <BR/><BR/>But the next day, the assistant principal is on a crusade to ferret out cheaters, and has made an example of a student. Anyone caught cheating will from then on have a permanent mark placed in their record for all future colleges to see. Karl is disgruntled and, lured by the gorgeous Cara, agrees to join Blaine and his band of cheaters. <BR/><BR/>It doesn't take long for Karl to regret his decision. Cara is caught and is expelled from school. Karl wants out, but is being blackmailed from many sides and the walls are slowly closing in. Karl is alone and unable to go to his parents for help. His former friends have deserted him, ashamed that he's joined the cheaters. The cheaters don't want to let him go, needing his smarts to keep their grades up. <BR/><BR/>Mr. Laser writes a fast-paced story that is fascinating to read. The technology that is used to create new ways to cheat just boggles the mind -- though is probably a reality. This is a convincing story of a boy caught up in the thrill of being popular, for even a small moment in time. The consequences make for an intriguing story of how Karl deals with all the twists and turns that come from cheating and how he tries to come out on top.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2008
In my opinion I feel that Cheater is an awesome book that every teen should read. This had to be one of my favorite books that kept me hooked on reading it.I also felt that this book dealt with many teenage problems that occur in our lives.I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys a book with social descison making, slight romance, and a book that keeps you at the edge of your seat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.