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?)




 

About Blake Nelson

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Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, OR. He attended Wesleyan University and NYU. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details magazine. His first novel Girl, was serialized in Sassy magazine and was made into a film starring Selma Blaire and Summer Phoenix. Nelson has since published ten more novels, including Rockstar Superstar and The New Rules of High School, Prom Anonymous and Gender Blender. His science fiction novel They Came From Below was a Kliatt Editors Choice pick in 2008 and his 2006 novel Paranoid Park was made into a film by Gus Van Sant which won the Cannes Special Anniversary Prize Award in 2006, as well as Italy's Grinzane Literary award. His latest book Destroy All Cars has been praised as "Smart and Entertaining" by the New York Times, and was called "A wonderful novel" by the Los Angeles Times. His newest novel Recovery Road was released in March of 2011.
 
Published September 9, 2004 by Speak. 242 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Narrator Max Caldwell is editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, and in his account of his last year in high school, his voice sounds appropriately like a journalist.

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The story begins as Max finds himself breaking up with her, before fully realizing that he even wants to ("Even though she was the perfect girl.

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