Expelled by James Patterson

Expelled

A secret Twitter accountAn anonymous photoEveryone is a suspect Will Foster's Twitter account used to be anonymous--until someone posted The Photo that got him and three other students expelled, their futures ruined forever. But who took the picture, and why are they being targeted?To uncover the truth, Will gets close to the suspects: the hacker, the quarterback, the bad...

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Expelled Reviews

  • Skye (HailHydra)

    *grabby hands* gimme, I love James Patterson guys

  • Sandy Reilly

    Theo, Jude, Sasha, and Parker are not the type of students you would expect to be expelled from school -- the boy-next-door, the artist, the hot mysterious girl, and the quintessential football jock not only have very little in common but also have never gotten in trouble before. Best friends Theo and Jude have a friendship that survives on keeping the other in check while Sasha and Parker broke up years ago for the simple fact that a relationship is hard to maintain when you have nothing of sub

    Theo, Jude, Sasha, and Parker are not the type of students you would expect to be expelled from school -- the boy-next-door, the artist, the hot mysterious girl, and the quintessential football jock not only have very little in common but also have never gotten in trouble before. Best friends Theo and Jude have a friendship that survives on keeping the other in check while Sasha and Parker broke up years ago for the simple fact that a relationship is hard to maintain when you have nothing of substance to say to the other person. However, now they all have something to talk about... These four high school students find themselves thrust together when each gets expelled, vowing to work together to find the truth behind who really committed the crimes they've been accused of. The only problem is, each is hiding their own secret that could tear the misfit group apart at the seams. Can they solve the mystery and save their own futures without destroying each other in the process?

    Thoughts: Patterson's newest YA release is a bit

    meets Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, with very modernized twists that can still stand the test of time. In fact, several iconic 80's movies are referenced, which was a delightful surprise for this mid-30's reader of YA. Adults are not to be trusted in this contemporary, realistic fictional world, but then again, teenagers aren't, either. The protagonist, Theo, is a clean-cut teen who has had a very rough year and could use a break that just doesn't seem to be coming his way. So, he makes one for himself. Readers will root for Theo the entire book for the simple fact that, when being handed a raw deal, he shows a tenacity to fix his own life without waiting for someone else to do it for him. He isn't impervious to a depressing life he finds himself in -- he does have a small pity party or two -- but he also refuses to let it swallow him whole or use it as an excuse to give up. Theo is the epitome of a modern-day teenage hero whose lesson hopefully resonates with every young adult who picks up this book.

  • Angela

    I received an ARC of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

    It's books like this that make me glad I'm not in high school anymore! I didn't even go to high school that long ago, but we didn't have all these social media issues like the ones in Expelled. A crude photo of some students is posted on Theo's (it says the MC's name is Will in the blurb, but in my ARC, it's Theo) Twitter account, and because of the school's zero tolerance policy, Theo and the identified students in the picture

    I received an ARC of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

    It's books like this that make me glad I'm not in high school anymore! I didn't even go to high school that long ago, but we didn't have all these social media issues like the ones in Expelled. A crude photo of some students is posted on Theo's (it says the MC's name is Will in the blurb, but in my ARC, it's Theo) Twitter account, and because of the school's zero tolerance policy, Theo and the identified students in the picture are all expelled. But Theo knows he's innocent, and he wants to prove it.

    Patterson and Raymond have created a group of students that may seem at first glance like typical high school cliches, but they become much more than that as the book goes on. Theo is kind of an average kid - he gets decent grades and he sometimes writes for the school paper, but he's dealing with a lot in his home life. His best friend Jude is an artist, Parker is a jock with a huge secret, and Sasha is a tough girl. I thought the authors did a great job in creating these distinct characters and actually making them realistic - they act and talk like real teenagers (although Sasha can get a bit pretentious at times).

    Theo has the idea to prove his innocence by making a film, questioning his "suspects" and others in order to find out what really happened and why the picture was uploaded to his Twitter feed. I guess he wanted proof on camera, but this plot device didn't work so well for me.

    In any event, what Theo discovers in his investigation was actually not what I was expecting. I appreciated that the authors tied in bigger issues and questions about doing what is right versus doing what is popular. However, the book dragged on a bit after this revelation, and one big bombshell right at the end of the book was completely unnecessary, in my opinion. In a book with a lot of heavy topics, that one felt like overkill. Overall, though, I thought this was a quick-moving, well-written story.

  • Tracy

    This explores several issues and raises several good points. Older teen recommended

  • Kate Olson

    This one had a lot of potential to be a solid contemporary mature YA story - Breakfast Club-esque, social media, some darkness and intrigue without being depressing. BUT then the story goes somewhere WAY dark, but not until way toward the end and almost as an afterthought, although it was slightly foreshadowed throughout the book. As the reveal approaches I was almost yelling DO NOT GO THERE.

    Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review.

    SPOILER BELOW

    Here's why - it's not fair

    This one had a lot of potential to be a solid contemporary mature YA story - Breakfast Club-esque, social media, some darkness and intrigue without being depressing. BUT then the story goes somewhere WAY dark, but not until way toward the end and almost as an afterthought, although it was slightly foreshadowed throughout the book. As the reveal approaches I was almost yelling DO NOT GO THERE.

    Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review.

    SPOILER BELOW

    Here's why - it's not fair to readers to have almost an entire book to be trauma and trigger free and then lay rape and incest on them and then go back to the original storyline as if nothing had happened. It's incredibly disconcerting and for teens, unnecessary.

    I was engaged with this story and enjoying it, but the last portion wiped that out. If you want to write about rape and incest, go for it. There are books that do this incredibly well, but are up front about it. But do it right and honor it as the horror that it is, not include it as a "reveal" and bonus add-on.

    If purchased for school libraries, mature YA collections only due to sex, drugs, alcohol, rape, incest, suicide.

  • Paula  Phillips

    Remember when I was saying how the new theme in teen books seems to be The Breakfast Club with a mystery twist. Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is another book on that theme. In the case of Expelled though, they are at the Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200 but instead of going straight to detention they have been expelled. Will Foster had a secret twitter account where he exposed the school student's secrets - he was his school's version of Gossip Girl. Except when a photo is pos

    Remember when I was saying how the new theme in teen books seems to be The Breakfast Club with a mystery twist. Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is another book on that theme. In the case of Expelled though, they are at the Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200 but instead of going straight to detention they have been expelled. Will Foster had a secret twitter account where he exposed the school student's secrets - he was his school's version of Gossip Girl. Except when a photo is posted to his account, the person hasn't covered their tracks and has set up Will Foster and the people in the photo - Jude who is the school's mascot and Will's best friend and Parker - the school quarterback. There is also was a fourth person expelled Sasha. Will can't believe how unfair this is and without school and his final grades, there goes his chance of entering college. After talking to his friend and getting Parker and Sasha on board, Will decides to create a video proclaiming their innocence but as they the video goes along - Will discovers that stories aren't adding up and that the other's may not be as innocent as they proclaim and that they are hiding secrets? What secrets will Will uncover? Find out in Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Patterson with their latest YA release.

  • Wendy

    This was a pretty good book. It is really directed toward YA but it kept me interested and reading. I've actually been enjoying more of James Patterson's YA novels lately than his adult books.

  • Michelle

    Another quick little Breakfast Club "who dunnit". Enjoyable and a fast read.

  • Bunni

    LOVED IT! Definitely not your typical JP. I took a star away because i felt that the ending was too abrupt.

  • Yiling

    Quick read- if it was any longer it would have felt like it was dragging on because there was very little plot. VERY LITTLE. Most of the story was just setup and then in the last couple of pages there was a small reveal to resolve the story.

    Quick read- if it was any longer it would have felt like it was dragging on because there was very little plot. VERY LITTLE. Most of the story was just setup and then in the last couple of pages there was a small reveal to resolve the story.

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