Click here to see the rest of this review. She works for a rock Cable music station that makes gangsta rap seen like lullabies. She finds Kyle charismatic and believes he and his protest would play very well on her television station. Joel and his boycott grab the attention of teens across the nation who start boycotting stores that exploit teenagers as a demographic group. Todd and Joel's next project is getting their black history teacher elected to the white city council by getting the age group to come out and vote.
They prove that teenagers can make a difference. Tom Matthews satirizes thing in a way that is simultaneously funny and sad. No less than a manifesto and instruction manual for teenagers to use their numbers and newly inflamed passion to wreak real havoc on the politicians and corporate giants that exploit them for cash. The fact that I wrote this book may have me a bit biased. But just a bit. May 06, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: What begins as a small protest between friends and hangers-on snowballs into a cross-country, grass roots protest movement with more at stake than mere dollars.
Joel and Todd were best friends growing up but grew apart with the onset of adolescence -- and Joel's ascendance to the role of alpha-male jock on campus. But after a severe injury in a baseball game, they renew their friendship. As a result, Todd helps Joel take a closer look at his inane lifestyle and his sheep-like followers, particularly concerning their smoking and spending habits.
As Joel fully understands how badly the local convenience store - and the advertising world in general - is manipulating him and his peers for their money, he uses his charisma to organize a boycott.
Eventually, the protest garners the attention of a TV executive desperate for stories of substance for R2Rev, the music video channel in which she works. Joel's charisma and Todd's message soon resonates across America, influencing impromptu boycotts and small-town elections. But the movement begins to unravel on all fronts as they grow in fame and success and their opponents begin to see what's at stake.
Yet Todd refuses to surrender and has a few tricks up his sleeve that provides for a sweet victory when defeat looks certain. This is laugh-out-loud funny but also inspiring. Jan 18, Tom Riddle rated it it was amazing.
Like We Care
Okay, when I first started this book, I hated it. The story is about a bunch of rich and popular suburban kids rebelling against normal teenage crapola. It seemed to say 'And look you can make a difference too! The only reason they were actually able to make some sort of difference was because the guy who started it who was actually given the idea by a 'lesser than' had tons of brainless cronies. Honestly, I only stuck around for Frank Kolak, the teacher. But then I realised Okay, when I first started this book, I hated it.
But then I realised that it really wasn't about that at all. It was about the way the big guy always screws over the little guy and takes the credit. It's about how fucked up everything in the system is and how incredibly shitty teenagers are. It's about how you can't win no matter what you try to do about it, but that we still need to pay attention. I think I may be thinking too hard about it, but even so, it's got some pretty good lines, so I'd say its worth it. Oct 31, Will rated it liked it. I finished reading this book a little while ago.
I think that my favorite par was how the story lines all came together in the end. It really gives the reader satisfaction for knowing that all the hard work of remembering what is going on in each characters life payed off in the end. I think that the books biggest downfall is all the swearing. It's true that teenagers and some adults swear a lot, but not as much as Mr. By toning his choice of his character's words he could hav I finished reading this book a little while ago.
By toning his choice of his character's words he could have appealed to a wider variety of readers. I liked Matthews idea of the movement not just being about boycotting stores but politics, and more adult like topics.
It really makes the characters seem like they've matured over the course of the book. Overall I think that Matthews was very descriptive in his writing , but I don't think all the swear words were necessary. I would only recommend this book to a friend who was serious about reading and wanted the challenge of multiple story lines. View all 4 comments. Sep 03, Mik Sabiers rated it liked it. Just finished this book, was not as good as expected, but still worth reading, essentially is the story of youth culture taking on big business, rather than be controlled and directed, let's boycott companies and make them understand that the ethernal youth of today are not pushovers.
The book takes a good pages before it gets going, but then it starts to come alive, while the plot is a bit paint by numbers in that you can see what is coming and and where, it is a good read apologies for Just finished this book, was not as good as expected, but still worth reading, essentially is the story of youth culture taking on big business, rather than be controlled and directed, let's boycott companies and make them understand that the ethernal youth of today are not pushovers.
The book takes a good pages before it gets going, but then it starts to come alive, while the plot is a bit paint by numbers in that you can see what is coming and and where, it is a good read apologies for pun and worth investing some hours in With the aid of a good editor it could have been better and more cutting, but for a bit of general escapism and a laugh at and with teen and kidult culture as well as the 60s believers it is a welcome relief from the daily drudge Apr 09, Ashley rated it it was amazing.
Well, honestly I pick up the book because of the cover. I thought it was really long. The story line is really good. It's about kids who stop buying stuff from the store in their small town.
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To get back at the store owner for treating them all crumby. Then it turns out to have a bigger meaning once it gets on T. Kids all around the world realize that major companies and media are brainwashing them. Their slogan is "were not buying this shit! Although I will say it's a lengthy and very informative book. The idea behind it is great. Jan 10, Jeniah Palmer rated it really liked it.
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Annie works for rock cable music station, she finds Kyle believes he and his protest friends would played well on Tv station that they revelled from the past. So as to I thought this book was really good because they wanted to make a big difference for their life and others. They were organized and believe they would have plenty of economic and political.
I recommend this book to someone who wants to make a big difference for someone.
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Mar 17, Laura rated it did not like it Shelves: Too horrible - I didn't even bother finishing this book. It pretty much was full of everything I try to avoid when reading books, language, sex, drugs, adult content, violence. When authors fill their books with such trash I often want to take over the world and rid it of such meaningless garbage and filth.
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Interesting premise that teens CAN think rationally and find a way to stop -- or at least slow doen the manipulation from business aka music that fills their life. Once past the language and the references, the plot was standard but the premise held my attention.
Feb 03, Brandi Holland rated it it was amazing. This novel is really just sticking it to the man. Any rebelious teenager, or person in general really, ought to read it. It's good for some laughs, and there are some really great quotes to live by, also. Apr 27, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of the few books I'd rate so highly that also uses the f-word in every chapter. The main character and his friend, with the help of a disgruntled minor media director, expose and take down a major media corporation, in retaliation for its blatant exploitation of their demographic.
Mar 04, Elly Zupko rated it it was amazing. I was instrumental in getting this book published. I helped edit it and am credited in the Acknowledgements. I can't be impartial, but this book will always have a place in my heart.