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Crunch Time


Crunch Time

CRUNCH TIME is a little like the movie The Breakfast
, if the teens in the movie were taking the SAT rather than
serving detention time. A group of four juniors --- Max, Daisy, Leo
and Jane --- are thrown together when they walk out on an SAT prep
class and decide to form a study group instead. The group is a
mismatched bunch and includes a jock, a brain, a rich kid, and an
average Joe. Together they cheer each other on and draw on each
other's strengths when they meet to study for the test. Will they
improve their odds, or is it just hopeless?

A romantic triangle is woven into the plot and only increases the
pressure the kids are already feeling. After they take the test in
March, there is some speculation about a student who paid another
student to take the test for him/her. Was it one of the four of
them? Tension builds as rumors start to fly and they become
suspicious of one another.

Mariah Fredericks, who wrote HEAD GAMES and the award-winning THE
TRUE MEANING OF CLEAVAGE, gets into the heads of her teenage
characters in her third novel. The dialogue and thought patterns of
the main protagonists are right on the money. I felt their tension
and anxiety on every page. Anyone who has ever taken the SAT exam
or must take it in the future will instantly relate to the
characters in CRUNCH TIME.


Reviewed by Renee Kirchner on October 18, 2011

Crunch Time
by Mariah Fredericks

  • Publication Date: December 20, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
  • ISBN-10: 068986938X
  • ISBN-13: 9780689869389