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Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman | A Five Minute Book Review

Title: Hacking Harvard
Author: Robin Wasserman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre(s): Contemporary
Series: N/A
Published On: September 11, 2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 365
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
ISBN: 1416936335 (ISBN13: 9781416936336)
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

The hack:

To get one deadbeat, fully unqualified slacker into the most prestigious school in the country.

The crew:
Eric Roth — the good guy, the voice of reason.
Max Kim — the player who made the bet in the first place.
Schwartz — the kid genius already on the inside…of Harvard, that is.
Lexi — the beauty-queen valedictorian who insists on getting in the game.

The plan:
Use only the most undetectable schemes and techno-brilliant skills. Don’t break the Hacker’s Code. Don’t get distracted. Don’t get caught. Take down someone who deserves it.

The stakes:
A lot higher than they think.

They’ve got the players, the plot, and soon — the prize.

It’s go time.


The book caught me by surprise. I thought I would love it, and I did… until the end. I loved the aspect of hacking into such a “flawless” system and fight against “the man.”

It was hard to understand at first, switching between third and first person perspectives, but I eventually got the clue. It is told from a young girls perspective but is about three guys who initially started hacking when they were younger.

I’m not going to go on about the book as the synopsis gives you a pretty good idea about the plot. I’m just going to dive in to a few key points that I feel really made the book stand out from others of it’s genre.

1. The humor was exquisite. Some authors push the boundaries and the humor is flat and boring, but Robin Wasserman really made it fun. All of the characters had a different personality that stood out on the page that made the book more interesting and kept making me turn the page to read more.

2. The submission process for totally relatable. All the hair pulling, and gnawing at your nails. It made the book three dimensional and real. It wasn’t made up, it was the truth… the SATs, staying up late while preparing your essay. The only thing I didn’t like about the whole process was the characters blowing up at each other when something went wrong. They argued like cats and dogs and at time took each other for granted… but that just brings me back to how realistic this story was. It really made it for me.

3. The ending (the epilogue) was horrid. If I could go back in time and not read the epilogue I would like this story a whole lot more. This is where it went down hill for me. The story was perfect, why go and ruin it with telling the readers who their lives ended up?

a jeweled rating



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