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#2562268 in Books 2003-07-01 2003-07-01Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 .92 x 5.28 x 7.46l, #File Name: 0060010223240 pages | File size: 57.Mb Kristen D. Randle : Slumming before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Slumming: 6 of 9 people found the following review helpful. Richie's Picks: SLUMMINGBy N. S."The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain! The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!"--Eliza from My Fair LadyTolerance.org, a web-based division of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has created Mix It Up,... a network for youth activists who are challenging social boundaries in schools and communities. Last November they sponsored a national Mix It Up At Lunch day, which encouraged kids to consciously leave the confines of their own cliques and go sit instead with somebody they would ordinarily look right through. (There are some great stories on the Tolerance site from kids who
are involved in this movement.)SLUMMING is a tale in which three friends take paths that meander somewhere between Professor Henry Higgins' arrogant assumption that he can remake Eliza into his ideal woman and the Mix It Up philosophy that you need to throw off your assumptions, prejudices, and feelings of superiority in regards to those outside your own group."...you got to look outside your eyesyou got to think outside your brainyou got to walk outside your lifeto where the neighborhood changes...--Ani Difranco, Willing to FightNikki:" 'People always talk about how rude the French are,' my mother told me once. 'But that's because so many Americans think the world starts and stops with them. America isn't normal. It's just America. There are a lot of wonderful normals out there--hang on to yours too hard, and you'll miss a lot.'"I think I'm beginning to understand what she meant."Sam:" 'Why do you do this?' I ask her [Tia]." 'What?' she says." 'Why do you make fun of everything about me?'"She laughs again, one short, hollowsounding laugh." 'Because you're a cartoon character,' she says. 'You're fake.'" 'I'm fake,' I say." 'When you let me off at my house, and you drive down and turn the corner, you just--disappear. And then they bring you out tomorrow at school, with your little letter jacket and your clean shirt. I'm surprised you don't wear loafers or saddle shoes or something.' "Alicia:"But one day, one morning last fall...I looked up, and there he was. I could hardly see him through the press of his friends. Then the crowd shifted, and suddenly, there was his face. He was laughing, and then he looked right into my eyes."Nikki, Sam, and Alicia are high school seniors. They are long-time companions as a result of being the only three Morman kids their age in the school system:Nikki:"Without that, I doubt we would have gotten as close as we are--the three of us are so different. Sam is the football scholarship type--letter sweater and pins and all that. Alicia's the service club/student government type. And I'm the scholar and mess-off type. Three separate social classes. Sam is beautiful but focused; Alicia's got this fairy-like delicacy, both in mind and body; and I just run around, collecting people and talking a lot. We see the world in very different ways."Alicia:"The idea came all at once: we will each choose a person who is obviously untapped, and we will try to open him up, set him free, give him life. I do not anticipate that it will be that hard--kindness, a little attention, support, friendship."SLUMMING shows us what takes place when these three young adults put their plan into gear. As happened with the characters in Kristen Randle's previous YA novel, BREAKING RANK, there are some intense reactions and unexpected consequences in SLUMMING when the three decide to mix it up with teens they've always seen around school but with whom they have never connected.And when they boldly step outside their lives and stick their faces into somebody else's, there is the question of what happens next:" 'So, is this a temporary thing? You score a friend, and then you go back to the way things were'--she opens her hands--'mission accomplished?'"I don't know,' I admit. 'I didn't think it through that far.' ...1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Not badBy MonaLisaSlummingI'd like to say that Kristen Randle is one of my favorite authors, and The Only Alien on The Planet and Breaking Rank are some of the best books I have ever read (and I've read a lot!) I was looking forward to being pulled head first into this story, as I am with her other books, but this one seems to lack the depth and intensity you would expect from reading Kristen Randle's other works. Slumming is the story of three teenagers lives during their last few days of highschool and the trials of life that they have to go through. The characters are well written and the ideas are, of course, good, but I think in writing about three different people (although they are all connected) the characters lose a bit of their intensity. Slumming is still a good book, and I recommend reading it, but don't expect the heart-wrenching tear-jerker that you may have found in the authors previous books. You may not get emotionally entangled with the characters but you'll definitely be up all night reading to see how it ends!!4 of 5 people found the following review helpful. An interesting book, one of my favoritesBy Willow'Slumming' is actually three different stories in one book, all connected in some ways. The three main characters (Sam, Nikki, and Alicia) all tell their stories, which each deal with a new, life-changing experiment they decided to try.Prom is coming up, and Nikki comes up with an idea - why not find a person that is socially 'below' her and her friends and invite him/her to the prom? Seems foolproof, right? Wrong.Sam chooses Tia, this girl that most people are afraid of. She has a rough home life, a brother with Down syndrome, and a bad attitude. Sam doesn't give up though - he keeps following her around, talking to her, etc. He starts to build up a great friendship with Tia, and generally feels this project is doing him good.Nikki decides to ask out the school's stereotypical nerd...Brian. He's a bit of a jerk, and treats her like she's the stupidest person on the planet. She keeps talking to him, and eventually, they also become friends.Alicia chooses Morgan Weiss - the school's token 'bad boy.' Though Sam and Nikki don't approve of her choice, she goes along and tries anyway. What happens to her though, is a lot worse than she expected.I highly recommed this book to everyone, because it's funny, sad, heartwarming, and easy to relate to...all in one book. Everybody has two eyes and a nose and a mouth. What makes some people beautiful and some people not?Nikki never imagined that this offhand thought would change the course of her senior year forever. But when she poses the question to her best friends, Alicia and Sam, Alicia is suddenly inspired, and the three unexpectedly find themselves launching a "human experiment." It seems like the perfect way to make a difference in their last few weeks of high school: they will each pick a student who needs a little improving and take that person to the prom.Harmless, right?When Nikki, Alicia, and Sam quickly become entrenched in their projects, each has to face difficult realizations about the people they have chosen -- and themselves. Before long their own close friendship feels fragile. Will they make it to graduation without hurting one another -- or anybody else?Acclaimed author Kristen D. Randle has woven
an intriguing, insightful, and suspenseful story about three friends who set out to transform others, with unforeseen consequences. From School Library JournalGrade 9 Up-Seniors Nikki, Sam, and Alicia cook up a "Great Idea." Each of them is to choose a person "who is obviously untapped" and through friendship, kindness, and support release that individual's potential. For Nikki, the class nerd Brian is the ideal choice. With a little help she knows that she could turn him into the perfect prom date. Sam chooses Tia with the black lipstick, eyebrow ring, and Nazi shoes. Alicia decides to change Morgan, the school rebel and all-around bad guy. The story, told in alternating voices, veers immediately from the typical Pygmalion scenario. All three teens leave their comfort zone to enter the world of their proteges. For Nikki, it requires working on a school project with Brian and his superbrainy buddy on their turf, but Sam and Alicia both enter worlds in which they are ill prepared to cope. Tia allows Sam into her dark world of abuse where he sees firsthand the extent to which she will go to protect her brother. Alicia insinuates herself into Morgan's life and quickly sees how far apart their worlds are. The alternating narratives personalize the story and show individual character growth. The premise of trying to impose one's ideals and values on others without knowing their circumstances is a life lesson that gives teens much to think about without ever letting the message dominate the storytelling.Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OKCopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.From BooklistGr. 8-11. In the last several weeks of their senior year, three friends, the only Mormon students in their class, launch an ill-advised project that leads each to a better, if painful, understanding of the world. The plan is for each to befriend a fellow student--someone who seems to need a friend--and then ask that person to the prom. Alicia, Nikki, and Sam choose differently, with different results. Each student narrates short sections within each chapter, creating a distinct personality through voice and thought. The results of Alicia's efforts are a bit too predictable, and her character isn't as strong as that of her friends. But Sam convincingly deals with difficult ethical and emotional issues, and Nikki discovers new aspects of herself in an entertaining way. The fact that these friends are drawn together by religion, which is an integral part of their lives, is particularly refreshing. Kathleen OdeanCopyright American Library Association. All rights reservedAbout the AuthorKristen D. Randle writing has been called "gritty, smart, and realistic" (ALA Booklist) and "compelling" and "powerful" (School Library Journal). She is the author of several novels, including the highly praised Breaking Rank, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and The Only Alien on the Planet, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, the Michigan Library Association Book of the Year, and winner of the California Young Readers' Medal. Ms. Randle and her husband have four children, two dogs, and three horses. They live in a little wood on the banks of a Utah river.