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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Love the characters

    A perfect suspense story for teens. It will hit every college-bound high school student where they live: in the land of test scores and academic competition. Offers an excellent look at teenagers who find themselves dealing with the usual social (popularity) issues, but also the dehumanizing aspects of having their personal worth measured in numbers.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

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    "Max grins. 'We should have numbers on our butts.' He turns to Daisy. 'Hi, I'm a two thousand. Nice to meet you.'
    In a haughty accent she says, 'Sorry, I only date twenty-one hundreds and above....'"

    To be honest, I've never cared for any standardized tests. Not the MCA, not the ACT, so obviously not the SAT. (Yes, I have not even taken the ACT, and I will pass them, it's just that I never get the whole reason why people freak about it.)

    When I moved to US on August 2007, it was a bit weird (to me anyway). They (the school) insisted on me using Number 2 pencils, and I had to use the wooden pencils (I only use mechanical ones or pens back in Indonesia). So when I saw this cover, it grabbed my attention at once.

    Daisy and Max are best friends--Daisy is poor and well (let's face it) her grades are just average. She plays basketball good, though. Max, on the other hand, is smart though geeky.

    They both came for the SAT prep class, and found Leo Thayer and Jane Cotterell from the same school.

    Leo Thayer is one of the BP--Beautiful People--and he knows it. Worse, he always hits on freshmen girls and well, break their hearts. In short, of course, a jerk. Jane Cotterell is the daughter of Julia Cotterell, the movie star. Right, Jane is also the rich kid with the popular mom without any friends. The SAT Prep guy didn't show up, so Daisy (not caring about the test at all), walks out. Inviting anyone who'd come with.

    Then the four of them started their own SAT prep group in Jane's house.

    But then they figured out that someone cheated. Someone cheated the SAT.
    Was it Daisy, the poor girl who needed the scholarship?
    Leo, who wants the perfect score?
    Max, who needs his father off his back?
    Or Jane, so she doesn't ruin her mom's reputation?

    What I love about the book: The characters--Mariah Fredericks showed us all 4 characters' minds, and each of them was great. It was funny--hilarious, actually--and smart. :D

    What I dislike about the book: I didn't dislike anything! (I wonder why I haven't found any book that I have anything to point out that I dislike...?) This is one of my favorites!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2008

    i looooooove this book!! :D

    omg! this is like my favorite book of all time! i read it in 2 days but i would have read it in 1 but i got it at night. read it!!! its GREAAAT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    famazing book!

    I finished this book in 1 day. it was awesome. although I kind've wanted Jane and Max to get together in the end, I liked the ending. I didn't suspect the person who did cheat to cheat, but oh well. I really loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2006


    This book was funny, and really showed you the stress high schoolers go through! And it had a mystery twist. It looks long, but it goes really fast. There were four diffrent plots, from four diffrent people, and they had the same plots from diffrent eyes. I give it 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    This book is :a. fabulous b.riveting c. impossible to put down d.all of the above!

    Daisy, Max, Leo, and Jane all have their own reasons to be freaking out over the upcoming SAT tests. Though they all go to the same school, only Daisy and Max have been more than acquaintances before the day when, at an SAT prep course, they decide to bag the formal classroom prep in favor of their own study group of four. Different but alike in many ways, they meet and prepare for the big score that will surely, irrevocably change what college they will get in to and therefore the rest of their life. Right? Mariah Fredericks has written a pithy, tight story about a very timely subject that all high school students-and their parents-will immediantly identify with. Alternatively funny and poignant, capturing the frenzy of high schoolers coping with all the current expectations surrounding SATs, college admissions and the pressures of just being a teenager in this day and age, this novel will ring true with all readers going through the circus that is higher level education today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    I love these characters!

    I love the characters in this book. I couldn't decide which person I liked the best, because they all were fascinating in their own way. They were so realistic that I felt like I was going through every awful and wonderful experience with them! (I even forced myself not to read ahead to find out who cheated, because--if it was one of them--I didn't want to find out!) The SATs suck, and I like how this book puts them into perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    A Great Book!

    This is an amazing book, written in the point of view of four very different students at a prestigious and competitive NYC private school. They all ditch an SAT prep class at the beginning of their junior year of high school, and instead befriend one another and form their own SAT study group. After they take their SATs, it is discovered that a student at their school has cheated, and the group is caught up in the mystery of who did it while pointing fingers at each other. A great and well-written book.

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