Crunch Time

Crunch Time


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Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks, Sam Bassett, Samuel E. Bassett

Mariah Fredericks is the author of the bestselling novel The True Meaning of Cleavage. In a starred review Booklist said, "Fredericks, a first-time novelist, writes with amazing truth and perception." Meg Cabot, author of the Princess Diaries series, called it "Laugh-out-loud funny and way twisted!" Of her second book, Head Games, Kirkus Reviews said, "Fredericks has a gift for replicating teen vernacular." Mariah Fredericks lives with her husband in Queens, New York, where she is working on more novels for young people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689869389
Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mariah Fredericks is the author of the bestselling novel The True Meaning of Cleavage, which Meg Cabot called "Laugh-out-loud funny and way twisted!" She is also the author of Head Games, Crunch Time, and two previous books in the In the Cards series, Love and Fame.

Mariah accepts that cats are her superior in every way and would never dream of insulting one by trying to own it. However, she has been reading tarot cards since she was a teenager, and while she knows that it is lame to believe in fortune-telling, her readings keep coming true, so she keeps doing them. She has even written a tarot guide called The Smart Girl's Guide to Tarot.

She lives with her husband, son, and basset hound in Jackson Heights, New York. Visit her online at or

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Crunch Time 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Scholar-Berry More than 1 year ago "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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Crunch Time. It is a very inspirational book for students to read. It teaches a very important lesson on why cheating and lying is bad to do. If you are one that likes to read about the ups and downs of worrying about the SAT's than this book is great. If I could describe this book, it would be described as a train ride, a drama thrill, and an important lesson. I hope anyone who reads this book enjoys it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book called Crunch Time by Mariah Fredricks. Out of five stars I would give this book a total of three. It was an ok book overall. I only liked it as much as I did because I really enjoy reading. It was on and off and didn¿t keep my interest as well as it could of. Some parts were nice while others became tedious. Crunch Time is a group of four people Leo, Max, Jane, and Daisy who all agree to basically on one thing they all hate the SATs. After ditching their SAT prep class, they decide, to please their parents, to create their own study group. Everyone wants to do really good so they can make it into an Ivy League college. After weeks of practicing, getting to know each other and a few practice SAT tests they finally take the big test. Afterwards when everyone is relieved, or dissatisfied, with their scores, they learn the horrific truth someone paid somebody else to take the SAT test for them! This could ruin the Dewey High School reputation. Any college in their right mind wouldn¿t want to accept a possible cheater in their prided school. Everyone begins to point fingers and make conclusions on who the culprit is. Is anybody right? Is it the obvious or not so obvious? Read the book to find out and discover the truth. There were a few things that I really liked about the book but more that I disliked. To start with, the story was told in four points of view by the main characters. I mean that every so often the first person narrative would switch and you would be in that persons mind over everything that happened in the book. This made it really unique and interesting. Also the book kind of explained the thinking and life of a sophomore in high school. To go along with the good parts there has to be bad and unfortunately there is a few. There was a very significant time change and I barely caught on. That made it kind of hard to follow along. Also, it seemed as if the author forgot about what she was writing and stretched out that made it long and boring. The mystery part didn¿t even come until over half-way through the book. Overall I have read better and worse books. It was a fairly good book and I recommend you should give it a try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Crunch Time. Not one of my favorite books but reading it was enjoyable and worthwhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crunch Time has outstanding characters. I love how Jane, Daisy, Max, and Leo are all completely different, yet they form a bond. But this bond only got a chance to form because their SAT Prep class teacher could not find the booklets. Daisy, being the rebel that she is, stormed out followed by Max, Jane, and Leo. Jane is the movie star's daughter, Daisy is the rebel who does not follow the rules, Max is the typical guy with a crush on his best friend, and Leo is a total full-of-himself-jock. They are also stressed out for different reasons. This is a really creative way to write a book. I love the suspense of who cheated. I couldn't help but to take a peak to see who did--and I was shocked at what I saw. This book really portrays the stress put on students by both their parents and teachers to do well on the SAT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.