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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (162 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Simmons Narrator: Chad Lowe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fifteen-year-old Brett Gerson is the kind of kid you love to hate. He’s smug, arrogant, rude, and filthy rich. When his dad is jailed for insider trading, his family loses everything and Brett has to face life without the mansion, the Mercedes, and his beloved $5,000 stereo. But his attitude begins to change when he’s forced to take a summer job assisting Alfie Moore, the seventy-year old guy who used to clean his swimming pool…

Told in the first person and set in a fictional California town, Pool Boy marks the debut of a gifted young writer, Michael Simmons, and of one of the most engaging and infuriating anti-heroes since Holden Caulfield.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Niden | 2/13/2014

    " This book is about a kid named Brett whose parents are very rich until one day his dad is arrested for fraud. He loses everything; his house, his car, his pool, his games and everything else he relied on. He moved with his mom and his sister into their weird aunt's house. Things are very hard on their family, they went from having everything to having nothing. One day an old man who still loves to work, offers him a job cleaning pools. This is funny to me because he used to have his own pool to have cleaned. Eventually he even has to clean his old pool and other people's pools that he knows. Brett is also having trouble forgiving his dad for what he did. He doesn't like to visit him in jail or when he does he just swears at him. I really like this book because it is written well and has a good lesson. It teaches Brett how to work for things he wants because you won't always get everything you want. The character is developed very well from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. He starts off as a spoiled kid who receives anything he wants to a kind kid who works for what he wants. At some points the book can be a little slow but overall it is an excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lois | 2/2/2014

    " Understands the tone of teens. Funny, but not shallow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alison | 1/11/2014

    " I really liked this book! Brett evolved through the story and also became more likeable. I didn't like it because there wasn't really a point to it... Brett became a better person and another guy died.. so I didn't feel that that was the best ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kyle | 1/11/2014

    " this book has a character who you just learn to hate, and you spend the book enjoying that he learns lessons from being so selfish, snotty, and stuck-up "

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