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4.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 5 4.13 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Harmon Narrator: Kim Mai Guest Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780739379868
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With her martyr-doctor mother gone to save lives in some South American country, Poe Holly suddenly finds herself on the suburban doorstep of the father she never knew, who also happens to be a counselor at her new high school. She misses Los Angeles. She misses the guys in her punk band. Weirdly, she even misses the shouting matches she used to have with her mom.

But Poe manages to find a few friends: Theo, the cute guy in the anarchy Tshirt, and Velveeta, her oddly likeable neighbor—and a born victim who’s the butt of every prank at Benders High. But when the pranks turn deadly at the hands of invincible football star Colby Morris, Poe knows she’s got to fix the system and take down the hero.

With insightfulness, spot-on dialogue, and a swiftly paced plot, Michael Harmon tells the story of a displaced girl grappling with a truly dangerous bully.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yesenia | 2/17/2014

    " Poe can be a little harsh but overall she means well. Try not to give up on her too soon into the book. Brutal makes you think about who really needs to change things to stop bullying. Overall, coolness, a 7 out of 10. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kate | 2/16/2014

    " I'm on a quest to read the Florida Teens Read list before school starts and this book is my favorite so far. Cute YA book about bullying, fighting back and recognizing your own shortcomings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 1/15/2014

    " It started off kind of slow, but I loved the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/10/2014

    " Excellent, insightful, thought provoking book about a high school "punk" girl who tries to right wrongs and learns a lot about herself and her family in the process. I really enjoyed this book! It was a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Adams | 12/12/2013

    " Addresses the hot issue of bullying. The violence in the story repeats what happens in many high schools across the country and may make some readers think. The turn-around of popular girl Anna seems unlikely, though, and adult characters in the story are all flat and unresponsive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb Allen | 12/6/2013

    " Good book showing the horrors of bullying. Directed mostly towards teen readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi | 11/21/2013

    " The main character's name was Poe. She seemed to be a lot more together than most of the teenagers I come into contact with...maybe she is gifted. Enjoyed the story and its view that schools perpetuate cliques. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cali | 11/10/2013

    " It's a pretty good read. The ending was a little bit of a let down but oh well. I love books about rebel, outcasts, and nonconformists so it was right up my ally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teighlor | 10/17/2013

    " very very good. made me want to keep reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Thacker | 10/7/2013

    " I really liked this book. The main character is strong and outspoken, but learns how to get along with others. Also, the issue of bullying is dealt with well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 9/2/2013

    " FINISHED!!!! I fonoshed the book! omg that was so good!!!! I loved that book!!!!! wow that author did an amazing job!!! you know, it must have been hard writing it in a girl's point of view seeing as in he's a man....hmmmm i wish i could ask him. that was awesome!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikael | 5/8/2013

    " I think this is a must read for teachers. It shows that we sometimes create a negative place for our students by ignoring what is going on around us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annaliese Rozos | 9/24/2012

    " In the beginning, I hated Poe, but as she started to evolve as a character and realize her mistakes, that's when she got less annoying and more thoughtful. Thats when I started to like her. Loved the character of Veleveeta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime Perez | 5/6/2012

    " I really enjoyed this JH/HS level book. It was funny and witty. The content is very relatable to teens (acceptance, anti-social behavior, rebellion, etc.), but it is not too harsh and overly done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 5/5/2012

    " this had to be the absolute best realistic fiction ive ever set my eyes to read & stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 4/12/2012

    " A high-school girl moves to a new town and finds herself fighting school policy that she believes creates the cliques and class systems within the student body. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Nelson | 2/12/2012

    " Strong female main character! GOOD! Not sure all bullying can be or should be handled her way though. Realistically it just doesnt happen that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilove2read | 11/14/2011

    " Almost as good as Last exit to normal. I have become a Michael Harmon fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen Connelly | 7/19/2011

    " Poe Holly is one of the toughest, most straight-up, in-your-face heroines I've read about in a while. Yeah, she may be hypocritical and a chip off the old mom's block, but her actions do show the hypocrisy of the adults at Benders Hollow High and the need for change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zeynab | 5/17/2011

    " it was very smart and funny very good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 4/21/2011

    " Too much explaining.....let the reader figure it out. Kids are smarter than this author gives them credit for being.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brielle | 4/16/2011

    " This book was pretty good! Just a warning to younger kids (like below middle school): this book contains some language and a few inappropriate scenes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 4/11/2011

    " It started off kind of slow, but I loved the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 4/3/2011

    " Strong female main character! GOOD! Not sure all bullying can be or should be handled her way though. Realistically it just doesnt happen that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/31/2011

    " Addresses the hot issue of bullying. The violence in the story repeats what happens in many high schools across the country and may make some readers think. The turn-around of popular girl Anna seems unlikely, though, and adult characters in the story are all flat and unresponsive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 3/10/2011

    " Finally, a book that acknowledges the severity of bullying and the point that it can escalate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 2/23/2011

    " Poe Holly is one of the toughest, most straight-up, in-your-face heroines I've read about in a while. Yeah, she may be hypocritical and a chip off the old mom's block, but her actions do show the hypocrisy of the adults at Benders Hollow High and the need for change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/8/2011

    " I really liked this book. The main character is strong and outspoken, but learns how to get along with others. Also, the issue of bullying is dealt with well.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/8/2011

    " This seriously reminded me of my high school days. Except I wasn't as intelligent or well informed as Poe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yesenia | 1/24/2011

    " Poe can be a little harsh but overall she means well. Try not to give up on her too soon into the book. Brutal makes you think about who really needs to change things to stop bullying. Overall, coolness, a 7 out of 10. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordyn | 12/17/2010

    " Adored the characters (especially Theo) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilove2read | 12/16/2010

    " Almost as good as Last exit to normal. I have become a Michael Harmon fan. "

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About the Narrator

Kim Mai Guest is a multilingual voice actress who has worked extensively in animation, video games, and audiobook narration. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a cofinalist in 2008 for the Audie Award for best science fiction narration.