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Cheated [NOOK Book]

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Mick, Brody and Aaron spend most of their free time drinking and commiserating about the raw deal they have in life. One night, instead of going to the high school football game, they start on a drinking binge that spirals down farther and farther until it ends with a deadly mistake. Although he's not part of the violence, Mick helps his friends cover up their terrible actions. When they get caught, Mick must decide whether to trust his friends not to talk to the police or to choose to be the one tha t makes a ...
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Overview

Mick, Brody and Aaron spend most of their free time drinking and commiserating about the raw deal they have in life. One night, instead of going to the high school football game, they start on a drinking binge that spirals down farther and farther until it ends with a deadly mistake. Although he's not part of the violence, Mick helps his friends cover up their terrible actions. When they get caught, Mick must decide whether to trust his friends not to talk to the police or to choose to be the one tha t makes a deal to get himself off the hook. An exploration of class, opportunity-or the lack thereof-and the consequences of taking the wrong path.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- Mick Salisbury, 15, knows plenty about cheating; his father cheated on his mother, he told his mother about his father's affair (after he was asked not to), he was unfaithful to his girlfriend, and he helped a friend cheat on a homework assignment. His friends are troubled and have serious personal issues, his relationship with his father is difficult, and his decided lack of luck with the opposite sex does little to boost his confidence. Mick feels adrift in a sea of preppy classmates and high school football players; his lack of eye-hand coordination frustrates him to no end. He escapes through music on his iPod knockoff and hanging out with his troublemaking friends. The mundaneness of Mick's life evaporates when a Friday night of illicit drinking and poker turns into a shocking and devastating encounter with a local homeless man. This book could be a good way to spark conversation about the consequences of one's choice of friends, drinking, society's treatment of the homeless, and the extent of loyalty. The inclusion of profanity, violence, and brief sexual situations makes it a gritty novel. The realistic portrayal of high school life, the fast pace of the second half of the book, and the keen insight into interrogation and investigation tactics will keep reluctant readers turning the pages, but teens wanting a conclusive resolution might be disappointed by the ambiguous ending.-Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA

Kirkus Reviews
Mick Salisbury just can't win: He caught his dad cheating on his mom and he got caught cheating on his girlfriend Nicole. His only solace is the company of his two best friends, Brody, an ex-jock with serious drinking and anger-management issues, and Aaron, a quiet boy who harbors a terrible secret. The trio engages in all the usual teen delinquent activities-drinking, stealing, chasing girls-and subsequently never take any responsibility for their actions. When their binge drinking and inner rage combine one fateful night, Mick finds himself part of a horrible crime. Mick, who narrates his sad tale, is an entirely unlikable character, and while it seems that the author intended it that way, anomalous passages make him sound more like a moralistic adult than a confused and impulsive teenage boy. With a predictable plot and flat characters, this problem novel striving for intensity loses its fire by coming across as overly didactic. For a similar concept with a better execution, see Chris Lynch's Inexcusable (2005). (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802723857
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,218,874
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

PATRICK JONES received lifetime achievement awards from both the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association for his work motivating young people to read. He is also the author of many teen novels, including The Tear Collector, Stolen Car, and Things Change. Patrick was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, and currently lives in Minnesota. connectingya.com
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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Three hard-partying fifteen year olds form a special friendship. Together, they try to cope with the problems they all face in their home lives. Trust is the bond that cements their friendship. But can this friendship, with even the strongest of bonds, survive the choices they made one dark November night? <BR/><BR/>Mick Salisbury and his friends, Brody and Aaron, all struggle with personal demons. Their fathers have not turned out to be the positive role models young boys deserve. One is dead, one is in prison, and the other betrayed his family and refuses to accept responsibility for devastating their lives. In response to their unsettled lives, the three boys have turned to rum and Coke and late nights out to ease their pain. Mick knows what they are doing carries a risk of consequence that may be more than he bargained for, but he is powerless to stop. <BR/><BR/>CHEATED tells about a series of events that lead to the tragic death of a homeless man, and the attempt to cover up the crime and avoid punishment. Author Patrick Jones takes readers into the mind of Mick Salisbury, where they will learn about a love for his devoted, hard-working mother and a hatred of the man he refers to as his ex-dad. Mick feels a sense of betrayal from his parents and a sense of self-betrayal as he deals with his role in this deadly mistake. <BR/><BR/>Written in a straight-forward, no-nonsense style, CHEATED will have teens and adults alike captivated by the thoughts and feelings of this tortured young man. Readers will no doubt feel a mix of sympathy and horror as a few short weeks of Mick's life unfold on the pages of this well-crafted YA novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    It Broke My Heart

    Cheated is about a 15-year-old named Mick Salisbury who has felt like he has been cheated in life. His two friends Aaron and Brody feel similarly, one night something happens to these three friends that in a split second changed the path that their life was on. Mick tries to figure out what road he went down that got him to where he is now. This book broke my heart but it was well worth it. Reading this book i felt so many emotions and those emotions i felt so strong. Cheated is amazing, interesting, sensational, emotional, and heart-wrenching in all the right ways.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    Cheated

    Cheated, by Patrick Jones, is a book about a teenage boy named Mick. Mick has gone throughout his life struggling with lying. He struggles with this because his dad betrayed him & his mother when his dad was caught cheating & divorced his mom. Ever since, Mick has always wanted to know his dad's reasoning for lying & betraying his family's trust. Although, every time he asks his father about it, his father always avoids it. Mick also struggles with fitting in with his peers. His two closest friends are actually the people later on in the book, that force him to make a decision that could change his entire life & all he has to do... is lie.
    This book was very interesting & I enjoyed it. Although, I think this is a book mostly for teenage boys, it still had some good moral stories in it & had a good story line: which also makes it good for some girls, if they like murder stories. It is also a very quick read & a good page turner. This writing was a little under my normal reading level, but it was still an overall good book.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    Never Wanting to Put the book Down

    My name is Kristen Blodgett, and I'm a sophomore at Holt High School. We had a book to read everyday on half day Wednesdays; the book I chose was Cheated by Patrick Jones. My librarian suggested this book; she told me that a lot of people who don't really like reading, liked this book. I took her advice and checked out the book. Reading is not the first thing I would do in my free time, but I enjoyed reading Cheated.
    This book is about the main character, Mick Salisbury, also known as '151' going through tough times and a lot of choices. From his friend, Brody saying his mom's hot, to his recent break up with Nicole. Like every other high school student, he likes to go out and drink with his friends. He makes some bad decisions that defaced the rest of his life. I wondered if he'd ever learn his lesson? Mick's parents remind me of my own, his mom there raising him most of the time.
    I would give this book 3 stars. Although, I liked Cheated it was more of a guys read. The main story of the book was good, and relatable earning, 3 stars. Any teenager going through tough times will like this book.

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