How to Win at High School

How to Win at High School Using Scarface as his guide to life Adam Higgs is going from zero to high school hero Adam Higgs is a loser and he s not okay with it But starting as a junior in a new high school seems like exactly

  • Title: How to Win at High School
  • Author: Owen Matthews
  • ISBN: 9780062336866
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Using Scarface as his guide to life, Adam Higgs is going from zero to high school hero.Adam Higgs is a loser, and he s not okay with it But starting as a junior in a new high school seems like exactly the right time to change things He brainstorms with his best friend, Brian What will it take for him to take over Nixon Collegiate Adam searches for the A listers weak sUsing Scarface as his guide to life, Adam Higgs is going from zero to high school hero.Adam Higgs is a loser, and he s not okay with it But starting as a junior in a new high school seems like exactly the right time to change things He brainstorms with his best friend, Brian What will it take for him to take over Nixon Collegiate Adam searches for the A listers weak spot and strikes gold when he gets queen bee Sara Bryant to pay him for doing her physics homework One part nerd, two parts badass, Adam ditches his legit job and turns to full time cheating His clients All the Nixon Collegiate gods and goddesses.But soon his homework business becomes a booze business, which becomes a fake ID business Adam s popularity soars as he unlocks high school achievements left and right, from his first kiss to his first rebound hookup But something else is haunting him a dark memory from his past, driving him to keep climbing What is it And will he go too far How to Win at High School s honest portrayal of high school hierarchy is paired with an adrenaline charged narrative and an over the top story line, creating a book that will appeal to guys, girls, and reluctant readers of every stripe Adam s rocket ride to the top of the social order and subsequent flameout is both emotionally resonant and laugh out loud funny.

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    1. Owen Matthews

      Owen Matthews was raised on rap music and violent video games He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia s creative writing program and has worked on fishing boats and in casinos all over the world Under the name Owen Laukkanen, he writes crime thrillers acclaimed by critics and bestselling authors like Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, and John Lescroart A fan of fast cars and sugary breakfast cereals, Matthews lives in Vancouver, Canada.You can visit him at theowenmatthews.

    150 thoughts on “How to Win at High School”

    1. My thanks to HarperTeen & EdelweissPoint of View: Single (Adam Higgs)Writing: Third Person | Present TenseSetting: Oklahoma (?) Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary* Due to rather mature situations (sex & drugs, though not graphic or anything, but still), this book might not be suitable for those below 16.Meet Adam Higgs. A new kid. A nobody. A loser. But things are about to change because Adam has a plan. A plan to take over win at high school. And it's not going to be pretty.When I first [...]


    2. Rating: 3.5 stars*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.How to Win at High School was a quick read. I know it doesn’t sound like it because it has over 500 pages, but each chapter/section was only 1-2 pages long. It was kinda like reading a novel in verse, but the writing wasn't quite verse-like (not in the way that I've read before). The writing style was really cool! And different. It definitely took some getting used to.The book was pretty good. Things just got cra [...]


    3. This book had 370+ chapters. Yeah. If that doesn't give you an idea of how fast paced it is, I don't know what does.Review to come.


    4. This was like Can't Buy Me Love with a side of after school special. It was entertaining though I have to give the author that. Was it a knock out but it did show me that guys have it just as hard in high schools as girls do.So basically Adam is a loser. I wouldn't necessarily call him that but that's the way he sees himself. No girlfriend, not popular, and no social life at all. He feels lonely and feels like he got duped because his older brother would have been a god if he hadn't of gotten in [...]


    5. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: This was an easy read and I related to the main character.Opening Sentence: Adam Higgs is a loser.The Review:Adam Higgs is a loser. His brother, Sam Higgs, is a cripple. The only one in the family that is getting what she wants is their sister, a freshman, already the top of the food chain at their new high school. Adam is ready to become popular, and with a few parties and more than a few risks, he thinks he can be upgraded from Pizza Man t [...]


    6. I don't like teenage novels, but I always read them in a confrontational way because (like many other), my own teenage years were kind of sloppy bullshit, except I didn't take refuge in romantic fantasies in order to fulfill the obvious need for validation it created.So, I'm glad to announce that HOW TO WIN AT HIGH SCHOOL is not another of these hollow cautionary tales. It does have something to tell youth and carries good point across, about identity and self-esteem, but it's not one of these p [...]


    7. So, I meant to read a few pages of this book today to see if I wanted to keep it or return it to the library. Four hours later I had finished it and now here I am. The writing style was a bit jarring at first because it's unclear who the narrator is, but you get used to it. The main character was relatable, if not a bit insane. I actually liked the one or two page chapters, it kept the pace really quick. The whole story evolves into this mass of chaos, but you just end up believing it all becaus [...]


    8. Graded By: BrianCover Story: DouchetasticDrinking Buddy: At FirstTestosterone Level: ScarfaceTalky Talk: Pyramid SchemeBonus Factors: Popular Little Sister, Diversity?Bromance Status: That Kid From the Middle School D & D Club Who Now Ignores MeRead the full book report here.


    9. Well, I found the format of one page or even one sentence chapters pretty annoying, although I guess it's good for a short attention span. My main reaction to this book is that I hope no one is actually as dumb as this kid. Scarfaceas a model for how to handle high school? I don't think so.


    10. Originally posted at: iliveforreading/2Looking at the cover and title, I first had How to Win at High School pegged as a light-hearted story about someone trying to climb the high school social ladder. Boy was I wrong. Social climbing? Yes. Light-hearted? Nope. I haven't actually seen Scarface–the book kind of explains the plot, which was helpful, because all I had to go on beforehand was "say hello to my little friend"–and referencing the movie sets this story up to have foreboding underton [...]


    11. Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC!How to Win At High School is not a book I would typical read. In fact, for a YA novel, it's completely out of my comfort zone. The style is very unique (though I found it a bit awkward at the beginning), and for over five hundred pages, it's quite the page turner.Here's the thing: I get where a lot of the low reviews are coming from for this book. Nothing about this story feels appealing, it's hard to feel emotionally connected to anyone, Adam [...]


    12. I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, I flew through it in one sitting, it was a quick read which I attribute to the way it was set out in the book, with some pages only having a couple of sentences at most.High School can be a scary time for a lot of people especially for Adam Higgs, a self-confessed loser who is determined to rise high in the ranks and hang with the popular kids, ever since his older brother Sam was injured playing hockey and ended up a paraplegic he's determined [...]


    13. This book was different and enjoyable and I really loved it! The second book of Owen Matthews, which I read first, was written in the same way as this one, and yeah, really enjoy that!



    14. This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!How to win at high school? By being who you are and not trying to gain some awful social status and hookup with an endless amount of people. I apologize for sounding cheesy and all, but this is Owen Matthews' message after looking at it all. How to Win at High School was a unique read that every teenager in high school should pick up as their guide to ruling school and their lives, and most of all—being happy. Posit [...]


    15. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.How to Win at High School was a quick read. I know it doesn’t sound like it because it has over 500 pages, but each chapter/section was only 1-2 pages long. It was kinda like reading a novel in verse, but the writing wasn't quite verse-like (not in the way that I've read before). The writing style was really cool! And different. It definitely took some getting used to.The book was pretty good. Things just got crazier and crazier [...]


    16. I throughly enjoyed this piece; it was the kind of book you couldn't bear to put down. It only took me a day to read it. Loved the casual feel of reading notes, and the third person perspective. Would recommend to any high-schooler who understands the struggle of wanting to be accepted amongst their peers.


    17. This was a really interesting read( a good interesting. Not bad) I actually quite enjoyed it. The writing was very unique which I like sometimes.



    18. This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets ReviewsAdam Higgins is a loser. He’s a guy from the poor side of town with one friend and a sister who hates him. So when he starts at a new school, he is determined to make a name for himself. Using Scarface as a model, he comes up with a homework business that soon gets him in tight with the popular crowd. When homework isn’t enough, he gets into booze and fake IDs. Soon, Adam is in over his head. And he wonders what happens to h [...]


    19. Originally reviewed at shaelit/2015/04/reviewWhew, this book. What a ride. HTWaHS is the character study of a loser junior who uses Al Pacino mob film Scarface to go from the high school junk pile to the top of the heap. It's not my usual fare, to say the least.On the one hand, tracking the start of Adam's rise to power is pretty fascinating. Despite coming across as an underachiever, Adam pinpoints how to leverage the upper class's weaknesses to further his goals. Whether it's crafting essays [...]


    20. “Adam Higgs is a loser.”Adam “Pizza Man” Higgs uses Scarface as his inspiration to “win” at high school and achieve god-like status. He is selfish and desperate at the expense of his friends, family, and girlfriend. He gets in over his head and his feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to stop his trajectory, or to feel anything honest, may resonate with some teens – even if those readers aren’t going to the same extremes as Adam in their own lives. Having said that, I LIKED A [...]


    21. HarperTeen are one of my favourite publishers, if only because I am pre-approved for all of their titles, and since they add 10 or so titles every couple of months, that’s a pretty great thing to celebrate. One of the titles I downloaded was How To Win At High School and when I was flicking through my Kindle, wondering what to read next, I saw two things: firstly, that the novel has 371 chapters which literally blew my mind, and secondly, the first chapter only had one line to it. I was intrig [...]


    22. Book isn't out until March 3, 2015. don't go hunting for it yet.I have an advance copy loaned to me by my children's specialist. Interestingly enough, Owen Matthews is also Owen Laukkanen, who is a crime novelist and I have read all of his crime novels (I am a big fan, but that doesn't bias my review). This format makes it very quick to read, once you get into it. 548 pages sounds like a lot of pages, but chapters are very quick, very short and to the point, and Adam, well, he's a great teen rol [...]


    23. How to Win at High School is a story of a young man called Adam Higgs; a self-confessed loser. After moving to a new high school he makes it his mission to change this fact. He plans to get the pretty and popular kids to like him…and he succeeds. With entrepreneurial skills that could rival Sir Alan Sugar (or if you are reading this stateside – Donald Trump) he wangles his way into becoming a god, a legend at his high school. Known by the moniker “Pizza Man” his capitalist connections ma [...]


    24. Oh Adam a teacher, I knew that what you were doing was wrongbut as a reader, I couldn't stop myself in cheering you on. What a fantastic book this was. First, it was in verse. My favorite! And second, it was both funny and sad at the same time! I was transported to a TV sitcom from my childhood (Dawson's Creek, Saved By the Bell, One Tree Hill) and I loved every minute! There were so many things I LOVED about this book, I don't know where to start. Let's try the characters first. "You know them. [...]


    25. I wonder what my life would be like if I had followed the steps taken in this book to win at my high school. I know for sure that my parents would kill me if I had ever done anything like this. But the one question that I would ask myself is…did I really win?How to Win at High School is the perfect book to read at the point of your senior graduation from high school or when you are just about ready to start your first year at college. I feel that this book touches on so many subjects that high [...]


    26. I loved it! I loved the quick and creative chapters. After working in the school system for 15 years, I believe that all kids should read this book in their Freshmen year. Yes, there are sex scenes. Yes, there are quite a few very bad words. Yes, there is drug usage. But, this is 2015. If you think your kids do not know about these things by the time they enter high school, you are in for a surprise. Adam Higgs wants to be one of the popular kids. He views himself as a loser and hates his life. [...]


    27. HOW TO WIN AT HIGH SCHOOL shows the rise and fall of Adam Higgs. Adam is a self-proclaimed loser with the self-esteem to go with his perception. When he enters a new school as a junior, he decides that he wants to be part of the in-crowd. He wants to make his older brother Sam proud of him. His older brother was on his way to high school popularity when he was injured in a hockey accident and paralyzed. Now he's in a wheelchair and working at a donut shop.Adam begins his rise to fame and fortune [...]


    28. Although It a seems to be a very lengthy book being 371 Chapters (528 pages) long, But most of these chapters end in a page or two a maximum some of them even in a single word or a sentence.Adam is like a train wreck in slow motion, and it's like the reader gets a first class ticket on watching it crash and burn. Only, oddly, it doesn't crash and burn in the way the novel gets you to think it does. Although the entire novel is VERY VERY PREDICTABLE. From the very beginning you know it is inevita [...]


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