Plastic

Plastic

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by Sarah N. Harvey
     
 

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When Jack develops an interest in something, he puts his all into it, making lists, doing research and leaning all he can. When his best friend Leah decides to have plastic surgery for her sixteenth birthday, Jack is horrified--and then determined to stop her. Researching the surgery and the results, he finds that there are unscrupulous surgeons operating on the very

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When Jack develops an interest in something, he puts his all into it, making lists, doing research and leaning all he can. When his best friend Leah decides to have plastic surgery for her sixteenth birthday, Jack is horrified--and then determined to stop her. Researching the surgery and the results, he finds that there are unscrupulous surgeons operating on the very young, and no one does anything about it. Jack organizes a protest and becomes an instant celebrity. But when someone else takes up the cause and the protest turns violent, Jack is forced to make some tough decisions.

Editorial Reviews

Student Reviewer Tacoma School District #10
"This book was very interesting...[and] relevant to life today."
Tri-State YA Book Review Committee
"138 words for breasts, that's how many Jack knows...what a way to start a YA novel that is sure to appeal to boys!...Harvey [is] able to say a lot about the pros and cons of plastic surgery, while creating a fast-moving and compelling story that will appeal to even the most reluctant readers."
Musings of a Book Addict blog
"This is a book every teenager, especially girls, should read. In a time when our society places so much emphasis on appearances, we see teenagers making decisions about their bodies that could have catastrophic outcomes…A very quick and eye-opening read."
Booklist
"It will provoke rich discussion: besides the ethics of enhancement surgery, Harvey explores differences between siblings' personalities, offers a realistic transsexual character, and gives Jack a chance to work through his relationship with the teenage girl he thinks of as his nongirlfriend. A good addition to collections of contemporary fiction exploring real issues."
Library Media Connection
"Will have an adolescent boy hooked…Portrays teens in a positive light by showing readers that they are more than willing to not only help out a friend, but also protest when they feel strongly about something that is unjust. The cover will attract an audience, and the storyline will keep them reading. Recommended."
The Horn Book Guide
"This short, quick read has a plausible conclusion and a strong but not beat-you-over-the-head-with-it message."
Resource Links
"Coherent and easy to read...This novel would be good for students who want to learn more about plastic surgery, especially those who want to start learning more about the risks."
CD Syndicated
"In our hyperkinetic, disposable culture, the book Plastic is that rarity: a readable cautionary tale about responsible activism."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee
"138 words for breasts, that's how many Jack knows...what a way to start a YA novel that is sure to appeal to boys!...Harvey [is] able to say a lot about the pros and cons of plastic surgery, while creating a fast-moving and compelling story that will appeal to even the most reluctant readers."
Washington State Young Adult Review Group
"Embedded in this story of teenage friendship is some serious commentary on body image and the ethics of plastic surgery and teenagers...A quick read that definitely has teen appeal."
CM Magazine
"A fast, funny, and interesting story about what is, perhaps, an unexpected topic for a YA novel: plastic surgery for young adults. Plastic contains interesting information on elective cosmetic surgery, including its potential complications…Recommended."
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
At fifteen, Jack is very interested in breasts. In fact, you might say that he is obsessed. He keeps his own picture book of breasts, hidden under his bed and documents all sizes and shapes of that distracting female part. Distracting for him until his best friend, Leah, confesses to him that her mother is going to give her a very special sixteenth birthday gift—breast augmentation. Suddenly Jack's obsessive interest takes on a very different direction. What kind of a doctor would do plastic surgery on a minor? Jack sets out on an undercover mission to find out. His research leads him into the offices of the reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Myers, who sees nothing wrong helping women of any age look picture-perfect. Soon Jack decides to take on the doctor in a very public campaign to raise awareness. Even Jack's ne'er-do-well brother comes in from Hawaii to help with picket signs and media interviews, but, Leah is not happy about the invasion of her privacy, even if she does not want the plastic surgery. Jack comes to realize that while his might be a great cause, it will not be worth much if he loses his best friend in the process. This is another in the great catalogue of Orca Soundings' high interest, well-written books for reluctant readers. The characters here are well-developed and multi-layered, while the plot and conflict are easy to follow. Young adults will appreciate Jack's irreverent attitude and clever undercover work while connecting to the issues of body image, fame, and friendship. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Any book that opens with 40 different terms for breasts is going to have a certain appeal for preteen and teen boys. Jack is into female anatomy, even though he hasn't had any real experience with a naked woman. When his best friend decides to have plastic surgery to enhance her breasts for her 16th birthday, he is horrified. In his quest to stop her, he finds there are some unscrupulous physicians who are mutilating young people with a complete disregard for anything but the paycheck. Jack visits three local plastic surgeons for bogus consultations and finds one who instantly agrees that his perfectly normal nose is deformed. Jack and his mom decide to peacefully protest doing plastic surgery on teenagers at the surgeon's office, and the news picks up the story. This novel is characteristically fast paced and of high interest. Information about both the pros and the cons of plastic surgery is included without detracting from the plot. Plastic does a good job of exploring an important societal issue while telling a timely tale.—Emily Chornomaz, West Orange Public Library, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554692521
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,322,668
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
HL560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

I'm not alone in my obsession. I'm just more organized than most guys. I keep track of things.

Meet the Author

Sarah N. Harvey has written for both children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, German and Slovenian. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she works as a children's book editor. For more information, visit www.sarahnharvey.com.

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Plastic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Jack is a confessed boob connoisseur. According to an opening statement, he has seen exactly four real naked human breasts and knows 138 words for them. With a start like that, one might think this book is inappropriate or at least in very poor taste. That could not be more wrong. Although Jack is a normal, red-blooded male when it comes to the female body, he has his principles. Raised by two parents who have vast amounts of experience protesting causes, Jack never thought he would carry a protest sign of his own. That changes when his best friend announces that she is having breast augmentation surgery. Leah's mother is one of those vain women addicted to plastic surgery. Leah has never shown any interest in changing her physical appearance, but she tells Jack that her mother is giving her breast implants for her 16th birthday. Immediately concerned for his friend's safety, Jack fires up the Internet. The facts he uncovers scare him even more. There are doctors out there disregarding the standard of not doing unnecessary surgery on adolescents, and that gets Jack making a picket sign and hitting the pavement outside Leah's doctor's office. PLASTIC will grab the attention of readers of all backgrounds. The focus is on body image and its importance in teenage society. Through her book, author Sarah N. Harvey encourages teens to be patient and let time dictate their happiness and comfort with personal body issues. Overall, PLASTIC is a fast read with a worthwhile message.