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So Yesterday

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So Yesterday

Seventeen-year-old Hunter is aptly named. He's actually a "cool hunter" --- a Trendsetter whose job is to find "the latest thing" and make it a must-have for everyone. He meets Jen, a true Innovator (defined as the first person to do something totally new) when she dazzles him with her stylishly tied shoelaces. Hunter takes Jen to a focus group to watch a shoe commercial, where she gives such startlingly insightful comments that Hunter's boss, Mandy, asks them both to meet her in Chinatown to consult on a big deal.

Mandy doesn't meet Hunter and Jen, although they can hear her phone ringing ominously inside an abandoned building. The two make like action heroes (but bungling believably and humorously) to get into the building. Inside it's dark, but using the light from Hunter's cell phone, they find Mandy's phone, the most amazing shoes ever made --- and a frightening bald man who chases them. During their escape, Hunter loses his own phone.

So what's become of Mandy? The last picture taken on her phone is dark and blurry, and potentially horrible. Luckily Hunter's friend is a special effects computer expert. As they're deciphering the photo, Mandy's phone rings…and it's the sinister guy who chased them earlier. He has Hunter's phone and he may be a killer. How long will it be before he tracks down Hunter?

The action nabs readers instantly and tumbles them along. Hunter's biting and hysterical cultural insights invite serious contemplation (you may never look at a magazine or a logo the same way!) Characters are quirky and believable --- you have to love a main character who calls the public library's reference desk to learn how to tie a bow tie and can also discourse entertainingly on the history of the necktie. Add into the mix a bit of romance that manages to be simultaneously subtle and steamy.

In this story, if a trend is astoundingly original and hip, cool hunters give it the Nod. SO YESTERDAY is sooooo Nod-worthy.

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on September 1, 2004

So Yesterday
by Scott Westerfeld

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2004
  • Genres: Suspense
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • ISBN-10: 159514000X
  • ISBN-13: 9781595140005