Quad

Quad

by C. G. Watson

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ISBN-13: 9781595141385
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/10/2007
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.13(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

C. G. Watson lives in Chico, California.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

TECHIES

Theo had never made out with a girl before. He’d kissed his date good night after the winter formal last December, and for a couple of weeks in junior high he went steady with Paisley Reed. But this was different. This was lying-on-the-bed different. Theo thought he might be in love.

Maggie rolled onto her back and Theo flopped beside her. Taking a break was probably a good thing because at the moment, he was so turned on he could barely move.

“I really liked your movie,” she whispered.

He shrugged, a little wary about having shown his video footage to her. “It’s not finished yet,” he told her.

“What do you mean?”

He frowned. “I still have a few scores to settle.”

Maggie laughed. “Interesting choice of words. Is that how you settle your scores? On film?”

Theo turned his head, reaching over to stroke Maggie’s hair behind her ear. “You know a better way?” he teased. He decided to make his point by pulling his video camera out of his pocket and turning it on.

Maggie stared into the lens. “No,” she said, unsmiling.

He leaned up on one elbow, focused in tight on her face. “No, what?” he asked.

“You don’t want me to film you? Or no, you don’t know a better way?”

She kept watching him, her eyes burning into his viewfinder. “Maybe.”

“Maybe what?” he asked, a little surprised.

She held her gaze on the tiny screen. “Maybe I have some scores of my own to settle. Maybe I have my own way of settling them.”

Theo’s heart sped up. “With who?”

She shrugged. “I dunno. Jocks. Preps. People who are out to get people like us.”

Theo’s head whirled. He was almost positive by now that he loved this girl. It was like she could read his thoughts—like they’d lived inside each other’s heads their whole lives.

“Why are preps and jocks out to get you?” he asked, narrowing in on Maggie’s intense eyes.

She blinked into the lens a few times. “Because they can’t see beyond the package,” she whispered.

Theo paused. What had started out as an amusing diversion was taking on an entirely darker dimension. He could sense something bubbling under the surface of Maggie’s skin, a reckoning of some kind. He wasn’t afraid of it; he actually wanted to explore it.

“What can’t they see?” he asked, just above a whisper.

“Intellect,” she said. “Heart. Soul. Danger.”

“What kind of danger?”

Her hair fell forward, leaving only one blue eye visible behind a chestnut curtain.

“The kind of thing that happens when they push too far without realizing.”

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Quad 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good. I would highly recommend this book to anybody that would ask. Who do you think is to blame for the shooter bringing a gyn to school?
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Omg my 8th grade english teacher read us this book! It was so good! I had many suspisions on who the shooter was. I never thought though that it was who it turned out to be! This book kept me on edge the while time! I was ready to end the book just to find out who was the shooter, then again i was upset cuz it was such a great book! I highly recomend this book! Everyone will love it!
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Angel_black12 More than 1 year ago
I Just finish reading this book it was a very good book. It made me feel like I was really with each of the characters. Going through everything they went through. I Highly Recommend This book
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
This fast-paced read presents the frightening side of high schools today. The action starts by page five, when an unknown shooter is heard firing shots in the high school quad. Terrified students run screaming in all directions. One small group barricades themselves in the school store.

C. G. Watson begins her story on Monday, April 6. Through flashbacks, the reader learns about the lives of the students at Muir High School. Everyone gets to tell their story - the Jocks, the Freaks, the Techies, the Drama Queens, the Choirboys, etc. Each group has the potential to have spawned the mystery shooter.

Could the violence be the result of "roid rage," homophobia, a jealous girlfriend or boyfriend, or some nerd sick of teasing and taunts? All aspects of today's teens and their roller coaster ride called high school appear in this book. The characters, though fictional, are frighteningly similar to real life. Readers will recognize their fellow students and will probably shudder to think how close to home this story hits.

QUAD speaks to the problems faced by many teens and offers many opportunities for discussion of current topics. Every library needs a copy, and perhaps every school curriculum needs to adopt it as a learning tool in the classroom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fairly well-written book by an author who is obviously a teacher and someone who wants to get the message out that teenagers are angst-filled humans. It took a long time for me to get into the story. It bounces around a lot and sometimes reads like a bad soap opera. Tension and suspense are built over and over on a very false foundation. It is really layered on thick. The book has a great message delivered by characters who are totally pigeon-holed cliches. In her efforts to illustrate to the reader that everyone is different, she neglects the fact that MANY people are the same. None of the characters are just regular kids trying to go to school, content to live their lives. Not all teenagers are emotional basketcases. Some of us are very happy. I never really believed the shooter would commit the acts that are committed in the end. Especially against the innocent. The most important thing about this book is that it reminds us to just be tolerant and accepting of the people around us. It should also remind us that we have annoying behaviors and we should stop bugging people trying to force them to be like us. This is a good message book for teenagers but not exactly a good read. I recommend it for content but in the end it is really okay, but not great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Calling all highschool students! Quad is a must-read for any highschool student, and it makes sense from beginning to end. Mrs.Watson is my Spanish teacher, and her book is amazing, just like her. Her book kept me guessing from the beginning all the way to the end, as well as someone else who borrowed my copy of the book. You should get a copy yourself! Also, check out her YouTube preview, it's VERY well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quad is an excellent novel about realistic events that happen all too much in this day and age. It can be difficult to address things such as a student who felt they had no option but to bring a gun to school, but this book does, and does it well. The time C.G. Watson spent as a highschool educator shows in the realistic portrayal of lives and relationships of highschool students. It is deep, powerful and incredibly impacting in its close up look at intolerance in todays schools. It is the kind of book that makes you want to change the world because it helps you begin to understand that there is a problem in need of fixing. you wont be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! You will NOT be able to put this book down. The characters grab you - they seem so real, and the situation they're in - where there are six of them trapped in the school store and it's one of their friends out there shooting and killing people is INTENSE! And you don't know who - it could be ANY of them. First you think it's the Prep, then the Jock, then the drama queen, then no, it's the gay kid who can't take it anymore, then no - it's the freak guy, no - it has to be the techie! Aarrrhhh! That's what makes it such an amazing book. You don't know until the VERY end!!! Also, with horrible real life events like Virgina Tech's shooting, this book really makes you think about WHY something like this can happen. QUAD is a great story to use as a starting point to get us to talk about what needs to change so these shootings STOP! BUY THIS FOR AN EDGE-OF-YOUR SEAT READ THAT REALLY MAKES YOU THINK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.G. Watson is not only a teacher to me but a role model. She is an Awesome person all around. She is a great teacher.