What worked: Wowza. Just wow. The voice in this novel totally grabbed me. Humorous with snappy dialogue that keeps you turning the pages. The whole theme of an overachieving teen and the high level of anxiety totally rang true. Mischa is that student who is 'perfect'. She does everything right, takes all the AP classes, studies all night to make sure she gets that A, and has high aspirations of attending an elite college when she graduates. When that dream is taken away, she doesn't know who she really is. I really feel this novel will speak to teens out there who deal with the high pressure of succeeding. I personally have seen this with my own teenager. The stress and peer pressure to be on the top is very real.
The conspiracy angle of the story makes sense when readers find out who is behind tampering transcripts in order to keep some teens, like Mischa, out of college. I liked how it wasn't oblivious at first, but the characters have to figure out not only by getting into the school's database, but have to trust each other too.
Friendships are challenged and new ones are formed. Also the whole question of what about having fun and not taking life too seriously is addressed too.
Must-read contemporary novel of a teen who finds out that everything she'd worked toward disappears and how she must trust others to find out the truth of a dark secret in her high school. Laced with snappy dialogue and humor, this is a story sure to resonate with readers.
2. humorous, snappy dialogue