Pool Boy by Michael Simmons
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Fifteen-year-old Brett Gerson is the kind of kid you love to hate: smug, arrogant, and filthy rich. When his dad is jailed for insider trading, Brett loses the mansion, the Mercedes, and his beloved stereo--and is forced to take a summer job assisting the man who used to clean his family's swimming pool. Told in the first person and set in a fictional California town, Pool Boy marks the debut of a gifted writer for young adults--and an almost equally engaging and infuriating anti-hero.
 

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Michael Simmons lives in New York City. This is his first young adult novel.
 
Published April 9, 2003 by Roaring Brook Press. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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“[I]f you go from the life of leisure that I once had,” says Brett, “to the life of toil and drudgery that I have now, it’s very, very hard.” That toil and drudgery consists of a move to his eccentric aunt’s house on the wrong side of the tracks and a job cleaning rich people’s pools with Alfie.

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Lowe effectively tackles teendom, skillfully giving voice to 15-year-old Brett Gerson, star of the riches-to-rags tale that comprises Simmons' crisply formed debut novel.

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After Brett starts a summer job assisting Alfie, a pool cleaner who took care of Brett's own former pool, readers observe a fragile trust developing between the two.

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