The Market

The Market

Book - 2008
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When Kate Winthrop stumbles upon the Millbank Social Stock Market (the MSSM), she's horrified to discover that out of the 140 girls in her class, she's ranked a bleak 71. Determined not to accept her fate as a junk bond, she and her friends, Dev and Callie, set out to make her the fastest rising stock on the Market - and their plan works. Kate is suddenly embraced by the most popular girl in school and attracts the attention of the hottest boy. But Kate's remarkable stock rise is coupled with a moral descent, till she is in danger of losing her friends and herself in her obsessive run to the top of the market.
Get ready for a bullish ride into the world of popularity in The Market, an irrationally exuberant new offering by the author of The Taker.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2008.
ISBN: 9781423100133
Characteristics: 328 p. ;,22 cm.


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Red_Dog_2036 Jul 08, 2013

Great book! Couldn't put it down!

crankylibrarian May 20, 2013

"Mean Girls" meets "Wall Street" in this innovative look at teen popularity and cyberbullying.Kate is an average teen girl, not overly concerned with her looks or popularity, until she discovers that she has been ranked 71 out of the 140 girls in her senior class on a website called "The Market". Patterned after the NYSE, The Market enables participants to buy "stock" in individual girls, based on their "looks-to-brains" ratio and other criteria. When Kate's two best friends determine to "reinvent her brand" with an aggressive marketing plan (i.e. makeover) her stock zooms from "junk bond" to "blue chip. But who exactly is behind The Market, and what will participating cost Kate and her friends in terms of trust and self-respect? A great parent/daughter read, asking pointed questions about the illusory nature of popularity, image and exclusion.

topekay May 26, 2012

I actually feel like i can relate to this book. It was a really good book. I give it thumbs up! Good writing. Nice ending.

Vivi4ever Dec 22, 2011

The concept of being rated in high school intrigued me, and so I borrowed this book.
From the start, it was really interesting, and so was the middle. The part I think was a bit confusing and unfinished was the ending.

Oct 15, 2011

Not a bad book, but I've seen similar ideas done better.

Sep 20, 2010

I guess this is a good idea but the author is a good writer...only sometimes you have skip some fluff.


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Red_Dog_2036 Jul 08, 2013

"Why don't you try some."

topekay May 26, 2012

"No commitment, No foul, that was my philosophy."

Vivi4ever Dec 22, 2011

"When the bell rang at 2:55 p.m., I dashed from my locker and headed out the west wing, which would deposit me right beside the flagpole and bus line. I had my head down and was making good progress, when a hand grabbed my shoulder."

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Red_Dog_2036 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and under


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