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    Shattering Glass by Gail Giles - book cover, description, publication history. Visit Scholastic, the world's largest children's book publisher. Whether you need a classic kids book or classroom-proven teaching materials, discover it at. Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a nerd, a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Everyone picks on him -- until Rob Haynes shows up.

    Shelves: best-books-i-read-in , all-time-favorites , favorites This book has ruined me. I had never heard of this book before my best friend told me about it. She started reading and when she finished it, she told me I had to read it. So I ordered it and waited somewhat patiently for it to arrive in my mail box. I finally received it and I started it about 30 minutes after opening the package. To be honest, the first pages were okay. I really liked the writing style but I didn't like This book has ruined me. I really liked the writing style but I didn't like the characters and the plot was a little bit boring. But at the top of every chapter is little paragraphs from interviews. And those paragraphs keep me reading. It was really suspenseful. And the last 40 pages is were it gets good.

    To be honest, the first pages were okay. I really liked the writing style but I didn't like This book has ruined me. I really liked the writing style but I didn't like the characters and the plot was a little bit boring.

    But at the top of every chapter is little paragraphs from interviews. And those paragraphs keep me reading. It was really suspenseful. And the last 40 pages is were it gets good. This book goes from 0 to in very little time so you don't have time to prepare for what you reading.

    Overall, this book was so great and I can't even put into words how I felt when I finished this book. This isn't a book that you read, it's a book you experience. Dec 14, Thomasehs rated it really liked it. I read the book Shattering Glass by Gail Giles. This was an awesome book because it really related to me.

    It was right around my age group and some of the problems they have, boys have my age too. Shattering Glass was the best book i have ever read for many reasons.

    I'm not much of a reader which was why I pick the shortest book. It was only pages and I really enjoyed every part of it. The book is very suspenseful because the climax of the story doesn't happen until the end of the novel.

    This keeps the reader on their toes until the end. I couldn't wait to start reading it again to see if anything would happen. The book was very well written. It lets you get a peek of what will happen in the end.

    This was my favorite part of the book.

    Shattering Glass was written in first person. Young Steward, the narrator, was kinda like me, he was athletic, he had good grades, tough parents, and was a follower instead of a leader. He was perfect for the role as a narrator because he kept a lot inside.

    I really took great advice from the things that happen to Young. I now realize even more how being a follower can be good or bad. Young Hadn't been told to do anything bad yet, so being a follower was perfect until he was told to break up with Ronna.

    Then he realized how doing what he was told to do wasn't always a good thing. I am now writing my own destiny and being a leader. The book Shattering Glass had many ups and downs. It was about a chubby, nerdy kid named Simon Glass who was bullied. Then a group of popular boys had enough of people picking on him. They decided to be his friend and transform him into being the most popular kid in school. They did this until he started to get cocky.

    The cockiness ends up not being a good idea for Glass in the end. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless it's a high school boy. It has a lot to do with our everyday lives and what things go on in our heads. Women wouldn't really like this type of book because it is told from the viewpoint of a high school boy. This book is also perfect for someone like me because it is a short read.

    This book was so good. I would read it again if i had the time. I hope the next person that reads this book enjoys it as much as i did. It is a very suspenseful book, will keep you wanting to read and never put the book down View 1 comment. May 11, Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing.

    I am a huge fan of Gail Giles and her books absolutely creep me out like nothing else. These aren't ghost stories or anything like that. They're the evil things that we do to each other without any sort of supernatural bent or demonic involvement or whatever.

    That makes them much scarier than most of the stories Stephen King writes. These things happen every day, in every city in the world. We know from the very first sentence that things are going to end very badly for Simon. What we don't know I am a huge fan of Gail Giles and her books absolutely creep me out like nothing else. What we don't know is how or why. Each chapter begins with a brief statement from other characters discussing Simon's fate these statements are from several years in the future and those are the only clues we have as to what's going to happen and how everyone else will be impacted.

    Obviously I can't get too in-depth with what happens, because spoilers. But if you're ever interested in why people who are otherwise good can do horrible things, this book has your answer. This book is beyond unsettling. Highly recommended. Feb 19, Max Baker rated it it was ok Shelves: Well, not okay. Tolerable at best is probably a better way to describe it. This book tried to do something that could have been really cool, but kind of fails This review's not very long, because most of my issues aren't big, but they take up so much of the story it's all I've got.

    Shattering Glass is about four popular high school guys who want to turn the least popular guy in school into one of the most popular. Been there, done t Yeah. Been there, done that. But, by the summary and the first few lines of the book, you know the loser, Simon Glass, dies. So it becomes how do the four guys go from trying this social experiment to murdering Simon. My main issue with this book is the characters. The narrator, Young Stewart, has zero presence.

    The kid's basically a douchier version of Nick Caraway. Young goes through no development and is pretty much a pair of eyes to watch the story unfold. This wouldn't be that bad if any of the other characters were I could tell Giles tried to make Rob this charming, yet manipulative bastard, but he kinda fell flat. I could never understand why people did what he asked.

    Young told us its because he's charismatic, but I never picked up on it. In fact Rob was nothing but the same asshole I've read about a million times before. Giles tried to make Simon this overambitious loser who tried to surpass Rob and the others, but again, he fell flat. Instead of ambitious and two-faced he came off as confused. Simon's gimmick was doing something nice for someone then doing something equally selfish in return, but his character came off as confused, like he didn't know what to do.

    The mystery aspect wasn't anything amazing. We know what happens, but this book relies on the build up. We're suppose to see the changes these characters go through, but instead we get a rushed climax that really didn't do anything other then end the book too quickly. Combine that with forced dialogue and boring characters and you've got Shattering Glass.

    May 15, Erica rated it did not like it Shelves: I don't like being teased.

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    Giles tells her readers in the very beginning that her main characters are going to kill Simon Glass. We don't find out how or why until the last page. I didn't like the characters or even the plot. I only finished the book to find out why they killed the kid. Year of Pub: Aug 16, Cait S rated it liked it.

    This is one of the fastest books I have ever read.

    I devoured it in about an hour. It has such an incredibly slow build up of impending doom that I couldn't put it down. Unfortunately the build up was actually better than the explosion. The ending left a fair bit to be desired but the rest of the book mostly made up for it. Good, quick brain scrub. Just what I needed. Apr 06, dori rated it it was amazing.

    I really really really loved this book and the way Giles uses so so so so so so so much dramatic irony and suspense to really pull you in. Throughout the book, you get semi-bored, but get the urge to continue reading and find out what happens. The ending hits you right in the face and couldn't be more twisted. I really fell in love with the characters and became attached to their emotions myself to the point where I knew their next move every time -- until the very end.

    Oct 25, Kayla Smith rated it it was amazing. The author did a wonderful job showing how Rob felt, and, at the end, really makes you understand why he wanted to change Simon Glass so much.

    Oct 12, Jenna rated it it was amazing. Like most high schools in real life, everyone has something to hide and in the book it is no different. In Shattering Glass, Gail Giles tells the story of how Simon Glass, the hated school nerd and scape-goat for aggression, is taken under the wing of arguably the most popular guy in the school, Rob Hayes.


    Although things start out great and everyone seems to be benefitting from the adoption of Glass into their group, it is not long until Glass starts to develop a backbone of his own, going against Rob and his commands. Glass and Young notice this, prompting them to search for secrets that Rob might have in the school data base and library. What they find changes their entire viewpoint of Rob. Meanwhile Young watches innocently and in the end it is him who takes the blame for everyone else.

    Young Steward is the type of person that would usually blend into the background, but as luck has it, he was able to befriend a group of people with high popularity status. A big effect on who Young Steward is as a person all tracks back to his family life. Young is a people pleaser through and through; throughout the book this does not change much.

    Whether it is pleasing his parent, his friends, his girlfriend, Young will go to any lengths not to let down the people in his life. A real critical turning point in the book for Young is when Rob asks him to break up with his dedicated girlfriend Ronna, who he loves very much. Young has an internal struggle because he knows that whatever decision he makes, he will let someone down: Rob or Ronna.

    In the end, Young makes the decision to let down Ronna, causing him to feel disgust, anger, and disappointment in himself. I rated this book five out of five stars because I liked how it was centered around the human need for acceptance, control, and how we deceive others by lying or hiding things about ourselves.

    Despite the extreme ending, I think this was a very hones book portraying the stress put on the lives of highschoolers. Oct 30, Meghna Shankar rated it really liked it. Rob, the leader, is insistent on controlling everything and making sure everything goes according to plan.

    When it starts to become too much, Young Steward, the narrator, can only watch as his friends start to take matters into their own hands. While it is still in first person, it seems like the reader is viewing the story through the eyes of someone watching the events unfold.

    Giles was very descriptive when writing. She managed to describe everything without making the book too heavy in detail. She added adjectives in just the right places to make her sentences more advanced. For example, she wrote, "As we jogged, our sneakers slapped against the wet sand. Coop ran, slow and steady, more at ease than I had seen him in weeks.

    I also liked how she infused subtle humor into an otherwise serious book. The dialogue, the actions, and the way she describes the environment all have a dark comedy feel to them. Giles has a very firm grasp on a typical high school and the characters are very enjoyable.

    She creates a sense of mystery to shroud each character.

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    None of them are what they seem, and only Young, the narrator, is able to see the darkness behind their masks of goodness.

    I think Giles raised awareness to the fact that everyone has an ulterior motive behind a seemingly good action. She portrays Rob, the main character, as an attractive, intelligent, well-liked boy while also making him rather sinister. Even Simon, the sniveling, unpopular nerd has a dark side. This reminds me of myself. Every kind action is meant to benefit myself. Although it feels good to help someone, I find it feels better when people like you for being helpful.

    Every chapter began with an interview or testimony of someone who knew Young, Rob, Simon, and their friends. This was the reason for an extremely abrupt ending.

    However, while I was reading, I found the sneak peaks into the future very entertaining. I think this story is meant for a slightly older audience than myself. Brace yourself for some mature topics and offensive words.

    View 2 comments. Mar 23, Lindsey rated it it was ok. What a bizarre story, and not in a good way. It's reminiscent of "The Chocolate War" and "Cruel Intentions," but the story doesn't make any sense. The characters' motivations aren't believable and the big secret alluded to in the plot summary falls flat. It was suspenseful and kept me reading but the payoff was disappointing. Apr 21, Destiney added it. I stopped reading it cause I didn't like it oops.

    Feb 13, Ines rated it it was ok. You do know the outcome from the very first sentence, I struggled to finish it just to find out how and why. Apr 11, Pablo rated it it was amazing. Shattering Glass was a very amazing book it had many secrets, laughs, and mess up things. There was this boy name Simon Glass and he always got bullied by Rob.

    I personally think that this was a good and bad thing. Because they made Simon a new man like they made him go out to eat, shop, and to lose weight as well. But Rob plans were to get him popular so he can destroy his career but they don't know much about Simon. Overall this book is good and I recommend a lot of people to read it you will Shattering Glass was a very amazing book it had many secrets, laughs, and mess up things.

    Overall this book is good and I recommend a lot of people to read it you will surely get into the book. Oct 04, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: A little bit 13 Reasons Why ish, this book definitely is not for the faint of heart.

    There are definitely some triggers, which I will not disclose as they will reveal spoilers. A story filled with secrets and what those will do to prevent those secrets being shared. No one is as who they appear. This one will have you thinking well after you have turned the last page. Apr 15, Carmen Yeung rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Shattering glass, reminds me of when people in tvb start to fight they will break the mirror or something.

    But it started with the narrator named Young, but hes not the protagonist. The protagonist is Rob, who is charming and just transferred in. I thought it was quiet weird to have someone just transfer in and become popular like that, but anywho i enjoy seeing Young Coop Bob and Rob hang out, because they are like regular people. They shop, play sports and talk. Something that seemed unordinary was Simon, he was a geek and was very unpopular, until Rob decided to turn him around.

    After his new look and new style of talking, he is no longer looked down upon. Like any power hungry kings, they go after their prey after gaining power, Simon started to climb up closer and closer to Rob on the popularity triangle. Soon Simon even took Rob's girlfriend Ronna. The excitement doesn't start until the end, where they were arguing on the field and hit Coop with a bat and they ran, which ended the story with a lot of thoughts. One of my thoughts were that they would never be friends ever again, because what had happened happens.

    The blurb of the story kind of summarizes the story, but i'm happy i actually read the entire book, because there was more drama and excitement leading me to this ending that leave me wondering with my thoughts. I really want to know what happens to Coop, Coop was the best one out of all their friends, because he tries to tie the friendship together.

    If i was Rob, i would regret letting Simon join the crew. If i was Rob i would blame Simon for ruining everything, even taking Coop's life.

    But since i'm not Rob i would feel sad for Simon, because he had suffered all his life, he was a nerd and he was picked on. No one likes to be bullied, thats why when people gain power, they strive for more to maintain themselves into a secure stand. This book was fantasic, i'm glad there wasnt a lot of violence, except the end where the blood gushed out and splattered everywhere.

    Aug 23, Heather Pearson rated it really liked it Recommended to Heather by: What could cause four seemingly normal teens to violently kill one of their classmates. Author Gail Giles Gives us the ending in the first lines of tihs story then slowly tells us how this disaster unfolded. Simon Glass was the school nerd, the butt of jokes and was picked on just for being alive. Rob Hayes is new to the school yet quickly claimed the spot of most popular boy. It came as a great surprise to Rob's friends, when he decided to befriend Simon with the goal to make him popular.


    Why d What could cause four seemingly normal teens to violently kill one of their classmates. Why did he do this, was he being sincere in his concern for Simon, or did he have some ulterior motive. Decent kids who graduate and continue on to become responsible adults. In this school, something happened, something wrong and disturbing.

    I listened to the audio book version two times. The first, I was stunned by the events, questioning how this could happen. The next time I listened to it, fully knowing what was to occur, I paid more attention to the reactions of the boys during the events. I liked even better the second time. While I did enjoy the audio book as read by Scott Brick, I did experience some confusion. I found it hard to know when it was Young, the narrator speaking or one of their class mates.

    This is a story that grabs you and won't let go, It makes you pay attention even when you want to walk away. I could sense that they boys were heading toward something wrong, I didn't know what and I couldn't do anything to stop it.

    Shattering Glass contains a powerful message. It's not an easy read, but well worth the emotional toll it might take on it's readers. Jun 01, Ryanne Benz rated it it was amazing.

    When Simon gives him just the right gift--an expensive blank journal--he reacts with resentment instead of pleasure. Why does he feel this way? What is there about Young that makes him see Simon as a distorted image of himself? Later, Young accuses Simon of always needing to have permission. Who is Young really talking about?

    Rob manipulates people so he can feel powerful, and their response is of little interest to him as long as they do his will. Simon, however, manipulates people out of vengeance, and their pain is the whole point. If innocent bystanders like Alice also get hurt, it is of no consequence to him. What is there about Alice that should have made him especially sympathetic toward her? Why does that work in exactly the opposite way?

    Why is it so hard for Young to ask Ronna out? What is there in his past that undermines his male confidence? Why is it Ronna that Rob chooses to give to Young? What is it about his feelings for Rob that obligates Young to agree to give Ronna away even though he loves her? The tender sensuality and poignancy of the love scenes between Young and Ronna are the material of poetry. Young, Coop, and Bob each have a different basic weakness--an empty place or something missing--and a related secret that they must preserve at all costs.

    What are these weaknesses and secrets, and how does the need to keep them hidden make each one vulnerable? Young and Rob are also linked by a secret in their pasts. Why does Young trust Rob with this secret? When Rob gives Young reassurance about his self-doubt, who else is he trying to reassure? What one word from Lance makes it necessary for Rob to annihilate him? Take another look at the brief vignettes that show each boy interacting with his father.

    And Rob made us feel like successful sons. How does this fear motivate their actions. Are most people more comfortable having decisions made for them? In my head, kind of. Why is this goal so supremely important to him? Rob says that Lance suffers more in becoming an outcast than Simon, because Lance has had popularity and lost it. What has Rob possessed and then lost? What do you think of such a competition? Does it cause more pain than happiness?

    Why do people enjoy ranking each other like this? What deeper sadism is revealed by his treatment of the frog? Are the events in his past enough to explain such intense pleasure in cruelty?

    Would he have been a coldhearted manipulator even if he had had a normal childhood?

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    Yet we know all of this comes from his intense need for power. Is a goo act done for the wrong reasons poisoned? On the other hand, is a bad act done for good reasons--like Simon take the ACT to help Coop--justified by its intention?

    It has been said that for evil to win out, all that has to happen is for the good people to do nothing.


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