Gentlemen

Gentlemen

by Michael Northrop

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ISBN-13: 9780545115841
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 15 Years

About the Author


Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, an epic book and game adventure series featuring the magic of ancient Egypt. He is also the author of Trapped, an Indie Next List Selection, and Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club Pick. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at www.michaelnorthrop.net.

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Gentlemen 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
mkmtt More than 1 year ago
This book is creepy, but it has just enough to keep you completely hooked. This book has this sort of dread to it...and the suspense is painful (in a good way). Despite it being somewhat brutal, I found it quite humorous at times. Most suprising, loved the ending. Excellent read, highly recommended.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Michael and his friends are treated like Gentlemen by the one teacher in school who might understand them. They're a bunch of misfits who dislike school. One of Michael's friends gets himself into trouble during class. He disappears from the classroom - and from town. No one can find him and he's not picking up his cell phone. The boys are worried - especially given the lesson from their English teacher the day before. He brought in a heavy barrel and invited the students to lift the barrel and guess the item inside it as a precursor to the new novel they'd be reading. He never revealed the barrel's contents and the boys came to some of their own conclusions. Could it be possible that Tommy's been murdered? How can they discover the truth behind his disappearance? GENTLEMEN is a chilling novel that starts out a little slow but ends with a bang. The cover alone will draw readers in, but the story will make them linger even after the book has been finished.
Perry-the-Ducktipus More than 1 year ago
The book started off great....suspense..drama....all that good stuff. The plot played out throughout the whole book and then just in time for the ending....the story line fell flat. That's it, it just ended. The whole book lead up to nothing and I was quite disappointed :(. Nevertheless, I WOULD recommend this book to a friend.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Gentlemen is a book of wide proportions that you must open your mind in order to see outside the box. The story was compelling and one I had yet to see. The uniqueness of it I loved. So I can't imagine why so many people gave this book 3 stars? I thought this book was one heck of a read.The moment I began this story I admit it was slow. It took a while for the build up to come and boy did it ever. Bones, Michael, Tommy, and Mixer are all good friends. They are all alike and troubled. Most teachers don't even look their way or even try to help them. When one teacher decides to open their minds he has no idea what can of worms he just let out.I can say that I understand these characters completely. For one, I was not a trouble maker in school but when I dated one, all of a sudden I could not be trusted. It was like all the teachers just changed. It was weird. Just because you are "troubled" doesn't mean anything. I like the fact that they teacher tried to help the boys. I was glad that he was able to reach the gentlemen when no one else had. Now, the way it all turned out, well, that I did not see.The ending was,... how can I say ironic? Here was this teacher only trying to help and it turned on him. But the teacher did succed in getting the boys what he wanted them to do. They read the book. They learned. And even at that the teacher held no ill will againist them. And for that he is a great teacher. I still wonder why would he put on a show like that? Hmmm...
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The first thing that got my attention was, the protagonist. It¿s being told by a point of a view of a guy. But not just any guy. Most of the male characters I¿ve read in the majority of YA literature are..let¿s say sugar coated. They¿re there to attract the girl readers and make us into fan girls. (Yes, it¿s true. I have several crushes on some of them). In this case, it¿s different. Micheal (main character) is, acts, well, like a normal guy. The way he talks, the way he tries to get a girlfriend, his behavior with his friends and his attitude towards school, all of it is so realistic and well written. His friends are equally the same way so this part of the book, I thought was good. Getting onto the plot is a different story. First, the pace is a little slower than I thought. Also if you¿re looking for a super thriller, you won¿t find it here. There¿s really nothing thrilling or suspenseful about it. Which is disappointing as I was expecting something that packed a punch or at least with something that has a shocking twist. There were also several mini plots throughout the book and none of them contributed to the plot whatsoever. One that particularly irked me was Micheal¿s internet moments. He periodically checks back to see if he gets any responses from a potential girlfriend, and what this has to do with anything is beyond me. I thought it was terribly pointless and a page filler, which does nothing to advance the main plot. The ending climax is, well anti climactic. Tommy¿s end result wasn¿t anything special and you¿re left wondering if you¿re read the entire book for nothing. However, there¿s one particular moment when the students confront Haberman, the mood and tension between all of them was well written and felt. Otherwise, once the mood is over, everything just seems to come back to normal again. It¿s frustrating as some parts of the story was good and some of the writing is well done but the plot could have used a lot of work. The cover was a job well done, but I don¿t know if the book is really worth a read. It is pretty short so it can be covered in one sitting but it ends up being frustrating because with such an anti climactic ending, you feel as if you wasted your time. I¿d say take it or leave it. Your choice.
kivarson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This fast-paced novel promises to be a great pick for reluctant readers. Micheal, Tommy, Mixer and Bones occupy the bottom strata of the small high school in their rural Pennsylvania county. When one of them disappears, all clues point to one of their frustratingly vague teachers, who appears to be taunting them with his lectures on Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" in class. Some references to sex and alcohol make this appropriate for older teens.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A high school thriller, a group of marginalised teen boys suspect a teacher has killed one of their friends. A tale of 'things gone too far'. Reminded me of Lord of the Flies and The Pigman. I'd give this to someone looking for realistic teen fiction, or a tense mystery story.
ut.tecum.loquerer on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Really well-developed characters, and a fast-paced story. I enjoyed the protagonist's voice, and it seemed very natural. The plot is a cool reflection on the way a book (in this case, Crime and Punishment) can get into your head. Great first book, I look forward to his next.
ccavaleri on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Probably did not live up to the hype. The voice was very authentic for the first chapter or so, but then it faded into just another adult voice. I would not try to give Gentlemen to a reluctant reader, which was my hope. Otherwise, I thought it was a good story, the length (short) was a positive, and it was worth reading.
IAmMidnight on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The first time I saw the cover of Michael Northrop¿s ¿Gentlemen,¿ I was intrigued. (Isn¿t Marc Tauss¿s photo great?) Anyway, I¿m very happy it grabbed my eye because this is a book to remember.Micheal Benton, whose birth certificate bears a misspelling, is a Sophomore whose group of friends is the rough crowd at school. He quit ¿applying himself,¿ but gets by. At first it¿s nothing too unusual when one of his friends, Tommy, flips a desk over in math and is sent to the assistant principal. It¿s also not that unusual when he doesn¿t show up for English later that day. What is unusual is the behavior of their English teacher, Mr. Haberman. Why is he employing a sudden hands-on approach, bringing a barrel with mysterious contents into the lesson? And as days go by without any word from Tommy, Mr. Haberman¿s lectures on Crime and Punishment sound like clues pointing to a sinister act.I loved Micheal Benton¿s consistent and humorous voice; the book is written in first person and it works. Although he¿s only meant to be 15, he seemed older to me¿especially by the end. This is a different kind of book; I haven¿t read anything like it. It¿s far from a commentary on troubled teens. Gentlemen has a unique plot line, which while it takes a little to get into, wowed me in the end. It¿s the type of book that leaves you thinking through the story in your head again, discovering new things. The book lives up to its premise and I¿m proud to own a copy.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Micheal (whose father couldn't properly spell his name on the birth certificate) is a high school sophomore stuck in remedial classes because, according to the school, he doesn't "apply himself." He has 3 close friends, one of whom goes missing. While he and two of his friends try to solve the mystery of their friend's disappearance, they start comparing it to the book they are reading in class, "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky. Immediately suspicious that their English teacher might've had something to do with their friend's disappearance, the boys take radical action.I fell in love with the voice in the book. It's realistic and honest. Micheal isn't the smartest boy, which is a nice change from all the YA literature that has beyond-clever teens as the protagonist. He's just a kid growing up in a small town who is trying to survive high school. A neat twist at the end was welcome and beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best I have read in a while. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting to read more. Bones, Tommy, Mixer, and Micheal are the guys at school that no one really understands and are sometimes afraid of. The only person that understands them is their English teacher, Mr. Haberman. One day, when a member of the group goes missing after an incident at school, they must figure out the cause and why their friend is missing, and all the evidence points to Mr. Haberman. This book is full of action and drama that will shock and entertain you. Not only do the boys get into some sticky situations throughout the book, they learn a life lesson that they will never forget. I recommend this book to anyone who likes action, suspense, and drama. At times this book can be random, but still very entertaining and captivating. It is one of the best books I have read and one of the most intense and interesting. This book is truly a great read, especially for teens and guys. 
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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
The first thing that got my attention was, the protagonist. It's being told by a point of a view of a guy. But not just any guy. Most of the male characters I've read in the majority of YA literature are..let's say sugar coated. They're there to attract the girl readers and make us into fan girls. (Yes, it's true. I have several crushes on some of them). In this case, it's different. Micheal (main character) is, acts, well, like a normal guy. The way he talks, the way he tries to get a girlfriend, his behavior with his friends and his attitude towards school, all of it is so realistic and well written. His friends are equally the same way so this part of the book, I thought was good. Getting onto the plot is a different story. First, the pace is a little slower than I thought. Also if you're looking for a super thriller, you won't find it here. There's really nothing thrilling or suspenseful about it. Which is disappointing as I was expecting something that packed a punch or at least with something that has a shocking twist. There were also several mini plots throughout the book and none of them contributed to the plot whatsoever. One that particularly irked me was Micheal's internet moments. He periodically checks back to see if he gets any responses from a potential girlfriend, and what this has to do with anything is beyond me. I thought it was terribly pointless and a page filler, which does nothing to advance the main plot. The ending climax is, well anti climactic. Tommy's end result wasn't anything special and you're left wondering if you've read the entire book for nothing. However, there's one particular moment when the students confront Haberman, the mood and tension between all of them was well written and felt. Otherwise, once the mood is over, everything just seems to come back to normal again. It's frustrating as some parts of the story was good and some of the writing is well done but the plot could have used a lot of work. The cover was a job well done, but I don't know if the book is really worth a read. It is pretty short so it can be covered in one sitting but it ends up being frustrating because with such an anti climactic ending, you feel as if you wasted your time. I'd say take it or leave it. Your choice.
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Gentlemen is a book of wide proportions that you must open your mind in order to see outside the box. The story was compelling and one I had yet to see. The uniqueness of it I loved. So I can't imagine why so many people gave this book 3 stars? I thought this book was one heck of a read. The moment I began this story I admit it was slow. It took a while for the build up to come and boy did it ever. Bones, Michael, Tommy, and Mixer are all good friends. They are all alike and troubled. Most teachers don't even look their way or even try to help them. When one teacher decides to open their minds he has no idea what can of worms he just let out. I can say that I understand these characters completely. For one, I was not a trouble maker in school but when I dated one, all of a sudden I could not be trusted. It was like all the teachers just changed. It was weird. Just because you are "troubled" doesn't mean anything. I like the fact that they teacher tried to help the boys. I was glad that he was able to reach the gentlemen when no one else had. Now, the way it all turned out, well, that I did not see. The ending was,... how can I say ironic? Here was this teacher only trying to help and it turned on him. But the teacher did succed in getting the boys what he wanted them to do. They read the book. They learned. And even at that the teacher held no ill will againist them. And for that he is a great teacher. I still wonder why would he put on a show like that? Hmmm...
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llamure More than 1 year ago
In this extraordinary debut novel, Michael Northrop offers a well-crafted, chilling tale, full of mystery and suspense. Told in the first person, the story nicely balances the narrator's affable, almost innocent, tone with the darker side of human nature. Suitable for teens and adults alike, the story will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat as it navigates the twists and turns of a friendship thrust into the middle of most peculiar mystery. I highly recommend it!
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PDobyns More than 1 year ago
This is a book about three teens trying to figure out what happened to their friend, who goes missing at the start. Micheal, Tommy, and Mixer are tough kids trying to figure out the mystery. They start to suspect their English teacher is involved, and things go downhill quickly from there. The book gets pretty dark, but it's also about friendship and loyalty. It's very realistic and gritty with some action and mystery thrown in. All in all, it's an excellent book for teens who like a good, gritty read with maybe a little hope at the end.
Azjura More than 1 year ago
I've had this book sitting bedside my bed for months now. I'm four chapters in and cannot stand to look at it near my other book si'm currently reading, you know the ones with substance and character. This book is worse than even some of the horrible books I've revied on B&N becasue at least those ones i finished! I cannot bear reading any more of this book and will probably end up throwing it away. I won't give or sell or recommend this book to anyone...i wouldn't even donate it to my local library because i don't want anyone wasting their time reading such horrible fiction. It's so bad I want to e-mail Scholastic Press and ask them what they were thinking when they allowed this man to publish such a crappy piece of literature!!! WHY DID I WASTE MY MONEY ON THIS!??!?!