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High School Confidential: Secrets of an Undercover Student-Jeremy Iversen

  • Title: High School Confidential: Secrets of an Undercover Student
  • Author: Jeremy Iversen
  • Released: 2007-08-28
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  • Pages: 464
  • ISBN: 074328366X
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  • ASIN: B005SNJ9OM

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From Publishers Weekly What really happens between homeroom and last period in an average American high school? Jeremy Iversen, a 24-year-old Stanford graduate and the author of the novel 21, infiltrated California's Mirador High (fictional name, real school) for a semester to find out. Posing as a high-school transfer student, Iversen discovers what many have discovered before: that high school is "an institution founded on popularity, sports, ass kissing, and corruption." Although Iversen's tone can be entertaining and his descriptions occasionally catch the reader's attention, his story-of an almost out-of-control school in which social cliques (the jocks, nerds, skaters, etc. of any '80s film), alcohol and sex rule and the principal and many teachers are clueless figureheads-is one that has been told too many times. Iversen also has a penchant for grandiose statements about the school system ("The vast and functional cycle, far greater than she or any other entity, would repeat without end until the civilization that sustained it ultimately dissolved as all phenomena must"), and the author's preface about "compromises with characters and chronology" hobbles reportorial integrity. Readers looking for original revelations will be disappointed.
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From An overachiever in high school (and equally driven in college), Iversen reached his mid-twenties yearning to see what he missed by being a grind. Going back to high school (and writing about it) seemed the thing to do, but convincing a school to cooperate was more difficult than he thought. Finally Mirador Senior High, in sunny Southern California, took the bait, allowing Jeremy "Hughes" to plug in as a senior transfer student. Although Iversen's -surfer-dude front and research on the Millennial generation enabled him to pass fairly smoothly into the A-list circle, nothing prepared him for actually becoming involved in the lives of his classmates. Iversen's extensive use of dialogue gives the episodic, realistically raunchy narrative the patina of fiction, but whether readers approach it as fiction or fact, they'll find themselves wrapped up in the lives of his composite kids. He catches them at their very worst and their best as they rage, dream, and struggle to move on with their lives. Stephanie Zvirin
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