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The Rise and Fall of a 10th-Grade Social Climber

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The Rise and Fall of a 10th-Grade Social Climber

High school is not easy for anyone, but it is especially difficult for Mimi Schulman, who leaves her mother in Houston to live with her father in New York. He is falling apart after the collapse of his marriage to Mimi's mother. Mimi had spent most of her teenage years just trying to blend in, and now she must learn the new rules to be accepted by her peers at the Baldwin School.

Best friend Sam bets Mimi that she can't become friends with the cool Baldwin girls. Mimi accepts Sam's bet, but soon finds out that the cool girls at Baldwin are very different from the blonde all-American types in Texas. At first she is just being friendly to Pia, Jess, Viv, and Lily because of the bet. She soon finds out that these rich, popular girls have secrets and family problems much worse than her own. Mimi eventually feels the bonds of real friendship forming and then the stakes become much higher. Her entire friendship is based on lies and deception. How would she ever face her friends again if they found out?

Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser are the authors of THE RISE AND FALL OF A 10th-GRADE SOCIAL CLIMBER. Lauren grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Harvard College. She writes a column for the New York Sun. Laura grew up in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Amherst College. She is also the author of a biography of Bette Davis. Lauren and Laura became friends 10 years ago when Laura shared her acne medication with Lauren in a restroom. They now live near each other in Brooklyn.

Every teen knows the feeling of wanting to belong and struggling to find their true identity. Thus, readers will quickly identify with Mimi Schulman and the richly drawn characters in THE RISE AND FALL OF A 10th-GRADE SOCIAL CLIMBER.

Reviewed by Renee Kirchner on May 30, 2005

The Rise and Fall of a 10th-Grade Social Climber
by Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser

  • Publication Date: May 30, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia
  • ISBN-10: 0618555196
  • ISBN-13: 9780618555192