In or Out (In or Out Series #1)

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Are you IN or are you OUT? Find out in the launch of this exciting new YA series that explores the drama of high school friendship -- the ups & downs, the scandals & secrets, the romance & rivalries.

Bubbly Marnie and shy Nola are best friends forever...but everything changes when ninth grade starts. Marnie has set her sights on the IN crowd, led by beautiful hipster-girl Lizette, and she also falls hard for charismatic hottie Dane. Nola wants her friendship with ...

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Overview


Are you IN or are you OUT? Find out in the launch of this exciting new YA series that explores the drama of high school friendship -- the ups & downs, the scandals & secrets, the romance & rivalries.

Bubbly Marnie and shy Nola are best friends forever...but everything changes when ninth grade starts. Marnie has set her sights on the IN crowd, led by beautiful hipster-girl Lizette, and she also falls hard for charismatic hottie Dane. Nola wants her friendship with Marnie to remain as it was, and, despite her crush on a geeky-cute boy, isn't ready to date yet. Marnie doesn't get why Nola seems content to remain OUT. Nola doesn't get why Marnie is so desperate to get IN. Before long, their friendship is over, and all-out war has been declared! Are you prepared to pick a side?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Gabel's debut novel centers on two longtime best friends with very different perspectives about entering ninth grade. Shy, timid Nola, who "usually went unnoticed in a crowd," is terrified of starting high school. Self-confident, boy-crazy Marnie, who has always lived in the shadow of her popular older sister, is excited to "totally reinvent herself." She assures Nola that they will soon become "two of the most popular girls in our class.... And of course, no matter what happens, we'll always have each other." The story follows a predictable path, as Marnie worms her way into the popular posse, led by mean girl Lizette, who possesses the power to decide "what's in and what's out, not to mention who'sin and who's out." Nola, of course, is "out," and is crushed when her "in" pal increasingly ignores her. She finds solace in the attention that a kind, cute boy pays her, yet again feels let down when she discovers that he has a long-distance girlfriend. Meanwhile, Marnie reels in a "preppie demigod and all-around amazing" sophomore, who of course (Nola discovers) is a bit of a cad. The tale brims with references to fashion and pop culture. Gabel ably captures each girl's point of view and she leaves several strands of plot hanging-unresolved issues that will be taken up in the second installment, due this fall. Ages 12-up. (June)

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Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Best friends since forever, Marnie and Nola are about to learn that in high school, you're either in or out. In things include: hot upperclassmen, vintage denim, Lizette Levin, and (maybe) Marnie. Out things include: shaggy-haired musicians, handmade jewelry, Lizette Levin's enemies, and (maybe) Nola. It is time to pick sides. This is a present-day, true-to-life story about early high school relationships and what youth will do to fit in. Sometimes even close longtime friends do not fit in with the path that looks good. This teen-oriented story asks the tough, ageless question: What do you do with old friends if your path takes you in a different direction? What do you do and how do you not hurt people? Teens will likely recognize the sense of difficulty because of growing and changing. This is a good, up-to-date reflective story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439918534
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: In Or Out Series , #1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 966,927
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author


Claudia Gabel was a cheerleader, had a spiral perm, and took advanced Physics during her freshman year of high school. Now she is a book editor with shiny straight hair, practices yoga, and lives in New York City. In or Out is her first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    first book in the best series EVER WRITTEN!

    Okay, I just finished reading the whole In or Out series, and i like it better than Twilight!! I got this book last year, read it, and loved it. I couldnt sleep untill i read the second one, which i stayed up all night to finish. Then, i let my best friend read it, and she had the same obsession as me. In this book, there are two girls, Nola James and Marnie Fitzpatrick, who have been friends their whole life. Nola is known for being she and quiet, while Marnie on the other hand, is loud and outgoing. On the first day of high school, Nola makes a horrible first impression on the most popular girl in school, Lizette Levin. Unfortunatly, this means that Nola will never be "IN". On the other hand, Marnie makes a great first impression, and eventually her and Lizette become friends. Nola is not happy with this, and even though she doesnt tell her, she feels like Marnie is ditching her for her new "friends". Marnie fails to see this and keeps ditching Nola in her time of need. Nola quickly becomes good friends with a boy named Matt Heatherly, and before she knows it, shes head over heels for him. Nola has know idea how to handle this boy crisis without Marnie, but she has to. Marnie is also having some boy drama, with her knew crush, Dane. Eventually, Nola gets sick of all of Marnie's BS and decides they should end their friendship. Marnie thinks that Nola is being selfish. This book is great! It switches off from Nola's POV to Marnie's so you get to know what both of them are thinking. I HIGHLYYYY RECOMENDD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    a great attention grabber

    i never thought i could find such a great book to fall in love with.i cant wait for my mom to get me the next book in the series. i recommend this book to any teenage girl who is tired of boring books and loves drama and cat fights to the end.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    Teenage lives

    I recommend this book to people who like stories about teenage drama. It is a very good book. I got into it very fast. It won't take long for it to catch your eye. So you should really go and buy this book for yourself. This is now one of my favorite books and you never know it may soon be one of your favorites. Don't worry this book isn't boring at all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

    What books are just like this?

    I never liked reading at all but once i started reading In or Out i couldn't put it down. The book was just too good! I just need to know if there are any more books just like this one?

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    Just ah-mazing

    I could relate so much to this book and the series. Its just so real. This book is about two girls who are the best of freinds going into high school. What they don't know is that they are breaking apart. Marnie soars to the popular crowd because of her sisters popularity and Nola just stays without it. Many things happen between them like fights and other things that you will know if you read this book. It relates to me so well because my best friend in the whole world in fifth grade was Kelley. Then when we got to middle school I dont know but we pulled apart just like in the book. However, we did'nt pull any tricks on each other we just stopped talking. And its just emotional to think about this book and my life together. In the next few books in the rest of the series its just like a roller coaster ride and i loved every moment of reading it. I could NOT put this book down it was just so unbelievable. Now me Kelley kind of talk but theres no way we'll be like we used to which isn't a book like this at all. There is no happy ending in life like this book. However, in the next book you'll see everything change. Then in the last book they'll come together and be close but not like they used to. Please read this book its just soo good. It is not a waste a money because any teenage girl like me can relate to this book.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    The crucial part of high school, or of any social scene, is to fit in, to be noticed... in a good way. To not be the one that gets picked on but more like the one who everyone wants to be around. For best friends Nola and Marnie, their first day in high school as freshmen will ultimately result in whether they make it into the right crowd. But no worries, since they both promised each other that whoever gets in first will make sure the other does, too. <BR/><BR/>Unfortunately, there's only room for one of them. <BR/><BR/>Nola is the quiet one who definitely values her best friend status with Marnie and likes everything the way it is. Who needs change? Getting into the right crowd just doesn't matter, as long as she has her best friend right by her side. Being the klutz that she is, a little incident on the first day of school could make her so OUT. <BR/><BR/>Marnie, the outgoing one, has to live up to her older sister, Erin's, standards. Just saying her sister's name can easily get her noticed. But does she really want to just be known as Erin's little sister? Sure, if it can get her into the IN crowd. <BR/><BR/>Two friends, who thought they had each others' backs, will have their friendship tested, since high school can totally do that. Promises will be broken, friendships will be made, and, of course, teenage boys will make it all the more interesting. <BR/><BR/>The IN OR OUT series is the next guilty pleasure. Full of so much competition and a whole lot more drama, Claudia Gabel makes sure that we all know how dangerously scary high school can be. Nola is the one everyone will root for while Marnie is the one every girl wants to be. A quick and easy read that fans of THE CLIQUE series and MEAN GIRLS will definitely want to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    AMAZING! SPECTACTULAR! SO AWESOME!

    I picked this book up from my school book fair and from that moment on, I could not put it down. It was so.. real! Suspenseful and exciting! When I finished this book, I immidiately started wanting the second book! This is a book you won't regret buying!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    This book is amazingly spectacular!!!

    This book is incredible! i love it, and i would recommend it to everyone i know. One of my friends started reading the 'In or Out' series and she can't wait to borrow my copy of the next book. The drama in this book is excellent it keeps you on the edge of your seat and you'll never want to put the book down. Claudia Gabel did amazing work! So i suggest you read this series, trust me you'll never regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    it was okay

    this was not my favorite book but i did like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2008

    this book was.

    amazing! i can truly relate to this. this is like my life in 7th grade. just simply amazing. i can't wait to read the rest of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    AWESOME BOOK!!!=

    this was definetly one of my fav books....i am in the middle of the second one which is also amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    This is the best book

    this is the best book i have ever read other than the clique seris books! I am getting the second book and are hopefully going to read all of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    This Book Is Awsome

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read and I've got to put it at the top of my recommended books list right in frount of 'Are You There God It's me Margret'. I can't wait to read 'Loves me, Loves me not'. I just got 'In or Out' at my school book fair but they didn't have 'Loves me, Loves me not' I would have completely gotten it. I suggest you read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2007

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    Best book i ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    a reviewer

    The crucial part of high school, or of any social scene, is to fit in, to be noticed¿ in a good way. To not be the one that gets picked on but more like the one who everyone wants to be around. For best friends Nola and Marnie, their first day in high school as freshmen will ultimately result in whether they make it into the right crowd. But no worries, since they both promised each other that whoever gets in first will make sure the other does, too. Unfortunately, there¿s only room for one of them. Nola is the quiet one who definitely values her best friend status with Marnie and likes everything the way it is. Who needs change? Getting into the right crowd just doesn¿t matter, as long as she has her best friend right by her side. Being the klutz that she is, a little incident on the first day of school could make her so OUT. Marnie, the outgoing one, has to live up to her older sister, Erin's, standards. Just saying her sister¿s name can easily get her noticed. But does she really want to just be known as Erin¿s little sister? Sure, if it can get her into the IN crowd. Two friends, who thought they had each others¿ backs, will have their friendship tested, since high school can totally do that. Promises will be broken, friendships will be made, and, of course, teenage boys will make it all the more interesting. The IN OR OUT series is the next guilty pleasure. Full of so much competition and a whole lot more drama, Claudia Gabel makes sure that we all know how dangerously scary high school can be. Nola is the one everyone will root for while Marnie is the one every girl wants to be. A quick and easy read that fans of THE CLIQUE series and MEAN GIRLS will definitely want to read. **Reviewed by: Randstostipher 'tallnlankyrn' Nguyen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2007

    BEST BOOK EVA

    I loved this book so much it was the best omg i really loved it mi fav charter was nola. Buy buy buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    I just finished this book yesterday. I thought it was pretty good. I was actually getting mad myself at marnie. But overall I thought it was a good book. I am excited to read the 2nd one to see what happens with marnie and nola.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was sooo good...it makes me want to write about my middle school expierience in stead of high school! I LOVE IT!! IT ROCKED! =D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    i love this book

    this book was absolutley awesome!! this is my favorite book of all time!! it is funny, witty, and exciting!! LOVE IT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    O M G this book is a MUST READ BOOK :]

    This book is one of my favortie books. I finised it in less than 2 hours. [I know I am a super fast reader] After I finished it I saw that they had a secound one and I was so happy, but I just saw that it's comming out in AUGUST 2007 !!!! =[ but it should be as good as this one :]

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