A book that celebrates the many notches of cool; although the
territory isn't new, Gorman (Jennifer-the-Jerkis Missing, 1994,
etc.) makes sure readers enjoy this lesson in what makes a dork
tick. Jerry Flack is a dork, and he knows it; he exhibits all the
prime characteristics, from wearing glasses to loving science and
getting good grades. When he moves to a new neighborhood, Jerry
decides on the lofty goal of becoming cool, but Brenda, for one,
sees through his disguise instantly, and offers to give him
lessons. He tears his jeans just right, struts just like Gabe and
Tony, and gains the attention of the lovely Cinnamon. Cool comes at
a price, of course; Jerry has to tell lies frequently, and ignore
the fact that Cinnamon is an airhead. The sacrifice he can't bring
himself to make is turning down the chance to be on the science
team. It will be no surprise to readers that Jerry is smart enough
to realize that his real friend is Brenda, and it's predictable
that the cool kids come over to his side - because this is fiction,
and such things happen in books. A funny tale, with a truly
in-your-face cover illustration, meant to snag those who care about
cool and those who pretend they don't. (Kirkus Reviews)
Last year, Jerry Flack was a dork. So this year, at a new school in a new town, he's decided to start a new life altogether--as a Cool Kid. He's been preparing all summer: studying teen magazines, acquiring hair gel, and distressing his jeans. Things get off to a good start, and before you know it, Jerry's in, Rollerblading with the pros. But soon, Jerry finds himself tangled up in a complicated web of lies; and what's more, he's battling a terrible urge to put his glasses back on, join the science team, build a hovercraft, and, worst of all, date Brenda, a 100% geek. Does he really want to be a dork in disguise forever?
Carol Gorman perfectly captures the horror and hilarity of the middle-school social scene in this fast-paced and funny take on what it really means to be yourself.
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