The New Rules of High School

The New Rules of High School

by Blake Nelson

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Max is the consummate high school overachiever. Straight-A student, debate team captain, future editor of the school paper, dutiful Max does what's expected-until the day he inexplicably breaks up with Cindy, his perfect girlfriend. Is their relationship too much to handle on top of everything else? Or is Max just tired of doing everything he's supposed to? As Max begins to question his life, all of the old rules dissolve-and he searches in some very unlikely places for new ones.

'Nelson, it seems, possesses that peculiar and particular ability, granted to only a few' the Judy Blumes and J. D. Salingers of this world-to accurately portray the mysterious inner life of the American teenager.'
•Time Out New York

'Fiercely real and really fierce.'
•Daniel Handler (aka 'Lemony Snicket')

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142402429
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/09/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.69(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Blake grew up in Portland, Oregon.

His first love was books but he spent several years in his teens and twenties playing in bands.

Blake's first writing job was at Details magazine, where he wrote short humor pieces on the slacker lifestyle. His fiction remained unpublished until Sassy Magazine (cool girl magazine from the 90s) began publishing excerpts from his first novel.

These excerpts generated enough response to get his first novel GIRL published by Simon and Schuster. GIRL (1994) has since been translated into six foreign languages and was made into a feature film.

After GIRL, Blake published two more adult novels, EXILE (1997) and USER (2001). In 2003 he decided to try a Young Adult novel, (a book specifically for teens) and wrote THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL. Since then he has published five YA novels, NEW RULES, ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR, PROM ANONYMOUS, GENDER BLENDER, and PARANOID PARK.

His books have won numerous awards and continue to be translated around the world. A TV movie for GENDER BLENDER is currently in development at Nickelodeon. And PARANOID PARK, is being made into a film by Gus Van Sant and MK2 Productions.

Blake Nelson currently lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.

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New Rules of High School 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
misssallySC More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who seems to be perfect on the surface, but stuff is starting to bubble up from down below! Follow Max as he diverges from the path to Yale by hanging out at a dance club and meeting the coolest downtown girl in town. Hearts will be broken!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The New Rules of High School', was an amazing book.This book has kind of given me the guide line of being in high school. The book was about a high school student named Max, and the things that he faced inside and also outside of the high school world. Max was an intelligent student in class like being the editor of the school paper, but like everyone, he had a wild side. Max went partying, had a girlfriend, lost his virginity, and also had an imense amount of peer preasure. Max went through a lot of stuff in his life. He also had some love mixes. He had a girlfriend that he loved, then when this girl named Lydia joined the newspaper with her column, he started to like her, and etc. All those activities might sound a little difficult, especially for a high school student, but it's really the phases of being a teenager. I recommend this book to anyone who's an teenager or an adult, and also those who have a lot of spare time. And for more information on Max's being in the story, how about you just read the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is relates to everyone. Things that the author describe about high schools are true. You should read it. it's fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about the senior year for Max Caldwell at Evergreen High School. He is the cool overachiever that finds out what it is like to enter the social world with a bang after breaking up with his girlfriend Cindy; who is also popular, cute, and smart. Max can get away with almost anything because of his irresistible charm and brains. Max turns away from the road to Yale and starts hanging out at a dance club called Agenda and meeting one of the coolest girls in town. He goes to parties and hangs out just like a normal teenager I know this because I am a teenager my self. He meets girls that are not really smart but have interesting views on life and social problems. Max pretty much goes from a good teenager that does what's expected of him to a regular old teenager that hangs out and parties with friends all if the time. I think that this is a great read for teenagers who want to know what it is like in high school. Sean F.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The moment i started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The story pulls you in and you really feel for Max. When he is troubled you feel troubled for him, when he is happy you feel happy for him. A part of you wants to experience his life style. It's amazing how realistic Blake Nelson can describe events of high school. This outstanding book will make you look at life in a whole new way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for my English class and once I started it, I could NOT put it down!! I ended up asking my teacher if I could take it home so I could read more of it at home. I would recommend this book to ANYONE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am actually a little more than half way done with this book, but so far I LOVE it. I'm 13, and I never really realized that things like this actually DO happen in highschool. It gave me a lot of tips, and overall I think this book is sooo interesting and I am so eager to read it in my free time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
what is this book about? it is about life, plain and simple, about figuring out what you want, realizing you can't get it, and then dealing. really, there is depth iin this that you don't see at first. read it again and see
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book depicts the life of a Mr. Perfect as he goes through a break-up and partying, losing his virginity, being editor, car crash, underage drinking, and peer pressure It's pretty much a teenage life. This book is and all-in-one package of how people change their views and how their friends/ environment affect their life and opinions. From meeting punk chicks to nature freaks to freshmen wierdos. It's a perfect book if you're so lost in life, but even if you're not, it's still awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could'nt put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rules.I have been reading this book in school and I cant set it down.It so realistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was very bare bones in it's style. It's almost like a play. The story really creeps up on you because you think it's about Max and his old girlfriend but then Lydia steals his heart. It is a VERY realistic look at high school. If you just want light fluff, this is not for you.