Getting the Girl

Getting the Girl

A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery

Book - 2008
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Ninth-grader Sherman Mack investigates the "Defilers," a secret group at his British Columbia high school that marks certain female students as pariahs, at first because he is trying to protect the girl he has a crush on, but later as a matter of principle.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, 2008.
ISBN: 9780060765255
Characteristics: 341 p. ;,19 cm.


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Dec 05, 2019

The name of the book made me hesitant to read it, but also curious. I liked the plot and conclusion. Sherman Mack, is on a mission to find out who are the defilers. The school has a history of a photo of a girl, ending up on the mirrors of the school bathrooms with a single capital D. DEFILED. She become completely ignored by the school even the teachers. The moral of the story I thought was really sweet, people assumed the D meant defiled, everyone else went along; making up stories, bullying them, isolating them. No one ever questioned or stood up to the horrible system. The defiler didn't do the work, they did. Anyone could have noticed the girl and didn't care about the "rule". Sherman shouldn't have had to do it on his own and honesty it wouldn't have lasted a day, if someone stood up. Recommend. Rating: 4/5
- @TreeHugger of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Oct 21, 2015

There's humour here, but also some sharp insights into teen social dynamics.

Jul 16, 2014

It was an entertaining book. I like how the main character, Sherman, helps the defiled girls even at the point where his own reputation is at risk. Recommend to people who wants to have a good and easy read in a short period of time!

Jun 10, 2012

I got this book for Christmas and I didn't know if it was a good book or not and do you know what I love so much I read it like 6 times already I think it very well written :D

CR7FB5 Jan 25, 2012

One of the funniest boy perspective books I ever read, I enjoyed reading it a lot.

Sep 12, 2011

I really REALLY enjoyed this book, and I'm a grown women. I laughed out loud while reading it. A wonderfully quick read. Another hit from Susan Juby.

scarydirectorwoman May 04, 2010

This was such a good book! I actually read it twice and laughed out loud both times!!! It was truly HILARIOUSLY AWESOME. Sherman is the best!

Chocomon Apr 26, 2010

This book was hilarious!!! I was so excited to start reading it and it really brought up my spirits. Sherman is sooo cute. (: I recommend this to anyone...

Lolixz Apr 22, 2010

Funny, entertaining and it kept me staying with Sherman all the way through!

marikha Apr 16, 2010

it was okay...

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Oct 21, 2015

A piece of hair had fallen away from his comb-over. Fred isn’t very old, but he only has about eight strands of hair left on the top of his head. He does a lot with them, though.


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