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Miss Educated (Upper Class Series)

Miss Educated (Upper Class Series)

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by Hobson Brown

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Welcome Back to Wellington

Everyone makes New Year's resolutions, but for two returning students, the semester's Wellington goals are easier set than met.

Parker Cole, for example. She survived first semester, sure, but still doesn't fit in. Mostly everyone thinks Parker is weird—in her cowboy hats and capes and violet perfume—and even she


Welcome Back to Wellington

Everyone makes New Year's resolutions, but for two returning students, the semester's Wellington goals are easier set than met.

Parker Cole, for example. She survived first semester, sure, but still doesn't fit in. Mostly everyone thinks Parker is weird—in her cowboy hats and capes and violet perfume—and even she agrees. But she dreams of being known beyond her persona, for the real reasons, especially by a guy . . .

Like her new lab partner, Chase Dobbs, a Southern boy with surfer hair. Chase has resolutions too—getting off of academic probation, for one, and avoiding military school, where his formidable father is this close to sending him. Chase must straighten up. But as soon as he gets back to campus, he has to deal with mini-disasters and distractions, including his strange, aloof lab partner, Parker—and the bizarre events that bind them.

Parker and Chase are dead-set on turning their second semester, and maybe their whole lives at Wellington, around. But even the best-laid plans can be destroyed. And the most unlikely friendship might be what it takes to graduate to the upper class.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 16 up.

In the second book of the "Upper Class" series, readers return to Wellington for spring semester. Parker Cole, resident artistic outcast, pairs with Chase Dobbs, resident golden boy, in the duo's Limnology class. During the first assignment the pair discover Mary Loverwest, who has drowned. The two bond through the trauma and the subsequent fallout of feigned mourning and institutional concern. Parker, Chase, and a seemingly endless parade of other characters need to make it from Valentine's Day to Graduation Day and summer, but between Chase's overlooked ADD, his friend's drug dealing, most students' drinking, and bouts with some bad egg salad and worse grades, things do not look good. The book touches on many hot social issues--teen dating and expectations, popularity, class differences, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, peer pressure, and sex all appear in the book--without actually seriously addressing any of these concerns. Instead, readers follow Parker's and Chase's angst-ridden friendship and romance, which are all the more complicated by Chase's continuing feelings for Laine (the main character of the first book) and his one night hookup with Schuyler Covington. The sexual liaisons are described fairly explicitly but without condemnation, as are the episodes of drug and alcohol abuse. Even when Chase and his friend Noah leave their Costa Rican hotel over spring break and return with cocaine for the group, they are only interrupted by a knock at the door, which leads naturally to the drugs being flushed down the toilet. Eventually the drug dealing student Burns is caught and expelled, but the sheer number of users, including Chase, who are caught prevents theschool from punishing them. Teens will probably find the characters relatable, which could lead to some frank discussions, but adults will likely want to use discretion when sharing the text with younger readers. Reviewer: Jennifer Wood

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Upper Class Series , #2
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14 - 17 Years

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Miss Educated
An Upper Class Novel

Chapter One

Parker and Blue mosey down the hair-product aisle of Shoppers Drug Mart, the Canadian January sky distilled into a creamy gray. Parker's leaving tomorrow, and she gets butterflies each time her mind even grazes Wellington and the new semester.

She's looking at Blue, her best friend at home, as if for the first time. He's only five two, and looks like he'll stay that way. He wears liner around crazy-looking blue eyes and jacks up his black hair so he resembles a terrier. His wide-legged black pants drag on the linoleum floor, collecting dust bunnies. She imagines him at Wellington. Would he even get past the gates?

"Hmmm," he says, scanning the shelf.

"There," Parker says, pointing.

"No, that's not it. They said it's in a red container."

They're looking for violet-scented pomade, which someone told Blue about, and he wants it for a Baudelaire party later this week.

"I've used this one; I like it," he says, pointing a platform-shoe toe at a glittery gel on the bottom rack.

"I bet you got sparkles all over your pillowcase, though," she says, and he laughs.

Blue laughs more than most people. He's got experience crammed into his pint-sized self, years of foster care, years of seeing and hearing things most kids don't know about. He's not sure who his parents are, or if he's part Japanese or Mexican or something else; people often study him and try to guess his origins. He swears that he won't live past thirty, that he doesn't want to. Blue says: Live like you mean it.

"I'm going to have to go to that beauty shopon Willowbay," he says in defeat as they pass through automatic doors. "Those pissers, they lied to me; they said it was here."

"It's a conspiracy, Blue, to keep you from your rightful hairdo."

"Shut it, beauty queen."

"What does that mean?" she asks, hurt.

"You're getting beautiful." He speaks without looking at her, unchaining his bike from the rail. And that's how she knows he means it.

"God, it's weird," he says, still without glancing at her. "When you left this fall, it seemed like a trial or something. Like we would get you back. Now it feels real. Like you belong to them, to that place."

Parker throws her arm around Blue, squeezes him. They stand in the cold lot. She can't confirm or deny what he's saying, because she knows she belongs, at this point, to both places and so, in a sense, to neither in full. "You're going to make me cry, Blue."

"Don't do that." Then he pushes her away, and she pushes him back, and they laugh.

They get on their dirt bikes. Parker in black-and-white Adidas high-tops with the gold tongue, and a raccoon coat she found in her basement. Blue with no jacket and no hat, just I Ching cards stuck into the spokes of his wheel. They ride, speeding and skittering on the icy shoulder of the highway, occasionally letting out a full-moon howl for the hell of it. Dangerous, and alive.

Miss Educated
An Upper Class Novel
. Copyright © by Hobson Brown. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Miss Educated (Upper Class Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In THE UPPER CLASS, we were introduced to Laine Hunt and Nikki Olivetti. Now it's time to meet Parker Cole and Chase Dobbs.

Parker had established herself to be somewhat of a loner at Wellington. With basically just one true friend, Parker's outfit choices and the way she interacts with the world definitely make her stand out. Now that summer is over, Parker wants to create a new image to go along with her new year at Wellington.

Chase is on the brink of being sent to military school, which he would be easily accepted into since his father is on the board. It's his father who threatens Chase with military school, after he received numerous calls and complaints about Chase's behavior at Wellington. All Chase has to do to avoid this drastic measure is to act more mature and get good grades -- basically, straighten up. This doesn't prove to be too easy though, since all of his friends can easily encourage Chase to get off track.

In the first day of Limnology 101, Parker and Chase get paired up to be lab partners. Both do not approve of this match, since they see one another in a very bad light. Ironically, Parker and Chase sort of need each other, if they want to accomplish their goals. If only they could get along first.

The perfect follow-up to the first in the series, MISS EDUCATED isn't only smart but also hilarious. Boarding school never looked so good.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the beggining confused me but it shows you the minds of both characters by making you parker in one chapter and chase in another it is outstanding !!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is awesome it was a breath of fresh air after some of the other books i've been reading latley *cough* the a-list. i loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i did like this book i will read it anyways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was very deep, in contrast to other recent YA novels (i.e. Gossip Girls). The characters are memorable, and I could identify with most of them. I read it in like 2 days.