Enter super grumpy, I’m totally better and smarter than you teenager Carson, growing up in the middle of nowhere town of Clover. Seriously, I think he was the male version of me when I was in high school. I totally had this chip on my shoulder and my whole goal in life was to prove to the rest of the world that I was much, much smarter than them. (I’m better now.)
So, getting out is his only goal. He has very little respect for anyone in his school, and his not-so-nice attitude doesn’t make anyone really want to treat him any differently. He’s picked on by the jocks and tormented by the other smart people. When his dreams of going to Northwestern are possibly not going to happen, he has to beef up his application by creating a literary magazine, at a school of teenagers who already hate his guts. Yeap, should be a breeze.
To get what he wants, he black mails them all. One submission from every cheerleader, every football player. He wins, right? Who knows, you’ll have to read the rest to find out. Maybe deep down he actually has a conscience.
This was a super fast read. I finished it in a day and a half. His character really resonated with me because I understood where he was coming from. I remember living in a town that I hated, I remember feeling smarter than everyone else, and everyone remembers being in high school and being the only one who could possibly be experiencing those feelings and living with those situations. I think most people would be able to at least understand where he was coming from. The other part of this book that really resonated with me was the way that the seemingly boring, very stereotypical characters developed, you could see that there was something more to them.
As far as cons go, he was a little bit too horrible to his classmates. He was so aloof it was annoying. Sometimes I wanted to crawl through the book and punch him in the face. I also wasn’t a fan of the ending. It was pretty shocking, but mostly because I wasn’t expecting it, and I’m not really accustomed to that.