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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: March 2004 ISBN: 9780807223246
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • With surprisingly sharp insight for a first novel, Simmons doesn’t bat an eyelash in his forcing his arrogantly smug antihero to combat a truckload of issues. School Library Journal, Starred
  • A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year
  • A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/5/2014

    " Great book about growing up and accepting responsiblities. boy from wealthy family must work as a pool boy in his old neighborhood when the family looses all its money due to father's fraud. Ultimately, he learns to stand on his own two feet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Tongate | 1/1/2014

    " The students enjoyed listening to this read. I was the only one who knew Chad Lowe. Does have several cuss words. In audio format, you seem to notice it much more. Enjoyed. They all liked Alfie and Brett growing in the end..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 10/14/2013

    " interesting. kinda strange. but makes you glad you arent rich. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Austen | 8/26/2013

    " This was a fast read, and a good one. The chatty narrator is funny and likeable and keeps you interested in his story. My teenage son found the characters in this book more realistic than a lot of YA fiction. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 7/6/2013

    " This is a riches to rags story, where a spoiled rich kid becomes a spoiled poor kid, and then finally, a pretty decent kid all the way around. I was really into it the first half, but the endless whining and the heavy cynicism of the narrator started to weigh me down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conny Feistauer | 3/30/2013

    " Very interesting story about a boy whose family goes from "riches to rags" because his father goes to prison for fraud. He then becomes a pool boy, cleaning rich people's pools. It's touching and a little funny too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/16/2013

    " When his father is arrested for insider trading and his family loses all their money, Brett Gerson takes a job as an assistant to a 70-something pool cleaner in his former wealthy California neighborhood and learns some valuable life lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flower | 10/12/2012

    " Good read. Some funny and a small bit of sad. Passed it on to my 15 year old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 9/15/2012

    " Basically, this is a book about Dick Casablancas. If Dick had a younger sister and still lived with his mother and had to move in with his aunt after his dad ended up in jail. Oh, and if Dick started working with the old man who cleaned their pool and learned valuable life lessons from said old man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessy | 9/15/2012

    " mm....sort of abrupt, but i cried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 8/27/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. Spoiled rich kid meets real life and grows up. Especially touching is the protagonist's relationship with his aging employer. A lot of YA lit cheeses me off with all the rich yuppie kids but Brett's fall from grace made things much more palatable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jsiroky | 8/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. There was always a surprise which made it interesting. When a boy named Brett found out his dad has to go to jail because of something he did. Now he has to go live at his aunt house with his mom and sister and is waiting for a whole new life to start for him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amelia | 6/26/2012

    " Good. It was just good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Beck | 1/1/2012

    " good story but slow book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/15/2011

    " More of a life lesson type of book. I read it in one sitting by the pool , only took a few hours but wasnt bad at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimblery | 5/30/2011

    " More of a life lesson type of book. I read it in one sitting by the pool , only took a few hours but wasnt bad at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flower | 7/27/2010

    " Good read. Some funny and a small bit of sad. Passed it on to my 15 year old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 4/28/2010

    " This is a riches to rags story, where a spoiled rich kid becomes a spoiled poor kid, and then finally, a pretty decent kid all the way around. I was really into it the first half, but the endless whining and the heavy cynicism of the narrator started to weigh me down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/6/2010

    " Great book about growing up and accepting responsiblities. boy from wealthy family must work as a pool boy in his old neighborhood when the family looses all its money due to father's fraud. Ultimately, he learns to stand on his own two feet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conny | 10/20/2009

    " Very interesting story about a boy whose family goes from "riches to rags" because his father goes to prison for fraud. He then becomes a pool boy, cleaning rich people's pools. It's touching and a little funny too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessy | 10/19/2009

    " mm....sort of abrupt, but i cried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/30/2009

    " When his father is arrested for insider trading and his family loses all their money, Brett Gerson takes a job as an assistant to a 70-something pool cleaner in his former wealthy California neighborhood and learns some valuable life lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 6/18/2009

    " I enjoyed this book. Spoiled rich kid meets real life and grows up. Especially touching is the protagonist's relationship with his aging employer. A lot of YA lit cheeses me off with all the rich yuppie kids but Brett's fall from grace made things much more palatable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 4/14/2009

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 1/3/2009

    " interesting. kinda strange. but makes you glad you arent rich. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 11/19/2008

    " 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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About the Narrator

Chad Lowe is an award-winning American actor, director, producer, and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the film Unfaithful. He has also had recurring roles on Pretty Little Liars, Young Justice, ER, Melrose Place, and more. He won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1989 and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1993 as well as other awards for his television acting and his film directing. He has narrated several audiobooks. For Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates, his co-narration with Hilary Swank in 2003 earned him not only an AudioFile Earphones Award but also the prestigious Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance.