by Matthue Roth

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The perks of being an émigré wallflower

Jupiter was born in Russia, but he's getting quite an education in America. He sees everything slightly askew - but in a way that's endearing to (most) of his fellow students. A popular girl takes him under her wing. He falls for her. A bully sets him as a target. But Jupiter disarms him in an unexpected way. His best friend ends up hanging with a posse of science geeks. Jupiter feels left out. With dead-on deadpan humor, Matthue Roth makes everything illuminated about American teen life - like Borat as directed by John Hughes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545068932
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

MATTHUE ROTH is the author of the PUSH novel Never Mind the Goldbergs, as well as the adult memoir Yom Kippur-a-Go-Go. (Yes, that's Yom Kippur-a-Go-Go.) He lives in New York.

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Losers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DF100AB_Unkown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an awful book, because it was not full of action and suspense. I wanted to barf when i read this book, I did not want to turn the page ever! Sometimes books are bad at the beginning and then get better as you read, not this one! This book was terrible all the way through. This was not an inspiration to young authors such as Ian O'Leary.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read and your prize! Very funny book... Starting point: the funny bone short stories result 3
Kaitlyn Martinez More than 1 year ago
Met the author in chelsea, manhattan....and was very charming and passionate about his work. I thought....seems like an extremely cool dude, i'll try out his books and was amazed at the way i was able to clearly read the book as if i were him and how scary it is to know that the he and the main character are so alike- quirky and funny.....=}
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Jupiter Glazer has had a tough life ever since he got dragged from Russia to the United States when he was young. He's always been the kid who gets picked on and shoved into lockers. He only really has one good friend, Vadim, who is also Russian. The night before he starts his first day at a new high school, he decides he's not going to be that kid anymore. He's going to transform himself and actually fit in with the other kids and make friends. Soon, he's listening to old records to try to pick up the correct accent, and going to parties that he'd usually never even think of attending because he'd usually just be beat up. In the process, he's aggravating his parents because he's never home at the factory to help out when they're having a hard time. But little by little, Jupiter starts to fit in a bit more, and he realizes it's not so hard to blend in with everybody else and not get picked on constantly. This was a good read. From the very beginning, I sided with Jupiter, of course. It wasn't fair to him that he always got picked on because he wasn't from around there and had a different accent. I loved how he decided to change when he got tired of always being bullied. It made sense to transform himself when he was starting a new high school. Not everyone knew who he was, so he could really be anybody that he wanted to be. I thought that was a really brave thing of him to do. I definitely think bullies should read LOSERS so that they can understand what the people being bullied are going through - and maybe, just maybe, they'll understand that it's not right. I also liked the way that Mr. Roth wrote from both Jupiter's experience and also from Vadim's point of view. Definitely check this one out, especially if you like books about foreigners trying to fit in.
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